The ark of the covenant was not to be misused. God made that very clear to both Israel and its mortal enemies in the days of Samuel, Saul, and David, the Philistines.Continue Reading

SAMSON WAS the stereotypical alpha male. Ruled by his passions, Samson fell into the hands of Israel’s enemies, the Philistines—but God used even Samson’s failings to save His people from their enemies.Continue Reading

A key connection between Dagan and his other identities is the god’s link to the netherworld. One of Dagan’s epithets was l pagrê, which has been translated “lord of the dead,” “lord of corpse offerings, lord of corpses (a netherworld god), lord of funerary offerings, and lord of human sacrifices.”Continue Reading

THE PEOPLE in Canaan engaged in what God called “abominable practices”: First, burning a child as an offering to Molech, followed by divination, reading omens, augury, sorcery, enchantment, consulting mediums, necromancy, and inquiring of the dead.Continue Reading

YOU’D THINK that prophets of Yahweh during the reign of good king Josiah would have been a little more upbeat. Not so much.Continue Reading

THE ONLY place in the Bible where we see the appearance of a human ghost is part of our Old Testament study this week.Continue Reading

THE TRANSITION from the rule of Saul to the kingdom of David is the focus of this week’s study. We also discuss the famous confrontation between David and Goliath of Gath.Continue Reading