The Rise of Deborah

And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time. And she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Beth-el in mount Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment. Judges 4:4‭-‬5 KJV

I was in a journey the whole of yesterday. I didn’t want to play with analysis of this judge. This is how the Encyclopedia of Jewish women describes her: ” Deborah is one of the major judges (charismatic military leaders, not juridical figures) in the story of how Israel takes the land of Canaan. She is the only female judge, the only one to be called a prophet, and the only one described as performing a judicial function.” Pause and count her roles: the wife of Lapidoth, a mother, a military leader, a prophetesses, and a judge. Each role is a full time occupation.She knew how to multitask without letting the other suffer. Trust the Bible. It would have been mentioned. Imagine it if somewhere you read: ” And Lapidoth complained because there was no food for the children”. She would have been out of the team. We could talk about her leadership qualities for a long time, but let’s concentrate on her ability to multitask. James Morgan ,a BBC science reporter in 2013 found out that ” It is not a myth – women really are better than men at multitasking, at least in certain cases, a study says. Men were slower and less organised than women when switching rapidly between tasks in tests by UK psychologists.” The report he quoted is the Journal of BMC psychology. The report is worth reading in all. Men were found to be 77% slower than women in switching tasks. Is there something in women that God did not put in men? The debate may continue, but Deborah did her share. What about you? What will your report read like?

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