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People: Jael

Jael

Woman who killed Sisera in the days of Deborah.

Background

Fleeing from the Israelite army led by Deborah and Barak, the Canaanite general Sisera was welcomed by a woman named Jael.  When Sisera fell asleep Jael killed him with a mallet and tent peg. She is praised for her valor in the song of Deborah.

AUTHOR: Robert Brusic, Seminary Pastor Emeritus