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Judging the Judges: finding value in these problematic characters

L R Martin
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 29, No 1 | a8 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v29i1.8 | © 2008 L R Martin | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 May 2008 | Published: 03 February 2008

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L R Martin, Theological Seminary Cleveland, United States

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The biblical judges are well known for their less than exemplary behaviour. In the past, these judges have been appreciated largely as examples of how a charismatic leader should not behave. In spite of the judges’ questionable morals, the writer of the book of Hebrews commends four of them (Barak, Gideon, Jephthah, and Samson) for their faith. This paper evaluates these judges in light of their characterisations in the book of Hebrews and in the book of Judges and suggests that our struggle with the judges parallels the contemporary integrity crisis in Christian leadership.


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