The Hebrew title Shophetim means Judges, and can also mean governors or rulers. I believe that there were a total of thirteen of these moral leaders the book of Judges highlights. Samuel was not born a Levite but an Ephrathite, yet he ended up in the Tent Tabernacle with the duties of a Levite. I consider him to be the thirteenth judge of Israel. It was Samuel who anointed King Saul, which was a mistake that the elders of Israel made, and Samuel told them, but they got the king they wanted. Samuel also anointed David, who became king after Saul finally failed. Most Biblical scholars read the book of Judges as a political book before the kings. Many people simply read the book as a couch for heroes, but I like to read the book as a record of Israel’s descent into darkness before God. In other words, it is about the people of God falling into sin over and over
again, and God’s response to them.
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