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The book of Judges records the history of the chaotic time between Joshua's death and the beginning of a centralized government under King Saul, a period of about 300 years. The "judges" were spiritual as well as military leaders whom God raised up to deliver his people from their enemies. Twelve of these heroic deliverers are mentioned in the book. The six major judges described in the book are: Othniel (3:7-11), Ehud (3:12-30), Deborah (4:1-5.31) Gideon (6:1-9:57), Jephthah (10:6-12:7), and Samson (13:1-16:31).
Judges speaks of man's need for an eternal deliverer or a savior. The deliverance of the human judges was always temporary, partial, and imperfect. Some of the judges themselves were flawed and misdirected. The book points forward to Jesus Christ, the great Judge (Ps 110:6), who is King and Savior of his people.
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