The book consists of two parts: the first considers questions of a general nature. They concern matters of identification, the rationale for the period and the way it is reported, the potential which the period held for blessing, the nature of the world of the day, the character of the nations which brought oppression, the marked blessings of the time when Joshua lived, and the variety and seriousness of sin that arose. The second part probes particular matters which concern the distinct episodes that transpired. Discussion centers on the leading people of the day, who were mainly judges, with special attention given to the story involved, and also lessons from it to challenge and instruct for the Christian life.
Dr. Leon J. Wood (1918-1977) was professor of Old Testament Studies and Dean of the Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary. He was educated at Calvin Theological Seminary with graduate studies in Israel through New York University and at the Oriental Institute, Chicago. He received his Ph.D. degree from Michigan State University. He has also authored “Elijah: Prophet of God”; “A Survey of Israel’s History”; “The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament” and “Israel’s United Monarchy”.