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Judges: A Theological Commentary for Preachers

, 2017
ISBN: 9781498298230
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Judges: A Theological Commentary for Preachers engages hermeneutics for preaching, employing theological exegesis that enables the preacher to utilize all the units of the letter to craft effective sermons. This commentary unpacks the crucial link between Scripture and application: the theology of each preaching text (i.e., what the author is doing with what he is saying). Judges is divided into fourteen preaching units and the theological focus of each is delineated. The overall theological trajectory or theme of the book deals with the failure of leadership in the community of God's people. Since God's people are all called to be leaders in some arena, to some degree, in some fashion, the lessons of Judges are applicable to all Christians. The specific theological thrust of each unit is captured in this commentary, making possible a sequential homiletical movement through each pericope of Judges. While the primary goal of the commentary is to take the preacher from text to theology, it also provides two sermon outlines for each of the twelve preaching units of Judges. The unique approach of this work results in a theology-for-preaching commentary that promises to be useful for anyone teaching through Judges with an emphasis on application.

  • Presents a "theology of preaching" commentary
  • Seeks to take preachers to move from text to theology
  • Delineates the theological focus of fourteen preaching units of the book of Judges
  • Pericope 1—(Jdg 1:1-2:5): Failure and Indictment
  • Pericope 2—(Jdg 2:6-3:11): Paradigm and Exemplar
  • Pericope 3—(Jdg 3:12-31): Ehud (and Shamgar)
  • Pericope 4—(Jdg 4:1-24): Barak (and Deborah)
  • Pericope 5—(Jdg 5:1-31): Song of Deborah
  • Pericope 6—(Jdg 6:1-7:22): Gideon: Panic and Pride
  • Pericope 7—(Jdg 7:23-8:32): Gideon: Power and Perversion
  • Pericope 8—(Jdg 8:33-10:5): Abimelech
  • Pericope 9—(Jdg 10:6-12:15): Jephthah
  • Pericope l0-(Jdg 13:1-14:20): Samson: Favored but Feckless
  • Pericope 11—(Jdg 15:1-16:31): Samson: Spirited but Slack
  • Pericope 12—(Jdg 17:1-18:31): Micah, Levite, Danites
  • Pericope 13—(Jdg 19:1-30): The Powerful and the Powerless
  • Pericope 14—(Jdg 20:1-21:25): Israel vs. Israel
Preachers shy away from the book of Judges. After all, it is smeared with blood and littered with dead bodies, making one wonder: What relevance does this book have for modern readers? Abraham Kuruvilla takes on the challenge of answering that question . . . I heartily recommend this commentary.

Robert B. Chisholm Jr., Dallas Theological Seminary

With astute observations about the text that readily lend themselves to homiletical applications, and broad suggested preaching outlines that closely reflect the theology of the text, Kuruvilla's commentary will prove to be a valuable resource for the expository teacher/preacher.

Gregory T. K. Wong, Evangel Seminary, Hong Kong

With Abraham Kuruvilla's sensitive literary and theological reading of Judges . . . he shows preachers how to relate its message to the world in which we live and the alternative world Christians are called to represent. Given his clear focus on helping preachers, this is probably the first book anyone expounding the book of Judges for a class or a congregation should get.

Dan Block, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Abraham Kuruvilla is Research Professor of Pastoral Ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary, and a dermatologist in private practice. He is the author of Text to Praxis: Hermeneutics and Homiletics in Dialogue (2009), Privilege the Text! A Theological Hermeneutic for Preaching (2013), and A Vision for Preaching: Understanding the Heart of Pastoral Ministry (2015), in addition to theological commentaries for preachers on Mark (2012), Genesis (2014), and Ephesians (2015). He blogs regularly at www.homiletix.com.


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