Judges : Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching

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  • Copyright: 2011-08-16
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Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching is a distinctive resource for those who interpret the Bible in the church. Planned and written specifically for teaching and preaching needs, this critically acclaimed biblical commentary is a major contribution to scholarship and ministry.

Author Biography

J. Clinton McCann is Evangelical Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Why Study the Book of Judges?p. 1
The Judges: The Characters, the Period(s), and the Bookp. 3
What Were the Judges?p. 3
The Period(s) of the Judgesp. 5
The Formation and Shape of the Book of Judgesp. 8
The Book of Judges in the Context of the Canonp. 12
The Landp. 16
The Canaanitesp. 17
Violence and Vengeancep. 20
The Role of Womenp. 21
Humorp. 23
Theology in the Book of Judgesp. 24
From Joshua to the Judgesp. 27
Judges 1:1-3:6
Fighting and Smiting: The Canaanites Remainp. 27
Serving God or Serving Baal?p. 34
The Stories of the Judgesp. 41
Judges 3:7-16:31
Othniel: An Auspicious Beginningp. 41
Ehud: "A Left-Handed Man"p. 43
Shamgar: A Non-Israelite Judge?p. 47
Deborah, Barak, and Jael: Women to the Rescuep. 49
The Prose Narrativep. 50
The Song of Deborah and Barakp. 55
Gideon and the Question of Sovereigntyp. 61
The Call of Gideon and Gideon's Good Startp. 62
"For the Lord and for Gideon": The Defeat of Midian and Amalekp. 65
Gideon's Turn for the Worsep. 68
Abimelech: Gideon's Violent Legacyp. 71
Tola and Jair: The Calm between the Stormsp. 76
Jephthah and His Daughter: The Agony of Victoryp. 77
How Much Can God Stand?p. 78
From Outlaw to Diplomatp. 80
Keeping a Vow, Killing a Daughterp. 81
Jephthah's Violent Legacyp. 89
Ibzan, Elon, and Abdon: An Interlude of Blessingp. 90
Samson, His Mother, and His Loversp. 92
The Mother of a Hero, or the Mother As a Hero?p. 94
Lover Number One: The Woman from Timnahp. 101
Lover Number Two: The Woman of Whoredom at Gazap. 106
Lover Number Three: Delilah and Samson's Fatal Attractionp. 107
Reflections: Samson and Culture Wars, Then and Nowp. 110
Complete Deterioration and Terrorp. 117
Judges 17:1-21:25
Micah, the Levite, and the Danitesp. 120
A Battered Woman and a Brutal Warp. 125
Terror Reigns: The Levite and His Concubinep. 127
Civil War: From the Victimization of One to the Victimization of Manyp. 133
Reflections: Chaos and Crisis, Then and Nowp. 137
Bibliographyp. 139
Commentaries and Resources for Teaching and Preachingp. 139
Literature Citedp. 140
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