By Marc Zvi Brettler
The ebook of Judges has more often than not been taken care of both as a historic account of the conquest of Israel and the increase of the monarch, or as an old Israelite paintings of literary fiction. during this new method, Brettler contends that Judges is basically a political tract, which argues for the legitimacy of Davidic kingship. He skilfully and accessibly exhibits the stress among the tales of their unique types, and the way they have been altered and reused to create a ebook with a really assorted that means. very important examining for all these learning this a part of the Bible.
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But where did the additional information about Shamgar come from? Specifically, how did this anonymous author–editor5 “know” that he “slew six hundred Philistines with an oxgoad”? ”6 However (with the exception of 3:31), no earlier text of Judges tells of Israel being saved from the Philistines. v. rdna), and likely would have 24 THE SHORT STORY been recognized as such even in antiquity, it is obvious how an ancient historian would have put together the evidence from Judg 5:6 and 10:11 to conclude that Shamgar was a judge who rescued the Israelites from the Philistines at the time of Jael.
This is why I translated v. ” The author’s choice of this idiom suggests that the name Eglon is symbolic, and highlights its sacrificial overtones. The story as a whole plays on the notion of sacrifice: while pretending “to bring tribute”/“offering” to Eglon, it is actually Eglon, “the calf,” who becomes the offering. Indeed, the sacrificial knife and the partial disembowelment of the “animal” are depicted in graphic detail. The likelihood of this sacrificial interpretation is enhanced by seeing how it fits the rest of the story.
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