Author: Samuel or another prophet (date of writing: c1050 BC
or shortly thereafter).
Time: 1400–1100 BC.
Summary: After arriving in Canaan, many Israelites became
disobedient to God, partly because of their failure to drive out the inhabitants
of the land. The book of Judges shows how God raised up leaders to call them
back to faithfulness and to continue the conquest of the land. It covers the
period from the death of Joshua to the establishment of the monarchy under Saul.
The book of Judges closes by setting the stage for the people's desire for a
Key verses: "Whenever the Lord raise up a judge for them, he
was with the judge and saved them out of the hands of their enemies... But when
the judge died, the people returned to ways even more corrupt than those of
their fathers" (Jdg 2:18,19).
1. Introduction: Jdg 1:1 – 3:6
a) Israel's failure to purge the land: Jdg 1:1–
(1)         Political background (Jdg 1:1-36).
(2)         Religious background (Jdg 2:1-5).
b) God's dealings with Israel's rebellion, and their failure
to subdue the nations of Canaan: Jdg 2:6 – 3:6