After completing our 3 1/2-year cycle of readings in the Torah, we’ve decided to continue with the historical books that follow, beginning with Joshua. We’ll read first about the conquest of the Canaanite tribes, then examine the disappointing time of the Judges – punctuated by the exploits of Gideon and Samson – and the turmoil that led up to the anointing of Saul as King.
The Angel of the Lord implores Israel to remain faithful, but a new generation does not heed the warning.
Notes on Judges 2
After the death of Joshua, Israel fails to fulfill God’s command to take the Promised Land and dispossess the Canaanites. The Book of Judges documents Israel’s disintegrating faith and moral cohesion.
Notes on Judges 1
What was the Star of Bethlehem, who were the Magi, and why were shepherds part of Christ’s birth announcement?
Notes on the Star of Bethlehem
Notes on Shepherds
The Hanukkah season sometimes reveals parasitical relationships and tendencies, for which mistletoe is a type. The scripture focus is Luke 1:46-55.
Notes on Hanukkah and Parasites
Joshua’s Final Address, Part 2: Just before his death, Joshua sketches a history of what God had done for Israel, then gives them a choice.
Notes on Joshua 24:1-33