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Judges Inductive Study

My fourth paper of 2011-2012 (Haven’t gotten my third paper back yet) … Grade received: A-

Chris Evangelista
Dr. Marion Taylor
WYB1008HF
1 November 2011

Inductive Study on the Book of Judges

Part 1: Table of Contents

Verses Caption
Judges 1:1 to 3:6 Opening: Introducing the Cycle of Israel’s Apostasy
Judges 3:7 to 3:11 The First Cycle: Othniel
Judges 3:12 to 3:31 The Second Cycle: Ehud and Shamgar
Judges 4:1 to 5:31 The Third Cycle: Deborah and Barak
Judges 6:1 to 10:5 The Fourth Cycle: Gideon (and Abimelech)
Judges 10:6 to 12:15 The Fifth Cycle: Jephthah
Judges 13:1 to 16:31 The Sixth Cycle: Samson, and the Turning Point
Judges 17:1 to 21:25 Ending: Israel’s Apostasy is Complete

Part 2: Analysis of the Book’s Structure

The book of Judges can be neatly divided into three major section, an opening section which contains two introductions to the book, a middle section containing six degrading cycles of apostasy, and an ending which contains stories that illustrate Israel’s apostasy. This structure can be seen in the clever use of two phrases “And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord” and “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes”. These two phrases mark are introduced at turning points in first two sections of the story, and then go on to serve as a dividing points for the proceeding section.

The opening section can be further divided to two parts: Judges 1:1 to 2:4, and Judges 2:5 to 3:6. Both of these parts begin with the death of Joshua and both serve as introductions to the cycle of apostasy that will follow in the middle section. The first part seems to be a point-by-point presentation of the events following the death of Joshua. It shows the Israelites at first succeeding in conquering the land, but slowly falling into sin and compromise and ultimately failing in the conquest. The second part serves as a commentary of the first, introducing the key phrase which will dominate the middle section: “And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord” (2:11). The basic plot structure of the book is further introduced as the author explains that the Lord both gives Israel over to plunderers, but also raises up judges, or saviours, to deliver them from oppression.

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Genesis Inductive Study

My first paper of 2011-2012… Grade received: A-

Dr. Marion Taylor
WYB1008HF
27 September 2011

Inductive Study on the Book of Genesis

Part 1: Table of Contents

Verses Caption
Genesis 1:1 to 11: 9 The story of the Creation and time before God’s chosen people.
Genesis 11:10 to 23:20 The story of Abraham, the man by whom God called.
Genesis 24:1 to 26:35 The story of Isaac, the promised son.
Genesis 27:1 to 36:43 The story of Jacob, whom God named Israel.
Genesis 37:1 to 50:26 The story of Joseph, who brought the people of Israel into Egypt.

Part 2: Analysis of the Book’s Structure

The Book of Genesis, at its core, is simply a story. It is the story of how God worked and moved in history: first of all to create history itself, and then also to call a particular group of people – a family – through whom he intends to bless the world (12:3). The first section of the book provides an overview of the creation story, and certain events leading up to God choosing a particular people to bless the world. The next three sections cover the stories of the three patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob whose family God chooses to work through. Finally, the last section concerns one of Jacob’s sons, Joseph, who was sold into slavery in Egypt, and whose story provides a natural conclusion to “the beginnings” of the people of Israel, setting us up for the next part of their history.

This structure was chosen largely because of the promise which God makes to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This promise of land, descendants, and blessing is found in each of three divisions, as it is restated to each of the patriarchs. To Abram/Abraham, God makes this promise three times, first (as previously mentioned) in 12:1-9, then in 15:1-21 in which God formalized this promise into a “covenant”, then 17:1-14 where God also instituted circumcision as the sign of the covenant. God then restates this covenant to Isaac in 26:1-5 and Jacob in 26:10-22.

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