Deborah and Barak sing
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Deborah, Song of
Deborah, Song of The Song of Deborah (Jgs. 5:2–31a) is generally regarded by biblical scholars as one of the earliest examples of Hebrew poetry. Composed in the latter half of the 12th cent. b.c., it preserves ancient poetic patterns and contains several examples of archaic Hebrew grammatical usage.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Deborah, Song of
DEBORAH, SONG OF Ancient poem found in Judges 5, celebrating an Israelite victory over the Canaanites. Similar to Moses’ song (Ex 15:1–18), and paralleling a prose account in Judges 4, the Song of Deborah describes the miraculous defeat of a powerful Canaanite king, Jabin of Hazor, and of Sisera, his
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
DEBORAH, SONG OF. The poem in Judg 5:2–30 (31) is commonly called the “Song of Deborah.” Widely regarded as one of the oldest compositions in the OT, the song is characterized by repetitive style, vivid imagery, and a rapid montage of scenes. The related prose account in Judg 4, different in detail and
Key passages
Jdg 5:1–31

And Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang on that day: “When long hair hangs loosely in Israel, when the people willingly offer themselves, bless Yahweh! Hear, O kings! Give ear, O princes! I will sing to Yahweh; I will sing praise to Yahweh, the God of Israel. …

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