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This is a tabular list of the Judges of Ancient Israel, who were appointed by Yahweh to deliver the Israelites from slavery and oppression. Organized in a chronological orders of their judgment according to the Book of Judges and the First Book of Samuel. Parameters include the span of their reign or years of peace as judge, the gentiles they defeated and the significant actions they performed (or mentioned).

Chronological Order
# Name Years of Peace Defeated Actions
1 Othniel 40 Years King Cushan-rishathaim of Mesopotamia The first judge appointed by God to deliver his people from slavery and oppression
2 Ehud 80 Years King Eglon of Moab Stabbed Eglon with a double-edged shortsword about a cubit long
3 Shamgar Unknown The Philistines Killed 600 Philistines with an ox goad
4 Deborah 40 Years King Jabin and his commander, Sisera of the Canaanites With the help of Barak, they managed to defeat the king of Canaan and Sisera who was killed by Jael
5 Gideon 40 Years The kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna Defeated the Midianites with just 300 'valiant' men with clay jars with torches inside, he is of notable faithfulness by trusting the Lord in defeating the oppressors; ambushed the kings of Midian and slaughtered the Midianites
6 Tola 23 Years Unidentified May have succeeded Abimelech, Gideon's son who was king of Israel at the time; son of Puah son of Dodo and dwelt in Shamir and defended the Israelites
7 Jair 22 Years Unidentified Grandson of Hezron son of the patriarch Judah and has the possesion of Gilead, had thirty sons who rode on ass colts and controlled 30 cities in Gilead which became Havoth-jair.
8 Jephthah 6 Years The Ammonites In exchange of defeating the Ammonites, he made a foolish vow and ended up sacrificing his daughter of God, he was constantly doubting
9 Ibzan 7 Years Unidentified Inhabitant of Bethlehem and had 30 sons and daughters who he sent abroad
10 Elon 10 Years Unidentified A descendant of Zebulun
11 Abdon 8 Years Unidentified Restored the central area of Israel after the disastrous feud of Jephthah and the Gileadites
12 Samson 20 Years The Philistines Prominent for having significant strength gifted by God, had an affair with Deborah who led him to his destruction; and killed more Philistines in his death than in all of hiis life
13 Eli 40 Years Unidentified Negligent of his sons, Hophni and Phinehas who were defiling God's law, he died by cracking his neck of a chair learning of his sons' death
14 Samuel 20 Years Unidentified A prominent prophet who was forced to appoint kings for Israel, notably Saul and David
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