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The Completion of Judges

Strategies of Ending in Judges 17-21

David Beldman

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Siphrut: Literature and Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures

The Completion of Judges

Strategies of Ending in Judges 17-21

David Beldman

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.

 

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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.

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

Introduction

1. The Composition of Judges: A Selective Survey

2. The End of Narrative: Emplotment and the Configuration of Time in Narrative Theory

3. Strategy of Circularity in Judges 17–21

4. The Strategy of Entrapment in Judges 17–21

5. Narrative Temporality and the Strategy of Ending in Judges

Bibliography

Indexes

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