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Relationship to Judges. The relationship of Chapters 17-21 to the rest of Judges is discussed at Judges.
Story. Chapters 17-21 consist of two stories illustrating Israel's complete depravity and self-destruction.
- Judg 17:1-18:31: Tribe of Dan. This story shows the entire tribe of Dan apostatizing and abandoning the land of its inheritance.
- Judg 19:1-21:25: Tribe of Benjamin. This story shows the tribe of Benjamin defending an outrage and then being destroyed almost completely by the other tribes of Israel.
Message. Themes, symbols, and doctrinal points emphasized in Judges 17-21 include:
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- Judg 19:27. First of all, are we to understand that when the “lord rose up in the morning” and his concubine didn’t answer him, she was already dead?
- Secondly, assuming the lord was not the murderer, I was thinking about my own wife—what I would do if I found her raped and murdered on my doorstep, and it certainly wouldn’t involve cutting up her body and sending the parts around the country. If nothing else, I would give her a proper burial; it would be the very least I could do.
- That having been said, what was the general status of concubines in ancient Israel? I understand that they weren’t on the same level as a “primary” wife, but was it generally just a legal relationship without feeling?
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Prompts for further study
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