Chart from recommended resource Jensen's Survey of the OT - used by permission
Chart on Judges - Charles Swindoll
|Jdg 1:1-3:6||Jdg 3:7-16:31||Jdg 17:1-21:25|
|Introduction||History of the Judges||Appendix|
|Causes of the
|Curse of the
|Failure to Complete Conquest Jdg 1:1-36
God's Judgment for
Failure Jdg 2:1-3:6
|Curse of the
|War with the
|Living Like the
|About 350 Years of Israel's History - Almost 25%!
From Compromise to Confusion!
Another Timeline of Israel's History
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from Jensen's Survey of the OT
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Judges, Ruth. Vol. 6: New American Commentary. DANIEL BLOCK - Nashville: Broadman & Holman - 1999
Cyril Barber says this is "An exceedingly valuable exegetical and theological exposition. Based on the NIV, though Block gives evidence of working from the Hebrew text. Readers will find this a learned, discerning discussion that readily explains the meaning and message of these twin books. Recommended.
Rosscup - An evangelical contributes 586 pp. on Judges and 151 on Ruth. Introductory sections for both books survey the state of scholarly opinion and his belief in the integrity and reliability of the biblical books. Copious footnotes, often lengthy, reflect on others’ views, verifications of points in the books and also in other scripture, etc. Verse by verse work offers detail on grammar, word meaning, background, customs, and interpretive problems. Block holds that Jephthah sacrificed his daughter in death. On passages overall, this is a standout commentary, yet at times it states convictions without a specific answer to other leading views. One instance is in not commenting on the view that Ruth acted indecently with Boaz at night. Some accounts, as episodes of Samson, seem for the most part to be explained in reasonable detail. (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An annotated bibliography of selected works)
Tim Challies - Tremper Longman, who has not reviewed Dale Ralph Davis’ volume, gives Block’s commentary a 5-star rating and says, “This contribution is clearly the best thing available on the book of Judges. Block is thoroughly aware of all the literature that precedes his own, and he incorporates what is good and criticizes what is bad.” He also praises Block’s insights along with his literary and theological analysis. This commentary is slightly more advanced and in-depth than Davis’.
Judges Commentary - DONALD CAMPBELL - Leaders in Crisis times (Living for God in a Society that has Forgotten God!)
Former president of Dallas Theological Seminary - has wonderful insights, illustrations and practical applications. Unfortunately this book is no longer being published but you may be able to find used copies. Excellent practical commentary on Judges with good illustrations for sermons.
Review by Cyril Barber - A well-informed, judicious exposition that combines a timely handling of the text with a practical application of it. Ideal for adult discussion groups. Recommended.
Judges & Ruth: Tyndale Old Testament Commentary - ARTHUR CUNDALL - Tyndale Old Testament Commentary (Judges and Ruth) (1968)
Arthur Cundall writes the commentary on Judges and Leon Morris writes the commentary on Ruth. These both get excellent reviews - see reviews by several users.
Here is a more generic review - "The Tyndale volumes have long been the premier shorter-length commentary series on both Testaments throughout the English-speaking world." (Craig Blomberg, Denver Seminary)
Judges Bible Study Commentary PAUL ENNS - Everyman's Bible Commentary (1982) (Zondervan)
Cyril Barber - A practical, clearly outlined, conservative treatment. Ideal for laypeople.
James Rosscup - If one wants down to business exposition, well-organized, with keen sensitivity to providing help on problem texts, this is a very good, brief conservative work by a clear, diligent student. It almost always goes right to the point, deals with pertinent questions, and always upholds a high view of the passages as being the Word of God.
Judges/Ruth - Everyman's Bible Commentary - Arthur Lewis (1979) 132 pages.
A Commentary on Judges and Ruth ROBERT CHISHOLM
Joshua, Judges and Ruth A GRAEME AULD -
Cyril Barber - Daily Study Bible. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1984. †Auld writes out of the conviction that these books are the Bible's prime witness to Israel's early history in Canaan. He expounds the text skillfully and incorporates important historical, linguistic, and archaeological information into his discussion.
