By Wong, G.T.K.
This quantity represents an inductive, literary/rhetorical research of the publication of Judges during which attainable rhetorical hyperlinks connecting the book's 3 significant sections are tested intimately to teach that the e-book could have been a unified composition instead of a composite paintings as many think.
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33 then it goes to reason that unless it is to deal with systemic apostasy of the kind mentioned in Deut. 13:13–19, there is little basis for it to be applied to fellowworshippers of YHWH. This may be why nearly all the war-related applications of the μrj by Israel recorded in Hebrew Scripture are against foreign, non-YHWHist enemies. 27 This is actually the only instance in Hebrew Scripture where μrj is explicitly said to be directed against fellow Israelites. 28 As Lohﬁnk (1986:184) points out, the solemn oath (hlwdgh h[wbvh) in 21:5 is tantamount to a vow.
The immediate cause for weeping at Bethel in 21:2, on the other hand, was the realisation that the Israelites were on the verge of eliminating one of their own tribes as a result of their own actions and decisions. While the immediate cause for the two ‘weeping’ seems at ﬁrst glance to be very diﬀerent, as one takes a deeper look, interesting correlations appear. For if one traces the chain of events that ﬁnally led to the two ‘weeping’, they are ultimately traceable to the two oracular inquiries in 1:1 and 20:18.
In view of such deﬁciencies, in the following discussion, episodes in the prologue and epilogue that seem to be thematically related will be closely examined to determine if there is more to these links than superﬁcial thematic association. If there is, an attempt will then be made to determine whether such links point to conscious design, since that would imply a closer relationship between the two sections than is generally recognised. After all, conscious design is often indicative of common authorship.