November 22, 2012
Discussing how we know about the existence of Saul David and Solomon
and their Kingship
Scholars say there is historical value in the books
1 Kings 12: Life under King Solomon was not all wealth and happiness.
People were suffering
November, 20th 2012
Saul & Samuel: Kingship
When Saul & Samuel finally meet up, Saul is expecting praise
Samuel tells Saul, you might look small but it is up to you to take care of
It is seen as Saul disobeying the Lord
He was afraid of the
RABBI STEINSALTZ, THE ESSENTIAL TALMUD
First chapter discusses not history but essence of the Talmud (the Mishnah, the book of halakha/law, and the
Germarah, commentary on the Mishnah)
Conglomerate of law, legend, and philosophy, a blend of unique logic
November 8th 2012
General grasp of the biblical period. No verse references needed.
Ex: discuss the value of historical truth in the bible stories? Use some of
the stories as examples.
Discuss this and that story in light of a theme.
November 6th 2012
The king of Moab was Ballock
There are a lot of inconsistencies in this chapter
The text shows that he is referring to THE God
Balak = son of Zippor
Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor
Why does God have to ask Balaam whos t
November 13th 2012
The judges were a form of leadership. Some have great detail, others we
barely know. None of the judges were conventially accepted. They were
individuals who achieved their power from some sort of secondary power.
From small powers, dec
November 27, 2012
Focusing on the end of 2 Kings
Ahab: one of the last Kings of Israel
2 Kings 13-14: Read
Ammon was assassinated, after Ammon came Josiah (a good King)
Josiah reigned 31 years in Jerusalem
Why was he a good King at the age of 8? He was ra
September 20th 2012
Problems found in Genesis
Who did Adams sons marry?
God having to rest
Able & Cane (animosity between two brothers)
Genesis stories deal with models of human life & relatable stories
Ancient creation stories: Mesopotamian: starts with