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IN BRIEF

PASSAGE

Judges 4–8

THEME

Deliverance by the judges

SETTING

13th century BCE During the settlement of Canaan, the Promised Land.

KEY FIGURES

Gideon One of the 12 judges. Chosen by God to help the Israelites seize victory over the Midianites.

Abimelech Gideon’s son who proclaims himself king against God’s will and sets in motion the next cycle of decline for the Israelites.

The Midianites A semi-nomadic people from east of the Jordan, who fight against Israel.

The story of Gideon is typical of the events of the Book of Judges. It follows a familiar cycle of disobedience, punishment, repentance, and deliverance, as the Israelites yet ...

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