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Book of Judges
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The seventh book of the Hebrew Bible; depicts the period between Joshua’s conquest and the monarchy of Saul and David. The narrative arc of Judges shows how the Israelites, lacking a leader, digress from a united people loyal to Yahweh into conflicting, independent tribes that serve Baal and adopt Canaanite customs.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Judges, Book of
Judges, Book of The seventh book of the Hebrew Bible; depicts the period between Joshua’s conquest and the monarchy of Saul and David. The narrative arc of Judges shows how the Israelites, lacking a leader, digress from a united people loyal to Yahweh into conflicting, independent tribes that serve Baal
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Judges, Book of
JUDGES, BOOK OF. The seventh book of the Hebrew Bible and second book of the Former Prophets in the Jewish canon of Scripture adopted by the early Christian church as the OT. Judges is a collection of stories about persons and events of the premonarchy period in ancient Israel, arranged to present an
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Judges, Book of
Judges, Book of. OT book named after the prominent leaders raised up by the Lord to deliver his people. The word “judge” in Hebrew also denotes the activity of governance, including warfare. Some scholars have argued that there were two kinds of judges: charismatic deliverers (or major judges) and local
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Judges, Book of
JUDGES, BOOK OF Old Testament book named after the prominent leaders raised up by the Lord to deliver his people. The word “judge” in Hebrew also denotes the activity of governance, including warfare. Some scholars have argued that there were two kinds of judges: charismatic deliverers (or major judges)
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Judges, Book Of
Judges, book of, the seventh book of the Tanakh (Jewish Bible) and the Christian ot; it is the second book of the Former Prophets, a subcollection in the Nevi’im, or Prophets section, of the Tanakh. It is preceded by the book of Joshua and followed by the book of 1 Samuel in the Tanakh, but it is followed
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Judges, Book of (Writing)
JUDGES, BOOK OF. The title is derived from the word “judges” (shōptɩ̂m, Jdg 2:16), since the activities of the judges are recorded in this book. In historical sequence it covers the period of Israel’s history between Joshua and Samuel.The era of the judges was a period in which the Israelites as God’s
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Judges, Book Of
JUDGES, BOOK OF. Judges follows chronologically upon the Pentateuch and Joshua and describes the history of Israel from Joshua’s death to the rise of Samuel. It takes its name from its leading characters, the šôp̱eṭîm (Jdg. 2:16). These ‘judges’, however, were more than judicial arbiters; they were
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Judges, Book of (Writing)
Judges, Book ofPart of the larger narrative from Genesis to Kings. Chronologically it is set in the period between the Conquest (Joshua) and the establishment of the monarchy (1 Samuel).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Judges, Book of (Writing)
Judges, Book of. †The second book of the Former Prophets and the seventh of the Old Testament, recounting aspects of Israel’s history between the death of Joshua and the birth of Samuel.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Judges, Book Of
JUDGES, BOOK OF The seventh book of the Old Testament and the second of the Historical Books. Judges records the actions of charismatic leaders, called Judges, of the tribes of Israel between the death of Joshua and the time of Samuel—a time of spiritual and political instability, when God allowed foreign
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Judges, Book of
Judges, Book of. The Book traces the history of the Israelites from Joshua’s death to the beginning of the monarchy, describing incidents connected with the conquest of Palestine, and woven round the names of several leaders (‘judges’) who ruled the country before the time of Saul. It professes at the
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