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May 16, 2021 – Judges 15:1-20 – Samson’s Revenge on the Philistines

Samson unleashes a strange attack with flaming foxes, is betrayed by his countrymen but eventually wreaks revenge on the Philistines by killing 1,000 of them with only the jawbone of an ass. Notes on Judges 15:1-20

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May 9, 2021 – Judges 14:1-20 – Samson and the Riddle of the Honey from the Lion

At Samson’s wedding to Philistine woman he proposes a wager if the guests can find the solution to his riddle. The events end in a massacre. Notes on Judges 14:1-20

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April 11, 2021 – Judges 13:1-25 – Samson’s Birth Foretold

The Angel of the Lord visits Samson’s parents, warning his mother that he would be a Nazarite from birth and would ‘begin’ to deliver Israel from the Philistines. Notes on Judges 13:1-25

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April 4, 2021 – Judges 12:1-15 – Jephthah, the Ephraimites and the “Shibboleth” test

Jephthah, challenged by the Ephraimites, defeats them. They reveal who they are by pronouncing the word “shibboeth.” Notes on Judges 12:1-15

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March 21, 2021 – Judges 11:1-40 – Jephthah’s foolish vow

Jephthah saves Israel from the Ammonites but his foolish vow has consequences for his daughter. Notes on Judges 11:1-40

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March 14, 2021 – Judges 10:1-18 – A Return to Idolatry

After 45 years of peace under two minor judges, Israel falls again into idolatry and is invaded by the children of Ammon. Notes on Judges 10:1-18

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March 7, 2021 – Judges 9:22-57 – The Fall of Abimelech

The prophecy of Jotham in his “Parable of the Trees” results in Abimelech and the men of Shechem destroying each other. Notes on Judges 9:22-57

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