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The Forms of the Old Testament Literature: Judges

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Eerdmans 2013

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Overview

This commentary is the eighteenth published volume in The Forms of the Old Testament Literature (FOTL)—a series that aims to present a form-critical analysis of the books and units in the Hebrew Bible. Serge Frolov’s valuable study of Judges, addressing both synchronic and diachronic perspectives, offers the first full-scale form-critical treatment of Judges since 1922 and represents an important application of form criticism as practiced today.

Fundamentally exegetical, Frolov’s work examines the structure, genre, setting, and intention of Judges. Focusing on the canonical Hebrew text, Frolov argues that what we know as the book of Judges is not a literary unit but rather a series of interconnected units that are for the most part closely linked to adjoining books. In particular, he shows how the sequence “apostasy-oppression-repentance-deliverance’ traverses the boundary between Judges and Samuel. Frolov also analyzes the history behind the form-critical discussion of this book and exposes the exegetical process so as to enable students and pastors to engage in their own analysis and interpretation of Judges.

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Key Features

  • Addresses both synchronic and diachronic perspectives of Judges
  • Examines the structure, genre, setting, and intention of Judges
  • Analyzes the history behind the form-critical discussion of Judges

Contents

  • Judges as a Whole: What Lies Beneath
  • Major Component 1: Wrapping Up or Winding Down? (Judges 1:1-26)
  • Major Component 2: The Wages of Greed (Judges 1:27–3:6)
  • Major Component 3: Vicious Circles (Judges 3:7–1 Samuel 7:17)
  • Major Component 3, Part 1: The Rhetoric of Bare Bones (Judges 3:7-11)
  • Major Component 3, Part 2: Whacked in the Outhouse (Judges 3:12-31)
  • Major Component 3, Part 3: (Really) Desperate Housewives (Judges 4:1–5:31)
  • Major Component 3, Part 4: Like Father Like Son (Judges 6:1–10:5)
  • Major Component 3, Part 5: The Bride of YHWH (Judges 10:6–12:15)
  • Major Component 3, Part 6: Pro and Contra (Judges 13:1–1 Samuel 7:17)
  • Major Component 3, Part 6, Section 1: A Hero in Context (Judges 13:2–16:31)
  • Major Component 3, Part 6, Section 2: The Blood Money (Judges 17:1-6)
  • Major Component 3, Part 6, Section 3: The Upside-Down Conquest (Judges 17:7–18:31)
  • Major Component 3, Part 6, Section 4: Things Fall Apart (Judges 19:1–21:25)
  • The Enneateuch (Genesis 1:1–2 Kings 25:30)
  • Synchronic and Diachronic

Product Details

  • Title: The Forms of the Old Testament Literature: Judges
  • Author: Serge Frolov
  • Series: The Forms of the Old Testament Literature
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 390
  • Resource Type: Monographs
  • Topic: Judges

About Serge Frolov

Serge Frolov is Nate and Ann Levine Professor of Jewish Studies and associate professor of religious studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

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