Joshua, Judges, and Ruth(Westminster Bible Companion Series)

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Who is God? How does God act in our lives? How are we to act as God's faithful people? Joshua, Judges, and Ruth represent a chorus of voices reflecting on Israel's earliest days in its land. In Joshua, God empowers an obedient Israel to conquer the promised land. In Judges, Israel's faithlessness and God's wrath lead to a downward spiral of sin, subjugation, and social disintegration. Ruth narrates a story of divine blessing worked out through human loyalty.

Books in the Westminster Bible Companion series assist laity in their study of the Bible as a guide to Christian faith and practice. Each volume explains the biblical book in its original historical context and explores its significance for faithful living today. These books are ideal for individual study and for Bible study classes and groups.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664255268
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 3/10/2004
  • Series: Westminster Bible Companion Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Carolyn Pressler is Harry C. Piper Professor of Biblical Interpretation at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in New Brighton, Minnesota. She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Introduction to Joshua and Judges
1 Setting the Stage: Joshua 1 9
2 The Outsider's Faith: Joshua 2 20
3 Miracles and Memory: Crossing the Jordan: Joshua 3-4 28
4 Rites of Passage: Joshua 5 36
5 And the Walls Came Tumblin' Down: Joshua 6 44
6 The Battle of Ai: A Cautionary Tale: Joshua 7-8:29 54
7 Joshua's Altar: Joshua 8:30-35 64
8 The Gibeonite Ruse: Joshua 9 68
9 The Promise Fulfilled: Joshua 10-12 74
10 Possessing the Land: Joshua 13-19 87
11 For the Sake of Justice: Joshua 20 100
12 Priestly Presence: Joshua 21 103
13 Tension and Unity: Joshua 22 106
14 Joshua's Farewell: Joshua 23 112
15 Covenant and Final Note: Joshua 24 116
16 Introduction: Judges 1:1-3:6 127
17 Othniel, Ehud, and Eglon: Judges 3:7-31 140
18 Deborah and Barak: Judges 4-5 152
19 Gideon: Judges 6-8 167
20 Abimelech: A(nother) Cautionary Tale: Judges 9 184
21 The "Minor" Judges: Judges 10:1-5, 12:7-15 192
22 Jephthah: Judges 10:6-11:40, 12:1-7 195
23 Samson: Judges 13-16 208
24 Thieves, Thugs, and Idol Worshipers: Judges 17 and 18 226
25 The Body Severed: Judges 19-21 238
Introduction to the Book of Ruth
26 Loss and Loyalty: Ruth 1 265
27 A Provisional Resolution: Ruth 2 275
28 Scandalous Valor: Ruth 3 284
29 Negotiations and Blessings: Ruth 4 294
Works Cited 309
For Further Reading 311
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