9780631222514

Judges Through the Centuries

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    9780631222514

  • ISBN10:

    0631222510

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-01-28
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Summary

This bible commentary traces the reception of Judges through the ages, not only by scholars and theologians, but also by preachers, teachers, politicians, poets, essayists and artists. A bible commentary focusing on The Book of Judges, best known for the tale of Samson and Delilah, but full of many other rich and colourful stories. Treats the text story by story, making it accessible to non-specialists, Considers the stories of women in Judges, including Deborah, Jael, who slew Sisera, and Jephthah's daughter, sacrificed by her father. Traces the reception of Judges through the ages, not only by scholars and theologians, but also by preachers, teachers, politicians, poets, essayists and artists. Illustrates how ideology and the social location of readers have shaped the way the book has been read. Discloses a long history of debate over the roles of women and the use of force, as well as Christian prejudice against Jews and 'Orientals'. Offers a window onto the use of the Bible in the Western world.

Author Biography

David M. Gunn holds the A. A. Bradford Chair of Religion at Texas Christian University. His other books include Gender, Power, and Promise: The Subject of the Bible’s First Story (1993) and Narrative in the Hebrew Bible (1993), as co-author, and Reading Bibles, Writing Bodies: Identity and the Book (1996) and “Imagining” Biblical Worlds: Spatial, Social and Historical Constructs (2002), as co-editor. He is also co-author of the article on Judges in the Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation (1999).

Table of Contents

Series Editors' Preface ix
Preface xi
Introduction 1(16)
Judges 1--3: Beginnings
17(17)
Ancient and Medieval
18(1)
Early Modern and Modern
19(15)
Judges 3: Ehud
34(19)
Ancient and Medieval
35(3)
Early Modern and Modern
38(15)
Judges 4--5: Deborah
53(40)
Ancient and Medieval
54(4)
Early Modern and Modern
58(35)
Deborah
58(10)
Barak, Sisera, and Sisera's mother
68(3)
Jael
71(16)
Recent reception
87(6)
Judges 6--8: Gideon
93(28)
Ancient and Medieval
95(4)
Early Modern and Modern
99(22)
Allegorical, typological, literal
99(7)
Character
106(3)
Gideon illustrated
109(7)
Recent reception
116(5)
Judges 9: Abimelech
121(12)
Ancient and Medieval
122(1)
Early Modern and Modern
123(10)
Judges 10--12: Jephthah
133(37)
Ancient and Medieval
134(8)
Jewish
134(3)
Christian
137(3)
Death or survival?
140(2)
Early Modern and Modern
142(28)
The rash vow
142(5)
Death or survival?
147(6)
The story illustrated
153(3)
The daughter
156(10)
Recent reception
166(4)
Judges 13--16: Samson
170(61)
Ancient and Medieval
172(8)
Jewish
172(2)
Christian
174(6)
Early Modern and Modern
180(51)
Typology
180(2)
Edifying history
182(8)
Manoah, his wife, and the angel
190(5)
The woman of Timnah
195(4)
The lion
199(4)
Foxes and fire
203(3)
Slaughter at Lehi
206(3)
Gaza
209(2)
Delilah
211(9)
Captivity and death
220(7)
The riddle of Samson
227(4)
Judges 17--18: Micah and the Danites
231(12)
Ancient and Medieval
232(2)
Early Modern and Modern
234(9)
Judges 19--21: The Levite and the Benjamites
243(33)
Ancient and Medieval
244(5)
The rape at Gibeah
244(2)
The Benjamite war
246(2)
The aftermath
248(1)
Early Modern and Modern
249(26)
The rape at Gibeah
249(11)
The Benjamite war
260(6)
The aftermath
266(6)
Recent reception
272(3)
Postscript
275(1)
Bibliography
276(20)
Ancient and Medieval
276(3)
Early Modern and Modern
279(13)
Graphical
292(4)
List of Illustrations 296(4)
Glossary 300(4)
Biographies 304(13)
Name Index 317(6)
Subject Index 323

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