The edge of chaos

“In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges 21:25

As ancient Israel settled into the promised land their social and governmental organization was quite loose. The main feature at this time was the emergence of individuals who delivered their fellow countrymen from various oppressors, e.g. the Philistines. But it really didn’t work too well. The more serious problem was the independence of the tribes from each other, thus exposing the ancient Israelites to all sorts of social and political problems. Political and geographic conditions combine...


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