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The book of Judges describes a time in the life of the nation of Israel between the prophetic leadership of Moses and Joshua and the establishment of the monarchy. During that time, “everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6).

The most shocking feature in the book of Judges, however, is not the horror of Israel’s sin, but the glory of salvation from that sin. The darkness of Israel’s sin is overcome only by the wonder of God’s salvation worked through a series of memorable judges, who ultimately point us to Jesus Christ.

Author Bio

Dr. Miles Van Pelt is Alan Belcher Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages and academic dean for the Jackson campus of Reformed Theological Seminary. He has taught at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts and at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.

He has a deep commitment to and passion for teaching students the Bible in its original languages. To that end, Miles is the coauthor of Basics of Biblical Hebrew: Grammar, Basics of Biblical Hebrew: Workbook, The Vocabulary Guide to Biblical Hebrew, Graded Reader of Biblical Hebrew, and Charts of Biblical Hebrew.

Van Pelt has also contributed to The New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis and to the Eerdman’s Bible Dictionary and served as the Old Testament editor for Zondervan’s expository dictionary of biblical words, Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old & New Testament Words. At the RTS campus in Jackson, he teaches Hebrew, historical books, prophetic literature, Old Testament biblical theology, and even Greek. He and his wife, Laurie, have four children.