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Judging the Judges: Searching for Value in these Problematic Characters


56 King David himself is a charismatic leader, but most of the charismatics in the monarchic period are prophets.

57 On the role of charismatic leadership in the Pentecostal movement, see Margaret M. Poloma, The Assemblies of God at the Crossroads: Charisma and Institutional Dilemmas (Knoxville, TN: Univ of Tennessee Pr, 1989); idem, ‘Charisma, Institutionalization and Social Change’, PNEUMA: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 17, no. 2 (1995), pp. 245-52; and idem, ‘The Future of American Pentecostal Identity: The Assemblies of God at a Crossroad’, in Michael Welker (ed.), The Work of the Spirit (Grand Rapids, MI: William B Eerdmans, 2006), pp. 147-68.

58 Assuming, of course, that the person was willing to submit to discipline.

59 Neither Jephthah nor Samson is rebuked directly in the text of Judges, partly because their sins are obvious and partly because God withdraws and does not speak. See Martin, ‘Power to Save!?’.




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About the Author: Lee Roy Martin, D.Th. (University of South Africa), is Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, TN; and editor of the Journal of Pentecostal Theology. He has served as a Church of God pastor for 27 years and is the author of a number of books and articles, including The Unheard Voice of God: A Pentecostal Hearing of the Book of Judges (Deo Publishing, 2008).

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