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Completion of Judges: Strategies of Ending in Judges 17-21 (David J H Beldman) Hardcover Book, (Eisenbrauns, 2017) 9781575064963
Completion of Judges: Strategies of Ending in Judges 17-21 (David J H Beldman) Hardcover Book, (Eisenbrauns, 2017) 9781575064963
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Title: Completion of Judges: Strategies of Ending in Judges 17-21

Author: Beldman, David J H

Publisher: Eisenbrauns; Publication Date: 2017

Hardcover; ISBN: 9781575064963

Volumes: 1; Pages: 175

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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.
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