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RELIGION 175: Introduction to the Critical Study Of Biblical Literature Critical Reading Question #4 Critical Reading Text: Judges Instructions: Read through the book of Judges. Select TWO judges from the list and discuss the following questions: (1-2 paragraphs for each judge is sufficient) Othniel (3:7-11) Ehud (3:12-31) Deborah (4-5) Gideon (6-8) Abimelech (9) Tola (10:1-2) Jair (10:3-5) Jephthah (10:6-12:7) Ibzan (12:8-10) Elon (12:11-12) Abdon (12:13-15) Samson (13-16) Who they are (i.e., where are they from, family background, etc.)? What problems they encounter? Summarize their story. What makes them heroic? Othniel was the son of Kenaz. Kenaz is Caleb’s older brother. The Israelites were doing what was evil in the sight of the Lord. They were worshiping other gods, so the Lord sold them into the hand of King Cushanrishathaim of Aramnaharaim for eight years.
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Unformatted text preview: Finally the Israelites cried out to the Lord, so the Lord rose up a deliverer who was Othniel. The sprit of the Lord came upon Othniel, and he judged Israel. Othniel went into war against King Cushanrishathaim of Aramnaharaim and prevailed. The land had rest for forty years. Then Othniel died. The fact that Othniel defeated King Cushanrishathaim of Aramnaharaim and delivered the Israelites from his hands is what makes him heroic. After the judge Tola, Jair the Gileadite became a judge. He judged over Israel twenty-two years. He had thirty sons who rode on thirty donkeys. Each son had a town in the land of Gilead and became called Havvothjair. Jair died and was buried in Kamon. Tola is heroic because he had so many sons and gained landed to add to Israel’s kingdom....
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