Tola, the seventh Judge of Israel

Judges 10:1-2. Tola was from the tribe of Issachar. He ruled for 23 years 1149BC-1129BC.

Tola seems to have been raised to the position of Judge by God. He did what was asked of him by God, to rule in God’s wisdom and peace for the people of Israel, and so there was no need to record anything about the events of Tola’s life.

Tola in Hebrew means: worm or Crimson color, i.e.the color of the kermes dye produced from a scale insect, Kermes vermilio.

He lived in Shamir, in the hill country of Ephraim, even though he was from the tribe of Issachar, whose land allotment by Moses was in a different part of Israel. See Joshua 13:1-21:45.

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Tola, Israel’s seventh Judge

10:1 A man from the tribe of Issachar, Puah’s son Tola, grandson of Dodo, arose to save Israel. He lived in Shamir, in the mountainous regiona of Ephraim. 2 He governed Israel for 23 years and then died. He was buried in Shamir.
Judges 10:1-2

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