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Dismembering the Whole: Composition and Purpose of Judges 19-21
Edenburg, Cynthia

Atlanta: SBL Press, 2016 pp. xiv + 424. $71.95

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Description: The Book of Judges ends with a bizarre narrative of sex and violence that starts with a domestic tiff and ends with the decimation of a tribe that is restored by means of abduction and rape. Cynthia Edenburg applies a fresh literary analysis, recent understandings of historical linguistics, and historical geography in her exploration of the origin of the anti-Benjamin polemic found in Judges 19Ė21, the growth and provenance of the book of Judges, and the shape of the Deuteronomistic History. Her study exposes how Judges 19Ė21 function as political polemic reflecting not the pre-monarchic period but instead the historical realities of the settlement of Benjamin during the Babylonian and Persian period.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, Judges, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches

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Review by Edgar W. Conrad
Published 2/2/2017
Citation: Edgar W. Conrad, review of Cynthia Edenburg, Dismembering the Whole: Composition and Purpose of Judges 19-21, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


Review by Klaas Spronk
Published 2/2/2017
Citation: Klaas Spronk, review of Cynthia Edenburg, Dismembering the Whole: Composition and Purpose of Judges 19-21, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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