2.01 Getting Judgy with the Judges

We begin our look at the book of Judges today. It’s a well known fact and not just this podcaster’s opinion that Judges is the most fascinating book in the Bible. If you like narrative Judges has it in spades. If you like to hear the old Bible stories you used to hear as a kid, there’s plenty of that in Judges. And if you like the old ultraviolence, well we won’t shy away from that either.

I start off giving a little background and history. Who wrote Judges? When did he write it? Stuff like that. I then jump into chapter one. Episode 2.01 doesn’t quite make it all the way through chapter one, so we’ll have some to savor later.

As promised in the audio portion of the podcast here are some pics of my visit to the tent of meeting. We visited this traveling display on a very wet and chilly day on its stop in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. I had to furtively take these pics since we weren’t supposed have cameras out as the organizers intended the visit to be contemplative and spiritual.

The wall that went around the perimeter of the tabernacle grounds.
The alter within the perimeter of the tabernacle.
The columns at the entrance to the tabernacle.

Sorry, now that I look at them I see the pics aren’t great. But like I said, I had to sneak to take them. I couldn’t get any from inside the tabernacle because other people were in there and my flash would’ve ruined the mood and totally blinded them.

At any rate, enjoy the episode and thank you for listening. Be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you?

Ken Lanning
June 17, 2017
08:55
Clinton, MO

1.21 Where Did the Israelites Come From?

Today we discuss the various theories out there relating to the origin of ancient Israel. Seems like a no brainer, right? I mean, we have the Bible and it already tells us how it happened. You may be surprised to learn that there are some who disagree.

We also look at the Amarna letters, something I’ve neglected up to this point. I just couldn’t figure out how to wedge them in since, spoiler alert, they don’t really reference anyone or any event in the Bible.

So thank you for joining me today. I hope you enjoy this episode. Next time we’ll be moving straight into the book of Judges. So hang on to your big toes and let’s get ready.

Until then, be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you?

Ken Lanning
Clinton, MO
January 8th, 2017
16:22

1.20 Choose Ye This Day

Welcome back. In today’s episode Joshua delivers what appears to be a couple of farewell addresses, but perhaps they are examples of ancient near eastern covenants. We’ll look at that and break down some of the elements of Hittite and Assyrian covenants and see if what Joshua is doing fits into that pattern.

We’ll also find out if the monotheistic Israelites still have other gods they’re holding on to and what Joshua thinks about that.

At the end of Joshua we sadly have three funerals to attend. All that and more on today’s JoshuaJudgesRuth.

For homework, read ahead in Judges. And as always, be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you?

Ken Lanning
Clinton MO
October 30, 2016
15:51

1.19 The Altar of Witness

The Levites, what I call the 13th tribe, get their land, and they are positively urban dwellers, though they do need a little acreage for their flocks and cattle.

You know who else needs land for their flocks and cattle? The Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh. Having fought the war of conquest these tribes are free to return to the land allotted to them east of the Jordan.

On their way back home they stop and do something that really ticks off the tribes west of the Jordan. They’re so put out by it they want to go to war. Will cooler heads prevail or will we see the first Israelite civil war? Tune in to find out, or read Joshua 22. Whatever.

Thanks for listening. Be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you?

Ken Lanning
Clinton, MO
August 28, 2016
15:42

1.18 Division, Dan, and Refuge

Today’s podcast divides up the rest of the Promised Land amongst¬†the seven tribes of Israel who have not received land up to this point. We’ll find out which tribes got that primo real estate along the Mediterranean.

We’ll learn a little about Dan. Not Dan the Man, but Dan the tribe of Israel, and how he, or they, let that primo real estate slip from their grasp.

We then turn our attention to the cities of refuge. These were towns you could run to if you accidentally killed your friend before one of his relatives could kill you.

All that and more in today’s exciting installment of JoshuaJudgesRuth. Thank you for listening. Be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you?

Ken Lanning
Clinton, MO
July 3, 2016, 17:42

1.17 Land for Everyone

In today’s episode we talk about marrying cousins for some reason and we look at why Manasseh was so whiny.

Caleb and Judah have received their land but Caleb needs someone to capture a city, and his nephew arises to the occasion.

Ephraim and Manasseh, Jacob’s favorite grandsons, receive their land, but all of them, Judah, Ephraim, and Manasseh are having trouble pushing out the pesky Canaanites.

Thank you for listening and as always, be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you.

Ken Lanning
Clinton, MO
May 30, 2016
09:25

1.16 Conquer and Divide

The land has rest from war, but there is still a lot of land still occupied by the Canaanites. The Israelites have not driven them all out. That will be the job of each of the tribes once they reach their allotted territories.

Today we begin looking at who got what land and along the way we see how the Levites earned their living and where Caleb wanted to live. We also look at a list of cities that reads like a who’s who of places Joshua conquered, because that’s what it is.

I hope you enjoy this episode of JoshuaJudgesRuth. As always, be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you?

Ken Lanning
April 2, 2016
14:23
Clinton, MO

1.15 Leave No Survivor?

Today we take a break from the narrative and talk about how the Israelites were to treat the Canaanites. Were they to kill them, live peaceably with them, drive them out, or some combination of those choices?

I pronounce an over whelming number of Hebrew words incorrectly, so be sure to listen and let me know what you think.

Until next time, be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you?

Ken Lanning
Clinton, MO
Saturday, February 13, 13:06

1.14.5 Update

It’s been quite a while since I’ve put up an episode. If you’ve been anxiously waiting for that I apologize. I hope to have a new episode up in a couple of weeks. My excuse is I’ve been kinda busy. What with work, my kids’ weekend basketball tournements, and the time I spend being lazy it’s been hard to get a new episode researched and published. I hope to rectify that shortly.

Until then, be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you?

Ken Lanning

1.14 Mopping Up the North

Today the Israelites are battling the northern alliance formed by Jabin the king of Hazor. Jabin has a  bunch of soldiers, horses and chariots, which may or may not pose a threat to the Israelites.

If you defeat an army which used a bunch of horses, what do you do with the animals after the battle? Does it make sense to hobble them? Should you conscript them into your own army? We’ll see what Joshua’s decision was here in chapter 11.

Chapter 11 also brings us into contact with the dreaded Anakim again, and not for good. We’ll get to deal with them again later. They were the giants the Israelite spies saw while scoping out the land. I bet the battle with them is epic. Find out if it was by listening, and thank you for doing so.

Ken Lanning
January 1, 2016
12:59
Clinton, MO