Characters / Book of Judges

The Judges
  • Unlikely Hero: A interesting characteristic common among the titular judges is how they go against the norm of expected hero tropes.


King Eglon of Moab

"And I rose a mother in Israel".
  • Action Girl: She got her job as judge/ruler by acting when the men would not.
  • Animal Theme Naming: Her name means bee.
  • Brains and Brawn: Deborah is the brains to Barak's Brawn; Without her at his side guiding him every step of the way, he wouldn't have gone to war.
  • Iron Lady: She was nearly unstoppable in battle
  • Lady of War: Again, how she got her job.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Certainly not intentional, but she IS the only female Judge.
  • Team Mom: See the quote. She's the team mom for the entire Jewish nation.
  • Token Girl: Deborah is the only female judge; she took the job when no men were willing or able.
  • Warrior Poet: Her and Barak celebrate the victory over Sisera and his army by breaking into song.

"Come and I shall show you the man you are looking for"

"If you will go with me, I also shall certainly go; but if you will not go with me, I shall not go."

"You say that you have decided to use me to rescue Israel. Well, I am putting some wool on the ground where we thresh the wheat..."



"From this day I shall be blameless in what I do against the Philistines: For I will do you evils.


The other Judges (Othniel, Shamgar, Tola, Jair, Ibzan, Elon and Abdon)
  • The Cavalry: Jair and Abdon had sons and grandsons who rode donkeys, making them excellent cavalry in the hill country
  • Chosen One: God picked them personally.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Shamgar's weapon was an ox goad.