Literary Design of Judges
last revised: 10/26/04

Introduction (doublet)


Cycle of Judges


Conclusion (doublet)


5.5.1 On with the Conquest (Judg. 1:1-2:5)

5.5.2 A Preview of the Book (Judg. 2:6-3:6)
5.6 The Period of the Judges
T:106-114; NOSB3:HebBible:359-381
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5.6.1 Othniel (Judg. 3:7-11)

5.6.2 Ehud, the Left-Handed Benjaminite (Judg. 3:12-30)

5.6.3 Shamgar: The Man with the Goad (Judg. 3:31)

5.6.4 Deborah and Barak: Women's Liberation in the Twelfth Century B.C.E. (Judg. 4:1-5:31)
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5.6.5 Gideon: The Master of Surprise Attack (Judg. 6:1-8:35)

5.6.6 Abimelech: A Nobody Who Thought He Was Somebody (Judg. 9:1-25)

5.6.7 Jephthah: A Man Who Made a Foolish Vow and Kept It (Judg. 10:6-12:7)

5.6.8 Samson: a Brilliant Failure (Judg. 13:1-16:31)
5.7 There Was No King in Israel: Three Stories
T:114-115; NOSB3:HebBible:381-390
5.7.1 Micah and the Levite (Judg. 17:1-13)

5.7.2 The Move of the Tribe of Dan (Judg. 18:1-31)

5.7.3 The Levite and the Sin of Benjamin (Judg. 19:1-21:25)

5.8 Summary of the Book of Judges
T:115-116; NOSB3:HebBible:353-354
5.9 Recent Views of the Conquest
T:116-117; NOSB3:Essays:510-511
5.9.1 An Invasion
5.9.2 A Peaceful Infiltration
5.9.3 A Peasant's Revolt
5.9.4 Canaanites Turned Israelites

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