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Hello: Could someone smart explain how the Book of Judges connects the story of Joshua to Saul? Our study group is trying to understand how the Book of Judges fits in with the other common themes/structure of other OT books. Thanks alot for your time!

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The book of Judges records a period of disorganization, disappointment and defeat on the part of the Israelites, who had entered the land of Canaan under the strong leadership of Joshua, but whose conquest of the land had failed on many fronts. As a result, the conquerors were conquered by the pagan culture of the Canaanite inhabitants of the land, incurring the anger of the Lord and the oppression of their enemies. In particular, Judges records six cycles of intense oppression, anguished prayer, and eventual ...