20 04, 2014

Judges 9 – The tale of Abimelech, part 2

By |2014-04-20T08:01:26-07:00April 20th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                                    Chapter 9                                                        The unexplainable tale of Abimelech                                                                                   Part two                                                         Part two is a continuation of part one   Irony The author of chapter 9 shows more humor with his irony, such as: Abimelech kills his seventy brothers claiming they were unfit to rule, but he was aided by “thoughtless [...]

11 12, 2013

Unusual Bible Interpretations – Joshua 11, part 2

By |2013-12-11T11:25:24-07:00December 11th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                Chapter 11                                                                   Part 2   There are, not surprisingly, other issues in chapter 11 that are worth paying attention to. The chapter speaks about (1) the northern tribes organizing in a confederation to defeat Joshua, (2) their defeat by a surprise attack by Joshua who totally destroyed them, and (3) the Israelites [...]

5 12, 2013

Unusual Bible Interpretations – Joshua 10, part 2

By |2013-12-09T06:03:31-07:00December 5th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                 Joshua Chapter 10                                                          Part 2   Frightened by the initial Israelite battle successes, their encroachment upon Canaanite territory, that the Gibeonites joined the Israelites, and in self defense, the Canaanite tribes join the king of Jerusalem,[1] Adonei Tzedek.[2] Their initial attack would be against the Gibeonites who beseeched Joshua’s help. The Canaanites [...]

25 11, 2013

Unusual Bible Interpretations – Joshua 9, part 2

By |2013-11-25T07:50:07-07:00November 25th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                         Chapter 9                                                              Part 2 In part 1 of this chapter I mentioned briefly that Maimonides felt that God wanted the Israelites to offer the Canaanites peace before attacking them. This may not be true. I also mentioned briefly that the ancients, including Jews, felt that they are unable to quash vows. I will [...]

22 11, 2013

Unusual Bible Interpretatons – Joshua 8, part 2

By |2013-11-22T07:11:20-07:00November 22nd, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                           Chapter 8                                                                Part 2 More than one version of a story in Scripture There are quite a few instances in the Hebrew Bible where more than one version of a command or story is told.  For example, the only way that the tale of the kidnapping of Joseph[1] and his sale into slavery [...]