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Judges - Judges Historical Setting Ca 1200-1020 BCE o The...

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Judges Historical Setting Ca. 1200-1020 BCE o “The Settlement Period” Chronology: Consecutive or Concurrent? Tribal League- Loose Confederation Settlement of the Land 3 Classic Models 1. Military Conquest 2. Infiltration/Peaceful Immigration 3. Social Revolution 4. A Combination of all three? Overview of Judges Introduction: Israel’s moral & religious decline and failure to complete the conquest (1:1- 3:6) The Age of the Judges (3:7-16:31) Appendices: Israel’s idolatry and immorality (17:1-21:25) Introduction (1:1-3:6) Failure to complete the conquest of Canaan (1:1-36) Death of Joshua and the rise of a new generation (2:1-10) o “There arose another generation…who did not know the LORD, nor yet the work which He had done for Israel.” (2:10) Moral and religious decline (2:11-3:6) What are “Judges”? “They are charismatic military leaders who spontaneously intervene in major crisis, driving off the armies of petty princes engaged in raiding Israel’s territory in the Canaanite hill country.” (Harris 159)
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