There is so much you can do with Judges! So, I will start with the lapbook. I made this very basic so that you can add as little or as much info as you want.
Click here to download and print the lapbook.
These can also be used as visuals, which I am printing 2 sets for. I am not permitted to change the graphics, so I added longer hair for Samson on mine. That is an option to help the kids remember if you decide to. Print it here.
Why isn't Abimelech listed as a judge in the printables? You can see my paragraph here. But, here is a fantastic bio about Abimelech written by Dave Rogers, the Minister at Fayetteville Church of Christ in Fayetteville, Georgia.
Abimelech (Judges 9) is never described in scripture as being one of the judges of ancient Israel. One of Gideon’s many sons, he was born to the concubine (a kind of “second-class” wife) Gideon had married in Shechem (Judges 8:30-31), and he seems to have been Gideon’s only son by this particular woman. (Note that Gideon had fathered some SEVENTY other sons, by the many other women he had married, Judges 8:30.) Upon his father’s death, Abimelech solicited support from his mother’s family in a bid to become the ruler of Israel (Judges 9:1-3), presenting his lust for power as a stark choice between being ruled by himself (to whom they were related) or being dominated by his brothers, whom he essentially presented as “outsiders.”
With the financial backing of his mother’s kinsmen, Abimelech hired a group of thugs to assist him and then brutally executed all of his half-brothers except Jotham, who managed to escape. Judges 9:22 says that Abimelech “reigned” (a word which means he exercised power, acting as a kind of “prince” or self-appointed “royal personage”) over Israel for three years, but it is important to note that the Bible never calls him a judge, nor does it ever imply that he acted with God’s authority. In fact, the very opposite seems to be clear, since the account of his actions in Judges 9 makes it plain that God’s intentions for Israel were contrary to Abimelech’s ambitions (cf. Judges 9:23-24 & 56-57).Thank you Dave Rogers for writing about Abimelech and permitting me to post it here.