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24 minutes | Nov 24, 2017
2.02 Power Couple Baal and Asherah
Today we wrap up chapters one and two of Judges. We learn about some characters we will see a lot of later including Baal and Asherah. We also learn about El and Elohim. We see how successful the Israelites were in driving out the Canaanites (not very) and we see how faithful they were to the LORD (not very). Chapter two gives us a little intro into the rest of Judges, which we’ll plunge into with the next episode, picking up at chapter three. Thanks for listening. Have a great holiday if you celebrate one. If you don’t, have a great holiday as well. Until next time, be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you? November 23, 2017 Clinton, MO The post 2.02 Power Couple Baal and Asherah appeared first on joshuajudgesruth.com.
26 minutes | Jun 17, 2017
2.01 Getting Judgy with the Judges
We begin our look at the book of Judges today. It’s a well known fact and not just this podcaster’s opinion that Judges is the most fascinating book in the Bible. If you like narrative Judges has it in spades. If you like to hear the old Bible stories you used to hear as a kid, there’s plenty of that in Judges. And if you like the old ultraviolence, well we won’t shy away from that either. I start off giving a little background and history. Who wrote Judges? When did he write it? Stuff like that. I then jump into chapter one. Episode 2.01 doesn’t quite make it all the way through chapter one, so we’ll have some to savor later. As promised in the audio portion of the podcast here are some pics of my visit to the tent of meeting. We visited this traveling display on a very wet and chilly day on its stop in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. I had to furtively take these pics since we weren’t supposed have cameras out as the organizers intended the visit to be contemplative and spiritual. The wall that went around the perimeter of the tabernacle grounds. The alter within the perimeter of the tabernacle. The columns at the entrance to the tabernacle. Sorry, now that I look at them I see the pics aren’t great. But like I said, I had to sneak to take them. I couldn’t get any from inside the tabernacle because other people were in there and my flash would’ve ruined the mood and totally blinded them. At any rate, enjoy the episode and thank you for listening. Be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you? Ken Lanning June 17, 2017 08:55 Clinton, MO The post 2.01 Getting Judgy with the Judges appeared first on joshuajudgesruth.com.
18 minutes | Jan 8, 2017
1.21 Where Did the Israelites Come From?
Today we discuss the various theories out there relating to the origin of ancient Israel. Seems like a no brainer, right? I mean, we have the Bible and it already tells us how it happened. You may be surprised to learn that there are some who disagree. We also look at the Amarna letters, something I’ve neglected up to this point. I just couldn’t figure out how to wedge them in since, spoiler alert, they don’t really reference anyone or any event in the Bible. So thank you for joining me today. I hope you enjoy this episode. Next time we’ll be moving straight into the book of Judges. So hang on to your big toes and let’s get ready. Until then, be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you? Ken Lanning Clinton, MO January 8th, 2017 16:22 The post 1.21 Where Did the Israelites Come From? appeared first on joshuajudgesruth.com.
24 minutes | Oct 30, 2016
1.20 Choose Ye This Day
Welcome back. In today’s episode Joshua delivers what appears to be a couple of farewell addresses, but perhaps they are examples of ancient near eastern covenants. We’ll look at that and break down some of the elements of Hittite and Assyrian covenants and see if what Joshua is doing fits into that pattern. We’ll also find out if the monotheistic Israelites still have other gods they’re holding on to and what Joshua thinks about that. At the end of Joshua we sadly have three funerals to attend. All that and more on today’s JoshuaJudgesRuth. For homework, read ahead in Judges. And as always, be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you? Ken Lanning Clinton MO October 30, 2016 15:51 The post 1.20 Choose Ye This Day appeared first on joshuajudgesruth.com.
16 minutes | Aug 28, 2016
1.19 The Altar of Witness
The Levites, what I call the 13th tribe, get their land, and they are positively urban dwellers, though they do need a little acreage for their flocks and cattle. You know who else needs land for their flocks and cattle? The Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh. Having fought the war of conquest these tribes are free to return to the land allotted to them east of the Jordan. On their way back home they stop and do something that really ticks off the tribes west of the Jordan. They’re so put out by it they want to go to war. Will cooler heads prevail or will we see the first Israelite civil war? Tune in to find out, or read Joshua 22. Whatever. Thanks for listening. Be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you? Ken Lanning Clinton, MO August 28, 2016 15:42 The post 1.19 The Altar of Witness appeared first on joshuajudgesruth.com.
19 minutes | Jul 3, 2016
1.18 Division, Dan, and Refuge
Today’s podcast divides up the rest of the Promised Land amongst the seven tribes of Israel who have not received land up to this point. We’ll find out which tribes got that primo real estate along the Mediterranean. We’ll learn a little about Dan. Not Dan the Man, but Dan the tribe of Israel, and how he, or they, let that primo real estate slip from their grasp. We then turn our attention to the cities of refuge. These were towns you could run to if you accidentally killed your friend before one of his relatives could kill you. All that and more in today’s exciting installment of JoshuaJudgesRuth. Thank you for listening. Be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you? Ken Lanning Clinton, MO July 3, 2016, 17:42 The post 1.18 Division, Dan, and Refuge appeared first on joshuajudgesruth.com.
