Gilbert House Fellowship #337: Judges 5

ON THE surface, the song of Deborah and Barak in Judges 5 is a celebration of a miraculous military victory over a superior enemy. It is that, but it’s much more.

When we dig into the Hebrew and consider the cult of the dead from the surrounding Amorite culture, Judges 5 tells of a supernatural battle between Yahweh and His forces against the small-g gods of the Canaanites. The mentions in Judges 5:13 to “the noble” (Hebrew addirim) and “the mighty” (gibborim; also v. 23) are references to the demonic spirits of the Rephaim (i.e., the Nephilim) worshiped by the pagan neighbors of ancient Israel.

We find more evidence in verse 20:

From heaven the stars fought, 
from their courses they fought against Sisera.

Judges 5:20
Map of the battle (click to enlarge)

Stars (kokabim) in the Old Testament often refer to the sons of God, as in Job 38:7–8, the supernatural beings we usually (but inaccurately) call angels.

We also discuss the strange curse on the inhabitants of Meroz, which some have interpreted, because of verse 20, as a biblical reference to extraterrestrials. Simply put, it’s not.

Here’s the link to Dr. Mike Heiser’s article “The Torah’s Teaching on Aliens,” which he jokingly wrote might as well have been a blank page.

Check out our new online store! is a virtual book table with books and DVDs related to our weekly Bible study.

During July, to mark the 75th anniversary of the Roswell crash, take advantage of our special offer on the book Derek co-wrote with Josh Peck, The Day the Earth Stands Still. Get the book plus the DVDs The Best of SciFriday Vols. 1 & 2, a $65 value for just $35 plus shipping and handling!

NEW DATES FOR OUR TOUR OF TURKEY: We’re planning a tour of the churches of Revelation, Göbekli Tepe, Abraham’s home town Harran, the “Gates of Hell,” Mount Nemrut, and more. Because of the political situation in Eastern Europe, however, we’ve moved the tour to October, 2023. More information is available at

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  1. Love the new page!! It will be wonderful to see Aaron again at the Prophecy conference in May at Colorado Springs. I’ll see you there also along with Cindy Price!!!

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