A Brief Overview Of The Judges
Before he died, Joshua urged Israel to keep trusting God
and obeying His commands, but they didn`t. After Joshua
died, "every man did what was right in his own eyes". They
would forget God, the enemy would severely oppress them,
they would cry out to God for help, and God would raise up
a deliverer (Judge) to free them of their misery. This was
the sad pattern for the Israelites for almost 400 years.
The main deliverer-judges were: Othniel, Deborah, Gideon,
Jephthah, Samson, Eli, and Samuel. (Ruth also lived during
this period). Probably the most important person in this
era was Samuel.