Biblical Figures

Biblical Figures

  • King David Date: January 13, 2013

    There aren’t any explicit references as to why David, son of Jesse, was chosen to lead the people of Israel after King Saul’s unceremonious fall and succumbing to what seems like paranoia and manic depression. There are, however, certain literary and textual clues. The relationship between Saul and David closely parallels that between Jacob and Esau, except the line between Jacob and Esau is drawn horizontally across the two insofar as David and Saul are concerned. That may seem a confusing statement, but here is what it means.

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  • Introducation to Biblical Figures Date: January 13, 2013

    Due to Judaism’s prominence as the first monotheist religion and its being the greatest influence on Christianity and Islam, many biblical figures are well known.  Some of those figures include Moses, Abraham, Aaron, Isaiah and others.  However, there are also other figures that are lesser known such as Joel, Nechemiah, Boaz, Malachi and Chananiah.  Biblical figures are important to Jews and Judaism for several reasons.

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  • The Kings of Israel and the Northern Kingdom Date: August 23, 2011

    The Northern Kingdom of Israel split off from the larger united kingdom circa 930BCE. Propelled by the jealousy against the divinely sanctioned Davidic line and tax weariness from King Solomon’s expensive and lavish reign, 10 tribes unilaterally elected to secede from the Israelite union. The only ones to stay with the Davidic family were Judah, David’s own tribe, and Benjamin.

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  • Nehemiah Date: August 23, 2011

    The books of Ezra and Nehemiah in the later part of the Bible are actually one book with two different parts. Parts of the book read like an ancient cuneiform tablet with lists of products, names, donations, sums of money. One thing that such seemingly innocuous details prove is that whoever wrote the book must have been there recording the details. The events take place during one of the more turbulent and unsure times in Jewish history, a time of great change and uncertainty. The Jewish people, for the first time known collectively as such (see the article on the term Judaism) are coming back to Zion after a 50 year exile in Babylonia. 

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