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This is the introductory chapter of the book, which offers four lines of evidence leading to an understanding of the rhetoric of the book of Judges. The term 'rhetoric' is understood to refer to the ideological purpose or agenda of the Judges compiler/redactor with respect to the implied readers of the book. Use of the designation, 'the Judges compiler/redactor', or the like, leaves open the possibility that there may be multiple layers of composition in the book. The work presents a coherent reading of the present form of the book. The rhetorical purpose of the Judges compiler/redactor is inferred from formal structures and motivic patterns that recur throughout the narrative framework of the book as weIl as from patterns of plot-structure and characterization that recur amongst the plot-based narratives of Judges' deliverer stories and its closing double denouement.

Keywords: judges; rhetorical strategy



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