In this scene Abimelech torches a temple stronghold containing a thousand men and woman. (Judges 9:45-49) Look at the two option which show how I could dramatise this below (rough). Then read the different cases underneath.
If you can't read the text on the image this is what it says...
"Abimelech was told that all the men of the tower of Shechem were gathered together. Abimelech went up to Mount Zalmon, he and all the people who were with him; and Abimelech took an ax in his hand, and cut down a bough from the trees, and took it up, and laid it on his shoulder. Then he said to the people who were with him, “What you have seen me do, make haste, and do as I have done!” All the people likewise each cut down his bough, and followed Abimelech, //and put them at the base of the stronghold, //and set the stronghold on fire on them; so that all the people of the tower of Shechem died also, about a thousand men and women." (Judges 9:47-49 WEB) (//=show where the divide in the text could be. )
Option 1: The Stronghold Burns
Straight forward rendering of the text you see the stronghold burn in all it's glory. The black panel tells you how many died.
Option 2: Impending Doom.
Less straight forward the picture shows the situation of impending doom and it is the black panel which delivers the death knell.
Which is better in your opinion?
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