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All the leaders of Shechem assembled themselves together, and all Beth-millo, and went and made Abimelech king by the oak of the pillar that was in Shechem. Bible

“leaders.” The Hebrew is baal, in this context likely the leaders or landowners.

“Beth-millo.” Beth-millo could be another site location nearby Shechem, or it could possibly be another area of Shechem, such as a specially built up or fortified area of Shechem.

“oak of the pillar.” The “pillar” seems to be something “set up,” and associated with a place, not just a single pillar. So the oak of the pillar would have been in the general area of the pillar, or thing that had been set up.


Commentary for: Judges 9:6