Bible Stories #22: The Other Side Of The River

Ostensibly the Jewish people in biblical times were divided into twelve tribes, each tribe composed of the descendents of one of Jacob’s twelve sons. The hitch in this is that Joseph’s two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, each sort of got their own tribe. So in reality it seems that there were more like thirteen tribes,…

Bible Stories #21: The Burial of Moses

Once, when the Israelites were wandering around in the desert, they got thirsty and came to Moses to complain that they didn’t have water. Moses asked God what he should do about it, and God told him that water would come from a rock if he talked to it. So Moses took his staff and…

Bible Stories #20: The Man With The Loose Shoe

The literal meaning of Deuteronomy is “second law.” Of course, the book didn’t carry this name until around the 14th century A.D. My understanding is that the original Hebrew name can roughly be translated as “here are some words.” Maybe the translators of the Bible thought that Deuteronomy sounded cooler. The idea behind calling it…

Bible Stories #18: A Very Big Bed

There was a king named Og. Og was a big man, the last of the giants, and he had a very big bed. Nine cubits long, and four cubits wide. According to the internet a cubit is equal to 1.6404199 feet. According to my calculations that would make Og’s bed approximately fourteen and a half…

Bible Stories #17: Nice Try, Darcy

There was once a man named Manasseh who no sons to inherit his fortune, but five daughters. His daughters names were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah and Tirzah. Anyone with a passing knowledge of Jane Austen will be fully aware of how this story is supposed to go. The oldest daughter winds up with a fellow…

Bible Stories #16: Climb Every Mountain

Climb every mountainFord every streamFollow every rainbowTill you find your dream The Sound of Music While the Old Testament prophet Balaam may be most famous for a Dr. Dolittle like conversation with his donkey it was not his only claim to fame. Balaam is also noteworthy for taking Mother Superior’s advice to heart thousands of…

771: The Freedom To Fly

As a glutton for positive feedback I have greatly appreciated the response to the Bible stories I have been sharing lately. In particular, I want to shout out Benjamin who was so gracious as to include a link to one of these stories on his blog. In sharing my post Benjamin made an interesting comment…

Bible Stories #15: The Silver Cow

After the Israelites left Egypt they got tired of the whole thing where God was leading them around the desert pretty quick. They wanted to worship something they could look at, so they melted down a bunch of earrings and made a golden cow. Moses was up on the mountain talking to God when this…