The Interplay of Power and Femininism: A Typical Interpretation of Judges 4:4-22


The word “Power” has been given various interpretations by sociologist, philosophers and theologians etc. depending on each perspective. One basic fact about human societies and communities is the fact that leadership does not exist without power. The Old Testament presents the issue of power standing at the heart of story of ancient Israel. God challenges the judges and the rules of Israel to protect the rights of the “poor and the oppressed.” They were to exercise their power in a godly manner. A manner that would rescue the needy and deliver them from the wicked individuals. In all culture and religions women are considered to be inferior, unequal and secondary to men. They are regarded as weaker vessel, thereby containing Power in the masculine palace. Masculinity hinges on a man’s capacity to exercise power and control. Where male dominance is buttressed by an ideology of male superiority and dominance, women are bound to suffer biological, social political oppression and exploitation. The thrust of this paper is an attempt to examine the interplay of power by a woman based on a critical and theological interpretation of Judges 4:4-22. After which recommendation and conclusion shall be made.

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Kate Jibromah, Adeyemi College of Education, Nigeria

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Conference: ACERP2015
Stream: Interdisciplinary - Conflict Resolution and Mediation Studies

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