The Book of Judges

JudgesNIV archaeological study Bible: An Illustrated walk through Biblical history and culture. (2005). Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan. 9780310938521.

Judges was the third book I completed in the Read through the Bible Challenge. As it falls under the heading of “History,” this book follows Joshua in the Christian Bible.

This book is part of the Hebrew Tanakh. The introduction offers a summary of the Joshua. Beyond that, it entails the time that the judges ruled Israel. This period was rather bleak for the fledgling nation. Among the judges mentioned were: Othniel, Ehud, Shamgar, Deborah, Gideon, Abimelech, Tola, Jair, Jephthah, Ibzan, Elon, Abdon, and Samson. Judges ends with Israel’s decay – Micah’s idolatry and the crime at Gibeah and the War Against the Tribe of Benjamin.

This book isn’t for the faint of heart. Those Israelis just couldn’t get their acts together. God delivers them from Egyptian tyranny and to the Promised Land. Yet, this is how they behave. Humanity?! My favorite part was the part about Deborah assisting Barak.

On that day Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang this song:. . . (5:1)

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