Q: How many judges were there in Israel, and how long did each rule? A: Judges ruled Israel for a period of time that most scholars say was about to years beginning in app.
The judges continued until Saul was made king, which ended the line of judges. Following is a list of the judges and how long each ruled. We find in 1 Sam that Samuel made his two sons Joel and Abijah judges when he became old, but this appears to have been very short-lived as they were corrupt.
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The Israelites demanded that Samuel appoint them a king instead 1 Sam , which God told Samuel to do. Samuel anointed Saul to be the first king, and from that point forward, kings ruled Israel in place of judges.
All of these judges are found in the book of Judges except for Eli and Samuel, who are found in 1st Samuel.
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Ehud 80 years Judg 3. Shamgar Unknown Judg Judg 4.
Gideon 40 years Judg 6. Tola 23 years Judg 8.
Jair 22 years Judg 9. Jephthah 6 years Judg Ibzan 7 years Judg Elon 10 years Judg Abdon 8 years Judg Samson 20 years Judg Eli 40 years 1 Sam Samuel 12 years - app.