Out of Edom

Christine Bass christinebass at home.com
Sun Oct 22 00:23:22 EDT 2000

The account of Deborah the prophetess, Jael and the trusting Sisera being
nailed by a woman has always been intriguing to me. The Song of Deborah
being the poetic version of this account in contrast to the prose account in
Judges 4. Deborah's song is a song of praise unto the Lord. It appears to me
that  verses 4-5 of  Judges 5 go back in time to reference and praise God's
deliverance of the Israelites in the Exodus, his leading them throught the
wilderness to the Promised Land.

"And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the
children of Israel before his death.
And he said, The Lord came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them: he
shined forth from mount Paran,
and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery
law..." (Deuteronomy 33:1-2)

As to what else may be gleaned from this text......hmmm, perhaps a man
should never trust a woman that says "trust me," .... or the Lord can use an
insignificant person to overcome a significant one. Or, more likely, that
Yahweh is the God of Israel and moves in powerful ways to protect his


Christine Bass

----- Original Message -----
From: <barre at nethere.com>
To: "Biblical Hebrew" <b-hebrew at franklin.oit.unc.edu>
Sent: Saturday, October 21, 2000 7:25 PM
Subject: Out of Edom

> Dear forum members,
> Yahweh, when you set out from Seir,
> as you trod the land of Edom,
> earth shook, the heavens quaked,
> the clouds dissolved into water.
> The mountains melted before Yahweh,
> before Yahweh, the god of Israel. (Judg 5:4-5)
> I am interested in what opinions people hold as to the identity of the
event described in this text from the Song of Deborah and also in whatever
other information may be gleaned from this passage.
> Thank you for your comments.
> L.M. Barre



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