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Regament King of Israel
Predecessor Zimri
Successor Omri

Tibni (Hebrew: תִּבְנִי‎‎ Ṯiḇnî) was a claimant to the throne of Israel and the son of Ginath. Albright has dated his reign to 876 – 871 BC, while Thiele offers the dates 885 – 880 BC.

In the Bible[edit]

After Zimri, had ended his life, after a reign of seven days, the people of Israel were divided into two factions, one siding with Omri, and the other with Tibni. They and their forces fought each other for several years until Omri's forces prevailed and Tibni's death. It appears that Tibni was regent over half the kingdom of Israel for a period of four years. Tibni had a brother named Joram, who seconded him in the dispute over the throne and who died at the same time as himself, probably at the hands of Omri's party.[1] Tibni's death is recorded but not explained.


Tibni appears to have been of Jerahmeelite origin as his rival Omri.[2]

It was suggested that Tibni is a nickname meaning "man of straw".[3]


  1. ^ "Tibni", Jewish Encyclopedia
  2. ^ Encyclopaedia Biblica : a critical dictionary of the literary, political, and religious history, the archaeology, geography, and natural history of the Bible, ed. T.K. Cheyne, London: Macmillan Company, 1903, volume 4, p. 5068.
  3. ^ Tibni, in: The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1988, vol. 4, p. 848.

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Contemporary King of Judah: Asa
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Prince of Israel
882 BCE
Succeeded by