YMMV / Book of Judges

  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Probably the reason the story of Samson and Delilah, with its multiple episodes of sexual intrigue starring a muscleman and a Femme Fatale, is the most familiar part of the book.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Gideon winning against a larger nation with a small army of 300, eh?
  • Nightmare Fuel: What happens to the Levite's concubine in chapter 19. The Levite is entertaining a guest at his home when men of the city surround the house and demand that he hand the man over, "that we may know him carnally." The Levite gives them his concubine instead. They gang-rape her to death and leave her body on the threshold. Particular a case of Values Dissonance as at first he offers them his daughter as well, although the only one he actually hands over is the concubine, making her one of the earliest and saddest examples in literature of a Disposable Sex Worker. Even worse, it's stated that she ran back to her father, who tried to stall her husband from leaving with her, hinting that she may have been trying to escape Domestic Abuse. (Which may also mean that if she did prostitute herself before this event (and she may or may not have actually done so), she was likely doing it for survival reasons or trying to get money to travel back home, not because of lust or anything like that. Or that she was raped or sexually assaulted while traveling by herself, before being given to the townsmen, and fell victim to Victim Blaming.)
  • One-Scene Wonder: Shamgar gets only one verse to his name, which adds that he killed 600 Philistines with an ox-goad (a stick used as a cattle prod).
  • Squick: King Eglon's death. So fat his body swallows up the entire sword he's stabbed with, and poops his pants in the process.
  • What an Idiot:
    • Jephthah foolishly vowing to God that he will sacrifice the first living thing that comes out of his house if he wins a battle. After God already told him he would win. And the living thing turned out to be his daughter.
    • Samson never seemed to pick up that every time he told Delilah a false way to defeat him, a pack of Philistines would be in his home the next day trying the exact same method.

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