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Mobile Ed: OT317 Book Study: Judges (18 hour course - audio)

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View background information and a clear exposition of Judges demonstrating its relevance to a modern setting. Pastors and teachers will benefit from lessons on the consequence of apostasy, deliverance, and the character of each Judge. Professors and students will appreciate a scholarly focus on the literary context in which Israel’s spiritual and moral disintegration took place. God rescuing Israel through the Judges is presented in an intellectually enriching and a highly accessible format that will transform your study and deepen understanding.

This is the audio only version of OT317 Book Study: Judges. To purchase the full course, click here.

Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Introduction to the Book

  • Considering the Title “Judges”
  • The Date of Judges
  • The Purpose of the Book
  • The History of Interpretation
  • How to Read Judges
  • Extrabiblical Sources
  • Historical and Religious Issues
  • Read as Great Literature

Unit 2: The Canaanization of Israel: Background (Judg 1:1–36)

Unit 3: What’s Wrong in Israel (Judg 2:1–3:6)

Unit 4: Introduction to the Book of Deliverers (Judg 3:7–31)

  • Structure of Deliverer Accounts
  • Preliminary Observations (Judg 3–16)
  • Othniel and Aram-Naharaim: A Paradigmatic Account (Judg 3:7–11)
  • Ehud and Moab (Judg 3:12–30)
  • Ehud’s Left-Handedness
  • Ehud’s Preparation
  • Ehud’s Deliverance of Israel
  • Ehud: Theological and Practical Implications
  • Shamgar the Judge (Judg 3:31)

Unit 5: Barak and the Canaanites (Judg 4–5)

Unit 6: Celebrating the Victory (Judg 5:1–31)

  • Song of Celebration
  • Ancient Near Eastern Victory Hymns
  • Authorship of the Song
  • The Historical Representation of Israel in Judges 5
  • The Purpose of Judges 5
  • Reading the Hymn, Part 1 (Judg 5:1–27)
  • Reading the Hymn, Part 2 (Judg 5:28–31)
  • Chariots and Sun Gods
  • Theological and Practical Implications of Judges 5

Unit 7: The Gideon Cycle: Overview and Early Events (Judg 6–9)

Unit 8: Gideon’s Big Test (Judg 6:33–8:3)

Unit 9: Aftermath of Battle (Judg 8:4–28)

Unit 10: Gideon’s Legacy (Judg 8:28–35)

  • Personal and Spiritual Legacy
  • Marks of Israel’s Spiritual Decline
  • Theological Significance of the Gideon Narrative

Unit 11: Gideon’s Dynastic Legacy: Abimelech (Judg 9:1–57)

Unit 12: The Minor Governors (Judg 10:1–5)

  • The Significance of the Minor Governors
  • Five Minor Judges (Judg 10:1–5)

Unit 13: Jephthah (Judg 10:6–12:7)

Unit 14: Jephthah’s Victory and Vow (Judg 11:12–12:7)

Unit 15: Samson and the Philistines (Judg 13:1–16:31)

Unit 16: Samson’s Marriage (Judg 13:25–14:20)

Unit 17: Samson Fights the Philistines (Judg 15)

Unit 18: Samson in Gaza (Judg 16)

Unit 19: The Climax of the Book (Judg 17–21)

Unit 20: The Danite Mission (Judg 18)

Unit 21: A Levite’s Misstep (Judg 19:1–28)

Unit 22: Civil War in Israel (Judg 19:29–20:48)

Unit 23: Saving Benjamin (Judg 21)


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Daniel I. Block

Dr. Daniel Block, professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, has been teaching God’s Word for more than 30 years.

It has been a special joy for Dr. Block to watch students, who often take introductory courses in Old Testament only because they are required to do so by the curriculum, suddenly awaken to the fact that the Old Testament is understandable and its message is both life-giving and relevant for modern, everyday life.

Dr. Block has published a number of books and essays in scholarly journals. The paradigm for his research and ministry is set by Ezra, as described in Ezra 7:10: he committed himself to the study the Torah of Yahweh, to put it into practice, and to teach his revealed will in Israel. This means constantly asking serious questions of the Scriptures: What does the text say? Why does the text say it like that? What did the text mean to the original audience? What does the text have to say to me today? In order to answer these questions, one needs to understand both the worlds out of which the biblical texts arose and the worlds in which modern people live.




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