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Commentary on 1 Kings 11 (Death of Solomon)

| February 8, 2016

Under Solomon, Israel reached its historical pinnacle with regards to geography, peace with her neighbors, and material wealth for the king and his administration. Solomon also established a large military, trade with nearby nations, and an impressive bureaucracy to administer the kingdom of Israel. For many years, Solomon more or less obeyed the Torah, as […]

#9 Post of 2015 – Why Did Moses Separate the Virgins and Non-Virgins of Midian?

| December 11, 2015

In Numbers 31:18, Moses commands the officers of the army to kill all the women who have had sex and only keep alive the girls who are virgins. What is going here? Why would Moses give this command? In order to understand this verse, we first have to understand the background. The Midianites, under the […]

#10 Post of 2015 – Gay Marriage Is Forcing Us to Get Straight on the Old Testament

| December 9, 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 1 Kings 6-8 (Solomon Builds the Temple)

| November 27, 2015

In chapters 6-8, the author reports the building of the temple that would become the permanent “home” of God among the Israelites. Verses 1-10, in chapter 6, tell us that temple construction began in 966 BC, Solomon’s fourth year as king. The project was completed and the temple dedicated 7 ½ years later. This structure […]

Does God Reveal Things Through Dreams?

| November 25, 2015

In 1 Kings 3 God tells Solomon, in a dream, that He will bless him with incredible powers of wisdom and discernment. He will also give him riches and honor during his lifetime. All of these promises did come to pass, so are we to conclude that dreams are a normative means for God to […]

Commentary on 1 Kings 3 (Solomon Asks for Wisdom)

| November 23, 2015

The books of 1 and 2 Kings were originally a single work, but were separated into two parts when they were translated into the Greek New Testament (the Septuagint). The Septuagint also combined Samuel and Kings into a four-part history of the monarchy of Israel (First, Second, Third, Fourth Book of Kingdoms). The author of […]

Commentary on Psalms 51 and 139 (Psalms of David)

| November 11, 2015

Psalm 51 is traditionally thought to be David’s lamentations for his sins against Bathsheba and Uriah. As the psalm begins, David asks for God’s forgiveness. Why God? Because even though David sinned against Bathsheba, Uriah, and others, it is God whom he has grieved the most. When we sin, we sin first and foremost against […]

Commentary on Psalms 23, 27 (Psalms of David)

| November 6, 2015

The Book of Psalms is a collection of five sets of books that were combined into a single biblical book. The psalms are primarily praises and prayers for temple worship or personal devotion. The 150 psalms were composed over a period of about 1000 years, starting in the time of Moses (1400 BC) and stretching […]

Commentary on 1 Chronicles 28-29 (Death of David)

| November 4, 2015

1 and 2 Chronicles were originally a single work that was separated into two books when it was translated into the Greek Septuagint. The Chronicles was written to the Jewish people after they returned from Babylonian exile in the 6th century BC.  Jewish tradition holds that Ezra was the author of Chronicles, but scholars are […]

Commentary on 2 Samuel 13-18 (Absalom’s Rebellion)

| October 30, 2015

Chapter 13 begins with an ominous declaration: Amnon loves Tamar. Amnon is David’s firstborn son and heir to David’s throne. His mother is Ahinoam. Tamar is the daughter of David and Maacah. Maacah and David also have a son named Absalom, so Absalom and Tamar are brother and sister. Tamar is Amnon’s half-sister. Amnon wants […]

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