Tola (8:33-10:2)

Study notes  2019
Tags: Tola; Judges 8:33-10:2; Israel; Spiritual life; Baal; Abimelech
Excerpted from Profiles of the Judges

Description of Spiritual Failure
“As soon as Gideon died, the people of Israel turned again and whored after the Baals and made Baal-berith their god. And the people of Israel did not remember the Lord their God, who had delivered them from the hand of all their enemies on every side, and they did not show steadfast love to the family of Jerubbaal …” (8:33-35).
Nation(s) Oppressing Israel Not recorded; see Special Notes
Nature of Foreign Oppression Not recorded; see Special Notes
Length of Foreign Oppression Not recorded; see Special Notes
Cry for Deliverance Not recorded
Provenance of Judge Of the tribe of Issachar, but residing in Ephraim (10:1)
Special Notes The account of the period leading up to Tola’s service as judge contains no reference to foreign oppression. However, even if Israel may have been free from foreign attacks, it was the scene of significant bloodshed due to the arrogant ambition of Gideon’s son Abimelech, whom the town of Shechem recognized as king (9:1-49). Abimelech’s illegitimate reign lasted at least three years (9:22) before he met an untimely demise (9:53-54). Ironically, Gideon laid the foundation for Abimelech’s sins by conducting himself presumptuously, not least in the naming of his son (Abimelech means “my father is king”).
Length of Judge’s Service 23 years (10:2)
Duration of Peace Not recorded