Introduction. Read Judges 1 and 2.

I am not going to deal exhaustively with Judges - as I have done with some other books of the Bible like Luke or 1 Corinthians. The Judges is a collection of stories from which broad lessons can be derived. I am going to concentrate on the characters that feature in these stories.

I have consulted the following commentaries for this series of expositions:

(1) Judges and Ruth by Arthur E. Cundall in the Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries series.

(2) The New American Commentary on Judges and Ruth by Daniel I. Block.

(3) Judges, Such a Great salvation, by Dale Ralph Davis in Focus on the Bible series.

(4) Be available - a commentary on Judges by Warren W. Wiersbe

(5) The Message of Judges by Michael Wilcock in the Bible Speaks Today series.

These are all helpful and I especially enjoyed reading Dale Ralph Davis' commentary - written as it is in a racy style.

I have included in this series a character study of the last and greatest of the Judges, Samuel, for which I have just used the text of the N.I.V.. It just seems wrong to leave him out!

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