What was different about Deborah?

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Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Deborah is first mentioned in chapter four from the book of Judges in the Bible:

Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time (5)

One of the reasons Deborah is unique among women in the Bible is because she is a prophet; there are only six mentions of women filling this role throughout the Bible, so her experiences with prophecy and leadership set her apart.  Deborah is also the fourth judge to lead Israel  and dealt with many responsibilities such as deciding controversies, delivering verdicts, and handing down judgments (Judges 4:1-5:31).  Of all the judges, Deborah is portrayed in the best possible light.  Known as a "mother of Israel," she boldly spoke God's commands and honored him with praise.