This article deals with the book of Judges from an ethical perspective. The author writes from the conviction that Judges is rich in ethical insight even though there are not direct prescriptions by way of laws or rules of conduct. Judges deals with the community of faith as the place and context for moral formation. The concept of irony is worked with to indicate how life without God looks like.
This article responds to an article by Robert Chisholm, who proposed a chronology of the book of Judges. This chronology was based on a literary clue in the book itself. This article agrees with much of what Chisholm wrote. However, it asks whether the pattern Chisholm identified is necessarily a clue to the chronology of Judges or a clue to another feature developed by the author of Judges.
Chapter 1 introduces the book of Judges. The focus is on the historical context and circumstances as well as the chronology of the judges.
In this article Chrisholm responds to a critique of Andrew Steinmann on his view on the chronology of the book of Judges. He offers a critique of Steinmann’s reply and amplifies and clarifies his own position.
This is the second in a trilogy of articles which looks at Eli, Jephthah, and David as biblical examples of bad fathers. This article focuses on Jephthah and the promise he made which sealed the fate of his daughter, as recorded in Judges 11. Though this example the author tackles the issue of many fathers today being spiritually ignorant.
The function of symbolism in Old Testament narrative is treated in this article in the case of Samson killing of a lion (Judges 14). Emmrich argues that it has greater significance than to authenticate Samson's calling as judge or to provide a demonstration of Samson’s strength. Literary and thematic parallels between Judges 14:5-6, 8, and Judges 15:14-19 are examined.
Looking at Judges 17-21, this article shows how God's covenant people moved away from their King through moral anarchy, exposing themselves to temptation. However, through repentance and faith in Christ God brings restoration. This is a call to the church to speak about this hope of restoration in Christ in the midst of our nation in crisis.