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Biblical Studies | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Abstract

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The Old Testament book of Judges is often cited for its violent and destructive depictions, since the textual episodes relate to the aggressive nature of war, the erosion of interpersonal relationships from deception, and the immorality of the Israelites. The integrity of Yahweh's chosen people steadily degenerates until the climatic conclusion of Judges wherein the Israelites act out belligerent aggression upon each other in tribal civil warfare. Despite the collective disregard for the covenant's provision of monotheistic faithfulness as established between the people and Yahweh, the deity remains loyal. The tribes' pleas for victory over oppressive neighboring peoples are repeatedly answered by their God as Yahweh continually delivers the Israelites from the hands of enemies.

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