Wiersbe says it is "valuable for your library."
Brookman writes "Popular studies with an excellent synopsis of the historical books. It is written in a clear manner, and surveys each book giving key ideas and insights."
Hearts of Iron, Feet of Clay - GARY INRIG - Judges shows us our potential for greatness...our capacity for catastrophe (2005) This is one of my favorite practical commentaries on Judges. - see reviews by users.
Journey Through Judges - This is a 50 part series online (no charge) walking you through the entire book of Judges (recommended)!
Rosscup - This little book is a "sleeper" and has flown under the radar of many evangelicals. I highly recommend it to supplement your teaching and/or preaching through the Book of Judges. Notice that all the reviewers have given it the highest rating possible..
Not to the strong by McQuaid, Elwood, former president of Friends for Israel -
The Chapters include - In the Grasp of Failure, A Program for Victory, Barak—The Faceless, Gideon—The Fearful, Jephthah—The Forsaken, Samson—The Failure. Conservative.
Bible Knowledge Commentary - Old Testament - Dallas Theological Seminary Faculty
Bible Exposition Commentary - Old Testament - Warren Wiersbe - always worth checking
Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the Old Testament by Warren W Wiersbe - can be very helpful for sermon prep.
"Even the most difficult Scriptures come alive as Warren Wiersbe leads you book-by-book through the Old Testament and helps you to see the "big picture" of God's revelation. In this unique volume, you will find: • Introductions and/or outlines for every Old Testament book • Practical expositions of strategic chapters • Special studies on key topics, relating the Old Testament to the New Testament • Easy-to-understand expositions that are practical, preachable, and teachable If you have used Dr. Wiersbe's popular BE series, you know how simple and practical his Bible studies are, with outlines that almost teach themselves. If not, you can now discover a wonderful new resource. This work is a unique commentary on every book of the Old Testament. It contains new material not to be found in the BE series.
With the Word - Devotional Commentary - Warren Wiersbe
STUDY BIBLES, ETC
Note: The first 3 resources have no time restriction and allow copy and paste function:
(1) KJV Bible Commentary - Hindson, Edward E; Kroll, Woodrow Michael. Over 3000 pages of the entire OT/NT. Well done conservative commentary that interprets Scripture from a literal perspective. Pre-millennial. User reviews - it generally gets 4/5 stars from users.
Very well done conservative commentary that interprets Scripture from a literal perspective user reviews
The King James Version Bible Commentary is a complete verse-by-verse commentary. It is comprehensive in scope, reliable in scholarship, and easy to use. Its authors are leading evangelical theologians who provide practical truths and biblical principles. Any Bible student will gain new insights through this one-volume commentary based on the timeless King James Version of the Bible.
(2) The King James Study Bible Second Edition 2240 pages (2013) (Thomas Nelson) General Editor - Edward Hindson with multiple contributing editors. Pre-millennial. See introduction on How to Use this Study Bible.
(3) NKJV Study Bible: New King James Version Study Bible (formerly "The Nelson Study Bible - NKJV") by Earl D Radmacher; Ronald Barclay Allen; Wayne H House. 2345 pages. (1997, 2007). Very helpful notes. Conservative. Pre-millennial.
The MacArthur study Bible : new King James version - John MacArthur
ESV study Bible - Excellent resource but not always literal in eschatology and the nation of Israel
NIV Study Bible - (2011) 2570 pages - Use this one if available as it has more notes than edition below. This resource has been fully revised in 2020.
HCSB Study Bible : Holman Christian Standard Bible - General Editor Jeremy Royal Howard (2010) 2360 pages. Conservative. Good notes. Include Holmans excellent maps. One hour limit
Life Application Study Bible : New Living Translation. Has some very helpful notes
NLT Study Bible (Illustration Version)
The Living Insights Study Bible : New International Version - Charles Swindoll. Notes are good but somewhat sparse and not verse by verse.
