Zebul (biblical figure)

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Gaal (left) points out to Zebul the approach of Abimelech's army.

Zebul is a character in the Hebrew Bible, appearing in Judges 9. He is one of Abimelech's officers, and the governor (or "commandant"[1]) of the city of Shechem. Zebul played an important role in the rebellion and defeat of Gaal, secretly sending messengers to Abimelech warning him of the situation.

Barry Webb describes him as a loyal friend of Abimelech, and a "shrewd military tactician".[2]


  1. ^ David Francis Roberts, "Zebul," International Standard Bible Encyclopedia.
  2. ^ Barry Webb, The Book of Judges, p. 284.