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Judges is the seventh book of the Hebrew Bible and the second book of the Former Prophets.

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Is there sexual innuendo in the story of Yael and Sisera?

In Judges 4, Barak leads the Israelite army and defeats the Canaanites in battle. The Canaanite general, Sisera, flees the battle and ends up at the tent of Yael, who is identified as the wife of ...
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How old was Joshua during the Conquest? How many years between his death and the first oppression?

According to Joshua 24:29 Joshua died at the age of 110. I am wondering how many years elapsed between the Entry in the Holy Land (the Conquest) and his death (or alternatively: how old was he at the ...
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Reconciling Deut 7:1-4 "you shall not intermarry with them" & Judges 14:4 God enticing Samson to intermarry with Philistine woman from Timnah

Deuteronomy 7:1-4 New American Standard Bible 1995 Warnings 7 “When the Lord your God brings you into the land where you are entering to possess it, and clears away many nations before you, the ...
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In Judges 3:19, does the king tell his attendants to be silent or to leave his presence?

Upon the king being told there was a secret message for him to be told in silence, why would the translation have the king instead say "Silence!" and the people know to just leave? Wouldn't ...
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“Most blessed are you among women" Luke 1:42 Judges 5:24

Most readers are familiar with Elizabeth's prophecy over Mary in Luke 1: 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, 42 cried ...
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Was Deborah a "mother in Israel" or a/the "Mother of Israel"? (Judges 5:7)

Gone was freedom beyond the walls, gone indeed from Israel. When I, Deborah, arose, when I arose, a mother in Israel. (Judges 5:7) This is a typical translation of the verse, but I have noticed that ...
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Do these passages Dt. 12 , Jer. 7 and Judges 11 hint that human sacrifice was offered to the LORD more often than we like to think?

We ordinarily think of human sacrifice in the Bible as being offered to Baal, Moloch, Chemosh or other Canaanite deities. But in the following verses we have a) a warning not to worship God in a ...
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Is the monarchy part of God's plan?

There seems to be a difference in attitude towards the monarchy in 1 Samuel and the earlier books of the Old Testament. This can seen in the Book of Deutoronomy and Judges. The final book of the ...
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Who Was Jonathan the Grandson of Moses (or Manasseh) in Judges 18:30?

The Book of Judges relates a story of the founding of a northern settlement by the tribe of Dan, in which the Danites conquer a defenseless town and set up an idolatrous shrine there. The priest at ...
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Did the Israelites go through Edom and Moab or around?

Judg 11 portrays the Israelites going around Edom and Moab: 17 Israel then sent messengers to the king of Edom, saying, ‘Let us pass, we pray, through your land’; but the king of Edom would not ...
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What was the "Idol" that Moses' descendants served in Dan (Judges 18:30)

There (in the city formerly called Laish) the Danites set up for themselves the idol, and Jonathan son of Gershom, the son of Moses, and his sons were priests for the tribe of Dan until the time of ...
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Apparently a DOUBLE contradiction: Can this be explained?

First, God Himself provided the rules by which a Nazarite vow should be fulfilled. 1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When either man or ...
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Why does God send an evil spirit in Judges 9:23?

It seems strange to me as a young Christian for a few reasons. When God wills the death of a man, he often strengthens the hand of their enemies, sometimes sends angels to cut them down, occassionaly ...
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Was Moses’ father-in-law a Kenite or Midianite?

Numbers 10: 29 Now Moses said to Hobab son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses’ father-in-law, “We are setting out for the place about which the LORD said, ‘I will give it to you.’ Come with us and we will ...
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What was the spiritual significance of one not buried in his father's sepulchre?

On many occasions when one died he was said to be buried in his father's sepulchre: KJV Judges 8:32 And Gideon the son of Joash died in a good old age, and was buried in the sepulchre of Joash his ...
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Is Amalek the nephew of Leviathan?

Genesis 36:12 Esau’s son Eliphaz also had a concubine named Timna, who bore him Amalek. These were grandsons of Esau’s wife Adah. Genesis 36:22 The sons of Lotan: Hori and Homam. Timna was Lotan’s ...
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Was there a Hazor for Jabin to rule over?

