Compositional Strategy of the Book of Judges

An Inductive, Rhetorical Study

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This volume represents an inductive, literary/rhetorical analysis of the book of Judges to determine whether recent synchronic approaches that read the book as an integrated whole are indeed justified. As possible rhetorical links connecting Judges' prologue (1:1-2:5), epilogue (17:1-21:25), and central section (2:6-16:31) are examined in detail and the implications of such links carefully considered, the author concludes that, contrary to the consensus view that sees the central section of Judges as a part of Deuteronomistic History and the prologue and epilogue as later additions, the book in its current form may have been a unified composition of a single creative author. If so, not only does this have significant implications for the validity of the Deuteronomistic History Hypothesis, a new possibility also emerges which sees the interpretive key to the book as residing in the prologue and epilogue rather than the central section.
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Biographical Note

Gregory T.K. Wong, Ph.D. (2005) in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies, New College, University of Edinburgh, has lectured at the University of Edinburgh and has published numerous articles on the book of Judges.

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All those interested in literary/rhetorical criticism of the Old Testament, the relationship between synchronic and diachronic studies, and the book of Judges, especially its redaction history in relation to the Deuteronomistic History hypothesis.

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