2. Of the tribe of Issachar, judge of Israel, at Shamir in Mount Ephraim, for twenty-three years after the death of Abimelech, Jg 10:1-2.
a scarlet worm. (1.) Eldest son of Issachar (Ge 46:13).
(2.) A judge of the tribe of Issachar who "judged" Israel twenty-three years (Jg 10:1-2), when he died, and was buried in Shamir. He was succeeded by Jair.
2. Next judge of Israel after Abimelech (Jg 10:1). Son of Puah, of Issachar. Judged for 23 years at Shamir in Mount Ephraim; here he died and was buried.
The first of the five minor Judges (Jg 10:1-2). In Ge 46:13; Nu 26:23; 1Ch 7:1 he appears as the son of Issachar; Tola was apparently the name of the leading clan of the tribe. It means 'a worm,' from which came a crimson dye (Ex 16:20; Isa 1:18); and was perhaps an animal name due to totemism. Shamir, his home and birthplace, is unidentified.
C. W. Emmet.
2. Son of Puah, of the tribe of Issachar: he judged Israel twenty-three years at Shamir in Mount Ephraim. Jg 10:1-2.
1. The first-born of Issachar and ancestor of the Tolaiters.
(B.C. about 1700.)
2. Judge of Israel after Abimelech.
He is described as "the son of Puah the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar." Tola judged Israel for twenty-three years at Shamir in Mount Ephraim, where he died and was buried. (B.C. 1206-1183.)