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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
Saturday, February 13, 13:06
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.
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.
In today’s episode we discover who took the proscribed things from Jericho and what Joshua did as a result. We also learn that it was hard to be related to someone who broke a commandment.
Did the Israelites come up with a story to explain how the Valley of Achor got its name, or did an actual event lead to the naming of the valley? At any rate, Achan had his share of troubles, and getting stoned wasn’t the least of them.