Tola (biblical figure)
Judges in the Bible
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|Book of Joshua|
|Book of Judges|
|First Book of Samuel|
According to the Bible, Tola (Hebrew: תּוֹלָע, Modern Tola, Tiberian Tôlāʻ) was one of the Judges of Israel. His career is summarised in Judges 10:1-2. He judged Israel for twenty-three years after Abimelech died. He lived at Shamir in Mount Ephraim, where he was also buried.
His name means "Crimson worm" or "scarlet stuff." The son of Puah and the grandson of Dodo from the tribe of Issachar, he had the same name as one of the sons of Issachar who migrated to Egypt with Jacob his grandfather in Genesis 46:13.
Of all the biblical judges, the least is written about Tola. None of his deeds are recorded. The entire account from Judges 10:1-2 (KJV) follows:
- 1And after Abimelech there arose to defend Israel Tola the son of Puah, the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar; and he dwelt in Shamir in mount Ephraim.
- 2And he judged Israel twenty and three years, and died, and was buried in Shamir.
- Book of Judges article (Jewish Encyclopedia)
Tola of Issachar
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