Talk:palm tree justice
I provided all the citations and most of the definition for this term but, twice over, when I added the following Bible verse, it was removed: "And she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment." (Judges 4:5) Deborah was the only woman among the judges, from the time before the Hebrews had a king, when they were the civil authority in Israel. I did not have time to research the matter, but I was convinced that this is the ultimate source for the expression. In fact, the Chambers Dictionary (Edinburgh: Chambers Harrap, 1998) notes in its definition of the phrase: "from the old Arabic or Jewish idea of a wise man dispensing justice under a palm tree."