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Heroic Women in Deuteronomistic History

Miriam R. Alejandrino, O.S.B.


“Hero” is the usual translation of the Hebrew word gibbôr which in the Bible refers to a “young vigorous man apt for all that is virile” or a “strong, valiant man.” Gibbôr can thus be used for men who have achieved military or political victory for the welfare of the nation. In this article, however, we examine some texts on women in the Deuteronomistic History (DH) to determine whether the qualities that constitute a gibbôr can also be found in them. Indeed, some women in the DH could well qualify to be “heroines” based on the second part of the description of a gibbôr, that is, “those who achieved victory for the welfare of the nation.”

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