Looking back on Proverbs

This has proven to be an interesting collection of sayings and advice and wisdom to pass for the Israelites to pass down to their sons. You might notice that I totally skipped Psalms, but I haven't finished them yet. It fits to be reminded that wisdom isn't something that can be learned from a book, … Continue reading Looking back on Proverbs

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Looking back at Samuel

I had originally thought the book of Samuel would have a lot more to do with Samuel than it does. It begins with his mother and the first part ends after his death, but his death isn't the last time he's seen or heard from, as his ghost is summoned later on. There's a whole … Continue reading Looking back at Samuel

Reflections on Proverbs

This has proven to be an interesting collection of sayings and advice and wisdom to pass for the Israelites to pass down to their sons. While it may have never been written down, I'm sure there was an equal body of wisdom that parents provided their daughters. I'm a daughter and I know that none … Continue reading Reflections on Proverbs

Reflections on Second Samuel

Even when David finally becomes clean, it is not smooth sailing. This book is filled with trial and error and hardships for the king and his family. Notable women Michal, David's first wife who he is finally reunited with. Bathsheba, the romanticized woman who was bathing on the roof and attracted looks that I can … Continue reading Reflections on Second Samuel

2 Samuel 21-24: Some final dealings

These chapters bring Second Samuel to a close. There is some story but it's mostly information. Chapter twenty one The chapter begins with atonement for when Saul went after the Gibeonites. It's a harsh atonement, but not altogether unwarranted. It is Saul who went after them, it's his family that pays the price. I thought … Continue reading 2 Samuel 21-24: Some final dealings

2 Samuel 13-20: Absalom

There have been some guys that I have not been very fond of in the Bible thus far, but Absalom is on this whole other level. He's bad friend, a horrible son, and not even a great leader. Don't get me wrong, every great man in the Bible (at least thus far) has had issues … Continue reading 2 Samuel 13-20: Absalom

2 Samuel 6-12: Up to Bathsheba

Amidst the battles and war of David making Israel mighty in the land again, there is the story of him and Bathsheba. It's the more infamous part of this book because of the way things go down. It's told as if it's terribly romantic, but it's really not. Nor are the circumstances surrounding it. Chapter … Continue reading 2 Samuel 6-12: Up to Bathsheba

Second Samuel 1-5: Finally, King David

Finally, things are starting to come up in favor of David. Chapter one David hears of Saul's death. It takes a minute to take in the news before: Then David took hold of his clothes and tore them, and so did all the men who were with him. And they mourned and wept and fasted … Continue reading Second Samuel 1-5: Finally, King David

Reflections on First Samuel

I had really thought the book of Samuel would have a lot more to do with Samuel than it did. It begins with his mother and even this first part ends after his death, but his death isn't the last time he's seen or heard from, as his ghost is summoned later on. There's a … Continue reading Reflections on First Samuel

1 Samuel 23-31: Cat and mouse games

Personally, I had no idea that David was on the run from Saul for so long or any idea about what happened to Saul. I'll be honest, I hadn't heard much about Saul at all, really. Not sure why. I mean, it turns out that he was kind of a big deal for a while. … Continue reading 1 Samuel 23-31: Cat and mouse games