The David Jeremiah study bible - (2013) 2208 pages. Logos.com - "Drawing on more than 40 years of study, Dr. David Jeremiah has compiled a legacy resource that will make an eternal impact on generations to come. 8,000 study notes. Hundreds of enriching word studies"50+ Essentials of the Christian Faith" articles."
The Experiencing God Study Bible: the Bible for knowing and doing the will of God - Blackaby, Henry (1996) 1968 pages - CHECK THIS ONE! Each chapter begins with several questions under the title "PREPARE TO MEET GOD." Then you will interesting symbols before many of the passages. The chapter ends with a "DID YOU NOTICE?" question. This might make a "dry chapter" jump off the page!
NIV archaeological Study Bible (2005) 2360 pages
The Ryrie study Bible - Charles Ryrie (1978) 2142 pages. Conservative.
The Defender's Study Bible : King James Version by Morris, Henry M.
Wycliffe Bible Commentary - Charles Pfeiffer - 1560 pages (1962). Less detailed than the KJV Bible Commentary. Conservative. Notes are generally verse by verse but brief.
Rosscup - Conservative and premillennial scholars here have been experts in their fields. The work contains brief introductions and attempts to give a verse-by-verse exposition, though it does skip over some verses. The treatments vary with the authors, but as a whole it is a fine one-volume commentary for pastors and students to use or give to a layman. Outstanding sections include, for example: Whitcomb on Ezra-Nehemiah-Esther; Culver on Daniel; Ladd on Acts; Harrison on Galatians; Johnson on I Corinthians; and Ryrie on the Johannine Epistles.
Believer's Bible Commentary - OT and NT - MacDonald, William (1995) 2480 pages. Conservative. Literal. Often has very insightful comments. John MacArthur, says "Concise yet comprehensive - the most complete single-volume commentary I have seen." Warren Wiersbe adds "For the student who is serious about seeing Christ in the Word." One hour limit.
James Rosscup - This work, originally issued in 1983, is conservative and premillennial, written to help teachers, preachers and people in every walk of life with different views, explanation and application.
Jensen's Survey of Bible - Old Testament and New Testament (online) by Jensen, Irving This is an outstanding resource and a great place to begin your study on any book of the Bible.
Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary - Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel. Well done notes explaining cultural/historical aspects of the texts with color pictures. Interesting resource to supplement your study of the major prophets.
Back toward the future : hints for interpreting Biblical prophecy by Kaiser, Walter C.,
The Old Testament in contemporary preaching by Kaiser, Walter
The uses of the Old Testament in the New by Kaiser, Walter C
Nelson's Expository Dictionary of the Old Testament by Unger, Merrill
Toward Old Testament ethics by Kaiser, Walter C.
Toward an Old Testament theology by Kaiser, Walter
The promise-plan of God : a biblical theology of the Old and New Testaments by Kaiser, Walter C - Excellent.
The Messiah in the Old Testament by Kaiser, Walter C
Every prophecy of the Bible: Walvoord, John F
Zondervan Atlas of The Bible By: Umair Mirza
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery - free for use online with no restrictions (i.e., you do not need to borrow this book). Editors Leland Ryken, J C Wilhoit, Tremper Longman III - This is a potential treasure chest to aid your preaching and teaching as it analyzes the meaning of a host of Biblical figures of speech. Clue - use the "One-page view" which then allows you to copy and paste text. One downside is there is no index, so you need to search 3291 pages for entries which are alphabetical.
Archaeology and the Bible - OT and NT - only 123 pages. No division by books. Strictly confines itself to discussion of archaeology.
Dictionary of deities and demons in the Bible (DDD) - 950 pages (1995) Read some of the 65 ratings (4.8/5 Stars). A definitive in depth resource on this subject. Very expensive to purchase.
