Judges 19–21: On Saving the Worst for Last While There’s Still No King in the Land (Bible Talk, Ep. 81)

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In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about Judges 19–21.


1:29 / Where are we in the book of Judges, and where have we been?

4:11 / How do the first two verses in Judges 19 set the stage for what’s to follow?

7:11 / What’s a summary of Chapter 19, and what earlier Bible story does it correspond with?

17:17 / Why does the man dismember his concubine?

18:19 / Jesus succeeds where the Levite fails.

19:51 / What are the lowlights of Judges 20, and how does it connect with the beginning of the book?

24:28 / Israel nearly wipes out the tribe of Benjamin in war, but a vow creates an obstacle to restoring them. . . How has all this happened?

27:50 / What does Israel do to solve the Benjaminite dilemma?

31:27 / Jim and Sam share final thoughts on Judges’ final note: “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (21:25).


37:52 / Is Ruth the next Bible Talk book?

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Graphic: Wives for the Benjamites, The Morgan Library (1244-1254)

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