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Mobile Ed: OT217 Interpreting Judges (8 hour course)

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Journey through the cycles and psychology of sin in the book of Judges, and recognize God as the deliverer of sinful people—as you explore the themes of rebellion, Canaanization, and syncretism, you will discover the heroic role God plays in this narrative. Dr. Way applies literary and theological analysis to the text to ultimately derive the core message from the book. Through this study you will also gain insight into the crucial task that Scripture has of filling hearts and minds with the words of God so that we can be transformed today and break the cycles of sin in our own culture.


OT217 Interpreting Judges was formerly titled CM313 Preaching Judges. We have updated the title to better reflect the course content.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Understand the themes of sin, salvation, transformation, and sanctification
  • Assess the literary elements of the book of Judges, including the structure, parallels, themes, and setting
  • Approach the book of Judges analytically by asking, “What’s wrong with this picture?” and “Where is God in this story?” to unlock the theological messages of the book

Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Introduction to Judges

  • Preface
  • Literary Structure: Part 1
  • Literary Structure: Part 2
  • Literary Structure: Part 3
  • Literary Structure: Part 4
  • Literary Structure: Part 5
  • Theological Contributions: Part 1
  • Theological Contributions: Part 2
  • Theological Contributions: Part 3
  • Theological Contributions: Part 4
  • Theological Contributions: Part 5
  • Historical Setting
  • Composition

Unit 2: Prologue (Judg 1:1–3:6)

  • Military Failure: Part 1
  • Military Failure: Part 2
  • Military Failure: Part 3
  • Military Failure: Part 4
  • Religious Failure: Part 1
  • Religious Failure: Part 2
  • Religious Failure: Part 3
  • Baal

Unit 3: Othniel (Judg 3:7–11)

  • Literary Analysis of the Othniel Story
  • The Grace of God’s Deliverance
  • The Judge and the Oppressor
  • The First and Last Cycles
  • The Spirit of the Lord

Unit 4: Ehud (Judg 3:12–30)

  • The Moabites
  • Who Is Ehud?
  • Who Is Eglon?
  • The Weapon
  • Lock and Key
  • What’s Wrong and Where’s God in the Ehud Story? Part 1
  • What’s Wrong and Where’s God in the Ehud Story? Part 2
  • Ehud and Jephthah

Unit 5: Deborah and Barak (Judg 4:1–5:31)

  • Literary Analysis of the Deborah and Barak Story
  • The Canaanite Players
  • Deborah
  • Barak
  • Jael
  • What’s Wrong in the Deborah and Barak Story?
  • Where’s God in the Deborah and Barak Story?
  • Women in Judges

Unit 6: Gideon (Judg 6:1–8:32)

  • Literary Analysis of the Gideon Story
  • Setting the Scene
  • The Goddesses of Judges
  • The Fleece
  • The Battle
  • The Aftermath
  • The Angel of the Lord
  • The Heroes of Hebrews

Unit 7: Abimelech (Judg 8:33–9:57)

  • Literary Analysis of the Abimelech Story
  • An Independent Cycle
  • What’s Wrong in the Abimelech Story?
  • Where’s God in the Abimelech Story?
  • The Shechem Temple
  • Other Background Information

Unit 8: Jephthah (Judg 10:6–12:7)

  • Literary Analysis of the Jephthah Story
  • History and Literature
  • What’s Wrong in the Jephthah Story? Part 1
  • What’s Wrong in the Jephthah Story? Part 2
  • What’s Wrong in the Jephthah Story? Part 3
  • Applying Jephthah's Story
  • Human Sacrifice
  • The Ammonites

Unit 9: The Minor Judges (Judg 3:31; 10:1–5; 12:8–15)

  • Literary Analysis of the Minor Judges
  • Exposition of the Minor Judges: Part 1
  • Exposition of the Minor Judges: Part 2
  • Exposition of the Minor Judges: Part 3
  • The Theology of the Minor Judges

Unit 10: Samson (Judg 13:1–16:31)

  • Literary Analysis of the Samson Story
  • Samson’s Morality
  • Samson’s Might
  • Samson’s Mission
  • Samson’s Meaning
  • A Strategic Literary Interruption
  • Samson’s Altercation
  • Opportunities and Occasions
  • Samson’s Hair
  • Samson’s Entertainment
  • Saint or Sinner?
  • The Philistines

Unit 11: Epilogue (Judg 17:1–21:25)

  • The Final Movement
  • Literary Analysis of the Micah Story
  • The Ephod and Teraphim
  • What’s Wrong in Chapter 17?
  • What’s Wrong in Chapter 18?
  • Where Is God in Chapter 18?
  • Tel Dan
  • Literary Analysis of Chapters 19–21
  • Literary Analysis of the Levite Story
  • Exposition of the Levite Story
  • The Theology of the Levite Story
  • Applying the Levite Story
  • Where’s God in Chapter 20?
  • What’s Wrong in Chapter 20?
  • Where’s God and What’s Wrong in Chapter 21?
  • Summary of Chapters 19–21
  • Intertextuality
  • The Ban


  • The Transformational Power of the Book of Judges

Product Details

  • Title: OT217 Interpreting Judges
  • Instructor: Kenneth C. Way
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 8
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About Kenneth C. Way

Dr. Kenneth Way's passion is teaching the Old Testament in its ancient Near Eastern context. His research interests include the book of Judges, Israelite religion and archaeology, Northwest Semitic inscriptions, and the fauna of the ancient Near East. He regularly presents at academic meetings and has been published in Ugarit-Forschungen, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Journal of Biblical Literature, Levant, and the IVP Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books. Ever since his college days, Dr. Way has sensed God’s calling to teach Bible (especially Old Testament) in a classroom setting and to mentor students who desire more of God in their lives.


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