The Judges Era is characterized by three-hundred years of tribe-on-tribe violence, corruption within the priesthood, rampant idolatry and sexual immorality, oppression, and child sacrifice. The author of the book of Judges does not sanitize his report; rather, he exposes the under-belly of Israel’s culture. And it is not pretty.
Judges begins by describing the terrible result of Israel’s failure to evict the Canaanites from the land and to destroy their culture and their intermarriage with the Canaanites. He presents seven cycles of sin that worsen with each successive spiral and introduces twelve judges whom God raises up to deliver Israel from their oppressors.
A number of the twelve judges whom God uses to lead Israel to defeat their oppressors during the Judges Era are seriously flawed:
The Book of Judges concludes with two stories regarding levites: the idolatry of man of Ephraim and his hiring of a levite to as his household priest and the graphic murder of a levite’s concubine and the near desolation of the tribe of Benjamin.
The Book of Judges illustrates two significant truths about God and culture:
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