Judges 9-10: On Loose Lugnuts, Israel’s Anti-King, and the Utter Stupidity of Evil (Bible Talk, Ep. 76)

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As we near the midpoint of Judges, the wheels are starting to fall off. Israel has long wanted a king. In Abimelech, they finally get what they want—and the results are disastrous. Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about Judges 9–10.


1:53 / What’s the cycle of the book of Judges? Have the wheels fallen off of this cycle by Judges 9?

3:54 / Jim and Sam make overview comments on Chapter 9.

6:49 / Abimelech conspires with worthless and reckless fellows to become king (9:1-6).

13:24 / Jotham rebukes those who made his older brother Abimelech king with a fable about trees (9:7-21).

19:14 / What starts the downfall of Abimelech?

28:47 / What ends the downfall of Abimelech?

33:30 / What happens in Judges 10?

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Graphic: A Woman Breaks the Skull of Abimelech, James Jacques Joseph Tissot (1836-1902)

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