The late-Exodus theory places the Exodus sometime during Ramesses II's reign(c. 1290-1224). This theory identifies the archaeological 1230 BC destruction of Hazor with Joshua's attack on the site. It ...
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When did Caleb attack Hebron - Before or After Joshua's Death?

In Joshua 14:6 - 15, we read that, after 7 years of conquest, Joshua gave Hebron to Caleb as an inheritance. Up until verse 12, chapter 15 describes the rest of Judah's allotment. Verses 13 - 19 turns ...
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Are some of God’s military promises conditional?

Though this is phrased as a theological question that is not meant for this site, I’m more trying to get exegetical responses. In relation to the incident in 2 Kings 3 with the battle of Yahweh vs ...
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What is the literary relation between the stories of the Levite's Concubine (Jdg. 19) and Sodom & Gomorrah (Gen. 19)?

The Book of Judges contains a disturbing story known as the Levite's Concubine, which bears more than a passing resemblance to the story of Lot's daughters in Sodom. As they were making their hearts ...
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Judges 7:5-7 Is lapping like dogs meant to test for vigilance?

In Judges 7, God is reducing the number of men Gideon will use to fight the Midianites. God does this twice in this chapter. First, in v3 God tells Gideon to whosoever is fearful and afraid should ...
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What can we learn from Barak's stipulation that Deborah accompany him as he mustered the Israelite men for war, & from Deborah's response?

What can we learn from Barak's stipulation that Deborah accompany him as he mustered the Israelite men for war, & from Deborah's response? I might just be asking the obvious. Is Barak's ...
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How to explain the Lord permitted the days of Gibeah to happen, and later called it sinned?

In Hosea 9:9 & 10:9, God condemned the days of Gibeah and claimed Ephraim (Israelites) were wickedness and remained sinned since then. The days of Gibeah was generally referred to the event in ...
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The Holy Spirit's stirring up Samson's anointing in Judges 14:3-4 Vs (Galatians 5:16-17) flesh battling Spirit & (Isaiah 55:8-9)God's Higher thoughts

Judges 14:1-4 NASB1995 1 Then Samson went down to Timnah and saw a woman in Timnah, one of the daughters of the Philistines. 2 So he came back and told his father and mother, “I saw a woman in Timnah,...
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Did Gideon use a different return route in Judges 8?

It is said when Gideon chased the two kings of Midian Zebah and Zalmunna he passed through Sukkoth who refused to give him provisions for his army Judges 8:6 NIV But the officials of Sukkoth said, “...
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Why could God not drive out inhabitants in Judges 1 verse 19?

In Judges 1:19, it says that God could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron. Why would this be the case, since God is omnipotent?
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Did Samson commit suicide?

“And Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines.” Then he bowed with all his strength, and the house fell upon the Lords and upon all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his ...
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Is this name unspeakable (to humans) or unknowable (by humans)?

Twice in the O.T. a mysterious question is put to humans when they enquire as to the name of what appears to them to be an angel or a divine one. The first is Jacob, who is renamed Israel after ...
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Order the child

Can someone explain to me what does "order the child" mean? The context is the story of Manoah and his future son, Samson. Manoah asks the angel "How shall we order the child, and how ...
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Where were Samson's parents when he was attacked by the lion?

Judges 14:5-6 says, So Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother, and came to the vineyards of Timnah. Now to his surprise, a young lion came roaring against him. And the Spirit of the ...
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If the LXX version of Judges 18:30 states "Μωυσῆ" (Moses), why would New Testament bibles prefer מְנַשֶּׁ֜ה (Menasseh) from Tanakh's MT?

Why would Tanakh's MT sometimes be preferred over Greek LXX as correct sources for New Testament bibles? - Example : Judges 18:30. [Judges 18:30, LXX] states : "καὶ ἀνέστησαν ἑαυτοῗς οἱ υἱοὶ τοῦ ...
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Who says that אשת לפידות means that Deborah was a red-head?

I seem to remember that some exegete/commentator writes that when Judges 4:4 says that Deborah was אשת לפידות - "The wife of Lapidoth/torches" it means that her hair was colored like a flame,...
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Does Samson believe that his super strength lies in his hair?

