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    Title: Jael Kills Sisera



    Medium: Woodcut

    Copyright: Public Domain


    Sisera, the commander of the Canaanite army, knew this and, after having been defeated by Israelite forces, he fled towards Heber's tent where he was greeted by Heber's wife Jael (or Yael). Jael, however, sympathized with the Israelites because of the twenty-year period of harsh oppression inflicted on them by Jabin, his commander Sisera, and his nine hundred iron chariots. After Sisera had drunk milk from a bottle which Jael had opened, he fell asleep in exhausted stupor and Jael covered him with a mantle. She then drove a tent peg through his temples which nailed him to the ground, and then he died.
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