(lion of God), son of Kenaz and younger brother of Caleb (Joshua 15:17; Judges 1:13; 3:9; 1 Chronicles 4:13). The first mention of Othniel is on occasion of the taking of Kirjath-sepher, or Debir as it was afterward called. Caleb promised to give his daughter Achsah to whosoever should assault and take the city. Othniel won the prize. The next mention of him is in Judges 3:9, where he appears as the first judge of Israel after the death of Joshua and the deliverer of his countrymen from the oppression of Chushahrishathaim (Judges 3:8-9).
Smith's Bible Names Dictionary (1866).