Judges 3:7-31: On Othniel the Leader, Ehud the Left-Handed, and Clippy the Paper Clip (Bible Talk, Ep. 72)

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In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about the first three judges: Othniel the golden boy, Ehud the left-handed “son of the right-handers,” and Shamgar the oxgoad-warrior.


1:17 / What’s the structure of the book of Judges?

2:45 / Is it significant the book recalls 12 judges of Israel?

4:07 / Who is Othniel? And what pattern does his narrative begin?

11:16 / What happened when “The Spirit of the LORD was upon him”? (3:10) Does that mean he’s saved? Transformed from the inside out?

16:24 / What’s noteworthy about the story of Ehud?

31:04 / What’s the main idea of this passage?

34:28 / What is unexpected about Shamgar’s inclusion in Judges? (3:31)

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Graphic: The Death of Eglon, Ford Madox Brown (1865–81)

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