Tag Archives: Exodus

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

1.18 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

1.2 Moses and Joshua and the History of Ancient Israel

In this episode we look at Moses just a little more. Moses has to be considered the greatest leader in the history of Israel. Raised as an Egyptian and with all the privileges of royalty he still recognized the suffering of the Israelites and sought to free them from their Egyptian oppressors. Of course, Moses was actually born into a Hebrew family but ironically because the Pharaoh ordered Hebrew baby boys to be murdered he came to be raised by the Pharaoh’s daughter.

Though Moses has gone down in history as one of the most iconic leaders of all time history for the most part does not recognize him. His name does not appear in any ancient source outside of the Bible. Historians and archeologist believe that Moses most likely represents a number of leaders who did or did not actually lead a contingent of Hebrews out of Egypt and was developed by many generations of oral tradition.

Nevertheless, in this podcast we take the biblical writers at their word and compare that with what history can actually tell us. Per the biblical writers Moses was a great man and the Hebrews actually owe existence to him since the LORD offered to wipe them out and start over with Moses. Moses’ greatness and humility can be seen in the fact that he did not accept the LORD’s offer and pleaded with the LORD to spare his people, in spite of them wanting to fire him and go back to Egypt.

However, in the eyes of the LORD, Moses messed up big time at Meribah and was told he would not be able to enter Canaan. His mess up came due to, once again, the complaining of the Israelites. Moses died in the wilderness and the LORD himself buried him at an undisclosed location.

Before he died Moses appointed Joshua as his successor. There was no drama in this change of leadership. There were no other rival factions. The people accepted Joshua as the leader and he would be the man to lead them into Canaan. And who is Joshua. In today’s episode I will introduce you to the man we’ll get to know better over the next several weeks.

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

Ken Lanning
Clinton, MO
June 27, 2015
11:14