Deborah - Bible study ideas
Activities for individuals and groups
The stories of Jael and the young King David are similar in several ways. Yet there is a great difference between the fame of David and Jael. Everyone knows the story of David and Goliath, (see Bible Men and Women: David for the story), but few people have heard of Jael.
Women in films about war
List some films about women in war. You can choose recent films or classics like Rome, Open City or Two Women. If this is a group activity, choose films most people know.
Stage 2: Glance over your list
1. Have you chosen films that are realistic, or do you prefer films that are inspiring/uplifting?
Stage 3: Choose the film you like best
Stage 4: Think about your choices
Group activity: discuss these questions, making sure everyone in the group has a chance to talk about their ideas.
Single activity: sit down for a few minutes and focus your mind; make a quick list of your favorites; read through the Stage 3 questions, and think about them as you do other tasks in your day.
Comparing the stories
The story of Jael is told in prose (Judges 4) and poetry (Judges 5). Go to Bible text: Deborah to find passages from both accounts that describe the same incident.
Warfare in ancient times
Research methods of warfare in the period of the Judges - see for example
Try where possible to present your information visually, using maps, drawings, models, etc. What lessons can we learn from Deborah's approach to the battle?
In depth study of one person's story
Choose one of the people in this story and develop a presentation about them.
In your presentation, answer the following questions:
1. What are the main events of the person's life? Tell the story.
Tell the story.
2. What were their main qualities? What made them stand out from the crowd?
3. What obstacles did they face? Did they overcome them, or go with the flow? Explain.
Did they overcome them, or go with the flow? Explain.
4. How did they use their abilities to do Godís work?
5. Which part of their story appeals to you most? Why?
Include three short quotations from the Bible to illustrate the points you are making.
Drawing a cartoon
Collect examples of modern satirical cartoons about war and fighting. How do they make fun of the person/situation they are depicting?
Using modern cartoons as your example, draw
1. What are the most interesting moments in Deborah's story?