19 minutes | May 30, 2016
1.17 Land for Everyone
In today’s episode we talk about marrying cousins for some reason and we look at why Manasseh was so whiny. Caleb and Judah have received their land but Caleb needs someone to capture a city, and his nephew arises to the occasion. Ephraim and Manasseh, Jacob’s favorite grandsons, receive their land, but all of them, Judah, Ephraim, and Manasseh are having trouble pushing out the pesky Canaanites. Thank you for listening and as always, be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you. Ken Lanning Clinton, MO May 30, 2016 09:25 The post 1.17 Land for Everyone appeared first on joshuajudgesruth.com.
19 minutes | Apr 2, 2016
1.16 Conquer and Divide
The land has rest from war, but there is still a lot of land still occupied by the Canaanites. The Israelites have not driven them all out. That will be the job of each of the tribes once they reach their allotted territories. Today we begin looking at who got what land and along the way we see how the Levites earned their living and where Caleb wanted to live. We also look at a list of cities that reads like a who’s who of places Joshua conquered, because that’s what it is. I hope you enjoy this episode of JoshuaJudgesRuth. As always, be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you? Ken Lanning April 2, 2016 14:23 Clinton, MO The post 1.16 Conquer and Divide appeared first on joshuajudgesruth.com.
21 minutes | Feb 13, 2016
1.15 Leave No Survivor?
Today we take a break from the narrative and talk about how the Israelites were to treat the Canaanites. Were they to kill them, live peaceably with them, drive them out, or some combination of those choices? I pronounce an over whelming number of Hebrew words incorrectly, so be sure to listen and let me know what you think. Until next time, be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you? Ken Lanning Clinton, MO Saturday, February 13, 13:06 The post 1.15 Leave No Survivor? appeared first on joshuajudgesruth.com.
2 minutes | Jan 24, 2016
It’s been quite a while since I’ve put up an episode. If you’ve been anxiously waiting for that I apologize. I hope to have a new episode up in a couple of weeks. My excuse is I’ve been kinda busy. What with work, my kids’ weekend basketball tournements, and the time I spend being lazy it’s been hard to get a new episode researched and published. I hope to rectify that shortly. Until then, be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you? Ken Lanning The post 1.14.5 Update appeared first on joshuajudgesruth.com.
17 minutes | Jan 1, 2016
1.14 Mopping Up the North
Today the Israelites are battling the northern alliance formed by Jabin the king of Hazor. Jabin has a bunch of soldiers, horses and chariots, which may or may not pose a threat to the Israelites. If you defeat an army which used a bunch of horses, what do you do with the animals after the battle? Does it make sense to hobble them? Should you conscript them into your own army? We’ll see what Joshua’s decision was here in chapter 11. Chapter 11 also brings us into contact with the dreaded Anakim again, and not for good. We’ll get to deal with them again later. They were the giants the Israelite spies saw while scoping out the land. I bet the battle with them is epic. Find out if it was by listening, and thank you for doing so. Ken Lanning January 1, 2016 12:59 Clinton, MO The post 1.14 Mopping Up the North appeared first on joshuajudgesruth.com.
21 minutes | Dec 2, 2015
1.13 (More Conquest)
Today we look at the rest of chapter 10 and then we get started with chapter 11, which means we finish up the southern conquest and get started conquesting the north. The king of Hazor picks the fight in chapter 11, but before that it was Adoni-zedek down in Jerusalem. Joshua makes a whirlwind tour through southern Palestine, kicks butt, and takes names. But does he take all the names, or are there some details the writer doesn’t give us? Does he conquer every square inch of the Promised Land or are there areas left untouched by Israelite hand? We’ll learn just a little about Hazor and we’ll find out who is buried in Abraham’s tomb. Thanks for listening. And as you’re out conquesting be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you? Ken Lanning December 2, 2015 20:30 Clinton, Missouri The post 1.13 (More Conquest) appeared first on joshuajudgesruth.com.
19 minutes | Nov 8, 2015
1.12 The Day the Sun Stood Still
Today we look at Joshua chapter ten. Chapter ten tells the story of one of the most momentous events in our solar system’s history – the day the sun stood still in the sky, or at least appeared to because as we know the sun doesn’t actually move. Well, is is moving as part of the larger galaxy, but you know what I’m saying. More down to earth chapter ten is the story of Israel’s southern campaign in Canaan. It’s quick and it’s decisive, and even though we don’t have all the details there is no doubt who the victors are by the time we get to the end of the story. We also see that part of the reason the Amorites lost the battle is because they got stoned right in the middle of it. That never helps. Thank you for listening. Remember, be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you? Ken Lanning Clinton, MO November 8, 2015 12:50 The post 1.12 The Day the Sun Stood Still appeared first on joshuajudgesruth.com.
