Joseph and his brothers

June 7, 2020

JOSEPH APPEARS to have been something of a spoiled brat. Either he had no self-awareness at all or his self-image was so inflated that he didn’t care what his brothers thought of him.

“Is he not rightly named Jacob?”

May 10, 2020

ISAAC IS a transitional character in the Bible, the bridge between Abraham and Jacob. We discuss the stories of Isaac’s adult life—his lie about Rebekah to the king of Gerar and how how Jacob received the blessing that Isaac had planned to give Esau.

From Abraham to Jacob

May 3, 2020

WE REACH the end of Abraham’s time on earth this week. We discuss the death of Sarah, Abraham’s purchase of the cave of Machpelah, the marriage of Isaac, the birth of Esau and Jacob, and the short-sightedness of Esau.

The Sons of Resheph

November 10, 2019

WE SEE the divine council worldview in the ongoing discourse of Eliphaz the Temanite, as he mentions the “Holy Ones,” an epithet used elsewhere in the Old Testament for the Watchers (Daniel 4:13, 17).

The Satan

October 27, 2019

JOB HAS become a symbol for patient suffering in the face of overwhelming adversity, but there’s a lot more to his story than that.

Responsibilities of the watchmen

July 1, 2018

THE ROLE and responsibility of a watchman opens this week’s study. But there is a deeper sense of the word, a meaning rooted in the similarity of the Aramaic and Hebrew words for “Watcher” and “city.”

Who is like Tyre?

April 29, 2018

Ezekiel’s lament over Tyre wasn’t a simple proclamation against a pagan neighbor of the Israelites, but an already-but-not-yet prophecy that will ultimately be fulfilled just before Armageddon.

Babylon’s doom

February 4, 2018

PROPHECIES AGAINST Ammon, Edom, and Babylon are the focus of this week’s study. Again, by looking closely, we see references to rebellious supernatural entities.

Leviathan, Babylon, and the Titans

May 21, 2017

ISAIAH PROPHESIED the fall of Babylon before it had risen. At the time of the prophesies we read this week, Assyria was still the dominant power in the ancient Near East, but the phrase, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon,” was revealed to the prophet anyway.

Death of the gods

February 19, 2017

THE DIVINE COUNCIL in action and prophecy is the focus of this week’s Old Testament study.

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