Judges: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary

Judges: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary

by Athena E. Gorospe, Charles R. Ringma

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The book of Judges marks an important transition in the life of Israel. It shows the cycle of deviancy and repentance, heroic actions and social collapse, the misuse of power and the marginalization of God. This commentary seeks to help readers navigate the many strange stories and characters of Judges by providing an overall framework for reading it and by explaining a way of entering its stories so that they can be appropriated in an Asian context. This commentary challenges the reader to pray and work for a spiritual revitalization, building a new social fabric in a world marked by injustice, pragmatism, and the loss of a God-centered way of life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783681952
Publisher: Langham Creative Projects
Publication date: 07/31/2016
Series: Asia Bible Commentary Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 689 KB

About the Author

Athena Gorospe holds a PhD in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, USA and is Associate Professor at Asian Theological Seminary in the Philippines where she teaches in the areas of Old Testament, Hebrew language, and Theology. As an Asian scholar-activist, her research interests lie in the area of Scripture's interface with philosophy, culture, and social transformation.

CHARLES RINGMA is Emeritus Professor at Regent College, Canada, an Honorary Research Associate Professor at University of Queensland, Australia, and Adjunct Faculty at Asian Theological Seminary, Philippines.

Table of Contents

Series Preface
Authors' Preface
List of Abbreviations
Judges 1:1-3:6: Grappling with Failure
Judges 3:7-31: e Role of Individual Deliverers
Judges 4:1-5:31: Partnership and Solidarity in God's Work
Judges 6:1-8:29: e Use of Power: Empowerment, Abuse, and Violence
Judges 8:30-9:57: e Pitfalls of Power
Judges 10:6-12:7: e Marginalization of Yahweh
Judges 13:1-16:31: Reversal of Expectations
Judges 17-18: e Domestication of God: Gods, Gold, and Goons
Judges 19:1-20:7: When Home Becomes Unsafe
Judges 20:1-21:25: A Society at Has Gone Awry

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