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?
What have you heard about David through church or through the culture? Most of what we hear about David is that he's an exemplary character. However, when we actually dive into the story, we see a much different story.
This week marks the beginning of the wonderful David saga—one of the finest pieces of ancient literature around. The first half of the saga focuses on Saul, a man chosen reluctantly to be king, who slowly slips into madness and instability at the prospects of his fate. He's one of the greatest tragic characters in the Bible.