Judges, The Book of

Judges, The Book of

The seventh book in the OT, containing stories of people and events in the period between the death of Joshua and the establishment of the monarchy. The book attempts to address the fundamental issue of how Israel organized itself and was governed upon entry into the promised land.


Outline of Contents

Judges

I. Introduction: conquest and final settlement (Judg 1:1-3:6)

II. History of the judges (Judg 3:7-16:31)

A. Othniel, Ehud, Shamgar (Judg 3:7-31)

B. Deborah and Barak versus royal coalition (Judg 4:1-5:31)

C. Gideon (Judg 6-8) and Abimelech (Judg 9)

D. “Minor” judges and Jephthah (Judg 10:1-12:15)

E. Samson (Judg 13:1-16:31)

III. Supplementary stories (Judg 17-21)

A. Micah and the Levite (Judg 17)

B. The migration of the Danites (Judg 18)

C. Rape and murder of a Levite’s concubine (Judg 19)

D. Civil war (Judg 20-21)

Judg 1:1-3:6

Israel's Failure to Complete the Conquest of Canaan
1After the death of Joshua, the Israelites inquired of the Lord, “Who shall go up first for us against the C ... View more

Judg 3:7-16:31

Othniel
7The Israelites did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, forgetting the Lord their God, and worshiping the Baals and the Asherahs.8Therefore the ange ... View more

Judg 3:7-31

Othniel
7The Israelites did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, forgetting the Lord their God, and worshiping the Baals and the Asherahs.8Therefore the ange ... View more

Judg 4:1-5:31

Deborah and Barak
1The Israelites again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, after Ehud died.2So the Lord sold them into the hand of King Jabin of Canaan ... View more

Judg 6-8

The Midianite Oppression
1The Israelites did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord gave them into the hand of Midian seven years.2The hand of Mid ... View more

Judg 9

Abimelech Attempts to Establish a Monarchy
1Now Abimelech son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem to his mother's kinsfolk and said to them and to the whole clan of hi ... View more

Judg 10:1-12:15

Tola and Jair
1After Abimelech, Tola son of Puah son of Dodo, a man of Issachar, who lived at Shamir in the hill country of Ephraim, rose to deliver Israel.2He ... View more

Judg 13:1-16:31

The Birth of Samson
1The Israelites again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord gave them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.2There ... View more

Judg 17-21

Micah and the Levite
1There was a man in the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Micah.2He said to his mother, “The eleven hundred pieces of silver that were ... View more

Judg 17

Micah and the Levite
1There was a man in the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Micah.2He said to his mother, “The eleven hundred pieces of silver that were ... View more

Judg 18

The Migration of Dan
1In those days there was no king in Israel. And in those days the tribe of the Danites was seeking for itself a territory to live in; for u ... View more

Judg 19

The Levite's Concubine
1In those days, when there was no king in Israel, a certain Levite, residing in the remote parts of the hill country of Ephraim, took to ... View more

Judg 20-21

The Other Tribes Attack Benjamin
1Then all the Israelites came out, from Dan to Beer-sheba, including the land of Gilead, and the congregation assembled in one ... View more

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