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 Book of Judges - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Book of Judges (Hebrew: Sefer Shofatim ספר שופטים) is a book of the Bible originally written in Hebrew.
As it stands today, the last judge mentioned in Judges is Samson, and although there are two further stories, the traditional view is that Samson's exploits probably synchronise with the period immediately preceding Eli, who was both high priest and judge.
Many suspect the brief Book of Ruth to have originally been part of the Appendices of Judges, owing to its style, linguistic features and the time period in which its contents are set, it somehow becoming disconnected and misplaced at a later date.
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The Book of Judges is admitted by all to belong to the canons of the Jews of Palestine, the Jews of the Dispersion (the Alexandrian canon), and the Christians.
The writer deems the lack of a king to be the explanation of the idolatry of the Danites and the misdeeds of the tribe of Benjamin.
Israel's forgetfulness of Jahweh, her defeat by the foe and salvation by the judges (1 Samuel 12:9-11); the death of Abimelech, son of Gedeon (9:53; 2 Samuel 11:21).
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 The Book of Judges: The Israelite Tribal Federation and Its Discontents
Judges begins the biblical shift of focus from the Joseph tribes to Judah, with its sister tribes, Simeon, that seems later to have disappeared within it, and Benjamin.
The process is reflected in the Book of Judges, both in the references shifting away from identifying people purely on tribal lines to also identifying them on territorial ones, as, for example, the people of Gilead, or judges as first and foremost coming from particular townships within tribes.
The Book of Judges interpreted by Yehudah Elitzur (Jerusalem: Mossad HaRav Kook, 1989) (Hebrew).
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 Book of Judges - L   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Judges, the seventh book of the Old Testament of the Bible, traces Israel's history from the death of Joshua, the lieutenant and successor of Moses, to the beginning of the monarchy under Saul.
Their Hebrew designation is normally translated "judge," but the word has a broader meaning and should perhaps be translated "ruler." Where sufficient information is related about individual "judges," they consistently appear in the role of war leader or ruler, not judge.
Judges is part of the Deuteronomistic History, the name given by scholars to the books of Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel, and 1 and 2 Kings, all of which appear to share the same complex history of composition.
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 The Judges of Israel
The book of Judges is primarily the negative theological counterpart to the book of Joshua.
The book is structured around a well defined theological premise, that the problems Israel had in securing the land were directly related to their ongoing love affair with Ba'al worship (see Ba'al Worship in the Old Testament).
The rest of the book of Judges (17-21) describes a situation deteriorating on two fronts, the breakdown of religious sensitivity (17-18) and finally the breakdown of social concerns that led to civil war among the tribes (19-21) in which the tribe of Benjamin was nearly annihilated.
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 JUDGES, THE BOOK OF - Online Information article about JUDGES, THE BOOK OF
Othniel (q.v.) the only Judaean " judge," The bareness of detail, not to speak of the improbability of the situation, renders its genuineness doubtful, and the passage is one of the indications of a secondary Deuteronomic redaction.
The third and last section of the book embraces chapters xvii.-xxi., and consists of two narratives independent of one another and of the main stock of the book, with which they are not brought into any chronological connexion.
Historical Value.—The book of Judges consists of a number of narratives collected by Deuteronomic editors; to the same circles are due accounts of the invasions of Palestine and settlement in Joshua, and of the foundation of the monarchy in 1 Samuel.
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The book of Judges forms the bridge between the Conquest of the Land under Joshua and the establishment of the Monarchy under Saul, David and Solomon.
Prior to the book of Judges, we read of the nation of Israel being led by the Lord through the mediatorship of Moses and Joshua.
Especially in the latter part of the book, we are treated to a series of spectacles of the results of Israel's apostasy and then reminded that "in those days Israel had no king" (Judges 17:6; 18:1; 19:1; 21:25).
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 The Book of Judges   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The book of Judges is a record of the history of Israel, from a short time after their entrance into the Promised Land until the time of the High Priest Eli and Samuel the prophet.
The book of Judges is one of the historical books of the Bible along with Joshua, Ruth, I and II Samuel, I and II Kings, and I and II Chronicles.
The period of the Judges was a time in which the children of God “did that which was right in their own eyes” and the chaotic state which resulted shows poignantly for all to read what happens when man is left to his own devices.
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 THE BOOK OF JUDGES - LoveToKnow Article on THE BOOK OF JUDGES   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
From this point of view the parts of the book are by no means all of equal value; critical analysis shows that often parallel or distinct narratives have been fused together, and that, whilst the older stories gave more prominence to ordinary human motives and combinations, This is confirmed by the circumstance that in Judg.
To this succeeds a noteworthy example of the Deuteronomic treatment of tradition in the achievement of Othniel (q.v.) the only J udaean judge, The bareness of detail, not to speak of the improbability of the situation, renders its genuineness doubtful, and the passage is one of the indications of a secondary Deuteronomic redaction.
The third and last section of the book embraces chapters xvii.xxi., and consists of two narratives independent of one another and of the main stock of the book, with which they are not brought into any chronological connection.
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 Bible Study on book of Judges - The cycle of sin
Judges 2:18-19 ‘Whenever the LORD raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the LORD had compassion on them as they groaned under those who oppressed and afflicted them.
Judges is a book that teaches us both how they became captive to the enemy, and also how they got out of that bondage.
For while there is this consistent cycle that permeates through the entire book of Judges, we should not fail to see that there were long periods of time, while the judges ruled, that Israel did serve the Lord and did have victory over their enemies.
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And when the Lord raised them up judges, in their days, he was moved to mercy, and heard the groanings of the afflicted, and delivered them from the slaughter of the oppressors.
