Gideon means in the bible: Warrior, Hewer Down of Men He was the hero that saved Israel from being oppressed by the Midianites Judg. 6:11-8:35. Ophrah was a Manasseh town. He destroyed the altar of Baal, and also the “grove” that his father had built. This was his first move. 6:31-32. He defeated the Midianites with a small army using a strategym. He declined the offer of the kingship from his tribe. He made an idol with the Midianites’ gold and led people to idolatry, possibly unintentionally. Also see Isa. 9:4; 10:25; Heb. 11:32.
(in Bible Dictionary)