THE TWELVE JUDGES
Each time the Israelites repented of their sins and asked God for deliverance from their attackers, God sent a leader called a “Judge”. The Hebrew meaning included “ruler” or “leader”. “Tribunal ruler” is probably a better way of describing them. These heroic leaders often rallied the Israelites and drove off the oppressors.
CLAIM TO FAME OF ACTIVITY
Defeated King of Aram, in what is now Syria.
Assassinated an oppressive king in what is now Jordan then led a successful revolt.
Killed 600 Philistines with an ox herder’s stick.
Led an army of foot soldiers that defeated an invading chariot corps.
With 300 men,drove off 135,000 invaders from Midian, a nation in what is now Jordan or Saudi Arabia.
Considered a minor “Judge”, a descendant of Dodo.
Had 20 sons, who owned 30 towns in the rich grazing land of Gilead, in what is now Jordan.
Defeated ammonites, and honored his vow celebrate victory by sacrificing his only child,a daughter
Had 30 sons and 30 daughters.
Had 40 sons and 30 grandsons, all of whom rode donkeys—suggesting a time of prosperity and peace.
A strongman who killed a lion with his bare hands and waged a one-man war against the Philistines, killing 1,000 with a donkey’s jawbone and then killing himself and thousands more when he pushed down the support pillars of a temple.