Deborah (Deb´uh-ruh; Heb., “bee”)

1 Rebekah’s nurse (Gen 35:8; Gen 24:59). 2 An Israelite judge and prophet. Though the exact duties of the judges are not clear, some appear to have exercised legal functions, while others were purely military leaders. Deborah combined these two important offices in addition to holding a third one, that of prophet (Judg 4:4). She rendered legal decisions to Israelites who came to her in the hill country of Ephraim (Judg 4:5), and she led an Israelite coalition to victory over the militarily superior Canaanite forces of Sisera in the plain of Esdraelon. Deborah’s victory is recorded in prose (Judg 4) and poetry (Judg 5). 3 The grandmother of Tobit (Tob 1:8).

Gen 35:8

8And Deborah, Rebekah's nurse, died, and she was buried under an oak below Bethel. So it was called Allon-bacuth.

Gen 24:59

59So they sent away their sister Rebekah and her nurse along with Abraham's servant and his men.

Judg 4:4

4At that time Deborah, a prophetess, wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel.

Judg 4:5

5She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim; and the Israelites came up to her for judgment.

Judg 4

Deborah and Barak
1The Israelites again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, after Ehud died.2So the Lord sold them into the hand of King Jabin of Canaan ... View more

Judg 5

The Song of Deborah
1Then Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang on that day, saying:2“When locks are long in Israel,
when the people offer themselves willingly— ... View more

Tob 1:8

8A third tenth I would give to the orphans and widows and to the converts who had attached themselves to Israel. I would bring it and give it to them in the thi ... View more

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