Othniel the First Judge of Israel
After an oppression of eight years by the Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram Naharaim, the Israelites again cried out to the LORD, and He gave them a deliverer or Judge called Othniel.
Othniel judged or ruled Israel for 40 years and was the first of eighteen Judges or rulers.
Othniel son of Kenaz, was the younger brother of Caleb and married Calebís daughter Acsah by capturing Kiriath Sepher.
Othniel in Hebrew means: Lion of God.
7 The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD; they
forgot the LORD their God and served the Baals and the Asherahs. 8
The anger of the LORD burned against Israel so that he sold them into the
hands of Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram Naharaim, to whom the Israelites
were subject for eight years. 9 But when they cried out to
the LORD, he raised up for them a deliverer, Othniel son of Kenaz,
Caleb's younger brother, who saved them. 10 The Spirit of
the LORD came upon him, so that he became Israel's judge and went to
war. The LORD gave Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram into the hands of
Othniel, who overpowered him. 11 So the land had peace for
forty years, until Othniel son of Kenaz died.