Bruce Waltke in his lectures on Judges is asked:
- Please comment on the author's attitude to women in the book of judges.
This is his response.
In a word I would say: very, very favourably. In fact the whole Deuteronomist is very favourable to women.
Who do you know better, Deborah or Lappidoth? Deborah. You don't even know who Lappidoth is. That's her husband [Judges 4:4].
Who killed Sisera? Jael [Judges 4:21].
Who killed the wicked Abimelech? A woman of theives [Judges 9:38].
Whom did I say was smarter, Manoah or his wife? Who had the instruction to raise the boy, Manoah or his wife? His wife [Judges 13].
Who is greater Hannah or Elkanah, in the book of Samuel? Obviously Hannah.
Who is greater Abigail or Nabal? Abigail.
You see what I am driving at? This whole idea that the Old Testament puts women down is rubbish.
And that was just what he was able to rattle off from the top of his head. More could be added.