The book of Judges depicts a time when people rejected any idea of absolute morality and everyone simply did what seemed right in his own eyes. These were times of relativism and pragmatism, when all the old reliable conventions no longer seemed to matter.
Faith didn’t matter. Patriotism didn’t matter. Law and order didn’t matter. Even marriage didn’t seem to matter much. About the only thing that mattered was that the people in power find a way to retain their power, even if it meant the destruction of others – in the case of our passage, a woman, and almost a complete tribe of people.