Book of Judges

Book of Judges

by Marc Zvi Brettler
     
 

The Book of Judges has typically been treated either as a historical account of the conquest of Israel and the rise of the monarch, or as an ancient Israelite work of literary fiction. In this new approach, Brettler contends that Judges is essentially a political tract, which argues for the legitimacy of Davidic kingship. He skilfully and accessibly shows

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The Book of Judges has typically been treated either as a historical account of the conquest of Israel and the rise of the monarch, or as an ancient Israelite work of literary fiction. In this new approach, Brettler contends that Judges is essentially a political tract, which argues for the legitimacy of Davidic kingship. He skilfully and accessibly shows the tension between the stories in their original forms, and how they were altered and reused to create a book with a very different meaning. Important reading for all those studying this part of the Bible.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415162166
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Series:
Old Testament Readings Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Judges and the Historian
2Reading Judges as Literature?
3The Short Story
4The Samson Cycle
5Poetry and Prose in Judges 4-5
6Winding Down: The Concubine of Gibeah
7A Conclusion that became an Introduction
8Conclusion: The Center Does Cohere
Bibliography

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