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The Completion of Judges: Strategies of Ending in Judges 17-21
Beldman, David J. H.

Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2017 pp. ix + 166. $39.50

Series Information
Siphrut: Literature and Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures, 21

Description: The last five chapters of the book of Judges (chs. 17–21) contain some shocking and bizarre stories, and precisely how these stories relate to the rest of the book is a major question in scholarship on the book. Leveraging work from literary studies and hermeneutics, Beldman reexamines Judges 17–21 with the aim of discerning the "strategies of ending" that are at work in these chapters. The author identifies and describes a number of strategies of ending in Judges 17–21, including the strategy of completion, the strategy of circularity, and the strategy of entrapment. The temporal configuration of Judges and especially the nonlinear chronology that chapters 17–21 expose also receive due attention. All of this offers fresh insights into the place and function of Judges 17–21 in the context of the whole book.

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

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Review by Victor H. Matthews
Published 4/5/2018
Citation: Victor H. Matthews, review of David J. H. Beldman, The Completion of Judges: Strategies of Ending in Judges 17–21, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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