What is the book of Judges about in the Bible? Watch as the folks at the Bible Project explain its major themes and gain a deeper understanding of its place in the biblical story.
Title: The Blinded Samson
Creator: Lovis Corinth
Date Created: 1912
Technique and material: Oil on canvas
Site: Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
The blinded figure rushes towards the viewer with a power that threatens to shatter the picture. Samson’s emotion is expressed in his heroic nakedness, embittered blood-streaked face, and hands that can smash stone. The work is Corinth’s third and last treatment of this theme. As a reaction to the stroke which threatened the artist’s life in December 1911, it shakes off the spell cast by Rembrandt's version..
As a guardian of Israel’s covenant and people, Deborah is essentially an ideal Mother Moses. Click on the Image above to reflect on the artwork. Click the Action Button below to read Judges 5.
A reluctant judge, Gideon is at least as wavering in his doubts as Moses when God's angelic avatar commissions him. Click on the Image above to reflect on the artwork. Click the Action Button below to read Judges 7.
What do you think of van Dyck's depiction of tragic lovers? Theologian Dorothée Sölle speaks of "tender attachment." Click on the Image above to reflect on the artwork. Click the Action Button below to read Judges 16.
Check out this video in which Prof. Cook travels back in time to the oak at Ophrah, the spring of Harod, and the hill of Moreh to take a close look at the story of Gideon in the book of Judges.
Chapter 7, Opening Israel's Scriptures, by Ellen F. Davis
Ellen Davis is a senior Episcopalian scholar of the Old Testament / Hebrew Scriptures at Duke Divinity School. Her , 2019 book, Opening Israel's Scriptures (Oxford University Press), is assigned reading in Introductory Bible Courses at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia.