Tag Archives: Moses

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

1.17 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

1.7 Circumcision, Male Adult-Onset Circumcision

In this episode we look at Joshua chapter 5. The Israelites have just crossed the Jordan and they’re getting ready to celebrate the Passover, but they have some business to attend to first. This business involves flint knives and foreskins.

I talk quite a bit about circumcision today, which is the outward sign of God’s covenant with the Hebrews. The ladies, luckily enough, have no such sign to bear. Who says women aren’t appreciated in the Bible?

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

Ken Lanning
Clinton, MO
August 22, 2015
15:15

1.6 Israel Crosses the Jordan, with the Ark of the Covenant

In today’s episode Joshua and the Israelites cross the Jordan River. The Ark of the Covenant leads the way, carried by four priests. As soon as the Ark and the priests get to the river the water dries up and they cross over on dry ground.

How long would it take for 2 million people to cross the Jordan? You can find out by listening to today’s episode. We talk about Joshua chapters 3 and 4, and go over the background of the Ark of the Covenant itself.

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

Ken Lanning
Clinton, MO
August 9, 2015

1.4 The 13 Tribes of Israel

There are 12 tribes of Israel, right? But why aren’t the Levites counted as one of the tribes? Don’t they qualify? We’ll look at that today.

As I promise in the podcast, here are the sons of Jacob and the 12 tribes of Israel side by side:

Sons of Jacob         Tribes of Israel
Reuben                       Reuben
Simeon                       Simeon
Levi                              Judah
Judah                          Dan
Dan                              Naphtali
Naphtali                   Gad
Gad                             Asher
Asher                         Issachar
Issachar                   Zebulun
Zebulun                   Benjamin
Joseph                     Ephraim
Benjamin                Manasseh

Also, I failed to mention it before, but Joshua used to be known as Hoshea until Moses changed his name. He’s not the first person in the Bible to get a new name.

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

Ken Lanning
July 25, 2015
Clinton, MO

1.3 The Book of Joshua and The LORD

Knowing when a book was written and who wrote it can help us understand the contents of the book. We don’t have the luxury of knowing these things about the book of Joshua from the Bible. We have traditions that tell us who might have written it, but there is nothing definitive. The Bible itself doesn’t even tell us who wrote it.

When it was written is a little bit of a mystery as well. It describes events that most historians say didn’t happen. However, we’ve determined that there was a group of people in Canaan by around 1200 BC because the name for these people, Israel, appears on a stele that dates from around that time. So though we’ve yet to empirically prove that the Israelites took Canaan by force as described in Joshua, we do know they did come to occupy and live in Canaan by 1200 BC, we just don’t have any copies of Joshua that date to this time.

The oldest known copies we have were found among the Dead Sea Scrolls, and they date to somewhere around 250 BC to 70 AD. Scholars generally agree that Joshua wasn’t compiled and recorded in its present form until after the fall of Jerusalem in 586 BC. However, there are hints in the text itself that indicate the book is much older, perhaps just a few years removed from the events in the book. No matter when the book was compiled, we know these stories must have been handed down to succeeding generations orally, just as the Israelites were commanded to do.

And we covered Moses and Joshua in previous episodes, but today we talk about another prominent character, the LORD. The LORD’s involvement cannot be overlooked. Indeed, he’s really the center of our story.

I hope you enjoy episode three. Thank you for listening and bearing with me as I tweak the format and the audio. Be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you?

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