Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
I know it seems like ages since I posted anything here, but it was a long and interesting summer that really didn't allow for the time required to tend to a blog. And as I start up again, it occurs…Continue
I have been fascinated by the Bible ever since my grandfather bought me my first one when I was 16 years old. I was a church attender at that time - the Episcopal Church - the only one in my rather…Continue
Introduction to Joshua:
The books of Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings are called “the Early Prophets” in the Hebrew Scriptures. They cover the transition from the Mosaic period to the establishment of the people in the Promised Land, their infidelities and identity dissolution under the judges and ultimately the establishment of the monarchy. Some scholars place Deuteronomy in with these books as the first of the series, but not all agree. The introductory note in…Continue
Numbers 35 - Cities are set aside for the Levites who have no allotment of land. Six cities are established as cities of asylum where homicides can take refuge. In addition there are 42 other cities together with pastureland. The land is to be ceded by the other tribes in accordance with the size of their respective allotments. The deal with the cities of asylum is that homicides shall not be subject to blood vengeance (by the family of the victim) “unless he is first tried…Continue
Numbers 33 - Recounts in detail the route the Israelites take into the Promised Land and the division of that land: Egypt to Sinai (42 stations in all).
Sinai to Kadesh; then Mt. Hor to Ezion-geber; and finally, Ezion-geber to the Plains of Moab. Moses tells the people when they enter the lands the Lord is giving them and destroy the stone figures and images of the people whose land they will be taking. “[I]f you fail to drive out the people who live in the land,…Continue
Numbers 31 - Twelve thousand men, 1000 from each of the tribes, are sent out by Moses to attack the Midianites and execute vengeance upon them in the name of the Lord. Phinehas is the priest of the campaign.
Every male is killed, plus five kings, and Balaam--women and children are taken captive along with other booty. They are taken to Moses at his camp on the plains of Moab. Moses becomes angry with the officers for their having spared the…Continue