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Commentary on Judges

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1, 1–36 :

This chapter summarizes events most of which occurred shortly after the death of Joshua. Perhaps because they were planned and inaugurated by him, they are also attributed to him in the last half of the preceding book (Jos 14–22 ).

1, 16 :

Moses' father‐in‐law: Reuel; cf Nm 10, 29–32 and note. City of palms: Jericho (cf Dt 34, 3 ), or a town in the Negeb.

1, 21 :

According to Jos 18, 16 , Jerusalem was assigned to the tribe of Benjamin. But it was not actually taken from the Jebusites until David captured it (2 Sm 5, 6–9 ) and made it his capital, outside the tribal organization.

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