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When the people were wandering in the wilderness in Exodus, people went to Moses to arbitrate in their disputes. This role was later taken on by "Judges" (see Appendix 2 Judge), people recognised as prophets. During this period the people were lawless, and were buffeted by more powerful nations around them. The people increasingly desired a king to be over them, which they thought would make them stronger.
This book is noteworthy for the number of women who play pivotal roles: see Judges 4:4, Judges 4:21, and Judges 9:53.
According to Nehemiah 8:17, the full Law was not followed throughout the period covered by this book.
See Old Testament regarding authorship.
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