Bible crossword puzzle: Joshua, Judges, Ruth and 1 and 2 Samuel

Based on material in chapters seven and eight, Discovering the Bible by Alex Varughese

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Challenge: Can you solve this crossword puzzle even if you do not have the book by Varughese?

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This crossword puzzle was created for use in the course Introduction to Biblical Literature. The words and clues come from the textbook Discovering the Bible: Story and Faith of the Biblical Communities edited by Alex Varughese and published by what is now called The Foundry.

    -- Howard Culbertson,

Historical Context

The Bible books of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, and 1 and 2 Samuel span a significant period in ancient Israelite history, capturing the transition from the conquest of Canaan to the establishment of the monarchy. Joshua follows the Israelites' conquest of the Promised Land under the leadership of Joshua, successor to Moses, providing a narrative of military campaigns and tribal inheritances. Judges chronicles a tumultuous era marked by cycles of apostasy, foreign oppression, and deliverance through charismatic leaders known as judges. Ruth offers an intimate glimpse into Israelite society during the time of the judges, focusing on themes of loyalty, redemption, and the inclusion of foreigners. The books of Samuel detail the rise of the monarchy in Israel, from the prophet Samuel's anointing of Saul as the first king to the reign of David, Israel's most renowned king. These texts offer not only historical accounts but also profound insights into Israel's religious, social, and political development.

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