Judges 6:32 Therefore on that day Gideon was called Jerub-Baal, that is to say, “Let Baal contend against him,” because he broke down his altar....
8:30 Now Gideon had seventy sons, his own offspring, for he had many wives....
9:1 Abimelek son of Jerub-Baal went to his mother’s brothers in Shechem and said to them and to all his mother’s clan, “Ask all the citizens of Shechem, ‘Which is better for you: to have all seventy of Jerub-Baal’s sons rule over you, or just one man?’ Remember, I am your flesh and blood.”
When the brothers repeated all this to the citizens of Shechem, they were inclined to follow Abimelek, for they said, “He is related to us.” They gave him seventy shekels a of silver from the temple of Baal-Berith, and Abimelek used it to hire reckless scoundrels, who became his followers. He went to his father’s home in Ophrah and on one stone murdered his seventy brothers, the sons of Jerub-Baal. But Jotham, the youngest son of Jerub-Baal, escaped by hiding. And all the leaders of Shechem came together, and all Beth-millo, and they went and made Abimelek king, by the oak of the pillar at Shechem.
Following the text:
- Gideon and Jerub-Baal are two names for the same person (Judges 6:32)
- Gideon had 70 sons (Judges 8:30)
- Abimelek, Gideon's son through a concubine, killed 70 of his brothers, but Jotham was not killed (Judges 9:5)
- Logically, two of Gideon's sons were not killed: Abimelek (who went on to become king) and Jotham (who escaped)
How many sons did Gideon have?