Real-Life Fairy Tales

Carole Towriss Book Launch, Prize of War 1 Comment

Othniel … “Lion of God.” The man who conquered a city to win his bride. The stuff fairy tales are made of.

We don’t know that they lived happily ever after, but we do know a bit more about Othniel than Acsah.

There is some controversy about whether he was Acsah’s uncle or cousin, due to the wording, “Othniel, son of Kenaz, Caleb’s brother.” Does Caleb’s brother refer to Kenaz or Othniel? In English, it would be Kenaz but apparently, in Hebrew it’s harder to tell. Most scholars go with cousin.

Girls usually married in their early teens, as soon as they could bear children. So, how old was he? With a lot of math, we can figure out that he was in his early twenties when he conquered Debir. So, not that much of a feat, maybe. (The math is below, if you’re interested.)

But he was in his seventies for his next big battle. The Bible says, “the Spirit of the Lord came on him, [and] … the Lord gave Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram into the hands of Othniel, who overpowered him.” I don’t think that means he could just walk up to old Cushy and knock him over with a feather. He still had to fight, and at over seventy that was no small task.

But then again, his uncle conquered Hebron at 85, so he came from good stock. Perhaps it ran in the family.

Prize of War will be available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback on October 20.
Join us for a Facebook launch party that night. We’ll have prizes, copies of the book (paperback and e-book), and I’m not sure what else yet!




  • Now, to Othniel. Let’s make him 21 at Debir. We need to add the 44 years Joshua lives, plus the 8 years of oppression. He is 73 when he liberates Judah from Cushy. Now add 40 for the years of peace, and he is 113 when he dies. You could add a few years if you desired, since many of his contemporaries lived to about 120, but it’s close.




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