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Four times (Judges 17:6; 18:1; 19:1; 21:25), we are told in this book that "there was no king in Israel in those days," indicating that the book must have been compiled either by Samuel or someone else of his or a later generation. The first and last of these references add that "every man did that which was right in his own eyes." With no centralized government, except for the spiritual center in the tabernacle at Shiloh, the judges were tribal leaders who managed to secure some following in tribes other than their own. Some of these judges (Jepthah and Samson) may well have exercised leadership contemporaneously over different groups of tribes in Israel. There are no clear chronological and genealogical summaries in Joshua and Judges as there are in the Pentateuch.

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KJV Defenders Study Bible, by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Language: English
DEF 10 ISBN 0-529-10444-x
DEF 10-1 ISBN 0-529-10445-8


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