The purpose of having Judges for Israel was very clear. Most of the biblical Judges can be found, as expected, in the Book of Judges with additional judges in the books of Joshua and Samuel. These were appointed by God. As the Bible said: And the Lord raised up judges and they saved them [the Israelites] from the hands of those who had spoiled them. The role seemed to have morphed into what we see in the Book “Judges”, for none of these were appointed by anyone, such as those selected in Judges. Again, we can look at our chart of the OT which shows how Judges fits into Israelite history. 7 See Judges 8:22-23. 8 See, for example, Psalm 1:1-2; Proverbs 2; 1 Corinthians 2:6-16; 1 Peter 1:10-12; 2 Peter 3:14-16. She was also a prophet and the wife of Lappidoth (Judg. The Book of Judges covers a period in Israel probably around 1050 BC and is widely believed along the scholarly of theological circles to have been written by Samuel. The time from Othniel to Saul, according to the received chronology, it is about 310 years. 5. Gerard is correct about the origin of the Judges. 4. Deborah (the Judge) was the 4th of the 15 judges who ruled over the land of Israel during ancient times, before the Israelites had kings. Shamgar was the third Judge of Israel. Instead, God appointed special people, called 'judges' to lead the people. Functionally, the characters and office of the judges stand as transitional, between the departure of Moses the lawgiver and the monarchical system which would later take over in Israel. They were described as individuals who occupied positions as military rulers in times of conflict, in the era preceding Israelite sovereignty being established. The Book of Judges is a history book in the Old Testament of the Bible. Read her story in Judges chapters 4 and 5. The Book of Judges is the second of the Books of the Former Prophets in Hebrew Scripture, and serves as part of the Historical Books of the Greek Septuagint Old Testament, in the following order: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Samuel, and Kings, as well as the books of the Restoration.These continue as such in our Christian Old Testament of the Bible. Judges shows just how bad things got in Israel before David came along. Fifteen judges are named in the Bible, beginning with Othniel, some twenty years after Joshua, and continuing till the coronation of Saul. And they were only selected after a tribe: turned away from God, Judges. The Book of Judges contains the history of about 300 years when Israel had no king. But it does not only contain history. THE BOOK OF JUDGES. 6 Remember that five times in this passage “leader” is literally “judge” in the NET Bible. But Judges was placed in the Bible for a purpose. It also teaches us to trust God more. 4:4). The Bible however, never stated how long he ruled as a Judge (Judges 3:31). (Judges 2:16) In the time after Joshua, the tribes functioned as a loose confederation of states with strong central leadership arising only when the nation was threatened by an external enemy. Who were the Judges in the Bible?