After Jephtah's death, the judge was Ibzan of Beth-Lehem. He is also known as Boaz, by which name he is called in the Book of Ruth. Ruth the Moabite had been left the childless widow of Ibzan's cousin. Boaz married her, and together they became the ancestors of King David, born four generations later.

Ibzan judged Israel for seven years.


After the death of Ibzan, Elon, a native of Zebulun, became the Judge. He ruled for ten years.


The next Judge was Abdon, an Ephraimite, who ruled over Israel for eight years.