Description: Eminently readable, exegetically thorough, and written in an emotionally warm style that flows from his keen sensitivity to the text, Barry Webb's commentary on Judges is just what is needed to properly engage a dynamic, narrative work like the book of Judges. It discusses not only unique features of the stories themselves but also such issues as the violent nature of Judges, how women are portrayed in it, and how it relates to the Christian gospel of the New Testament.
Webb concentrates throughout on what the biblical text itself throws into prominence, giving space to background issues only when they cast significant light on the foreground. For those who want more, the footnotes and bibliography provide helpful guidance. The end result is a welcome resource for interpreting one of the most challenging books in the Old Testament.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, Judges, Literature
Review by Trent C. Butler
Citation: Trent C. Butler, review of Barry G. Webb, The Book of Judges, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).
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