Unger's bible handbook : a best-selling guide to understanding the bible by Unger, Merrill F
Rosscup - A former Professor of Old testament at Dallas Seminary, evangelical writer of many scholarly books, did this in his late years. He has sections on each Bible book, archaeology, Major Prophets, Minor Prophets, between the testaments, the four gospels, epistles of Paul, how the Bible came to us, Bible statistics, outline of church history, creation stories, Ur of Abram’s day, Egypt, Assyria, the Chaldean empire, demonism, miracles, Bethlehem, Dead Sea scrolls, Corinth, Ephesus, Rome, etc. The work includes more than 20 charts and 30 maps and has color sections. Unger has good material at some points in surveying passages, dealing with certain problems, etc., and handles the long-range prophecies in a premillennial way. Often he is very cursory.
Halley's Bible Handbook Henry H. Halley - (2000) 2720 pages (much larger than original edition in 1965 and no time limit on use). (Halley's Bible handbook : an abbreviated Bible commentary - one hour limit 1965 872 pages)
Rosscup - A much-used older evangelical handbook bringing together a brief commentary on Bible books, some key archaeological findings, historical background, maps, quotes, etc. It is helpful to a lay Bible teacher, Sunday School leader, or pastor looking for quick, pertinent information on a Bible book. This is the 72nd printing somewhat revised. Halley packed in much information. Unger’s is better overall, but that is not to say that Halley’s will not provide much help on basic information.
The Shaw Pocket Bible Handbook - Editor - Walter Elwell (1984) 408 pages.
"This hardback is small in size but packed full of content: Brief summaries of every book of the bible, cultural, archaeological and historical info, word definitions, pictures, maps and charts." Worth checking!
Eerdmans' Handbook to the Bible (1983) 688 pages
What the Bible is All About Henrietta Mears
The New Unger's Bible Dictionary by Unger, Merrill Frederick, 1909-
J.Sidlow Baxter: Explore The Book - pdf Vol. 2 Judges to Esther
The Apologetics Study Bible Understand Why You Believe - Comments from over 90 leading apologists, including: Ted Cabal, Lee Strobel, Chuck Colson, Norm Geisler, Josh McDowell, Albert Mohler, J.P. Moreland, see reviews. Here is a review from The Christian Reviewer.
Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics by Norman Geisler
Cyril Barber - This is a goldmine of valuable information! Well-indexed. Covers everything from “Absolute Truth” to “Zen Buddhism.” Extensive articles on such topics as “Agnosticism,” “Annihilationism,” “Bible, Alleged Errors in,” “Gnosticism,” “Miracles in the Bible,” “New Testament Manuscripts,” and “Objections to Resurrection,” “Big Bang Theory,” “Edward John Carnell,” “Christ, Death of,” are only a few of the insightful essays in this masterful work. Each article has been written in an understandable way, and a 28 page bibliography forms a valuable source for further research. An excellent resource.
Mormons : answered verse by verse David Reed
Evidence That Demands A Verdict - Josh McDowell (no restrictions)
The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict - Josh McDowell (no restrictions)
More Than A Carpenter - A modern classic by Josh McDowell - Great resource for those who are skeptical that Jesus is fully God, fully Man.
Hard Sayings of the Bible - Walter Kaiser
When Critics Ask - Norman Geisler
When Cultists Ask - Norman Geisler
When Skeptics Ask A Handbook - Norman Geisler
MANNERS AND CUSTOMS IN THE BIBLE
Today's Handbook of Bible Times & Customs by Coleman, William L
Nelson's New Illustrated Bible Manners & Customs : How the People of the Bible Really Lived by Vos, Howard Frederic
Manners & Customs of the Bible (The New Manners and Customs) Freeman, James M., 1827-1900 Published 1998
The New Manners and Customs of Bible Times: Gower, Ralph, 1933- Published 1987
Manners and Customs of Bible lands By: Wight, Fred Published 1983
Handbook of life in Bible times By: Thompson, J. A. (John Arthur), 1913-2002 Published 1986
Illustrated dictionary of Bible manners and customs By: Deursen, A. van (Arie), 1891-1963 Published 1982
The Illustrated Guide to Bible Customs & Curiosities by Knight, George W.
