Explore the book of Judges from a Wesleyan perspective. Branson offers an overview covering chronology, deuteronomic history, and theological themes. He then provides an original-language-based verse-by-verse explanation of Israel's incomplete conquest of the land; military triumph; spiritual degeneration; and final failure. Includes comprehensive annotations, helpful sidebars, and an expanded bibliography. 192 pages, softcover from Beacon Hill.
The New Beacon Bible Commentary is an engaging, indispensable reference tool to aid individuals in every walk of life in the study and meditation of God’s Word. Written from the Wesleyan theological perspective, it offers insight and perceptive scholarship to help you unlock the deeper truths of Scripture and garner an awareness of the history, culture, and context attributed to each book of study. Readable, relevant, and academically thorough, it offers scholars, pastors, and laity a new standard for understanding and interpreting the Bible in the 21st century.Each volume features:Completely New Scholarship from notable experts in the Wesleyan traditionConvenient Introductory Material for each book of the Bible including information on authorship, date, history, audience, sociological/cultural issues, purpose, literary features, theological themes, hermeneutical issues, and moreClear Verse-by-Verse Explanations, which offer a contemporary, Wesleyan-based understanding derived from the passage’s original languageComprehensive Annotation divided into three sections, which cover background elements behind the text; verse-by-verse details and meanings found in the text; and significance, relevance, intertextuality, and application from the textHelpful Sidebars, which provide deeper insight into theological issues, word meanings, archeological connections, historical relevance, cultural customs, and moreExpanded Bibliography for further study of historical elements, additional interpretations, and theological themesThe book of Judges fires the imagination and chills the soul. Great victories over the strong were won by the weak. The book records not only the triumphs of war but also the depths of human depravity. This is a conflicted story of Israel’s spiritual and social disintegration as the people struggled for survival while turning from God.
Robert Branson, former professor of Biblical Literature at Olivet Nazarene University, also taught at Warner Southern College and Eastern Nazarene College. He has retired and lives with his wife in Pendleton, Indiana.