Category Archives: I Samuel

Between Me and God

I have been reading the first century Jewish work, Pseudo-Philo. In the biblical Book of I Samuel, Hannah is barren, and she mumbles before God at the sanctuary, asking God for a son.  Pseudo-Philo elaborates on this.  According to Pseudo-Philo, … Continue reading

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Psalm 113

For my weekly quiet time this week, I’ll blog about Psalm 113. According to Psalm 113, God dwells above the nations and even above the heavens, yet God looks at what is going on below Him in heaven and on … Continue reading

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Saul Is Tov

On page 355 of Poetics of Biblical Narrative, Meir Sternberg says the following about King Saul: “‘Saul’—the traditional rendering goes—‘was a handsome [tov] young man.  There was not a man among the children of Israel more handsome [tov] than he; … Continue reading

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Love Your Enemies, Acknowledge Their Goodness!

Louis H. Feldman, “Use, Authority and Exegesis of Mikra in the Writings of Josephus,” Mikra: Text, Translation, Reading and Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity, ed. Martin Jan Mulder (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2004) 485, 491, 501. … Continue reading

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The Weary of I Samuel 30

For my weekly quiet time this week, I studied I Samuel 30. David and his men are leaving Achish in Philistia to go to Ziklag, a city in Simeon. Ziklag belongs to the Philistines, who gave it to David and … Continue reading

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Kip McKean’s Samuel Series

I’ve been listening to Kip McKean’s series on I-II Samuel as part of my weekly quiet time (see here). Kip McKean was once head of the International Churches of Christ, which many consider a cult (see http://www.reveal.org). Although Kip is … Continue reading

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Love for Enemies

Russell Miller talks about an interesting exchange on his blog, “Holy Mighty Atheist.” Russell is discussing an exchange on the blog, As Bereans Did, in which Christian Bill Hohmann tells someone he’s debating, “May God forgive you for being so … Continue reading

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Was It Really Samuel?

In I Samuel 28, King Saul visits the witch of Endor and asks her to call up Samuel from the dead. “Samuel” then tells Saul that he and his sons will soon die, for God has rejected him from being … Continue reading

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Ambiguity, Education, Witnessing

1. Devorah Dimant, “Use and Interpretation of the Mikra in the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha,” Mikra: Text, Translation, Reading and Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity, ed. Martin Jan Mulder (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2004) 397. “Judith 9:2-4[:] … Continue reading

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Food This Sabbath

I went to church this morning–a Seventh-Day Adventist one. I’ve not visited one of those in a few years. Churches in general can be pretty cold. People just shake your hand, then they walk away. And that was true of … Continue reading

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