Orientalisms in Bible lands, giving light from customs, habits, manners, imagery, thought and life in the East for Bible students By: Rice, Edwin Wilbur, 1831-1929 Published 1910
Bible manners and customs By: Mackie, G. M. 1854-1922 Published 1898
Teach it to your children : how kids lived in Bible days By: Vamosh, Miriam Feinberg, author
Everyday life in Bible times : work, worship, and war By: Embry, Margaret Published 1994
The Land and the Book; or, Biblical illustrations drawn from the manners and customs, the scenes and scenery, of the Holy land By: Thomson, William M. (William McClure), 1806-1894 Published 1880
Eastern manners illustrative of the Old Testament history By: Jamieson, Robert, 1802-1880 Published 1838
HEBREW WORD STUDY
Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament by Harris, R. Laird - (5/5 Stars) One of the best OT lexicons for studying Hebrew words.
Here is another link to the TWOT which has no time limit on use and does allow copy and paste. Can be downloaded as PDF.
Hebrew Honey: a simple and deep word study of the Old Testament - 330 pages. The definitions have more of a devotional flavor. For example, see the descriptive definition for "Abide" (Hebrew - gur).
Expository Dictionary of Bible Words by Richards, Larry, It does not go into great depth on the Greek or Hebrew words but does have some excellent insights.
So That's What it Means (Theological Wordbook) - Formerly titled "Theological Wordbook" edited by Charles Swindoll. It is now under this new title So That's What it Means and can be borrowed - it is more like a dictionary than a lexicon but the comments are superb! The contributors include Donald Campbell, Wendell Johnston, John Witmer, John Walvoord
Nelson's Expository Dictionary of the Old Testament by Unger, Merrill. Indexed by English word and then any related Hebrew nouns or verbs. Definitions are solid and geared to the lay person.
DONALD CAMPBELL -
- Judges Commentary - sign in, borrow and go to page 155 - The Fruitage of National Apostasy
ARTHUR CUNDALL -
- TOTC Judges & Ruth: Tyndale Old Testament Commentary - sign in, borrow and go to page 198 - The Summons to the Nation
- Hearts of Iron, Feet of Clay - sign up to borrow - go to page 281 - Steering Through the Moral Fog and CONCLUSION
- Judges 17-21 Understanding the Times - Kay Arthur
ART RELATED To the Book of Judges
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- Samson the the Philistines
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BRIAN BELL Teaching Notes
BIBLE FOR HOME
BIBLE.ORG - Articles
- Judges 19-21 "Gang Rape Of A Man's Concubine Leads To Civil War"
GEORGE BUSH Judges Notes 1852
Spurgeon: Like other works of this author—of considerable value.
Cyril Barber - A pleasing synthesis of scholarship and devotion, historical background and relevant exposition. Bible students, whether laypeople or pastors, should eagerly acquire the writings of this fine biblical scholar and for their own edification and enrichment read what he wrote. This valuable reprint of the 1852 edition makes available the rare and rich homiletic suggestions of this Princeton scholar.
CAMBRIDGE BIBLE FOR SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES - D A Cooke
CAMBRIDGE BIBLE COMMENTARY John James Lias
W A CRISWELL
J N DARBY
BOB DEFFINBAUGH "The Dark Days of Israel's Judges - A Study of the Book of Judges"
- Judges 19-21 Israel’s Sodom and Gomorrah
JOHN DUMMELOW Commentary
DAN DUNCAN - MP3
CHARLES ELLICOTT COMMENTARY FOR ENGLISH READERS
EASY ENGLISH COMMENTARY
EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE COMMENTARY - R A WATSON
EXPOSITOR'S DICTIONARY OF TEXTS
A R FAUSSET Judges - An Expository Commentary
Cyril Barber - A work of immeasurable value. Remains one of the finest treatments extant. A must for the expositor.
