This is a continuation of my ongoing report. I recently decided to listen to the Bible in an effort to gain a closer relationship with God. I purposefully listen not with the intent to study. I have a hard time reading the Bible I just start looking things up and I don't make much progress. I am listening to the Bible Experience (http://www.inspiredby.com/) which is a dramatized NIV version with many famous African American leaders, singers, actors and artists. (Even Samuel L. Jackson) As I listen through the Bible, hopefully I will make it all the way through, I will post notes and thoughts I have.
Dating the book based on statements in the book. The book goes up until the captivity of Judah to Babylon. Ends abruptly at that point. Talks about Israel being deported by Assyria and that they were still there.
Military blunder, they ran out of water on a military campaign against Moab.
In chapter 4, a man of God tells a woman that in a year she will have a child. I got the feeling he may have been the father.
Later he raised the child from the dead. I wonder was he dead or in a coma?
Elisha feeds many like Jesus does in the New Testament.
Seems like there is an illusion of John the Baptist as well when he tells someone to wash in the Jordon to be cured.
In chapter 5 someone asks for forgiveness in bowing to other Gods for when he returns to his master he will be required too.
Elisha had an invisible army in Chapter 6.
When the city was under siege, the people started to resort to cannibalism.
The Bible talks about two powers the Hittite and Egypt. At one time skeptics felt the Bible was in error because there was no know record of the Hittites. We found them. Guess the skeptics were wrong.
Jezebel's servants tossed her out the window. Makes my point on my last post. Everyone must have hated her. I bet she was mean to her servants.
In chapter 11, there is a woman ruler. Another slam against feminist claims the bible is patriarchal.
What is an Asheroth Pole?
Why did people sacrifice their children? Was it used as a form of birth control? Is it a misunderstanding transmitted from ancient times where by they understood the need of a sacrifice for forgiveness? It could be a really bad game of telephone. (The game you tell a secret to one person and they pass it on, and then they pass it on, and so on until only a remnant of the original message if any at all still exists.)
The King of Assyria was at peace with Judah but took Israel.
Hezekiah made a tunnel for water in Jerusalem, we know where it is to this day.
Hezekiah was showing his riches to Babylonians. Big security risk, and it turned out to be true.
King Manassah was evil in God's sight. He setup an Asheroth pole in the Temple of the Lord.
Babylon then took Judah and took all the leaders and educated people out of Judah. Many were killed. Some fled to Egypt.
Strange reference that one of the kings of Judah was set up like a leader in Babylon, he sat at the kings table after a time in prison. I wonder if they maintained the kingship of the concurred territories as a means to control the people in those lands. While the King is with the 'Emperor' of Babylon the people in the territory had a legitimate king and Babylon had a strangle hold on them.
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