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Author David Gunn shows how ideology and teh social location of readers have shaped the way the book has been read, disclosing a long history of debate over the roles of women and the use of force, as well as Christian prejudice against Jews and "Orientals". In this way, it offers a window into the wider use of the Bible in the Western world.
The commentary is focused on the book of Judges; a book full of rich and colorful stories of which the most famous is Samson and Delilah. But it treats all of Judges on a story by story basis, making it accessible to non-specialists. Women's stories predominate, including the stories of Deborah, Jael, and Jepthah's daughter.
Number of Pages: 344
Publication Date: 2005
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Series: Blackwell Bible Commentaries
The Book of Judges: The New International Commentary on the Old TestamentBarry G. WebbWm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2012 / Hardcover$27.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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- A bible commentary focusing on The Book of Judges, bestknown for the tale of Samson and Delilah, but full of many otherrich and colourful stories.
- Treats the text story by story, making it accessible tonon-specialists,
- Considers the stories of women in Judges, includingDeborah, Jael, who slew Sisera, and Jephthah’s daughter,sacrificed by her father.
- Traces the reception of Judges through the ages, notonly by scholars and theologians, but also by preachers, teachers,politicians, poets, essayists and artists.
- Illustrates how ideology and the social location of readershave shaped the way the book has been read.
- Discloses a long history of debate over the roles of women andthe use of force, as well as Christian prejudice against Jews and‘Orientals’.
- Offers a window onto the use of the Bible in the Westernworld.
"In this first volume of the new Blackwell Bible Commentariesseries to treat a book from the Tanak, David M. Gunn has not onlyprovided a useful tool for students of the book of Judges but alsoestablished a new standard for biblical commentaries in general."Review of Biblical Literature
"If you want to know how learned rabbis and church fathers,Puritan divines and rationalist skeptics, musicians, painters andgraphic artists, guardians of public morality and improvers ofchildren’s souls all wrested religious and moral significancefrom an unruly Book of Judges, this is the book for you.
David Gunn selectively assembles some twenty centuries ofprofessional and popular interpreters of the Book of Judges andprovides a running commentary on how, in various times and places,these readers found meaning and instruction from the Book ofJudges, often treasuring the book and sometimes recoiling from whatthey found to be its alien ways. Writing with humor and verve, Gunnprovides thematic continuity among interpreters separated bycenturies and alludes to social and political issues that helpexplain shifting interpretations. Mostly, however, David Gunnallows his choir to sing and his artists to imagine. The voices andillustrations have sometimes been univocal—as in consistentlyholding up Delilah as femme fatale. Very often they havebeen troubled and dissonant, finding conflicting allegories andambiguous moral instruction in hair, heroic militarism, rapaciousslaughter, sex, foxes, and sacrifice. Gunn, or rather the readershe assembles, offer eye-opening testimony that theBible-as-cultural-force has never been a single thing, but amalleable text which people have received quite variously,depending on the changing circumstances in which they lived and thesocial issues they sought to address." Burke O. Long, BowdoinCollege
"This is an exciting new commentary series, which presents afresh and stimulating approach to understanding biblicalinterpretation. Leaving behind the verse by verse analysistypically found in commentaries, this series focuses instead on thebroad spectrum of interpretations that have been applied to eachstory/textual unit by Jews and Christians throughout theages.
Gunn’s ground-breaking volume on Judges, the first in theseries to treat an Old Testament book, is filled with many newinsights and stimulating analyses. Gunn demonstrates veryeffectively that surveying the reception history of a particularpassage focuses one’s attention on key issues in anintriguing and often provocative way. Numerous perspectives forunderstanding each narrative in Judges are compared in a livelymanner that highlights the many subtle nuances implicit in thetext. Gunn’s volume is thoroughly researched andexceptionally informative, and will provide a stellar model forsubsequent volumes to emulate." Alan J. Hauser, AppalachianState University
"Gunn has attempted a large feat here - to provide readers witha meaningful survey of over 2,000 years' worth of reception of thebook of Judges - and has succeeded admirably...This is an engagingand enlightening commentary that deserves attention from anyoneinterested in the history of the interpretation, use, and influenceof the book Judges." R.Christopher Heard, PepperdineUniversity California