This week, we take a pause from our meta-narrative to step back and look at some of the implications of these stories. Rabbi Paul Strasko joins us to give us a helpful perspective on how we should think about these stories about which we so often feel squeamish.
This week takes a somber turn, as we have to work through the grief that the people of Judah experienced with the starvation and subsequent exile brought on by the protracted Babylonian siege of Jerusalem. Along the way of, we look at Jeremiah and Lamentations to give us some insight into how they grieved—and what we can learn from them.
After spending a month up with the Northern Kingdom, we have witnessed its demise. So we saunter down to the Southern Kingdom, where King Josiah is busy enacting sweeping social and theological reforms. We explore a little bit of the clash between "YHWH only" religion and folk religion.
We stay again with the Northern Kingdom this week. They're experiencing an economic boom and tons of prosperity as a country. But the prophet Amos wants us to pause and take a look at whose expense this wealth is being created. His answer: the poor.
We're spend our time this week with the Northern kingdom. After the split between North and South, Jeroboam attempted to make the North into a utopian state. However, it soon devolved in chaos and political turmoil. This coincides, however, with the rise of the prophets as social critics. This week, we take a look today at how all of these forces coincided to make a time for the North that was prosperous, but had an unsettling undercurrent being brought to the surface by the prophets.
This week, we dive deep into one story: the schism between the North (Israel) and South (Judah) that pits a hard-line, merciless ruler against a utopian dreamer.
We take a brief hiatus today from our plot to examine the Wisdom Literature of the Bible: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job. These three are all trying to get at the same question: Why are things the way they are? But they have very different takes on them, and that disagreement gives us license to try to solve these issues on our own.
In our last week of the United Monarchy, we examine the powerful and rich figure of King Solomon. But with that swell of power, we have to ask the question: On whose backs was that power gained?