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Don’t Judges 1:8 and 1:21 Contradict Each Other?

| July 24, 2015

Judges 1:8 says, “The men of Judah attacked Jerusalem also and took it. They put the city to the sword and set it on fire.” The surface implication is that the city of Jerusalem was completely destroyed and everyone inside of it killed. Just a few verses later, Judges 1:21 says, “The Benjamites, however, failed […]

Commentary on Judges 1-2 (Disobedience and Defeat)

| July 22, 2015

The Book of Judges continues the historical narrative where Joshua ended. The author of Judges is unknown, although Jewish tradition ascribes authorship to the prophet Samuel. Samuel may have written portions of the book, but there were likely later editors that compiled it into its final form. Scholars date the final composition of Judges from […]

Commentary on Joshua 21-24 (Joshua’s Farewell)

| July 13, 2015

In chapters 7-12 in the book of Joshua, the Israelites, led by Joshua, conquer the cities of 31 kings (see the list in chapter 12). God, as promised, drove the Canaanites out ahead of the Israelites, and the Canaanites who stayed behind to defy Israel were easily defeated by Israel’s armies. Once these 31 kings […]

Why Does God’s Character Matter When It Comes to Interpreting Difficult Passages?

| July 6, 2015

A couple of years ago I wrote a series of blog posts on why the God of the Old Testament is worthy of worship. We looked at His mercy, His love, and His truthfulness, along with several other attributes. At the time, I had several commenters tell me that considering all the attributes of God […]

Commentary on Joshua 3-6 (The Fall of Jericho)

| July 3, 2015

In chapter 3, the Israelites are finally ready to enter the Promised Land, but to get there, they have to cross a river, the Jordan River. Given that there were tens of thousands of Israelites, young and old, along with all of their supplies, how would they do this? The Jordan River was not a […]

Did God Bless Rahab for Lying?

| July 1, 2015

In Joshua chapter 2, Rahab lies to the king of Jericho by telling him the spies had already left the city and that the king’s men could track them down and capture them as they returned to the Jordan River. In reality, Rahab was hiding the spies on the roof of her house. The Bible […]

Gay Marriage Is Forcing Us to Get Straight on the Old Testament

| July 1, 2015

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Recently I wrote a blog post on why Christians don’t stone people to death. I then wrote a 4-part series on how Christians should apply the Torah (first five books of the Old Testament). What do these posts have to do with gay marriage? In a nutshell, Christians are quoting from […]

Commentary on Joshua 1-2 (Rahab and the Spies)

| June 29, 2015

Joshua is the first book following the Pentateuch and it begins the series of books in the OT that are called the Historical Books (Joshua – Esther). The author of Joshua is unknown, although large portions of the book appear to have been written by a person who experienced the events recorded in the book. […]

Commentary on Job 38-42 (Job Meets God)

| June 22, 2015

Through Job 37, Job has listened to three “friends” and Elihu speak to him about why he is suffering so badly. Job, in turn, has responded to each of them, declaring his innocence and demanding that God give him answers. Finally, in Job 38, Job gets his wish. Out of a violent storm God speaks […]

Commentary on Job 21

| June 17, 2015

In the previous 20 chapters of the book of Job, Job’s three friends have argued that Job is being punished for sins he has committed. Their theology is simple: God always and immediately punishes the wicked and always and immediately blesses the righteous. In chapter 20, Zophar summarizes this theology: “Surely you know how it […]

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