By Wong, G.T.K.
This quantity represents an inductive, literary/rhetorical research of the publication of Judges during which attainable rhetorical hyperlinks connecting the book's 3 significant sections are tested intimately to teach that the e-book can have been a unified composition instead of a composite paintings as many think.
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22:19 and 2 Sam. 15:14, where Saul’s μrj-style slaughter at Nob and the possibility of Absalom applying the same kind of destruction to Jerusalem serve respectively to highlight the extent of Saul’s spiritual/moral decline and Absalom’s ruthlessness. Thus in both instances, the one who would brjAypl . . hkh fellow Israelites is presented in extremely negative light. In view of this, one can argue that even though in the epilogue of Judges, the author has not overtly portrayed Israel’s actions against the Benjaminites and the citizens of Jabesh Gilead as inappropriate, yet his subtle disapproval may have been conveyed through references to military action that appears to have been misapplied.
This, according to Webb, signals the completion of the literary unit and invites the readers to compare and contrast the circumstances the characters ﬁnd themselves in at the close of the unit with the circumstances they were in at the beginning. 42 Because Judg. 1:11–15 is substantially the same as Josh. 15:15–19, the following discussion can conceivably be placed in the next section of the chapter entitled ‘Literary/Rhetorical Dependence on Joshua’ as a case of allusion to unrelated events in Joshua.
The prologue of Judges (1:1–2:5) is admittedly brief, but the fact that much of the material making up this section seems to show a signiﬁcant dependence on Joshua also gives it a certain redactional unity. But as much as critical scholars seem to recognise that each of the three major sections demonstrates a degree of compositional/redactional 24 chapter one unity within itself, the three sections are nonetheless viewed essentially as independent compositions unrelated to each other. 118 In light of this general consensus, it seems all the more necessary for some sort of justiﬁcation to be made for treating all three major sections of Judges as integral parts of a uniﬁed work before synchronic scholars can present their integrated readings of the book in its current form.
Compositional Strategy of the Book of Judges (Supplements to Vetus Testamentum) by Wong, G.T.K.