Judges For You

For reading, for feeding, for leading

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Timothy Keller's expository Bible-study guide to Judges will excite Christians in their faith and equip teachers and preachers in their work.

Part of the God's Word For You series.

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Judges: The flawed and the flawless

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“The book of judges shows us our sin, shows us our need for a saviour and shows us that salvation has got to be by grace.”
Tim Keller
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Timothy Keller's Judges For You walks you through the book of Judges, showing how the flawless God is at work in the most flawed situations and the most failing people.

Combining a close attention to the detail of the text with Timothy Keller's trademark gift for clear explanation and compelling insights, this resource will both engage your mind and stir your heart.

"Judges has only one hero—God. And as we read this as an account of how he works in history, it comes alive. This book is not an easy read. But living in the times we do, it is an essential one."
- Timothy Keller

Judges for You is a uniquely flexible resource. It can simply be read as a book; used as a daily devotional, complete with reflection questions; or utilised by anyone who has a teaching ministry, to help small-group leaders understand and apply the text, and to give preachers helpful ways of connecting timeless Bible truths to today's world.

There is an accompanying Good Book Guide available containing Bible studies for small groups.

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  • Series preface
  • Introduction to Judges
  • 1. Half-Hearted Discipleship 1:1 – 2:5
  • 2. Living with Idols 2:6 – 3:6
  • 3. Othniel and Ehud: Expect the Unexpected 3:7-31
  • 4. Deborah and Barak: Ruler and Rescuer 4:1 – 5:31
  • 5. Gideon: The Weak Mighty Warrior 6:1-40
  • 6. Gideon: Triumph in Weakness 7:1-25
  • 7. Gideon and Abimelech: Ruling as Kings 8:1 – 10:5
  • 8. Jephthah: The Outcast 10:6 – 12:15
  • 9. Samson: A Miraculous Birth 13:1-25
  • 10. Samson: The Womanizer 14:1 – 15:20
  • 11. Samson: The Broken Victor 16:1-31
  • 12. Men Without Chests 17: – 18:31
  • 13. People Without a King 19:1 – 21:25
  • Glossary
  • Appendices
  • Bibliography

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Author Dr Timothy Keller
ISBN 9781908762863
Format Paperback
First published August 2013
Dimensions 135mm x 216mm x 16mm
Print size 9pt
Language English
Pages 224
Publisher The Good Book Company

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Judges For You

Matt Smethurst, The Gospel Coalition, August 28th 2013

If you're looking to feel warm and cozy, I wouldn't recommend the Book of Judges. It's a bleak story—a 21-chapter downward spiral featuring deception, oppression, idolatry, murder, gang rape, and apostasy, just to name a few sins. And contrary to what you may recall from that old Sunday school felt board, even its “heroes”—think, say, Gideon and Samson—aren't exactly heroes.

The second in a series of expository guides based on the teaching of Tim Keller, Judges for You: For Reading, For Feeding, For Leading (Good Book Company) seeks to help preachers and laypersons alike understand and apply the message of this pivotal book. (There's an accompanying six-lesson Bible study guide for groups and individuals, also based on Keller's teaching, titled Judges: The Flawed and the Flawless.)... continue reading

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“Highly recommended!”

This is a really excellent book and highly recommended as a way of better understanding what the book of Judges is about in a very accessible way.

Many of us might know some of the stories from the time of the Judges (e.g. Gideon, Samson) from days in Sunday School. However this book shows that there is much much more to learn which is so helpful for Christians today - for example, God's sovereignty and persistent grace towards his undeserving and wayward people and how to live in idolatrous times. The author also takes every effort to ensure that we see how the judges foreshadowed the coming of the ultimate judge and our saviour, Jesus Christ - and being pointed to Him is always great spiritual food!

The book is broken down into manageable chunks which can be used to accompany daily readings and each section ends with helpful questions for further thought and reflection. This is the first "For You" title from GBC that I've read and the experience has made me want to try some more.

May the Lord bless you as much as He has me as you're helped to better understand His word through this book!


“Easy to understand and challenging”

I have read the Bible for more than 50 years but there have always been passages which are hard to fully understand. This book has given me new insight on the book of Judges. I loved it and am so glad I came across it. I am grateful to Tim Keller for drawing such a clear picture, in language I could understand. I was challenged to confront my own short-comings and sometimes misguided attitudes. I liked the subtle differences in interpretation which gave me a great understanding of God's over-all plan. They were obvious, once pointed out, but I'd never really thought about them before. I found the 'Issue of Holy War' at the back of the book most informative. I used the book as part of my daily devotion and I was eager to pick it up each time. I would have no hesitation in recommending this book to anyone wanting in-depth teaching and my appetite has been whetted sufficiently enough for me to order another study. Thank you Tim. Every blessing .


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Vintage Keller.
really helpful for studying through Judges, and thinking through our own hearts before God.
As you'd expect, there's the repeated theme of God's grace, and how we can ignore that in various ways (religiously as well as 'rebelliously')


“for us today”

We are the people who "did what was right in their own eyes". And Judges gives you the rest of the story of what happened to Israel and what we see today in our society when God is forgotten. Tim Keller can't write a bad book!


“Always with clarity and a deep, inspired thoughtfulness”

Judges is a difficult book to read partially because of the tough realities it communicates. But Keller does a wonderful job of translating the challenges and culture of those times in ways that connect them to what we face today as God's children. Read this book, reread Judges, and you will receive God's message in a deeply personal way.

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