brightness, a place some 11 miles north-east of Shechem, on the road to Scythopolis, the modern Tabas. Abimelech led his army against this place, because of its participation in the conspiracy of the men of Shechem; but as he drew near to the strong tower to which its inhabitants had fled for safety, and was about to set fire to it, a woman cast a fragment of millstone at him, and "all to brake his skull" i.e., "altogether brake," etc. His armourbearer thereupon "thrust him through, and he died" (Judg. 9:50-55).
Probably the millstone which crushed the head of Abimelech at thebez (Judges 9:53) was the upper stone of a saddle quern.
At thebez, another of the confederate cities, the pretender met his death.
The place, however, is most remarkable to us as being the thebez of Judges ix.
thebez imitated Shechem, and came nigh suffering the same penalty.
Some might accuse, others excuse, the woman of thebez; but all would argue that she caused the death of Abimelech.
Didn't a woman cast an upper millstone on him from the wall, so that he died at thebez?
In the siege of the tower which stood within the walls of thebez the horrible expedient of burning was again attempted.
Then he turned from Shechem to thebez, some miles to the north.
Then went Abimelech to thebez, and encamped against thebez, and took it.
Did not a woman cast an upper millstone upon him from the wall, so that he died at thebez?