The War of Deborah – The Battle

* If you are a member of Biblewhere, you can log in and have free access to read more on this fascinating subject.

* @If you are not a member, you may open the registration pane, become a member, and enjoy all Biblewhere material.

Deborah was called both a prophetess (Judges 4:4) and “a mother of Israel” (Judges 5:7). It was she, though far from Galilee, who first sensed the initiative from God to do something about Jabin, Sisera, and the trouble up north (Judges 4:6; 5:7, 12).
The battle itself is described in brief in Judges 4:12-16. When Deborah gave the command to charge, the Israelite warriors rushed down the mountain slope, gathering speed and adrenaline as they went. The Canaanites broke into a frantic retreat back toward their campground at Harosheth-ha-goiim. What made them break ranks and flee? See Judges 5:4-5.

Fifth century mosaic representing the miracle of the loaves and fishes. (Photo: S. Magal)