Study on Book of Judges - Advanced Bible Study Online: 21 Lessons

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1 Lesson 1
(Relevant Context Questions)
2 Lesson 2
(Judges chapter 2: Driving out the people, How God used judges, Baal )
3 Lesson 3
(Instructions from Moses and Joshua; the judges Othniel, Ehud)
4 Lesson 4
(Judges chapter 4: Deborah the judge, God's timing, Jael and the tent peg)
5 Lesson 5
(Judges chapter 6: hideous worship practices of false gods, Gideon and family conflict)
6 Lesson 6
(Judges chapter 7: Gideon and the fleece, God gives Gideon an army of 300, Gideon punishes two towns)
7 Lesson 7
(Chapter 8 - part II: Gideon's personal loss, Gideon collects wealth, Gideon's concubine)
8 Lesson 8
(Judges chapter 9: Abimelech chosen by Shechem, Abimelech murders the sons of Gideon, a woman cracks Abimelech's skull)
9 Lesson 9
(Judges chapter 10: the judges Tola, Jair, more false gods, )
10 Lesson 10
(Judges chapter 11: the judge Jephthah and his vow, his sacrifice of his daughter)
11 Lesson 11
(Judges chapter 12: Israelite tribal conflict kills 42,000; the judges Ibzan, Elon, Abdon; the angel of the LORD and Samson's parents)
12 Lesson 12
(Judges chapter 14: Samson and personal revenge)
13 Lesson 13
(Judges chapter 15: Samson's wife burned to death, Samson betrayed by his own people)
14 Lesson 14
(Judges chapter 16 part I: Samson and Delilah, Samson unexpectedly loses his strength)
15 Lesson 15
(Judges chapter 16 part II: the source of Samson's power, continuing desire for revenge)
16 Lesson 16
(Judges chapter 17: cursing and blessing, false consecration, Micah and the young Levite)
17 Lesson 17
(Judges chapter 18: mixing true/false worship, sins of the Danite tribe)
18 Lesson 18
(Judges chapter 19: the Levite and his concubine, sin abounds, concubine murdered and dismembered)
19 Lesson 19
(Judges chapter 20: the tribe of Benjamin harbors the wicked men, Israelite tribes seek to bring justice but commit excessive violence)
20 Lesson 20
(Judges chapter 21: a problem with making oaths, Israel attempts to save tribe of Benjamin, following an oath leads to killing of fellow Israelites)
21 Lesson 21
(Final Summary Questions - Chapter 1-21)

Advanced Bible Studies require the use of a Bible Dictionary: This advanced online Bible study on Judges includes over 60 questions which requires reference to a Bible dictionary. Online Bible dictionaries can be accessed at www.biblegateway.com and other internet sites. The author of this study based the Bible dictionary questions on the low cost Nelson's New Illustrated Bible Dictionary by Ronald F. Youngblood, 1995, Thomas Nelson Publishers, ISBN #0785212175. (References to this dictionary, for applicable questions, will simply refer you to "Nelson" and page #)

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Book of Judges Online Study Themes

The Book of Judges study includes the following twelve Old Testament biblical judges: Othniel, Ehud, Shamgar, Deborah, Gideon, Tola, Jair, Jephthah, Ibzan, Elon, Abdon and Samson. The Judges study also includes the character Abimelech who was a false pretender.

Some themes considered more in depth are:

The pattern of the Israelites repeatedly turning from God to follow false gods, suffering consequences of oppression, eventually repenting after which God sends a judge to deliver them. In the Book of Judges alone God’s patience with the Israelites is demonstrated twelve times. But the overall direction of the Israelites is to fall each time further and further into immorality.

The following of false gods is considered more comprehensively leading one to discover how immoral or brutal the common practices were of worshiping false gods. Also, the negative moral influences of surrounding cultures or societies are identified.

Some other key points identified in this study:

Sometimes God chose people, who did not always have a good religious track record, to serve as judges.

Sometimes Judges, despite words from God, visits by angels, miraculous signs or acts, still had trouble remaining faithful to God.

Through study of all twelve judges one will discover that God “leaves” only one judge, the reasons for this action by God and what leads to His return to the judge.

In the Book of Judges people are visited by angels on several occasions. It is interesting to carefully study these visits and realize that most of the time the angels were not recognized as angels.

Everyone did what was right in their own eyes. This phrase is repeated in the later chapters of Judges as the Israelites lose sight of the ways of God. Increasing immorality, following of false gods and other ungodly behaviors are often explained by this phrase.

Judges Study Background information: After wandering 40 years in the desert, the Israelites, under the leadership of Joshua, previously crossed the Jordan and entered into the Promised Land. (See Joshua chapters 3-4 for more details)

Tribes of Israel in Judges: At this point of the Book of Judges in history, the twelve tribes of Israel are most commonly thought of as: Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Ephraim, and Manasseh.

Bible Translation Version: The NIV translation is recommended since the Judges study references the NIV. Other translations may be used although some wording variations will occur.

Textbook recommendations: For more insight into biblical interpretation, or better understanding of what we read, I highly recommend either of the following: How to Study Your Bible, by Kay Arthur or How to READ the BIBLE for All Its WORTH, by Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart.

Repetition: Ancient writers used repetition to communicate their main points whereas today we often state explicitly the main points or use a a bulleted outline format. This study of the book of Judges will lead us to discover and understand its repeated themes and cycles.