Who were the Judges in the Bible?

Most of the biblical Judges can be found, as expected, in the Book of Judges with additional judges in the books of Joshua and Samuel. They were described as individuals who occupied positions as military rulers in times of conflict, in the era preceding Israelite sovereignty being established.

A repeating trend is commonly conveyed in the Book of Judges to demonstrate the necessity for the numerous judges: apostasy of the Israelite people, catastrophe occurs as punishment from God, then pleading to the Lord for salvation. The biblical narrative of the judges appears to depict successive individuals, each from a different tribe of Israel, portrayed as chosen by God to redeem the people from their enemies (and their own sinful ways) then again secure justice and reverence in society.

List of the Judges found in the Bible:

  1. Joshua
  2. Othniel 
  3. Ehud 
  4. Shamgar 
  5. Deborah 
  6. Gideon 
  7. Abimelech 
  8. Tola 
  9. Jair 
  10. Jephthah 
  11. Ibzan 
  12. Elon 
  13. Abdon 
  14. Samson
  15. Eli 
  16. Samuel

Discover the many Bible verses about these Judges in this collection of scripture quotes!