Susan Niditch's commentary on the book of Judges pays careful attention to the literary and narrative techniques of the text and yields fresh readings of the book's difficult passages: stories of violence, ethnic conflict, and gender issues. Niditch aptly and richly conveys the theological impact and enduring significance of these stories. The Old Testament Library provides fresh and authoritative treatments of important aspects of Old Testament study through commentaries and general surveys. The contributors are scholars of international standing.… (more)
waltzmn: The Book of Judges is one of the most complex and intriguing in the Hebrew Bible. No commentary can cover all aspects of it. Susan Niditch is very interested in its relation to oral tradition. Robert G. Boling devoted great attention to text and sources. The two complement each other well.… (more)
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As a student of biblical literature who is deeply influenced by studied of oral-traditional literatures and folklore, I have always sought to explore the writings of the ancient Israelites in terms of "text," "texture," and "context."