#82 Deborah and Joshua: Leading Voices of the Prophets

#82 Deborah and Joshua: Leading Voices from the Prophets

In this lesson you will learn about two leading biblical prophets, Deborah and Joshua. Prophets were people who would share their opinions and voice their suggestions to make the world a better and more fair place for everyone. They were driven by values and by very strong ethical attitudes. The Jewish Bible also includes an entire series of books called The Prophets. Today, you will learn about two well-known Prophets.


#1 KNOW THIS:  What is a Biblical Prophet in Hebrew?

Navi is the the Hebrew word for prophet and the Prophets spoke for the people and their highest calling.


#2. STUDY THIS: About Deborah

In the Book of Judges, it is stated that Deborah was a prophet, a judge of Israel and the wife of Lapidoth. She told her judgments beneath a date palm tree between Ramah in Benjamin and Bethel in the land of Ephraim. As Deborah prophesied, a battle is fought (led by Barak), and Sisera is completely defeated. He himself escapes on foot, while his army is pursued as far as Harosheth of the Gentiles and destroyed. Sisera comes to the tent of Jael; and he lies down to rest. 

The Biblical account of Deborah ends with the statement that after the battle, there was peace in the land for 40 years. (Judges 5:31).The Song of Deborah is found in Judges 5:2–31 and is a victory hymn, sung by Deborah and Barak, about the defeat of Canaanite adversaries by some of the tribes of Israel.

Deborah is remembered for her strength of character.

#3. WATCH. 


#4 Study: Joshua the Prophet

Joshua is the central figure in the Hebrew Bible‘s Book of Joshua. According to the books of ExodusNumbers and Joshua, he was Moses‘ assistant and became the leader of the Israelite tribes after the death of Moses. According to the Hebrew Bible, Joshua was one of the twelve spies of Israel sent by Moses to explore the land of Canaan. In Numbers 13:1–16, and after the death of Moses, he led the Israelite tribes in the conquest of Canaan, and allocated the land to the tribes.

Joshua also holds a position of respect among Muslims. According to Islamic tradition, he was, along with Caleb, one of the two believing spies whom Moses had sent to spy the land of Canaan.[4] All Muslims also see Joshua as the leader of the Israelites, following the death of Moses. Some Muslims also believe Joshua to be the “attendant” of Moses mentioned in the Quran.

Joshua is remembered for his optimism and hope.

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  1. What is the Hebrew word for prophet?
  2. What was the role of the prophet in biblical times?
  3. What are the names of two prophets
  4. What is Deborah remembered for in Jewish history?
  5. What is Joshua remembered for in Jewish history?
  6. If there was a prophet who lived today, what do you think their mission would be?

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