Deuteronomistic History

Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings

Edited older sources

Divine motives added by editor

Explains history as a cycle of sin-chastisement-repentance-restoration

History as revelation

Mixed feelings about the monarchy

A king besides god?

Israel originally a loose confederation of tribes

Judges 8:22-23 (HTML)

Judges 9:7-15

Judges 21:25

1 Sam 8

1 Sam 9:26 — 10:1

1 Sam 10:17-27

1 Sam 11:12-15

Push for a strong central government as a response to threats

Views toward monarchy changed with good and bad kings

Major figures before the united monarchy (1200-1000)

Samson and Jephthah covered by Collins