Month: November 2012

Thoughts on Samuel, Saul and David

Poor Saul has been judged harshly. He had massive issues to deal with. The Philistines held a major dominance in the land and he had to deal with that. On top of that he was the first king in a land with no administration and not even a proper army. His people were poorly equipped, as iron was controlled by the Philistines. There was no palace, probably not any taxes – so plenty of cuts, well austerity at least! Also Samuel seems to have been quite tough with him. Even a strong healthy mind would have struggled with all he had –...

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Samuel and Saul: A Negative Symbiosis

This article by Moshe Reiss challenges the orthodox view that would consider Samuel an upright man beyond reproach and Saul as a failure of a king. Saul’s faults? It asks some interesting questions that are worth considering: What command did Saul break when he sacrificed before the Lord in chapter 13? David and Solomon both sacrificed animals, so why was it wrong for Saul (2 Samuel 6:13; 1 Kings 3:15). Also was Saul wrong to leave some of the best animals for sacrifice in chapter 15? Reiss points out that in Hebrew the commandment Samuel gave was rather ambiguous:...

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Thoughts on “Samson: A Tragedy in Three Acts” by Shimon Bakon

Article available here  Things that were new to me: There is mention of God moving Samson in his early life and one has to consider how it was that he became a judge, so perhaps he had a golden age that the Bible doesn’t mention. “and the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him while he was in Mahaneh Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.” Judges 13:25 Hadn’t picked up about taking the honey from a carcass – Nazirites (of whom Samson was made one before birth) were not meant to come into contact with dead bodies (Num 6:6)....

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Review of “Gideon and the Ephraimites” by Josiah Derby

Link to article I found this very interesting article on Google. It highlighted a very interesting point I had not noted when I read the passage on Gideon (Judges 6 – 8). In Judges, Chapter 8 we read “Now the Ephraimites asked Gideon, “Why have you treated us like this? Why didn’t you call us when you went to fight Midian?” And they challenged him vigorously.” Remember that Gideon was from the clan of Manasseh – an important point. Ephraim and Manasseh were both children of Joseph and even though Manasseh was the oldest, Jacob blessed Ephraim before Manasseh and said...

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The Judges: an overview

Judge: Othniel Tribe: Judah Ref: 3:7 – 11 Oppressor: Aram Naharaim Years of oppression: 8 Years of peace: 40 Judge: Ehud Tribe: Benjamin Ref: 3:12 – 30 Oppressor: Moab, Amalek, Ammon Years of oppression: 18 Years of peace: 80 Judge: Deborah/ Barak Tribe: Naphtali Ref: Chs 4,5 Oppressor: Jabin/ Canaan Years of oppression: 20 Years of peace: 40 Judge: Gideon Tribe: Manasseh Ref: Chs 6,7,8 Oppressor: Midian, Amalek, Peoples of the East Years of oppression: 7 Years of peace: 40 Judge: Jephthah Tribe: Gilead (Gad, Reuban,Manasseh) Ref: Chs 10, 11, 12 Oppressor: Philistines and Ammonites Years of oppression: 18 Years...

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