The story of Ruth takes place “in the days when the judges ruled.” The exact dates are not known, so I must conclude this isn’t central to the theme; rather, just understanding this was during the time of the judges provides all the context needed. Having just read Judges, I would say these were difficult […]


Surprise! The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord…back into the hands of the Philistines for Israel! The Birth of Samson A certain man named Manoah and his wife (unnamed) are the parents of Samson. There isn’t much info on the parents, at least not as far as I can see (interesting post […]


Forty good years with Deborah leading the Israelites is followed by, “The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord…” Here we go again!  The Midianites, Amalekites and other eastern peoples were tormenting the Israelites by destroying crops and killing livestock “like swarms of locusts…they invaded the land to ravage it” (). Finally, the […]


“Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time” (Judges 4:4)…so we begin to read about the 4th judge for Israel: Deborah. Ehud died and for the following 20 years the Israelites “did evil” again. Deborah tells Barak to take 10,000 men into battle, but Barak is afraid: “If you […]

Othniel and Ehud

and The first chapter could have the sub-title: “did not drive out ___” (fill in the blank). Judah took possession, but were unable to drive the people from the plains (1:19) Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites (1:21) Joseph spared a spy (1:25) Manasseh did not drive out the people (1:27) Ephraim did not […]