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.
The Book of Joshua
The inhabitants of Canaan where aware of everything that was happening to the Israelites and that God promised the lad to them. This is evidenced by Rehab in Chapter 2.
Does Joshua meet Jesus (Joshua) in chapter 5? (Told to take of sandals because he was on holy ground)
Is Joshua a prototype of Jesus?
Why was Rehab placed outside the camp? Was it to keep Israel clean? She is a gentile that God blesses.
Dating the writing of the book of Joshua.
Mentioned Israel respect Joshua all the days of his life. Therefore, who ever wrote it did so after his death.
Mentioned in Chapter 6 that Rehab still lived among the Israelites, which means it was written before she passed away.
They lost a battle because one of them stole plunder from Jericho. (Chapter 7) After that, the next city, Ai, God allows them to take plunder (Chapter 8). The man who stole died for taking plunder and he could have had plunder if he waited.
References the Book of the Law of Moses, what was that? (Chapter 8) Was it the Torah? (That is what I assume)
The sun stood still in the sky. How and why?
1. It could only be the axis of the earth changed it. That would, however, have changed the zodiac procession and would have been noted in other ancient texts.
2. Could it have been a figure of speech or metaphor? If so, what does it mean and how would we find it out?
3. Could a large asteroid or planet have had a close fly by and slowed or stopped the rotation of the earth? This seems the most probable and a number of scholars have suggested it was Mars.
Another book was referenced, the book of Asher. Is it lost? What did it say? Was it a history book and not considered part of the Holy Scriptures?
I really needed a map to reference all the places in the book of Joshua. So many places were referenced. It would help validate the historicity if the places are all located. Many of them are still in existence. Difficult for Muslims to claim that the Jews were not in the Holy land.
Chapter 24 the Jews chose to follow the Lord and Joshua said that their words would testify against them.
Judges, the book opens with the Israelites still having to clear the land. Some stuff is retold from Joshua.
There is a story of cutting off the toes and thumbs. What is that all about?
Continuously the Israelites forget God and do not follow His law and He punished them and then sends a Judge to restore them. This is in accordance with the covenant Israel entered with God.
Deborah was a prophet and a Judge for the people of Israel. So much for the evil patriarchal society that the feminists complain about.
Gideon asked God for two signed to know if God really was telling Him what to do. God gave them the sign.
Samson was a Nazarite. His mother was told not to drink while she was pregnant. Today with modern medical science has found that women should not drink during pregnancy.
Strange sex crime in Judges 19, which led to a full-scale retaliation and Israel almost destroyed the family of Benjamin.
The book of Ruth has an interesting story. A story written in the time a David as it explains that David is a descendant. The King of Israel has gentile blood. The kinsmen redeemer Boaz an Israelite redeems a gentile.
What is meant by Ruth uncovered Boaz feet?
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