17 minutes | Oct 18, 2015
1.11 The Gibeonites are Tricksy
Today we learn how and why the Gibeonites trick the Israelites into a peace treaty. How did they pull off the ruse? For one they had to find some old worn out clothes at the thrift store. Were the Gibeonites successful? Would they have a place in Israel after the conquest? Listen to today’s episode to find out (or actually read the passage from Joshua 9, either way). If you do choose to listen, thank you. And please, be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you? Ken Lanning October 18, 2015 13:10 Clinton, MO The post 1.11 The Gibeonites are Tricksy appeared first on joshuajudgesruth.com.
18 minutes | Oct 4, 2015
1.10 The Ruins of Ai (which means the ruins)
Today the Israelites recover from their devastating defeat and loss of 36 men at Ai. They purged the sinner Achan and now they were ready to march up and finally take the settlement. Did they get more than they bargained for? Did Ai have an ally? We’ll see the strategy Joshua employs and we’ll even bring Bethel into our story. We’ll also look at the possibility that archeology has misidentified the ancient site of Ai. Today’s chapter, chapter 8, closes with a ceremony where certain blessings and curses are pronounced. There’s even an old fashioned bar-b-q. Thanks for listening. Ken Lanning October 3, 2015 14:02 Clinton, MO The post 1.10 The Ruins of Ai (which means the ruins) appeared first on joshuajudgesruth.com.
14 minutes | Sep 18, 2015
1.9 Sin in the Camp – Achan Messes Up Big Time
In today’s episode we discover who took the proscribed things from Jericho and what Joshua did as a result. We also learn that it was hard to be related to someone who broke a commandment. Did the Israelites come up with a story to explain how the Valley of Achor got its name, or did an actual event lead to the naming of the valley? At any rate, Achan had his share of troubles, and getting stoned wasn’t the least of them. Ken Lanning September 18, 2015 Clinton, MO 15:12 The post 1.9 Sin in the Camp – Achan Messes Up Big Time appeared first on joshuajudgesruth.com.
21 minutes | Sep 5, 2015
1.8 And the Walls…Come Tumblin’ Down
Thank you for listening, and reading, because that’s what you’re doing right now, reading. Or maybe you hit the play button above and now you’re listening and reading. Either way, thank you! Today we’re looking at Joshua chapter six. This is the chapter that details how the Israelites brought down the walls of Jericho. Before we get there I talk about why the Israelites are sent to drive out the Canaanites in the first place. I then go through the narrative of chapter six, and wrap up with just a little information about the archeology of Jericho. Again, thank you for listening. I hop you enjoy. And remember, be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you? Ken Lanning September 5, 2015, 12:48 Clinton, MO The post 1.8 And the Walls…Come Tumblin’ Down appeared first on joshuajudgesruth.com.
20 minutes | Aug 22, 2015
1.7 Circumcision, Male Adult-Onset Circumcision
In this episode we look at Joshua chapter 5. The Israelites have just crossed the Jordan and they’re getting ready to celebrate the Passover, but they have some business to attend to first. This business involves flint knives and foreskins. I talk quite a bit about circumcision today, which is the outward sign of God’s covenant with the Hebrews. The ladies, luckily enough, have no such sign to bear. Who says women aren’t appreciated in the Bible? Thank you for listening. Be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you. Ken Lanning Clinton, MO August 22, 2015 15:15 The post 1.7 Circumcision, Male Adult-Onset Circumcision appeared first on joshuajudgesruth.com.
14 minutes | Aug 9, 2015
1.6 Israel Crosses the Jordan, with the Ark of the Covenant
In today’s episode Joshua and the Israelites cross the Jordan River. The Ark of the Covenant leads the way, carried by four priests. As soon as the Ark and the priests get to the river the water dries up and they cross over on dry ground. How long would it take for 2 million people to cross the Jordan? You can find out by listening to today’s episode. We talk about Joshua chapters 3 and 4, and go over the background of the Ark of the Covenant itself. Thank you for listening, and be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you? Ken Lanning Clinton, MO August 9, 2015 The post 1.6 Israel Crosses the Jordan, with the Ark of the Covenant appeared first on joshuajudgesruth.com.
17 minutes | Aug 1, 2015
1.5 Rahab the Harlot (Prostitute) and the Two Spies
In episode 5 we look at the two spies Joshua sent to Jericho. Do we know who they are? We also look at Rahab and her chosen profession, harlotry, or prostitution (not sure which is the more politically correct word). The Bible talks a lot about harlotry actually, so we’ll just scratch the surface today. As always, thanks for listening. Be strong and courageous. Have I not commanded you? Ken Lanning Clinton, MO August 1, 2015 The post 1.5 Rahab the Harlot (Prostitute) and the Two Spies appeared first on joshuajudgesruth.com.
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