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(Text as at 12/08/2007 10:17:46)


The history of Israel under the judges appears to contain legendary elements (eg. much of the Samson narratives), but the history of the struggles against the Philistines seems to be based on fact. The theological interpretation of events in the Book of Judges (ie. the association of ill-fortune with a "turning away from the Lord") may be seen either as a simple fact or as a naive system of rewards morality that elements of the later prophetic tradition sought to correct.

  1. Personally, I find that the Mount Gerizim versus Mount Ebal (blessings versus cursings) theology carries on through the high prophetic tradition as far as national prosperity is concerned, though it is recognised that righteousness (and wickedness) are not adequately rewarded at the level of the individual.




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