Judges 11-21 Questions and Answers
Judges Chapters 11-21 – Questions and Answers
What does it mean “rent their clothes”? Judges 11:35 They tore their clothes in great agony.
What does it mean “bewail my virginity”? Judges 11:37 She knew that she only had two months to live before her father would sacrifice her. She was grieving the fact that she would never be married, never experience sex, and possibly more importantly, never have any children. For an Israelite woman to die without was a child was a disgrace.
They went through a lot of judges in Chapter 12. Yes, there were a total of 12 or 13 judges in the book of Judges. Some Bible scholars wonder if Abimelech should have been included in the list of Judges.
Was it Samson who was very strong? Yes, God made him stronger than a regular mortal man.
What do they mean by thirty shekels? Judges 14:12 – A shekel was amount of money.
What was the answer to Samson’s riddle? Good question. The way he phrased the “riddle” was like giving the answer first and then asking for the question. The riddle was, “Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness.” (Judges 14;14). His answer to his riddle was, “What is sweeter than honey? and what is stronger than a lion?” (Judges 14:18).
Is Enhakkore still in Israel today? When the Bible says, “unto this day” what it means is the place was there when the passage was originally penned. It is not necessarily part of the modern day Israel. Enhakkore is not a spring or even a place named in modern Israel.
Did Samson take another wife? No, Samson was only married from the woman from Timnah. He went in unto (had intimate sexual relations with) a harlot in Gaza and he was in love with Delilah but he did not marry either of them.
What was Kirjathjearim? This was a city in the area that belonged to the tribe of Judah.
What is an ephod and a terapheim? An ephod is a priestly garment. It is not a complete piece of clothing but rather an additional piece and is used somehow with worship. Usually the worship is for the LORD. But in Judges the Micah was mixing worship of the LORD with worship of false gods.
Examples of the word ephod:
Exodus 28:4 “And these are the garments which they shall make; a breastplate, and an ephod, and a robe, and a broidered coat, a mitre, and a girdle: and they shall make holy garments for Aaron thy brother, and his sons, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.”
Judges 8:27 “And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put it in his city, even in Ophrah: and all Israel went thither a whoring after it: which thing became a snare unto Gideon, and to his house.”
1 Samuel 2:18 “But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded with a linen ephod.
A teraphim is a small idol, a household god or gods.
What was Bethlehemjudah? The name “Bethlehemjudah” is mentioned 9 times in the Bible. It is a small town near Jerusalem.
Who killed the concubine and divided her together with her bones into twelve pieces? Her husband who was a murdering jerk! The Bible identifies him only as “a certain Levite sojourning on the side of mount Ephraim”. (Judges 19:1) He reminds me a bit of OJ Simpson.
Who is Beersheba? Beersheba is not a “who” but a “where”? Beersheba is a place. It is first mentioned in the Bible in Genesis 21:14. “And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.” It is named a few verses later in Genesis 21:31 “Wherefore he called that place Beersheba; because there they sware both of them.” Beersheba means “the well of the oath” or “the well of seven”. You may be confusing Beersheba with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite who David had an affair with and who was the mother of Solomon.
I thought that they killed all the tribe of Benjamin in Judges 20. In Judges chapter 21 who is this Benjamin that they are talking about?
Most of the tribe of Benjamin was destroyed. But there were six hundred men who escaped and were hiding in Rimmon (possibly a cave). Judges 20:47 “But six hundred men turned and fled to the wilderness unto the rock Rimmon, and abode in the rock Rimmon four months.”
These 600 men was all that was left of the tribe of Benjamin. So in order to keep the tribe alive, wives were provided for these 600 men so they could produce children so a tribe would not be completely destroyed.
Judges 21:13 “And the whole congregation sent some to speak to the children of Benjamin that were in the rock Rimmon, and to call peaceably unto them.
What was Jabeshgilead? This was an ancient town. Some scholars believe it was located east of the Jordan River.
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