Tribes in Deborah?

I am reading The Oxford History of the Biblical World.

A few interesting points. There are parallel stories. One of the most surprising is that from the Song of Deborah you count 10 tribes, not 12. Of which 2 are not considered tribes generally.

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By the Hand of Mormon

The founder was called Joseph Smith. Born 1805 and dies 1844. The Book of Mormon was published in 1830. He did not have an educated background. He lived in an era when folk spirituality was a big part of Christianity and prophecy and visions were very popular.

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How do I share the gospel?

I have read quite a bit of theology recently and it has benefited me in a lot of ways, but I feel a but confused in other ways. One of the key issues I am a little confused about is 'what is the gospel?' and 'How do I share it?' Previously I would have said something...

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Notes from the Conclusion to Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul

Paul quotes most from Isaiah, The Psalms, Deuteronomy and Genesis. Isaiah is an obvious choice with its large focus on eschatological hope, and also the inclusion of the gentiles. The Psalms would be a good choice as the songbook of the Jews and the early Christians. Deuteronomy’s emphasis on blessings and curses  fits neatly into early Christian belief.

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Overview of Romans

The gospel reveals the covenant justice of God.

God has come to put the world to rights.

The good news is about God’s Son, and power is released when Jesus, the Crucified One, Israel’s Messiah, raised from the dead is proclaimed Lord of the World.

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Mark in 1 Go

Yesterday I listened to (on my Bible Audio app) the Gospel of Mark in pretty much one sitting. Here are some notes on what struck me. There is the intensity of it. The intro about the Good News then the quotation mixing Malachi and Isaiah. Then soon we have the time...

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Summary – How God became King

The main message of this book is to do with the gospels – what are they there for? The answer in short is that Jesus came not just to die that we could be saved via justification by faith, but to start the process of bringing the world back to God’s original...

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Finding God in the Psalms

This is a collection of unpolished thoughts on this book which I have been reading over the last month. What I have taken away which I consider of most importance is that all of creation is worshipping God, and that when we engage in worship, especially singing and...

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Seutonius on Jesus

In Claudius 25 Suetonius refers to the expulsion of Jews by Claudius and states (in Edwards' translation): "Since the Jews constantly made disturbances at the instigation of Chrestus, he expelled them from Rome." In Acts of the Apostles (18:2) the writer makes the...

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Brief Summary of Apocrypha

Tobit Carried away captive to Nineveh. Had a political post with Shalmanesar. Tobit mentions his own righteousness, his givings to the poor, and particularly his burying of Jewish corpses left out. This annoyed the king. He says that those who give to the poor are...

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Brief Notes on 1 and 2 Maccabees

1 Maccabees Alexander the Great son of Philip of Macedonia wins against Darius of the Medes and Persians. Kills many kings. When he dies  he splits his empire up among 4 generals who grew up with him. A bit further on Antiochus Epiphanes defeats Egypt. Then wants all...

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The Early Christians

Thoughts from a short book I read published by Day One. The conditions were good for the start of Christianity. The Greeks had spread their culture, and consequently language, far and wide throughout the Mediterranean. This meant only one language was really needed to...

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Summary: On Rock or Sand? John Sentamu

1. Introduction "Stability and hope are linked to purpose and productivity" There are vast swathes of the country, particularly outside of London, that are in serious economic difficulty with few jobs and low output. And in London growth is found at an individual...

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Jesus and the Temple

In the Challenge of Jesus, N T Wright raises the questions of what did Jesus think of the current temple, and what did he want to replace it with? It is clear that Jesus prophesied the fall of the Temple and saw this as being part of God's judgement. This is seen most...

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Summary of The Challenge of Jesus by N T Wright

The Challenge of Jesus: a Summary Below is a reasonably thorough summary of N T Wright's wonderful book: The Challenge of Jesus. I hope you find it helpful. Chapter 1 - The Challenge of Studying Jesus There have been three main views on the historical Jesus. We can...

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Notes – Early Medieval Ages 7

Notes 7 The Roman Empire committed suicide by accident? The further back the events the easier it is for the historian to "see it coming" Who are the Barbarians? Burgundian code Refer to themselves as Barbarians not Romans What do we know From Archaeology Have...

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Notes – Early Medieval Ages 6

Notes 6Transformation of the Roman Empire  410 to 480 West empire disintegrated Dismembered by Barbarians Wanted to share in wealth and accomplishments not destroy it 476 fall of the Western Empire Barbarian deposed a Roman emperor  Barbarian leader Odavacer...

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Notes – Early Medieval Ages 5

Notes 5 Why study the Confessions? Christianity had a great impact on Roman Empire late fourth and fifth century 3 problems 1. Problem of evil 2. Relation between body and soul 3. Understanding of sin and redemption  All of these are dealt with thoroughly in...

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Notes – Early Medieval 4

Christian Roman Empire Tolerated Official Then sole legal religion except Judaism Arianism Donatists Manicheans Constantine died 337 When he died empire restored to former glory Fourth century often seen through the lens of 410 sacking  Inequality one of...

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Notes – Early Medieval Age 3

Conversion of Constantine Permanent change Hard to explain on strategic grounds Starts the Christianisation of Roman Empire Been illegal for 250 years Romans killed Jesus Polytheism and its ceremony was rife First becomes tolerant Then favoured Then official and...

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Notes – Early Middle Ages 1

Fall of Roman Empire Survival in east as Byzantium Barbarian invasions and kingdoms set up on ruins of rom empire Triumph of Christianity Survive extinction  Crisis of Roman Empire Legacy peculiar  Pope Latin Catholic Church best preserver of Roman Empire...

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John’s portrayal of Jesus

1. Introduction In this essay I will consider whether the Gospel of John is historical. First I will consider what certain scholars, who doubt its historicity, have said. I will then propose an argument advocating historicity. Then I will propose a reason for the...

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