Category Archives: christianity

Joshua 1-4: Crossing the Jordan

Introduction: The book of Joshua has two main components, likely by different authors.  The first describes the conquest of Canaan, and the second describes its settlement.   The book is an amalgam of many different sources from many different authors over … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 29-32: You will be banished, then brought back

Moses speaks to Israel: You have seen the wondrous feats the LORD has performed in Egypt and along the way.  I led you for 40 years through the wilderness, but your clothes did not wear out and you never ran … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 25-28: Laws, blessings, curses

A guilty party may be lashed up to 40 times, but no more.  When two brothers live together and one of them dies, the other shall marry the first’s widow and produce a son for him.  If two men get … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 5-8: Commandments

Moses reminds the Israelites of the covenant at Horeb, containing the Ten Commandments.  Moses then imparts further instructions, which they must obey willingly and faithfully, that it may go well with them and that they may increase greatly in a … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 1-4: Historical overview, massacre

Introduction: Deuteronomy is a complex text composed of 4 main sections: 3 discourses by Moses and a section describing Moses’ death.  The first discourse is mainly a historical review; the second is mainly a legal corpus; the third describes the … Continue reading

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Numbers 33-36: Itinerary, manslaying

Long list of places that the Israelites had been, starting with Egypt and ending with the steppes of Moab.  In the steppes of Moab, the LORD tells the Israelites that they shall exterminate all the Canaanites, destroy their sacred objects, … Continue reading

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Numbers 29-32: Harvest festival, massacre of Midianites, sex slavery

Detailed rules on how to observe Sukkot, the harvest festival, on the 10th day of the 7th month.  For example, on the first day the priests must sacrifice as a burnt offering a bull, a ram, 7 lambs, and meal … Continue reading

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