Judges 16 17Samson told her all that was in his heart: “My hair has never been cut, because I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If I am shaved, my strength will leave me, and I will ...
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Was Samson blameless when he burned the standing grain of the Philistines in Judges 15:5?

Samson's wife betrayed him on the last day of the wedding feast by revealing the secret of the riddle to the Philistine wedding guests. He left his wife in a rage. After he had cooled down, Judges 15: ...
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Does God condone or command that Jephthah sacrifice his daughter? (Judges 11:34-39)

I was reading through Judges yesterday and I came across Judges 11:39-40, where Jephthah makes a promise unto God that if he is successful in warfare he will sacrifice the first thing that comes from ...
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How was Samson not in violation of his Nazirite Vow?

Very closely related: How did Numbers 6:9 apply to Samson? In Judges 13:5, Samson's mother is told: You will become pregnant and have a son whose head is never to be touched by a razor because the ...
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Is there a chronology issue in the book of Judges?

Judges 20 26Then all the Israelites, the whole army, went up to Bethel, and there they sat weeping before the Lord. They fasted that day until evening and presented burnt offerings and fellowship ...
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Is there a parallel between the Levite cutting up his concubine's body into pieces in Judges and Saul's cutting his oxen in pieces in 1 Samuel?

Judges 19: 29 When he reached home, he took a knife and cut up his concubine, limb by limb, into twelve parts and sent them into all the areas of Israel. 1 Samuel 11: 7 He took a pair of oxen, cut ...
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What age should we understand Samson, his bride and his bride's younger sister as being?

In Judges 14, Samson gets his parents to arrange a marriage with a certain Philistine maid. She is then given in marriage to one of Samson's companions. Then the wife's father offers the younger ...
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Why didn't the Philistines assassinate Samson with archers? [closed]

It seems that the Philistines had a one-track mind--or, at least, a one-weapon arsenal against Samson: ropes! And the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and said unto her, Entice him, and see ...
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How would Christians answer Dan Barker? [closed]

Yesterday I came across an article by Dan Barker titled: "the top 10 worst Old Testament verses" in his article Mr. Barker, an Evangelical turned Atheist quoted many verses to prove his ...
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Meaning of "[doing] what is evil in the sight of the Lord"

I'm working through the Old Testament, book by book, and have arrived at Judges, where I anticipate seeing a certain phrase again and again: 7 And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight ...
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Why are passages in the Book of Joshua repeated in the Book of Judges (Jos. 15:15-19, Jdgs. 1:11-15)?

In these two parallel sets of passages, why is the Book of Judges merely restating that which was stated in Joshua 15? Joshua 15:15-19, NASB: Then he went up from there against the inhabitants of ...
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what was Samson's wife crying about the first three days

Judges 14:15 says On the fourth day, they said to Samson’s wife, “Coax your husband into explaining the riddle for us, or we will burn you and your father’s household to death. Did you invite us here ...
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Were Samson's parents with him when he tore the lion?

In Judges 14:5-6 it says Samson went with his parents to Timnah, then it says as they approached the vineyards a lion approached Samson but then it says Samson did not tell his parents what he had ...
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Why does the angel of the LORD speak in the first person in Judges 2:1-5?

Judges 2:1-5 (KJV): And an angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, ...
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What exactly is a "mighty man of valor"?

In Judges 6:12, the Messenger of the LORD spoke over Gideon calling him a "mighty man of valor". In Hebrew, the phrase is "Geebor He'Chayeel":Mighty/Powerful/Prevailer of Value/...
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Was the Levite a father to Micah? Was it the other way around?

Judges 17:10 “Stay with me,” Micah said to him, “and be my father and priest, and I will give you ten shekels of silver per year, a suit of clothes, and your provisions.” So the Levite went in 11 and ...
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Relation between literary parallelism and Jesus

In Judges 3:7-11 (NASB) 7 So the sons of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and they forgot the Lord their God and served the Baals and the Asheroth. 8 Then the anger of the Lord was ...
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Oak of Tabor VS Mount Tabor?

In 1 Samuel 10:3 (NASB) Then you will go on further from there, and you will come as far as the oak of Tabor, and there three men going up to God at Bethel will meet you: one carrying three young ...
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