In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. Judges 17:6
Portraits of Decay
Then Micah said, “Now I know that the Lord will be good to me, since I have a Levite as priest!” 17:13
Then the children of Dan set up for themselves the carved image; and Jonathan the son of Gershom, the son of Manasseh, and his sons were priests to the tribe of Dan until the day of the captivity of the land. 31 So they set up for themselves Micah’s carved image which he made, all the time that the house of God was in Shiloh. Judges 18:30, 31
teraphim: small images or cult objects used as domestic deities or oracles by ancient Semitic peoples:
–> The community has refused responsibility for disciplining its members to covenant life.