Analysis Of The Book ' Judges '

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The book of Judges is a very structured literary piece that uses chronological structure to make a point and emphasize an idea. Judges narrates the Israelites continual decline in morality and their downward spiral away from God, through the accounts of the judges, minor judges, and individuals. While many people use the book of judges to teach courage and strength, it would be more accurately described as a book of brokenness and terror. The book of Judges begins with a prologue. The prologue is twofold. The first part of the prologue takes a historical look back on the conquest of the Promised Land, and reemphasizes the failure of Israelite tribes when they did not drive the inhabitance of the land out and fully take the land as God…show more content…
The first judge introduced is Othniel, who was raised up by the Lord to deliver the Israelites from the king of Mesopotamia. The land of Israel had rest for 40 years under his judgeship. The Israelites went back to what was evil, and their next deliverer was Ehud, a left handed Benjaminite. He delivered them from the Moabite king, Eglon, and the land experienced 80 years of rest. Shamgar is the next judge in the narrative. The striking difference seen here is Shamgar does not have a semitic name or any tribe affiliation, so it is possible that the Israelites were delivered by a Gentile. The next judge, Deborah, is the only woman judge mentioned. She is also said to have been a prophetess, and a judge with actual judicial function, instead of a military leader. All the judges mentioned so far have not been said to have been good and righteous leaders, but it has also not said they have been immoral or corrupt as later judges are, so it can be assumed that they were good judges. This drastically changes as we look at the next judges. The narrative of judges takes a momentary break to mention the Lord sending a prophet to the people of Israel. The prophet reminds the Israelites of the deliverance they received from God in Egypt, and calls them not to fear the gods of the Amorites. The prophet ends with “But you have not obeyed my voice (Jud. 6:10).” From this point on in
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