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Jael’s Skin of Milk
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The wife of Heber the Kenite, known for killing Sisera (Judg 4:17–22; 5:2–31).For 20 years, Jabin, the king of Canaan, had oppressed Israel, and Sisera was his general. The prophetess Deborah had stirred up the tribes of Israel to do battle against him, prophesying that Sisera would be delivered “into the hand of a woman” (Judg 4:9). The Israelites defeated him at “Taanach by the waters of Megiddo” (Judg 5:19), but Sisera ran away from the battle. He fled to the tent of Jael, because there was peace between Jabin and the family of Heber. She invited him to take shelter there, and she killed him as he slept (Judg 4:17–22). Having murdered him, she went forth to meet Barak the Israelite general and claimed the credit. Deborah then praises Jael for killing Sisera in this way (Judg 5:24).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Jael
Jael (יָעֵל‎, ya'el). The wife of Heber the Kenite, known for killing Sisera (Judg 4:17–22; 5:2–31).For 20 years, Jabin, the king of Canaan, had oppressed Israel, and Sisera was his general. The prophetess Deborah had stirred up the tribes of Israel to do battle against him, prophesying that Sisera would
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Jael (Person)
JAEL (PERSON) [Heb yāʿēl (יָעֵל)]. The wife of Heber the Kenite (Judg 4:17) who gave shelter and then murdered Sisera, commander of the Canaanite coalition armies of Jabin, king of Hazor. He had been defeated by the combined armies of Israel under the leadership of Barak and Deborah (Judg 4:16). What
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Jael
Jael. Wife of Heber the Kenite. Though the wife of a man belonging to the Kenite tribe which was at peace with Jabin, the Canaanite king, Jael demonstrated her loyalty to Israel, Jabin’s enemy. Displaying oriental hospitality, she invited Sisera, Jabin’s general, into her tent, gave him milk instead
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Jael
Jael jāʹel [Heb. yāʿēl—‘a wild or mountain goat,’ as in Ps. 104:18]. The wife of Heb.er the Kenite and the slayer of Sisera (Jgs. 4:17–22; 5:2–31). Jael obtained fame by a single act. For years Jabin king of the Canaanites had oppressed Israel with iron chariots led by his general Sisera. Deborah,
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Jael
JAEL Wife of Heber. Though her husband was from the Kenite tribe, a longtime ally of Israel, he had chosen to side with Jabin, the Canaanite king. Jael demonstrated her loyalty to Israel, Jabin’s enemy, however, by inviting Sisera, Jabin’s general, into her tent, giving him milk instead of water, providing
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Jael
Jael (jay´uhl; Heb., “mountain goat”), a Kenite woman who killed the Canaanite general Sisera. Jael is called the wife of Heber, though her husband never appears in the biblical accounts, which provide both a prose (Judg. 4) and a poetic (Judg. 5) version of the story. The Kenites were apparently on
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Jael
JAEL. The wife of Heber the Kenite in the days of the judges (see Heber). The Kenites were Midianites of the family into which Moses had married. Hobab, Moses’ brother-in-law, had come to the Promised Land with Israel, and his descendants still lived there.In the battle between Hazor and the northern
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Jael
JAEL (Heb. yā‘ēl, ‘wild goat’). The wife of Heber the Kenite and murderess of Sisera (Jdg. 4:17–21). At that time the Canaanites, under the leadership of Jabin, king of Hazor, and Sisera dominated Israel. In a parenthetical note (Jdg. 4:11) the presence of the Kenites as far N as Zaanannim, on the
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Jael
Jael (Heb. yāʿēl)The Kenite woman, wife of Heber, who cunningly set up Sisera, the exhausted Canaanite commander, by catering to his needs after his defeat at the hands of the Israelites and who then treacherously killed him after he had come to trust her (Judg. 4:17–22; 5:24–27). The details of this
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Jael
Jael [jāˊəl] (Heb. yā˓ēl “mountain goat”).† The Kenite woman who killed the Canaanite army commander Sisera after his defeat by the Israelites under Barak and Deborah. The name is also found as an Amorite village in the Mari period.Jael’s actions are recorded both in a prose account (Judg. 4:17–22)
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
Jael
JAEL יעלI. Jael at whose hands →Sisera met his death (Judg 4–5) has been interpreted as a demythologized incarnation of the goddess →Amaltheia (Garbini 1978).II. The principal motive for speculations about the mythological background of Jael is the conjectural connection between the name Sisera (סיסרא‎)
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Jael
JAEL (Hebrew, “mountain goat”) The wife of Heber the Kenite (Judg 4:17). She gave shelter to Sisera, the fleeing general in charge of the Canaanite armies of Jabin, king of Hazor, following his defeat by Barak and Deborah (Judg 4:16). When Sisera fell asleep, Jael pounded a tent stake through his skull
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