Category: Christian Bible

2 Samuel 16-1 Kings 9 #2018BibleRBR

Reading the Bible as Literature Week Fifteen: 2 Samuel 16 – 1 Kings 9 The end of Second Samuel and the beginning of the Books of Kings is essentially the concluding of the story of David and the introduction of his successor, Solomon. Historically,…

1 Samuel 21-2 Samuel 15 #2018BibleRBR

Reading the Bible as Literature Week Fourteen: 1 Samuel 21 – 2 Samuel 15 The second half of 1 Samuel and the first part of 2 Samuel recounts the decline of Saul’s reign and the establishment of David’s. Much of 1 Samuel is devoted…

Ruth 1 – 1 Samuel 20 #2018BibleRBR

Reading the Bible as Literature Week Thirteen: Ruth 1 – 1 Samuel 20 Reading Ruth and 1 Samuel together is interesting because, in the first case, we have a book that is almost assuredly made-up some 700-years after the fact by post-exilic writers who…

Judges 3-Judges 21 #2018BibleRBR

Reading the Bible as Literature Week Twelve: Judges 3-21 This week, we read through to the end of the Book of Judges (3-21), which means we leave off just before the Book of Ruth begins. Judges is where things get juicy again, thank goodness,…

Joshua 5-Judges 2 #2018BibleRBR

Reading the Bible as Literature Week Eleven: Joshua 5 – Judges 2 The book of Joshua unfolds as a sequence of battles, one after the other, which demonstrates Joshua’s prowess as a military leader and ultimately result in the total settlement of Israel. The…

Deuteronomy 17-Joshua 4 #2018BibleRBR

Reading the Bible as Literature Week Ten: Deuteronomy 17–Joshua 4 Deuteronomy closes with Moses reminding his people of all the good god has done for them and of all the laws that must be kept if the people are to honor god and stay…

Numbers 35-Deuteronomy 16 #2018BibleRBR

Reading the Bible as Literature Week Nine: Numbers 35-Deuteronomy 16 We have reached the fifth and final book of the Pentateuch – and the last of the books of Moses. Numbers closes with the Israelites reaching the promised land and the borders of the…

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