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The author uses a literary-theological approach to argue that the main theme of the combined Gideon-Abimelech narrative is a theological one, where the narrator demonstrates Yahweh's supreme power and contrasts it with the absence of Baal, the representative of foreign gods. While the Gideon narrative focuses on Yahweh and the illustration of his power and contrasts it with Gideon's limited capacities, the Abimelech narrative demonstrates Baal's absence, Baalism's disastrous potential, and Yahweh's continued control over the events. Hence Gideon's victory over the Midianites and Abimelech's kingship serve only as the tangible instruments by which a single abstract theological theme becomes narratable.
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Wolfgang Bluedorn is an independent scholar of Biblical studies, concentrating in Old Testament studies, who is currently residing in Deerfield, Illinois.
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Book Description Sheffield, 2001. Hardcover, no dust jacket. Ex-library. Aside from library matter, this is a pristine copy that appears unread. 320 pp. Seller Inventory # 612641
Book Description Sheffield, 2001. Hardcover, no dust jacket. Ex-library. Corner bumped boards. 320 pp. Seller Inventory # 636767