In the Song, however, Jael offers Sisera
curds, and there is no mention
She replies scornfully that of course Sisera
was asleep when she killed him: the Lord made Sisera
sleep and gave her the strength to drive the spike in order to fulfill Deborah's prophecy.
One sees Sisera
at times lying peacefully and at others struggling in the brief foreknowledge of his peril, as in a drawing by Rembrandt (fig.
According to the code of ancient warfare, the death of such a feared warrior as Sisera
at the hands of a woman deals a humiliating blow to the enemy and earns greater safety for vulnerable Israel.
The second story she finds concerns Jahel, a daring woman who liberated the Chosen people from the tyrant Sisera
by hammering a wooden peg into his forehead as he slept (Judg.
Jael salio para saludar a Sisera
y le dijo, "Venga, venga, no tenga miedo".
Other examples include Jael, who drove a tent peg through the head of Canaanite general Sisera
(Judges 4-5), Bahab the prostitute of Jericho who hid Joshua's spies (Joshua 2:1-21, 6:22-25), and the midwives, who refuse Pharaoh's order to kill Hebrew infants (Exodus 1:15-22).
Whereas AERC is a network of researchers, SISERA
is a network of 16 research institutions, often part of prominent African universities.
Like Jael's fatal hammer to the head of Sisera
," said McCormack, "Roberta, if she must, can pack a powerful punch.
Among them are Deborah, a military commander; Jael, her cohort, that "most blessed of women," who kills the Canaanite commander, Sisera
, by driving a tent peg through his temple; the woman of Thebez who kills the royal pretender Abimelech by dropping a stone on his head from the tower where he has imprisoned her; and Delilah, Samson's mistress who robs him of his strength by cutting his hair.
The tale of Jael's murder of the Canaanite warrior and enemy, Sisera
, had patriotic parallels with Judith's story.
Her repression takes on an euphoric tone when she imagines herself like Jael who extends hospitality to the Canaanite army chief Sisera
and then kills the slumbering chieftain by driving a tent pin through his temples and into the ground (Judges 4:18-21).