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Definition of DEBORAH
: a Hebrew prophetess who rallied the Israelites in their struggles against the Canaanites
Origin of DEBORAH
First Known Use: 14th century
(flourished 12th century BC) Prophet and heroine of the Hebrew scriptures. Her story is told in the book of Judges. With her general, Barak, she is credited with defeating the Canaanite armies led by Sisera. The Israelite victory over the Canaanites, which was aided by a thunderstorm that Israel saw as the coming of God from Mount Sinai, was celebrated in the Song of Deborah (Judges 5), possibly the earliest portion of the Bible.