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By Elie Assis

This publication offers an in depth literary research of the Gideon, Abimelech and Jephthah narratives in Judges 6-12, and discloses the most goal of those tales. The e-book involves 3 chapters, every one of which analyses the respective biblical narratives. those narratives exhibit the 2 parameters during which the Israelite leaders are tested, specifically their loyalty to God and their altruistic personality: a pace-setter who prefers his personal curiosity is doomed to his personal death and brings devastation upon his humans. Judges doesn't identify a popular governmental version, as a substitute it considers the benefits and downsides of the differing kinds of regimes. within the epilogue it's endorsed that those narratives are very easily positioned within the pre-monarchic interval whilst the query of the regime turns into a part of the political debate. The publication of Judges bargains standards for the alternative of the fitting chief. Readership: The booklet will interact these drawn to biblical narrative and especially within the booklet of Judges, in addition to those that be interested in synchronic readings with a watch towards their underlying ideologies.

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4);7 and in the fact that three nations joined together to attack Israel: “Midian, Amalek, and the Kedemites would come up and raid them” (v. 8 The result was more grievous than in any of the other oppressions described in the Book of Judges: “Israel was reduced to utter misery by the Midianites” (v. 11 Oppressors usually wish story, chs. 4–5. After the defeat of the Canaanite forces in the valley of Jezreel, the land was subjected to nomadic invasions from the east, as recorded in chapters 6–8.

A. Cooke, The Book of Judges (The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges), Cambridge 1918, p. 74. Boling and Kaufmann consider that it is God speaking here; earlier the Angel spoke to him, but at this point the Lord intervened. Boling, Judges, p. 131; Kaufmann, Sefer Shoftim, p. 159. This interpretation is already found in Rashi’s commentary. Burney suggested that in the original text God Himself spoke to Gideon, the text was modified by introducing the Angel conversing with Gideon, but this modification was not fully carried out.

Similarly see: Amit, The Book of Judges, pp. 250–251. 35 It might reasonably be explained that when the angel says to him “Go in this strength of yours and deliver Israel” (v. 36 Gideon was chosen to deliver the people because of his concern for the people. This attribute is of the greatest importance in selection of an Israelite leader, as will be discussed in greater detail below. Although Gideon reveals here an important attribute for the Israelite leader it may be assumed that he will undergo some spiritual change in order to be an effective representative of God and to restore the people to worship of God.

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