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Ancient Jewish History:
The Judges of Israel


Ancient Jewish History: Table of Contents | The Temples | The Twelve Tribes


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Othniel
 (3:7-11) 1st Judge after Joshua's death
Ehud
 (3:12-30) Fought the Moabites
Shagmar
(3:31) Led Israelites against the Philistines
Deborah
(4-5) Prophetess, guided Barak to victory over the Canaanites, only female judge
Gideon
(6-8) Defeated Midianites with 300 men
Abimelech
(9) Only judge to win leadership through treachery
Tola
(10:1-5) Judged Israel for 23 years
Yair
(10: 1-5) Judged Israel for 22 years
Jepthah
(10:17-12:7) Defeated Ammonites
Ibzan
(12:8-15) Judged people for 7 years
Elon
(12:8-15) Judge for 10 years
Abdon
(12:8-15) Ruled for 8 years
Samson
(13-16) Fought Phillistines singlehandedly
Eli
(1 Samuel 1:9) Priest, ruled people from the sanctuary at Gilo
Samuel
Last judge before the kingdom came under the rule of Saul

Sources: Israeli Foreign Ministry

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