Judges is a book for our time. It forces readers to come face to face with the way that faith speaks into the situations we encounter and read about in our newsfeeds. Warfare, authoritarianism, sexual exploitation, tribalism—these are a few of the repercussions from not having our social order oriented toward God.
In this commentary David Beldman expounds the story of God and Israel that unfolds in the book of Judges, highlighting the vital message it speaks to contemporary Christians who strive to live lives of integrity and undivided loyalty to Jesus under the constant pressure of the idols of twenty-first-century culture.
Table of Contents
I. Theological Introduction 1. Introduction to Judges 2. The Title 3. Hearing the Book of Judges 4. Hearing Judges as Hebrew Narrative 5. Hearing Judges in Its Historical Context 6. Hearing Others Hearing Judges 7. Conclusion II. Theological Commentary 8. The Exposition 9. The Cycle of Judges 10. The End Section 11. Retrospective Evaluation: A View of Judges from the End III. Theological Reflection 12. Judges and Biblical Theology 13. Judges and Systematic Theology 14. Judges for Today
David J. H. Beldman is Associate Professor of Religion and Theology at Redeemer University College. He is the author of The Completion of Judges: Strategies of Ending in Judges 17-21 and Deserting the King: The Book of Judges.
“David Beldman’s commentary on this dark period in Israelite history is superb. At home in both the exegesis of the book of Judges and in the exegesis of postmodern culture, Beldman’s book is a great example of wisdom for the church as he seeks to show how this book spoke to its ancient audience in an anarchic wasteland where everyone did what was right in their own eyes, and how it speaks to the church in a similar situation today. Sell your coat and buy it!” — Stephen Dempster Crandall University
“Beldman’s deft narrative observations reveal the judges not as flat heroes, but as complex characters in troubling times. He makes these accounts entertaining and accessible without neglecting the difficult questions they pose and the surprising answers they sometimes provide. A good resource for preaching and teaching within the church, with insights useful for biblical scholars and theological educators.” — Lissa Wray Beal Providence University College and Theological Seminary
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