The Book of Judges, a new addition to Eerdmans’ New International Commentary on the Old Testament, is now available. This is the NICOT’s first volume on Judges, and brings the collection one step closer to completion.
Here’s the run down…
Barry G. Webb’s The Book of Judges is a critical commentary that explores the book of Judges in comprehensive fashion and briefly, but adequately, reviews current scholarship. Webb treats Judges as a unified book and spends the majority of his time dealing with the text and the historical-critical questions that arise from it. He pays particular attention to the book’s literary structure and shows how that structure tells the story of Israel’s judges.
Reflecting trends in biblical scholarship, Webb also examines Judges as “Christian Scripture” especially as it pertains to portrayals of women, violence, and the book’s relationship to the New Testament. Judges’ difficult historical background is a perennial component of discussion in the commentary, and Webb provides a framework for these questions in the Introduction.
Following 34 years of teaching service, Barry G. Webb is now senior research fellow emeritus in Old Testament at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia.