Today’s post was inspired by my wife. And while I say “inspired”, I mean something else entirely. When I come home from work, if she beats me home, our conversations start off something like this:
Me: Hello! How was your day?
Wife: Have your written that post about my Hebrew name yet? (*)
And you know, I was going to get around to it… in a few years… when I made it to the Book of Judges. My wife’s Hebrew name is “Dvora”, better known in English as Deborah, the so-called “mother of Israel” and the only female Judge mentioned in the Bible. And while I thought I could hold off, in truth Deborah is a fascinating biblical figure and worthy of a deeper look. She’s also one that I had only the vaguest recollection of before I started working on this blog.
But what made the story of Deborah so special? Not one, but two powerful and influential women and a fantastic bit of false foreshadowing that reads like something out of the Lord of the Rings. Read on for more.