According to the timeline of the shoftim in the Artscroll Tanakh (supposedly based on the Vilna Gaon), Barak and Devorah served as judges of Israel at the same time. Why was it necessary for them both to be shoftim?

  • The answer might be related to the midrash that states that Barak is Lapidot, aka Devorah's husband. – Harel13 Apr 6 at 16:46

The answer is in their story in Shoftim. Barak didn't want to be a Shofet unless Devorah agreed to lead with him.

Shoftim ch 4

8 But Barak said to her [Devorah], “If you will go with me, I will go; if not, I will not go.” 9 "Very well, I will go with you,” she answered....

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  • How does this answer the question? – Daniel May 27 '14 at 16:33
  • Clarified answer – Shmuel May 27 '14 at 19:06
  • So why call Barak a shofet at all? What did he do that is deserving of the title? It seems like he was really more of a general than a shofet. – Daniel May 29 '14 at 16:30
  • Why is Shimshon called a Shofet? He didn't lead at all?! Thus, we see that one doesn't have to be an actual leader to get the title. – Shmuel May 29 '14 at 18:52

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