Judges, the means in the bible: The name of this period in history was Joshua’s between Saul and Saul. It lasted for around 200 years and was marked by foreign oppression, disorder and idolatry. He was much more than just a civil official. The judge was also a general military leader. His right to be a leader rested on his ability to prove that he was the best and most powerful man for this purpose in the eyes and hearts of the people. The secret to success was faith in God. However, the judge was more of fighter than preacher.
(in Bible Dictionary)