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Judge Othniel Ehud Shamgar (verses)
Home Tribe Judah Benjamin "son of Anath"
Notes Brother of Caleb; the spirit of the L-rd was on him; Defeated the Arameans Left-handed Killed Eglon, king of Moab, by trickery Judged for ½ a year Woman tribal leader, both military and legal Campaigned against Sisera, Canaanite general under Jabin, the King of Hazor Barak was military leader under Deborah Jael, a Kenite woman, killed Sisera as he fled Came from a family of Baal worshippers Afraid to trust G-d; portrayed as an arrogant coward G-d gave him a plan to defeat the Midianites Ended up worshipping Baal
Enemy Aramnaharaim Moab Philistia
(3:7-11) 2516-2556 (3:12-30) 2556-2636 (3:31) 2636 (4-5) 2636-2676
(6-8) 2676-2716 ** (9:22) 2716-19 (10:1-2) 2719-2742 (10:3-5) 2742-2764 (10:6-12:7) 2782-2788 (12:8-10) 2788-2794 (12:9-10) 2794-2804 (12:13-15) 2804-2812 (13-16) 2812-2832
Avimelek Tola Yair Yiftach Ibzan Elon Abdon
? Yissachar Gilead Gilead Yehudah Zebulun "son of Hillel the Buried in Ephraim Pirathonite" Dan Born to a barren woman by promise Nazarite, but broke his vows G-d helped him bring relief from the Philistines Fatal attraction to Delilah Buried at Shamir 300 years after entering the Land Possibly Boaz (who married Rus) ? ? Ammon ? ? ?
The rest of the book of Judges (17-21) describes a situation deteriorating on two fronts, the breakdown of religious sensitivity (17-18) and finally the breakdown of social concerns that led to civil war among the tribes (19-21) in which the tribe of Benjamin was nearly annihilated. The recurring comment that "there was no king" anticipates the rise of the monarchy that, while not the best religious move, brought some stability to a bad situation. **Years according to Radak, where 7 years of subjugation by Midian are included in Gideon’s 40 years. According to Rashi, Gideon’s judgeship began in year 2683 and Yiftach’s judgeship occurred after 300 years from conquest of land (2788)