Abimelech the Watermelon

Is the Bible mistaken when it says that Abimelech got a skull fracture from a millstone dropped on him from a tower?

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Abimelech the Watermelon


In the book of Judges we read of how “a certain woman” gave the Philistine leader Abimelech a skull fracture when she threw a millstone on him from a tower. Some biblical scholars concluded that no woman could lift a huge millstone to throw it. Besides, what would a millstone be doing at the top of a tower?


Archaeologists easily answered these questions. The type of millstone in use at the time of this incident was a round, loaf-shaped stone that weighed between four and seven pounds. This job was often done on a roof.


They also drew a face on a watermelon, named it Abimelech, and dropped stones onto it from a two-story tower. Abimelech did not survive.


For Creation Moments Minute, I’m Darren Marlar.


Ref: Biblical Archaeology Review, 1-2/02, pp. 34-37, 62, Denise Dick Herr and Mary Petrina Boyd, “A Watermelon Named Abimelech.”