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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature


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Ba´rak, lightning; son of Abinoam of Kedesh-Naphtali, a Galilean city of refuge in the tribe of Naphthali (Judges 4:6; comp. Joshua 19:37; Joshua 21:32). He was summoned by the prophetess Deborah to take the field against the hostile army of the Canaanitish king Jabin, commanded by Sisera, with 10,000 men from the tribes of Naphthali and Zebulon, and to encamp on Mount Tabor, probably because the 900 chariots of iron (Judges 4:3), in which the main force of Sisera consisted, could not so easily maneuver on uneven ground. After some hesitation, he resolved to do her bidding, on condition that she would go with him, which she readily promised. Confiding, therefore, in the God of Israel, he attacked the hostile army by surprise, put them to flight, and routed them to the last man. In conjunction with Deborah, he afterwards composed a song of victory in commemoration of that event (Judges 5:14-16).





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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Barak'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature".

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