Studying the Historical Books


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.

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January 10, 2021 – Judges 2 – The Angel of the Lord

The Angel of the Lord implores Israel to remain faithful, but a new generation does not heed the warning.

Notes on Judges 2

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January 3, 2021 – Judges 1 – Failure to Possess the Land

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

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December 27, 2020 – The Star of Bethlehem, the Magi and the Shepherds

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

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December 19, 2020 – Hanukkah and Parasites

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

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December 13, 2020 – Joshua 24:1-33 – ‘Choose you this day whom you will serve’

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

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