Without a relationship to teaching authority, the Temple, the ordained sacrifice of the Passover, and the Priesthood, the Samaritans worshiped a God they no longer knew.
The sweltering heat of the midday had given way and cool evening breezes from the Great Sea flowed over David's face as he stood looking out of a high window in his headquarters in Hebron. David was girded in his customary light jerkin, the heaviest sort of armor he ever wore. In his earliest battles … Continue reading Biblical Short Story: David and the Death of Ishbosheth
[Num 23:7-10] 7 And Balaam took up his discourse and said, "From Aram Balak has brought me, the king of Moab from the eastern mountains: 'Come, curse Jacob for me, and come, denounce Israel!' 8 How can I curse whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce whom the LORD has not denounced? 9 … Continue reading The Four Oracles of Balaam
A certain common misconception about natural Jews should be addressed: https://twitter.com/KayaJones/status/1122161371855118341 Sadly, this is run of the mill stuff from American Evangelicals. And it's not because it's 100% wrong; it's because it's a half truth, and half-truths are much more powerful deceivers. So, let's do our best to understand exactly what is meant by this … Continue reading Modern Jews are Not “The Chosen People”
Every human organization's end is very much like its beginnings. As Jeroboam stood where he should not-over an altar, typically reserved to priests- a "man of God" from Judah foretold how the religious portion of Jeroboam's rebellion would be resolved. Jeroboam had claimed for himself the right as king to decide authoritatively on religious matters … Continue reading Jeroboam and the Man of God
Two things are simultaneously true about the current Catholic Church scandals: 1) Scandal is a constant part of human life, especially of large organizations; 2) The present crisis in the Catholic Church is unique and unprecedented and deserves not to have its uniqueness be muddied. Scandal is of a particularly evil quality when the institution … Continue reading On Authority and Scandal
Roots of the Splintering of the Kingdom of Israel The proper context is now laid for why Solomon had the kingdom rent away. Jeroboam’s origins become important, mostly detailed in 1 Kings 11–12 and 2 Chronicles 10. Solomon and Judah’s corruption are manifest to all, and consequently God raises up adversaries to the one who … Continue reading Jeroboam Part 2: The Rise of Jeroboam