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2.02 Power Couple Baal and Asherah

Today we wrap up chapters one and two of Judges. We learn about some characters we will see a lot of later including Baal and Asherah. We also learn about El and Elohim.

We see how successful the Israelites were in driving out the Canaanites (not very) and we see how faithful they were to the LORD (not very). Chapter two gives us a little intro into the rest of Judges, which we’ll plunge into with the next episode, picking up at chapter three.

Thanks for listening. Have a great holiday if you celebrate one. If you don’t, have a great holiday as well. Until next time, be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you?

November 23, 2017
Clinton, MO

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
Clinton, MO

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

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

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
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 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
Clinton, MO

1.13 (More Conquest)

Today we look at the rest of chapter 10 and then we get started with chapter 11, which means we finish up the southern conquest and get started conquesting the north.

The king of Hazor picks the fight in chapter 11, but before that it was  Adoni-zedek down in Jerusalem. Joshua makes a whirlwind tour through southern Palestine, kicks butt, and takes names.

But does he take all the names, or are there some details the writer doesn’t give us? Does he conquer every square inch of the Promised Land or are there areas left untouched by Israelite hand?

We’ll learn just a little about Hazor and we’ll find out who is buried in Abraham’s tomb. Thanks for listening. And as you’re out conquesting be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you?

Ken Lanning
December 2, 2015
Clinton, Missouri

1.11 The Gibeonites are Tricksy

Today we learn how and why the Gibeonites trick the Israelites into a peace treaty. How did they pull off the ruse? For one they had to find some old worn out clothes at the thrift store.

Were the Gibeonites successful? Would they have a place in Israel after the conquest? Listen to today’s episode to find out (or actually read the passage from Joshua 9, either way).

If you do choose to listen, thank you. And please, be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you?

Ken Lanning
October 18, 2015
Clinton, MO

1.10 The Ruins of Ai (which means the ruins)

Today the Israelites recover from their devastating defeat and loss of 36 men at Ai. They purged the sinner Achan and now they were ready to march up and finally take the settlement. Did they get more than they bargained for? Did Ai have an ally? We’ll see the strategy Joshua employs and we’ll even bring Bethel into our story. We’ll also look at the possibility that archeology has misidentified the ancient site of Ai.

Today’s chapter, chapter 8, closes with a ceremony where certain blessings and curses are pronounced. There’s even an old fashioned bar-b-q. Thanks for listening.

Ken Lanning
October 3, 2015
Clinton, MO