Intro This forum thread will form the basis of an eventual blog page post, or posts, on the Biblical Judges and on to King Saul. Of which, these episodes ultimately transitionally led to the infamous kingship period recorded in the Old Testament, especially that of David and his son Solomon. These 'judges' literally 'prepared the way' for the new order of the day, at least, from the Judaic perspective. Oddly, this dynamic dynastic duo were the only two of a longer monarchy that 'united' both Judea and northern Israel. All that Moses, Joseph, and the judges did for centuries for the creation of a Promised Land ostensibly for all of the Hebrews fell to naught with the deportation of the so-called Lost Tribes. Fell to naught, that is, except for certain elite Jews, Benjamites, and Levites who will from then on all go under the more (c)atholic banner of Jewish. As such, this thread will knit together with a prior related thread that soon morphed into commentary on the later judges, and that started out by discussing the Egyptian origins of Freemasonry and even the Jews themselves. On that thread and others I have discussed various related material from such as the Sabbah brothers Secrets of the Exodus, Flavio Barbiero's Secret Society of Moses, Robert Feather's Copper Scroll, Ralph Ellis's numerous books, Ahmed Osman's same, Sigmund Freud, and even Immanuel Velikovsky. All of which note an intimate (and controlled opposition) relationship between the foundations of Biblical Israel and the actions of the very active 18th and 19th Egyptian Dynasties. And all of which bookend the collapse of the Late Bronze Age, where all east Mediterranean and Mesopotamian societies collapse ... except that of Egypt. The Sabbah brothers, French rabbis, even noted that the name of the personal prelature priesthood of Amenhotep III, father of Akhenaton, was that of the Yahud. Not a people, but a priesthood. Indeed, in my yet work-in-progress series of The Genesis of the False Dialectic of Western Civilization (of which this is a part) I posit that the creation of Biblical Israel (much like the modern creation) was a highly propagandized creation of a controlled opposition to so-called goy societies. The inside cynical joke, then, is the frequent use of the term 'Gentile', whose etymological roots denote the elites of society. In this context we can see the 'judges' as forming a centuries long cultural engineering process that would extend well past David and Solomon, transforming previously pagan peoples into monotheistic converts, much like later Christianity and Islam would do, under the rubric of 'convert or die'. Islam would allow so-called Peoples of the Book to go on as before if they paid a tax to do so. Christianity would similarly allow defanged Jews to go on as oxymoronic, reformed (Orthodox) Rabbinic Jews. The central sardony of sardonies of the Judges period is in the overweaning importance of maintaining faithful and fearful adherence to the fearfully loving commandments of Yahweh, as related by Moses and Aaron to them. Repeatedly before, during, and after the Judges period the Hebrews are told how to properly behave, and further they are presented with supernatural events and bloody punishments, yet they constantly are drawn by the lure of the pagan's gods and goddesses ... and their pagan human lovers. As with the old saw of "Me thinks ye protest too much", perhaps the biblical scribes had the Hebrew 'backslide too much'? The 'post-Conquest' biblical judges are called to their office by the various Hebrew polities to deal with arising issues with various neighboring pagan 'natives'. Doubly sardonically, we find out in the first stages, that the issue is that God has placed the 'Israelites' under the thumb of some of these various pagan neighbors. Why? To punish them .... for being naughty. One judge fulfills his lifetime commitment and as soon as he dies, the Israelites are back to schlepping with the enemy. This interregnum period of naughtiness is allowed to go on for arbitrarily neat periods of 40 years and such, before a new emergency threshold is reached, and a new judge is elected. The office of 'judge' functions martially like a king with the exception that it is not hereditarily dynastic. There is a theocratic aspect in that the core of the problems that need to be dealt with arise from sin against Yahweh. In this case an avatar for the veiled, real political power, just as Christ would later be an avatar for the collective Caesars - who became de jure red-headed pharaohs themselves. As first noted, we'll end with Kind Saul, and with the the later transition to the Roman power paradigm, we'll see yet another Saul play a key role, importantly changing his name to Paul. A few judges before King Saul, we'll see the legendary Samson, and see numerous amazing topical parallels with a certain chaotic, bombastic, narcissistic, nazarite with strange hair. In the Judge's Song of Deborah and Barak, we find out that Samson's tribe of Dan lives offshore on their ships, being unsettled in Israel yet. They are immigrants, having come, yes, from Egypt, but via Greece and known there as the Danaoi. Barak, naughty strumpets, and naughty trump..ets?