Judges

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This volume studies the biblical book of Judges, which focuses on the period in Israel's history when the nation was ruled by a series of judges. The book describes the progressive deterioration of the nation as a result of the violence and idolatry of the people. Yet the nation also encountered the astounding graciousness of the God who remained faithful to them.

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Overview

This volume studies the biblical book of Judges, which focuses on the period in Israel's history when the nation was ruled by a series of judges. The book describes the progressive deterioration of the nation as a result of the violence and idolatry of the people. Yet the nation also encountered the astounding graciousness of the God who remained faithful to them.

Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching is a distinctive resource for those who interpret the Bible in the church. Planned and written specifically for teaching and preaching needs, this critically acclaimed biblical commentary is a major contribution to scholarship and ministry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804231077
  • Publisher: Presbyterian Pub Corp
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: Interpretation: a Bible Commentary Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,085,865
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


J. Clinton McCann Jr. is Evangelical Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the author of Judges in the Interpretation commentary series.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1. Why Study the Book of Judges? 1
2. The Judges: The Characters, the Period(s), and the Book 3
a. What Were the Judges? 3
b. The Period(s) of the Judges 5
c. The Formation and Shape of the Book of Judges 8
3. The Book of Judges in the Context of the Canon 12
a. The Land 16
b. The Canaanites 17
c. Violence and Vengeance 20
d. The Role of Women 21
e. Humor 23
4. Theology in the Book of Judges 24
Commentary
Part 1 From Joshua to the Judges 27
Judges 1:1--3:6
1:1--2:5 Fighting and Smiting: The Canaanites Remain 27
2:6--3:6 Serving God or Serving Baal? 34
Part 2 The Stories of the Judges 41
Judges 3:7--16:31
3:7-11 Othniel: An Auspicious Beginning 41
3:12-30 Ehud: "A Left-Handed Man" 43
3:31 Shamgar: A Non-Israelite Judge? 47
4:1--5:31 Deborah, Barak, and Jael: Women to the Rescue 49
4:1-24 The Prose Narrative 50
5:1-31 The Song of Deborah and Barak 55
6:1--8:35 Gideon and the Question of Sovereignty 61
6:1-32 The Call of Gideon and Gideon's Good Start 62
6:33--8:3 "For the Lord and for Gideon": The Defeat of Midian and Amalek 65
8:4-35 Gideon's Turn for the Worse 68
9:1-57 Abimelech: Gideon's Violent Legacy 71
10:1-5 Tola and Jair: The Calm between the Storms 76
10:6--12:7 Jephthah and His Daughter: The Agony of Victory 77
10:6-16 How Much Can God Stand? 78
10:17--11:28 From Outlaw to Diplomat 80
11:29-40 Keeping a Vow, Killing a Daughter 81
12:1-7 Jephthah's Violent Legacy 89
12:8-15 Ibzan, Elon, and Abdon: An Interlude of Blessing 90
13:1--16:31 Samson, His Mother, and His Lovers 92
13:1-25 The Mother of a Hero, or the Mother As a Hero? 94
14:1--15:20 Lover Number One: The Woman from Timnah 101
16:1-3 Lover Number Two: The Woman of Whoredom at Gaza 106
16:4-31 Lover Number Three: Delilah and Samson's Fatal Attraction 107
Reflections: Samson and Culture Wars, Then and Now 110
Part 3 Complete Deterioration and Terror 117
Judges 17:1--21:25
17:1--18:31 Micah, the Levite, and the Danites 120
19:1--21:25 A Battered Woman and a Brutal War 125
19:1-30 Terror Reigns: The Levite and His Concubine 127
20:1--21:25 Civil War: From the Victimization of One to the Victimization of Many 133
Reflections: Chaos and Crisis, Then and Now 137
Bibliography 139
Commentaries and Resources for Teaching and Preaching 139
Literature Cited 140
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