Judges of Ancient Israel
1398 - 1380
Joshua's name means 'Jehovah is his help' or 'Jehovah the Savior.' He led the Israelites into the Promised Land (1405 B.C.) instead of Moses and was the first of eighteen Judges to govern God's people.
1350 - 1310
Othniel, whose name means 'lion of God,' was married to one of Caleb's daughters (Joshua 15:16 - 17). God raised him up to save his people when they were oppressed for eight years by Cushan, the King of Mesopotamia
1292 - 1212
God raised up this judge when his people were oppressed by Eglon, King of Moab.
Deborah and Barak
1192 - 1152
Deborah's name means 'a bee' and Barak's means 'lightning.' It was Deborah, a prophetess, who summoned Barak to lead the army. They were successful in freeing the people from the bondage and slavery of Jabin, King of Hazor.
1153 - 1113
Eli was both Israel's High Priest and Judge. He had two sons, Phinehas and Hophni, who served as priests ministering at God's tabernacle in Shiloh.
1145 - 1105
Gideon saved the people from the oppression of the Midianites. After his victory there was peace for forty years.
1105 - 1102
Abimelech was one of Gideon's SEVENTY sons. The irony is that although he did not save Israel from any enemy, he was so evil that the people had to be saved from HIM (see Judges 9)!
1102 - 1079
Tola's name comes from the Hebrew word meaning 'scarlet worm' or the color of scarlet. He was from the tribe of Issachar.
1087 - 1081
Jephthah saved the people from eighteen years of oppression by the Ammonites. Many Christians believe that he sacrificed his only daughter to God due to a vow. For the TRUTH regarding this vow please see our article 'Did Jephthah really SACRIFICE his only daughter to God?'
1085 - 1065
Samson was a Nazarite from birth (Judges 13:3 - 5). He is the first person Scripture mentions as living the life of a Nazarite. God raised him up to free his people from their sworn enemies the Philistines.
1085 - 1053
Samuel's name means 'heard of God.' Samuel anoints Saul, then later David, as king.
1081 - 1074
Had thirty sons and thirty daughters (Judges 12:9).
1079 - 1057
Jair, who was fairly wealthy, had thirty sons (Judges 10:3 - 5).
1074 - 1064
|Elon was of the tribe of Zebulon.|
1064 - 1056
Abdon, whose name means 'servile,' had forty sons and thirty nephews (Judges 12:14).
1053 - 1050
The name of Samuel's sons that served as judges of Israel are Joel (the oldest) and Abijah. Because of their corrupt behavior, the nation's elders ask Samuel to anoint them a human king like all the nations around them (1Samuel 8).