Judges Chapter 11 Jephte is made ruler of the people of Galaad: he first pleads their cause against the Ammonites; then making a vow obtains a signal victory; he performs his vow.
Being judge of the people he might have many to assist him to catch with nets or otherwise a number of these animals; of which there were great numbers in that country.
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In this book, however, it is my intention to illustrate such a theology rather then write it systematically.
Judges, like all so-called "history books" of the Old Testament, is really a prophecy.
In terms of this, Judges is not a book primarily about military tactics but about faith and single-mindedness.
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 The book of Judges
The Old Testament book of Judges tells the story of what could be called the 'Dark Ages' of the chosen people.
When the book opens, the 12 tribes of Israel are on the edge of national success.
Having been told by Deborah, a prophetess and judge, that God would deliver the enemy into his hands, Barak is still not prepared to deliver Israel until he has the additional assurance of Deborah's presence at the battle (Judges 4:4-8).
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The most important feature of this book is the number of remarkable women herein described; six in number, Achsah, Deborah, Jael, Jephthah's daughter, Delilah, and two whose names are not mentioned--she who slew Abimelech, and the concubine of a Levite, whose fate was terrible and repulsive.
The writer of the Book of judges is unknown.
It is not obedience to the inner truth of the individual soul that is made the spring of action, but obedience to an external authority, to a book, to a prophet, to a judge or to a king.
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 Online study Bible: The History of Judges along with the Book of Judges!
The Book of Judges contains 21 chapters and is the seventh book in the Bible.
If Samuel was not the one to author judges, it was at least authored by one of his peers between 1043 B.C. which was the beginning of Saul's reign and 1004 B.C. which was when David captured Jerusalem.
When you read Judges 2, keep in mind that it is liken to a mini-Judges which means the book of Judges melted down into one chapter.
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 Archaeology and the Book of Judges > The Good News : September/October 1997   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Judges begins by describing the settlement of the Israelite tribes in Canaan.
The book of Judges indicates that this cultural change was gradual.
Thus the periodic backsliding of Israel into Baal worship described in the book of Judges is a realistic depiction.
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 BGCT: DSM: Old Testament Text: Lecture 16: Judges
The Book of Judges covers the history of Israel between the death of Joshua and the rise of the prophet Samuel.
The judges were not necessarily chosen for their spirituality, but for their leadership and relationship strengths.
Scholars classify the judges as major or minor by the amount of space given to them in the book and not necessarily by their importance in Israel's history.
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 JUDGES, NRSV HEBREW BIBLE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The book of Judges continues Israel's story from the death of Joshua (1.1-2.8) to just before the birth of Samuel, who is depicted as Israel's last judge (1 Sam 7.15).
A precise chronology of the period of the judges is unknown since the oppressions and judgeships noted were local or regional, and may at places overlap.
Judges 1.1-2.5 introduces the reader to the pattern of Israel's increasing failure to drive out the Canaanites, which will be mirrored in the degeneration of the "cycles" section.
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 bible.org: An Introduction to the Book of Judges   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Every deliverance in the book of Judges is specifically attributed to YHWH B. YHWH is the true Judge of Israel who delivers and whose judgments are right and just (11:27): 1.
Judges shows that God's covenantal blessings are apart from any human merit, which in turn call for a response of obedience.
Purposes for Judges: A. To develop the historical period from the conquest of the land to the time of Israel's first king B. Not simply to present history as it was, but to present a theological perspective on the period of the judges (cf.
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 Bible Survey: The Book of Judges
The title, Judges, is the same in both the Hebrew original and in the Greek translation.
The author of the book of Judges is unknown.
The book covers events from Joshua's death, around 1380 BC (taking an early date for the Exodus) until close to the time of Samuel (c.
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Notes on Judges Thomas L. Constable The Book of Judges reveals the defeat of the nation of Israel by its enemies from without and within due to refusal to trust and obey God.
Dennis Bratcher takes an overview of the military leaders in the Book of Judges, with brief comments on the theological role of the book compared with Joshua.
The Book of Judges: The Israelite tribal federation and it's discontents Daniel J. Elazar
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 Judges, Book of (WebBible Encyclopedia) - ChristianAnswers.Net   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
This book of the Bible is called the Book of Judges because it contains the history of the deliverance and government of Israel by the men and women who bore the title of the "judges."
The book of Ruth originally formed part of this book, but about A.D. 450 it was separated from it and placed in the Hebrew scriptures immediately after the Song of Solomon.
The book contains, (1.) An introduction (1-3:6), connecting it with the previous narrative in Joshua, as a "link in the chain of books." (2.) The history of the thirteen judges (3:7-16:31) in the following order:
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 The Book of Judges (15)
It would appear that she belonged to the Canaanite population of Shechem, which at this time had become a centre of apostasy, yet it was at Shechem that God had first appeared to Abraham in Canaan (Genesis 12:6,7).
In this Book of Judges there are thirteen rulers mentioned by name.
The last verse of the last chapter is in a sense a summary of the whole book: 'In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes'.
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 Judges 11. The Holy Bible: King James Version.
Now Jephthah the Gil'e-adite was a mighty man of valor, and he was the son of a harlot: and Gil'e-ad begat Jephthah.
the Judge be judge this day between the children of Israel and the children of Ammon.
Howbeit the king of the children of Ammon hearkened not unto the words of Jephthah which he sent him.
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 Book of Judges at opensource encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The introduction connects it with the previous narrative in Joshua, as a "link in the chain of books." In this section is given an overview of the Israelite conquest of Canaan.
According to the Bible God inflicted these tribulations because the Israelites partially spared the Canaanites in spite of His command to the contrary (see ii.
The Book of Ruth originally formed part of this book, but about A.D. it was separated from it and placed in the Hebrew scriptures immediately after the Song of Solomon.
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