Doctoral Work / Judges


notes. not edited. notes.  In attempting to decide whether or not to place him and his self-inflicted death as a devotio, I examined his status before death (explained in chapter ____ below) as well as the intent. The story of Samson, I maintain, does not fit easily into our already too-gray categories. Because of that, I will place Samson first in the category of self-inflicted death and examine him as such, but will use him in a later chapter as a type of devotio.[1] Before Samson’s life begins, it is announced via the angelical proclamation (Judges 13.2–20); however, there

Doctoral Work / Judges / Septuagint

Judges 5.2

A bit ago, David M. posted a question about Judges 5.2 on Facebook. As you know, I am currently researching a “unique” view of the death of Christ so when I read this, it immediately jumped out to me as something I could use. Judges 5.2 is set within a larger poem detailing the victory of Deborah when she was a judge in Israel. It is a very old portion of the Hebrew Bible, among the oldest some scholars believe. The Hebrew (into English) reads, ‘For the leaders, the leaders in Israel, for the people who answered the call, bless the

Judges / Religion and Politics

Richard Mourdock and Biblical Values – He’s right.

“I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God, and I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.” – Richard Mourdock, the GOP candidate for Senate (Indiana) As deplorable as the statements by Mourdock are, it is not completely unbiblical. As a matter of fact, kidnapping and rape are in fact a biblical value used to create life from death. For a brutal example of this, we must turn to Judges 21. This chapter details


Don’t tell the Evangelicals, but the bible has sex in it. A lot.

So, Joseph was a “stud,” as Peter Enns describes him, but he wasn’t the only sex fiend in Scripture. The Bible is actually a very human book, in that it deals with the full range of human passion, including, well, sex. For example, did you know that God freed Israel by a homosexual rape? He presented the tribute to Eglon, king of Moab, who was very fat, and after the presentation went off with the tribute bearers. He returned, however, from where the idols are, near Gilgal, and said, “I have a private message for you, O king.” And the king said,


Judges 4.17-22 – The Rape of Sisera?

Image via Wikipedia Keep in mind, this is a rough draft of a first semester Seminary student. Judges 4.17-22 is an extrapolation of a portion of Deborah’s Song, namely Judges 5.24-27, the oldest part of the Hebrew bible, and shows expansion rather than redaction as well as unfamiliarity with the cultural euphemisms of a previous generation’s language. At the center of the story is Jael, a woman of Hebrew decent, married to Heber the Kenite, a tribe who were allies with Jabin, Sisera’s king. It will be my contention that Jael’s murder of Sisera was out of line with

Gender Issues / Judges

The Moral Decline of Israel in Judges

Image via Wikipedia This is a rough draft of a response paper required in OT class. It deals with how the women of Judges are portrayed. Feel free to leave me your thoughts. We are met in Judges first by a woman, Acsah, the daughter of Caleb who would be given as a war-prize, but this war-prize is demanding a dowry from her father, and in doing so assures her husband of his place in history. She would become the wife of the first of Israel’s Judges. At the end of the book, women again are given as a

Judges / Old Testament

Exegete: Judges 4.17-22

Our end of the semester project in Old Testament 1, we are doing some exegetical work on Judges 4.17-22. Instead of starting and ending with the English translation of the Hebrew, I am also adding into the mix the two Septuagint recensions as found in the New English Translation of the Septuagint. (Again, if God had wanted us to really know Hebrew, He would have given us those 72 inspired and inerrant Translators) Hebrew (NASB) Greek A (NETS) Greek B (NETS) 17Now Sisera fled away on foot to the tent of Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite, for