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August 1, 2021 – 1 Samuel 1:1-18 – Hannah’s Prayer

The Books of 1 & 2 Samuel focus on Samuel, both a priest and a prophet, and the rise of Saul and David. In the first chapter of 1 Samuel, Hannah is wracked by sorrow because she has no children … Continue reading

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July 25, 2021 – Judges 21 – Wives for the Benjamites

In the last chapter of the Book of Judges, the Israelite tribes realize that their rash vow and war of extermination against the Benjamites will eliminate an entire tribe. Their solution only leads to further bloodshed. Notes on Judges 21:1-25

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July 11, 2021 – Judges 20 – The Tribes War Against Benjamin

The disharmony between the Levite and his wife (Judges 19) results in an atrocity that leads to a civil war between the tribes. Notes on Judges 20:1-48

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June 20, 2021 – Judges 19:1-30 – The Levite and His Concubine

In one of the most shocking stories in the Bible, a heartless Levite offers his concubine to a Benjamite mob to save his own honor, then cuts up her body and sends the pieces to the Israelite tribes as a … Continue reading

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June 13, 2021 – Joshua 17-18 – Micah’s Idol and the Danites

This story looks back at the first rise of idolatry in Israel after the death of Joshua. The people forgot God’s commandments about idolatry, the Tabernacle, and the ministry of priests and Levites. Covetousness leads to a cascade of problems … Continue reading

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