The Book of Judges contains a history of Biblical judges, divinely inspired leaders who represented the Israelites.  Many of the stories in Judges are perhaps the oldest in the Bible dating back to 800 BC and earlier.  The text of Judges gives no indication as to who wrote the book but tradition attributes authorship to the prophet Samuel (author of 1 and 2 Samuel and the last of the judges).  Acting as the sequel to the Book of Joshua, we consider “judges” to be both a period of time and a book of the Bible.  The period of judges began after the death of Joshua (1,400 BC) and continued until Saul was crowned king of Israel by the prophet Samuel around 1050 BC.