Judges: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching

Judges: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching

by J. Clinton McCann


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Judges: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching by J. Clinton McCann

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780664235987
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 08/26/2011
Series: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching Series
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 837,735
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About 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.

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


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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