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People: Deborah


An Israelite prophetess and influential judge.


Deborah was an Israelite prophetess during a time that Israel was dominated by the Canaanites. During the Period of the Judges Deborah summoned a man named Barak to gather the tribes at Mt. Tabor and attack the Canaanite army led by Sisera. A sudden rainstorm caused the Canaanite chariots to get stuck in the mud and the Israelites routed them. The Canaanite general Sisera fled to the tent of a woman named Jael, who pounded a tent peg through his head as he slept, killing him. After the overwhelming victory, Deborah sang a triumphal song of praise to God.

AUTHOR: Robert Brusic, Seminary Pastor Emeritus