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Ethically Cultured Interpretations: The Case Of Eglon's Murder (Judges 3)

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The Greek versions ("LXX" for convenience) largely adopt the Hebrew story line with minor expansions, as when at 3:30, they explicitly cite Ehud as a Judge when the Hebrew does not. The tendency to blame the times for Ehud's ungallant behavior remained constant even when modern biblical scholarship has raised issues about the origins and reliability of the received text. The narrative begins to hiccup, with asides bracketing needed tidbits, arriving to the murder through stagger. The tribute Ehud is to deliver Eglon sandwiches details about the dagger. The distancing from Ehud the rabbis established in their lore is itself a sign of taking the events realistically, increasing the prospect that the audiences of antiquity continued to miss reading it as satire. From Plato to Jefferson, revisionism on hallowed texts has had noble practitioners; but let it be done by theologians, homilists, moralists, or ethicists rather than by biblical scholars.

Keywords: Eglon's murder; Ehud; Hebrew; modern biblical scholarship



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