Judge Othniel (Judges 3:8-11)
Othniel (עָתְנִיאֵל בֶּן קְנַז, Otniel ben Kenaz) was the first of the judges of Israel. The name Othniel can be interpreted as „Protector of God“ or „Protection (is) God“.
Some time after the death of Joshua, the Israelites once again turned to sin and fell under the subjection of Chushan-rishathaim, the king of Aram-Naharaim in Mesopotamia. He oppressed them for eight years. When they cried unto God, Othniel was raised up to be their deliverer.
He is the only Judge mentioned connected with the Tribe of Judah.
Under Othniel, peace lasted for forty years.