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Mobile Ed: OT217 Interpreting Judges (8 hour course)
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Mobile Ed: OT217 Interpreting Judges (8 hour course)

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Lexham Press 2016

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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.

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

Unit 1: Introduction to Judges

  • Preface
  • Literary Structure
  • Theological Contribution
    • Israel’s Faithlessness
    • God’s Faithfulness
    • Deuteronomistic History
    • Canonical Position
    • Methodology
  • Historical Setting and Composition
    • Judges Period
    • Composition

Unit 2: Prologue (1:1–3:6)

  • Military Failure (1:1–2:5)
    • Literary Analysis
    • Background
    • Theology
  • Religious Failure (2:6–3:6)
    • Literary Analysis
    • Exposition
    • Theology

Unit 3: Othniel (3:7–11)

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

Unit 4: Ehud (3:12–30)

  • Who Is Ehud?
  • Who Is Eglon?
  • The Weapon (3:16, 22)
  • Lock and Key (3:23, 25)
  • What’s Wrong and Where’s God?
  • God’s Will and God’s Plan
  • Ehud and Jephthah

Unit 5: Deborah and Barak (4:1–5:31)

  • Literary Analysis
  • Canaanite Players: Jabin, Sisera
  • Deborah
  • Barak
  • Jael
  • What’s Wrong?
  • Where’s God?
  • Women in Judges

Unit 6: Gideon (6:1–8:32)

  • Literary Analysis
  • Setting the Scene
  • The Fleece
  • The Battle
  • The Aftermath
  • The Angel of the Lord
  • Heroes of Hebrews

Unit 7: Abimelech (8:33–9:57)

  • Literary Analysis
  • The Cyclical Rubric
  • What’s Wrong?
  • Where’s God?
  • Temple Backgrounds

Unit 8: Jephthah (10:6–12:7)

  • Literary Analysis
  • What’s Wrong?
  • Judging Ourselves: Four Applications
  • Human Sacrifice

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

  • Literary Analysis
  • Exposition
  • Theology: Cycle Breakdown

Unit 10: Samson (13:1–16:31)

  • Literary Analysis
  • Samson’s Morality
  • Samson’s Might
  • Samson’s Mission
  • Samson’s Meaning
  • Strategic Literary Interruption
  • Opportunities and Occasions in 14–16
  • Samson’s Hair
  • Samson’s’ Entertainment
  • Samson as Saint, or Sinner?
  • The Philistines

Unit 11: Sincere Syncretism (17:1–18:31)

  • The Final Refrain
  • Literary Analysis
  • What’s Wrong?
  • Where’s God?
  • Background on Tel Dan

Unit 12: Crescendo of Canaanization (19:1–21:25)

  • Literary Analysis
  • Exposition
  • Theology
  • Application
  • Where’s God?
  • What’s Wrong?

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

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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This course comes with an Activities resource that functions as a type of “workbook” for the course. This resource includes learning activities such as: places for you to respond to reflection questions, exercises that will challenge and show you how deepen your understanding of this course by using specific Logos tools and resources, tutorial videos on different features of Logos Bible Software, and links to relevant Logos guides and tools. A link to open the Activities resource is conveniently placed at the end of every segment.