EBED (ĕ'bĕd, Heb.,‘evedh, servant)
Father of Gaal, the adversary of Ahimelech who unsuccessfully rebelled against this ruler in Shechem (
EBED ē’ bĕd (עֶ֨בֶד, LXX ̓Ωβήθ, slave, servant; perhaps a hypocoristicon for the theophoric name, עַבְדִּיאֵ֣ל, “servant of God”). 1. Father of Gaal who rebelled against Abimelech (
2. One of the sons of Adin who accompanied Ezra on his return (
The word is also part of the compound name, Ebed-melech (q.v.), and an element in the expression, אֶבֶד יהוה, “ ” (on the concept, “slave of God” cf. E. Yamauchi, Bulletin of the Evangelical Theological Society, IX , 31-49).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
(1) Father of Gaal, who rebelled against Abimelech (
(2) A companion of Ezra in his return (