Fighting the Midianites and losing, Gideon's soldiers found a pool from which to drink and refresh themselves. Josephus contends that rules-of-battle in that day declared truce when drinking, and this truce would have the bravest soldiers laying down their spears and cupping the water up to their mouths in defiance of the enemy.
The cowards, on the other hand, would grasp their spears out of fear and lap up the water like dogs. So when his army was drinking at the pool, Gideon was told by God to choose 300 men who lapped their water—the cowards—so God could defeat the Midianites with the worst of Gideon's soldiers, just to prove that the God of Gideon was indeed all-powerful.”
It was in this way Josephus showed how God always proves Himself by doing the best with the worst, a point that partisan theologians rewrote in not only Josephus' works, but in the bible itself.
The observer recalls seeing a modern Rabbi receiving admirers while seated in a hotel lobby, and recalling the Son-of-God's admonition -- saying that such adulation was all a glory-seeker will ever receive -- that there is nothing in heaven for him.
The celebrated Rabbi Hillel (110BC-10AD) was famous for having challenged one supplicant with: "...you want to learn "God's Law? Then return ready to stand only on one foot, and I will teach it to you."
How many times have you heard that said in Temple or a Cathedral?
Jewish life is a subculture of all of humanity, after all.