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.
Approaching Scripture as literature is indispensable for exegesis. Exegesis is incomplete without proper attention being paid to the literary features of the biblical text. Adequate attention needs to be paid to matters of genre and form as well as of theology and history. This article is a study of Psalm 22, which takes all these aspects into consideration.
It is important to acknowledge the literary features of Scripture for a good understanding. This article argues that too often biblical scholarship has ignored its literary character in exegesis. The authors want to illustrate how consideration of the literary character of a book can solve difficult exegetical problems, and illustrate this from their exegesis of Nahum.