Looking back at Judges

Judges is about the downward spiral of Israel before their monarchy begins. It starts off like they might just make it passed some hiccups but even the judges themselves become progressively worse. Notable Women Deborah, obviously. She is one of the better known women of the Bible. The whole of chapter five is a song … Continue reading Looking back at Judges

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Reflections on Judges

Judges is supposed to be about the downfall of Israel. It starts off like they might just make it passed some hiccups but even the judges themselves become progressively worse. Notable Women Deborah, obviously. She is one of the better known women of the Bible. The whole of chapter five is a song dedicated to … Continue reading Reflections on Judges

Judges 17-21: A punishment for Gibeah

Okay, I get that some of the laws concerning rape in the OT don't seem particularly harsh or adequate, but it's stories like the concubine here that makes me think the Bible isn't as accepting of it as people presume. Chapter seventeen This is a story of how a carved image came to be in … Continue reading Judges 17-21: A punishment for Gibeah

Judges 9-16: From Abimelech to Samson

The succession of Judges continues, some with in depth stories and others with simple mentions. I like to think it works like us and the histories of our presidents. A president whose name you barely get taught probably kept the peace and/or were not faced with a situation like Lincoln or FDR. Maybe, maybe not. … Continue reading Judges 9-16: From Abimelech to Samson

Judges 3-8: Othniel, Ehud, Shanger, Deborah and Gideon

Here we begin to hear of the deeds of some of the other judges that saved Israel. Chapter three The chapter actually begins with an accounting of the nations that were left behind during the taking of the land. It says that they were left to continue to test Israel and make sure that the … Continue reading Judges 3-8: Othniel, Ehud, Shanger, Deborah and Gideon

Judges 1-2: A downward spiral

Judges opens up with the death of Joshua. Remembering back to the book of Joshua, not all the territories had been taken but enough were that God had released the tribes from acting as one complete army. This meant that there were still skirmishes left to be had. Chapter one The people ask God Himself … Continue reading Judges 1-2: A downward spiral