'Studies in the Old Testament'

Joshua, Judges - and Sin! - 7

August, 2010

(Continued from page 436)


The overlap of Judges and I Samuel


The second consideration is that the book of Judges overlaps I Samuel by a period of approximately forty-five to fifty years. Judges 13:1 begins a forty year period of oppression by the Philistines beginning with the birth of Samson at approximately 1095 B.C. First Samuel begins with the birth of Samuel, but I Samuel 7:13 records the termination of the forty years of oppression which began in Judges 13 and so, if we date the birth of Samuel at about 1100 B.C. and begin Judges 13 in about 1095 B.C. with the birth of Samson and the beginning of the Philistine oppression, then the 40-year oppression comes to an end in I Samuel 7, at about the same time that Samson died in Judges 16.  While Samuel was using Bethel as a central location for the small circuit of his prophetic office and function as priest and judge, at the same time Samson was living near the Mediterranean seacoast and was involved in a personal vendetta against the Philistines, which the Sovereign God was using as a form of judgment against them.

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'Joshua, Judges - and Sin'

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Joshua's long day!

The Book of Joshua

The four phases of the 'Sin Cycle' in the Book of Judges

The 'Five Judges'

Chronological difficulties and the Book of Judges

The overlap of Judges and I Samuel

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