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Bible maps - Judges

Maps showing locations in Judges.
Tribal Allotment of the Promised Land. <br/>After the Israelites had conquered portions of the Promised Land and Joshua had grown old, the Lord directed him to divide the rest of the land among the tribes of Israel as their inheritance (Joshua 13-20). – Slide 1
Judges of Israel <br/>Under Joshua’s leadership the Israelites conquered and occupied most of Canaan, but Canaanites continued to occupy many parts of the land, particularly the valleys and the coastal areas. From time to time these Canaanites oppressed the Israelites, and the Lord raised up local leaders to help the Israelites fight against them. The book of Judges details the exploits of twelve of these leaders: Othniel, Shamgar, Deborah, Gideon, Tola, Jair, Jephthah, Ibzan, Elon, Abdon, Samson, and Ehud. – Slide 2
Ehud Rescues Israel. <br/>The Lord raised up a left-handed Benjaminite named Ehud to liberate the Israelites from Eglon king of Moab. – Slide 3
Deborah and Barak - Location of Mount Tabor. <br/>The scenic and spacious Jezreel Valley is located just north of ancient Samaria. This fertile plain served (and still serves) as the breadbasket of Israel-–and the site of numerous bloody battles throughout Bible times. From Gideon (Judges 7) to Deborah (Judges 4-5) to Saul (1 Samuel 28-31) to Josiah (2 Kings 23:29-30; 2 Chronicles 35:20-27). – Slide 4
Deborah and Barak - Mount Tabor and Local Tribes. <br/>Among the gentle foothills of Lower Galilee stands Mount Tabor. Mount Tabor does not appear to have been included within any of the tribes’ allotted territory (see Joshua 19), although three of the tribes bordered it. Tabor was the location where Deborah and Barak attacked the forces of Sisera and King Jabin of Hazor (Judges 4-5) and where Gideon’s brothers were later slaughtered by the Midianites (Judges 8:18-19). – Slide 5
Deborah and Barak defeat Sisera. <br/>This story is about a judge named Deborah who was holding court in the territory of Benjamin. Deborah and Barak led an army with God’s help to defeat the Canaanite King Jabin and his military leader Sisera. – Slide 6
Gideon Defeats the Midian-ites. <br/>During the time of the Judges, the Israelites were oppressed for seven years by the Midianites, Amalek-ites, and perhaps Ishmael-ites (see Judges 8:24), who repeatedly invaded the land during harvest time and ruined all the crops. An angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon in the town of Ophrah, which was located in the largely Canaanite Jezreel Valley (see Judges 1:27). The angel called Gideon to save Israel from their oppressors. – Slide 7
Gideon - the Tower at Peniel. <br/>Gideon tore down a tower at Peniel after the people there refused to help him while he was pursuing the Midianites (Judges 8). – Slide 8
Jephthah’s Exploits. <br/>The people of Israel were suffering attacks by the Ammonites against the region of Gilead and the tribes of Judah, Benjamin, and Ephraim (Judges 10:6-10). Jephthah had been born to a prostitute in Gilead and was driven away to the land of Tob by his brothers, but the elders of Gilead sent for him to come and lead them to fight against the Ammonites. – Slide 9
Samson’s Exploits. <br/>Samson was born to an Israelite couple from the tribe of Dan near the border of Philistia. Samson was specially dedicated to God as a Nazirite (see Numbers 6:1-21), and the Lord foretold that Samson would lead the Israelites against the Philistines, who were oppressing Israel at the time. – Slide 10
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