본문 바로가기
  • Home

An Exegetical Study for Jud. 1:1-2

Hoo-Goo Kang 1

1서울장신대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

The book of Judges plays a role in connecting the book of Joshua with the book of Samuel to have a main body of stories of twelve judges (3:7-16:30) bracketed by two introductions (1:1-2:5; 2:6-3:6) and two endings (17:1-18:31; 19:1-21:25). This paper deals with the first two passages of the first introduction that they are analyzed in linguistic, literary and theological point of view. In addition, the author tried to understand them in the process of the formation of the book as well as in the historical background. In doing so, it comes to conclude as following: (1) the opening phrase “וַיְהִי אַחֲרֵי מוֹת” is probably a typical introductory form in the deuteronomistic history appeared in Jos. 1:1; Jud. 1:1 and 2 Sam. 1:1. (2) the question of the descendants of Israel “Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them?” and the following answer of Yahweh “Judah shall go up” indicate the leadership shift to the tribe of Judah after the death of Joshua. (3) the first introduction to which the text belongs (1:1-2:5) is connected with the second ending (chs. 19-21), both added in the last phase of the formation of the book of Judges (Stratum 1). (4) The exegesis of the text and the analyze of a certain phrase “From Dan to Beersheba”, cities mentioned in the book of Judges and its arrangement lead to assume that the book gives an allusion to expect a king from the tribe of Judah, i.e. David.

Citation status

* References for papers published after 2022 are currently being built.