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Title: Song of Deborah as Polemic
Author(s): WONG, Gregory T.K.
Volume: 88 Issue: 1 Date: 2007
Focusing on its rhetorical structure, this article argues that the Song of Deborah in Judg 5 may have been composed not so much primarily to celebrate a victory, but to serve as a polemic against Israelite non-participation in military campaigns against foreign enemies. Possible implications of such a reading on the song’s relationship with the prose account in Judg 4 and its date of composition are also explored.