Well Done If part of a page does not show switch to the two page view or try "refresh" (F5 Key)
FOUNDERS MINISTRIES - Writers include Mark Dunn, Tom Nettles, Tom Ascol, Michael Wren
Founders entitles their study of Judges "Half hearted devotion to a wholly devoted God"
- Judges 17-18 Homemade Religion - A Disaster in Disguise
- Judges 19-21 Homemade Religion - Morally Bankrupt
ARNO GAEBELEIN Annotated Bible on Judges
SCOTT GRANT Sermons on Judges
JAMES GRAY - Concise Bible Commentary
DAVE HATCHER - NOTES
ROBERT HAWKER Poor Man's Commentary Judges
INTERNATIONAL CRITICAL COMMENTARY George F Moore
JAMIESON, FAUSSET, BROWN
JUDGES DEVOTIONALS AND ILLUSTRATIONS
Today in the Word, Back to the Bible, Our Daily Bread, et al
KEIL AND DELITZSCH
HOMER HEATER, JR - Judges
KEITH KRELL - sermons
PAUL E. KRETZMANN The Popular Commentary Lutheran Perspective
LANGE'S COMMENTARY Paulus Cassel
MARTIN MANSER - Dictionary Bible themes - interesting
J VERNON MCGEE
F B MEYER
Rosscup comments: Meyer (1847–1929) published this originally in 1895. He left a big witness as a Christian, husband and expositor on the spiritual life. Here he is clear, simple, to the point, and practical in application. The book is especially suited for pastors, Sunday School teachers and laypersons. Sometimes he overdoes things, as in seeing Hittites and confederates as depicting “The evil habits of the old past” (p 12). Yet in many cases he is apt, as using Gideon to show the need to look to God for adequacy. He sees Saul as unsaved, having the Spirit on him but not in him (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An annotated bibliography of selected works)
MONERGISM - MP3'S
G CAMPBELL MORGAN
HENRY MORRIS - Defender's Study Bible -Conservative
- Judges 20:16 chosen men lefthanded
- Judges 20:26 and wept
- Judges 20:28 Phinehas
- Judges 20:46 twenty and five thousand men
- Judges 20:48 all that came to hand
NET BIBLE NOTES
PHIL NEWTON - SERMON
PETER PETT Commentary on Judges
PREACHER'S HOMILETICAL COMMENTARY
REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE
- Judges 20
- Judges 20:1
- Judges 20:2
- Judges 20:5
- Judges 20:8
- Judges 20:13
- Judges 20:16
- Judges 20:18
- Judges 20:23
- Judges 20:48
ADRIAN ROGERS Click for sermons listed below
- The Authority Crisis in America—Judges 19–21
- The Authority Crisis—Judges 21:25
ROB SALVATO - SERMON
RAYMOND H SAXE - expository notes
- Judges 20-21 (pdf)
JOHN SCHULTZ - former missionary to Papau, New Guinea
- Commentary on the Book of Judges - 132 pages
SPEAKER'S BIBLE COMMENTARY
JOE TEMPLE Judges Sermons
G W THATCHER - generally verse by verse comments
THIRD MILLENNIUM Book of Judges
DAVID THOMPSON SERMONS
TODAY IN THE WORD
JOHN TRAPP Commentary on Judges
JAMES VAN DINE
|National Atonement||A.F. Muir||Judges 20:1|
|From Justice to Wild Revenge||R. A. Watson, M. A.||Judges 20:1-48|
|Union||W.F. Adeney||Judges 20:11|
|Lessons of Defeat||W.F. Adeney||Judges 20:23|
|The Difficulty of Punishing Evil-Doers||A.F. Muir||Judges 20:26-28|
|They Knew not that Evil was Near Them||A.F. Muir||Judges 20:34|
|An Escaped Remnant||W.F. Adeney||Judges 20:47|