The Book Of Judges Essay

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The Book Of Judges


The book of Judges is the sequel to Joshua. It is the seventh book of the Old Testament.
It recounts stories and events from the death of the hebrew leader and prophet Joshua to
the birth of the hebrew Samuel. That is roughly, from the end of the Israelite conquest of
Canan in the 13th Century B.C to the begining of the monarchy in the 11 th century B.C. It
tells about the hebrews from Joshua's Death to the time of Samuel. It was written in about
550 BC, on tablets named the Ras Shamra tablets. The Ras Shamra tablets where later
discovered in the early 20th Century, even though the stories and acountings of the judges
where already known and written. The book of Judges belongs to a specific historical
tradition which is called the Deuteronomic history. The author of the book of Judges, was
in exile in Babylonia. While in exile he was deeply concerned with foreign domination. So
he wrote many of his stories on the migration of the tribe of Dan to the North and the
sins of the Benjamites. The author emphasized that Israel was being influenced by foreign
powers and the loss of freedom and prosperity. Recurring throughout the book is the
stereotyped formula: "The people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the lord."
Then after each period or subjection the author introduces another formula: " But when the
people of Israel cried the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer for the people.
Through-out the book, the book of judges tells about prophets, rulers and influencial
people such as: Othniel, Ehud, Shamgar, Deborah, Gideon, Tilian and Samson. There are also
many more minor people.

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