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Chapter Two: Rhetorical Concerns of Judges as a Literary form

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This chapter examines the formal arrangement of the prose and poetic accounts of Judges so as to determine their rhetorical concerns. All the deliverer accounts and both of the accounts of the double dènouement (17-18; 19-21) are plot-based. Judges' double prologue is not controlled by a plot-structure, so the rhetorical analysis of these sections must be determined on the basis of concerns made evident from matters such as change of subject, order of arrangement, relative proportion and, where relevant, characterization. The chapter examines what rhetorical role each part of the double prologue plays in orienting the reader to the subject of the book. It should be evident that, in both parts of the double prologue, the language and standards by which the tribes are measured resemble the language and standards of YHWH'S covenant with Israel as set forth in the book of Deuteronomy.

Keywords: Deuteronomy; judges' double prologue; rhetorical concerns; YHWH'S covenant



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