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Name of Gideon Discovered in Israel

Name of Gideon Discovered in Israel

Archaeologists have discovered a very early inscription with Gideon’s other name, “Jerubbaal” (see Judges 6:32; 7:1).  The discovery was made at Khirbet al-Ra‘i, a site in southern Israel, west of the better known city of Lachish. The name is inscribed in ink on a potsherd that comes from a small bottle. It dates to roughly 1100 BC, which is toward the end of the Judges period, about the time of Ruth and Boaz. The name “Jerubbaal” means “May Baal be great.” Although biblical writers often associated the name Baal with the Canaanite......