Stay-at-Home Scripture Study 14: 2 Chronicles

by Henry Brinton, June 3 2020

Neither of the books of Chronicles appears frequently in sermons and Bible studies, largely because the books repeat stories found elsewhere. Much of the material in 2 Chronicles is a repetition of the stories told in 1 and 2 Kings, with a concentration on the southern kingdom of Judah. But they have a unique and important perspective. God “had co...

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Stay-at-Home Scripture Study 13: 1 Chronicles

by Henry Brinton, June 2 2020

The first and second books of Chronicles were originally one, and they form the last book in the Jewish Bible. The material in 1 Chronicles includes stories from Genesis through 2 Samuel, and the first nine chapters offer the most extended genealogy in the whole Bible. Genealogy is a way to establish a connection with the past, which was as import...

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Stay-at-Home Scripture Study 12: 2 Kings

by Henry Brinton, June 1 2020

The name Elijah means “My God is YHWH” (the personal name of God in Judaism is YHWH), while the name Elisha means “My God is salvation.” Both men are prophets in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and their stories are told in the first and second books of Kings. At the beginning of 2 Kings, Elijah condemned King Ahaziah of Israel for turning to a f...

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Stay-at-Home Scripture Study 11: 1 Kings

by Henry Brinton, May 31 2020

As the first Book of Kings begins, Solomon becomes ruler of the united kingdom after the reign of his father David. He builds a temple, a palace, and other royal buildings. After Solomon’s death, the kingdom divides into Israel in the north and Judah in the south. In time, Ahab becomes king of the northern kingdom, marries a Phoenician princess na...

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Stay-at-Home Scripture Study 10: 2 Samuel

by Henry Brinton, May 30 2020

David is the key character in 2 Samuel, since the narrative covers events that happen after the death of the prophet Samuel. The book begins with news of King Saul’s death, after which the people of the southern kingdom of Judah named David as king. “Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me,” said God to David (2 Sam 7:16)....

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Stay-at-Home Scripture Study 9: 1 Samuel

by Henry Brinton, May 29 2020

The Book of Samuel was originally a single book, but was eventually divided into 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel. The book is named after Samuel, a judge and a prophet who anointed Saul and David as the first two kings of Israel. In chapter 17, King Saul had the Israelite army at his disposal, but he seemed powerless in the face of a giant named Goliath and...

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Stay-at-Home Scripture Study 8: Ruth

by Henry Brinton, May 28 2020

In the Christian Old Testament, the Book of Ruth follows the Book of Judges, probably based on its opening line, “In the days when the judges ruled …” (Ruth 1:1). In the Jewish scriptures, the book is found in the final section called Writings. In this time of judges, there was a famine in the land, so a man of Bethlehem went to the land of Moab,...

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Stay-at-Home Scripture Study 7: Judges

by Henry Brinton, May 27 2020

The second of the Historical Books, called Judges, is named after the main characters of the book. But unlike our judges today, their work was not primarily legal. Instead, they were leaders of the tribes of Israel, and they often led the military in heroic ways. Their leadership offered stability to the tribes of Israel before the monarchy was est...

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Stay-at-Home Scripture Study 6: Joshua

by Henry Brinton, May 26 2020

Joshua is the first book in the section of the Protestant Bible known as the “Historical Books.” Named for its main character, the book of Joshua tells of the conquest of the land of Canaan by the Israelites. By the third chapter, the people of Israel were standing on the Moab side of the Jordan River, wondering what to do. Unlike their ancestors...

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Stay-at-Home Scripture Study 5: Deuteronomy

by Henry Brinton, May 25 2020

Deuteronomy is the fifth book the Bible, the end of the section called The Pentateuch, which simply means “five books.” The Pentateuch is often called the “Five Books of Moses” or the Torah, a Hebrew word that means “instructions.” With the wandering in the wilderness now over, these laws were delivered “in the land of Moab” (Deut 1:15). Deuteronom...

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