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October 11, 2019
This episode summarizes the chapters 25 through the end of the Book of Numbers. These chapters focus on much of the history of the Israelite people during their wanderings. Including their continued rebellion against God and the natural consequences. There’s also clarification of statutes and the planned allocation of land, for when they would eventually enter and take Canaan. After listening, let me know what you think.
October 4, 2019
This episode summarizes the chapters 21 through 24 of the Book of Numbers. These chapters focus on the continued wandering and eventual settling of the Israelites to the west and south of the Jordan River. In these passages, they defeat several local kingdoms. Also, the prophet Balaam is introduced, along with his talking donkey. After listening, let me know what you think.
September 27, 2019
In this episode, I summarize the chapters 14 through 20 of the Book of Numbers. These chapters focus on the continued rebellion of the Israelites against God, Moses, and Aaron. Of course, with each mutiny, there is a response. It’s also in this part of the book that Moses is told he will not be allowed to enter the Promised Land. Finally, Aaron is defrocked and dies, with the high priesthood passing to his son Eleazar. After listening, let me know what you think.
September 20, 2019
In this episode, I summarize the first 13 chapters of the Book of Numbers. The narrative begins with the Israelites packing up to leave Sinai, includes the sending of spies into Canaan, and concludes with the spies’ return and their report. It also includes a few new rules and regulations, and God smiting Moses’ sister Miriam. After listening, let me know what you think.
September 13, 2019
In this episode, I wrap up the history of the book of Leviticus covering the final two topics presented in the text. First, there is the Festival of Trumpets which has morphed into the celebration of Rosh Hashanah. I also spend a bit of time on the concept of blasphemy and how it has been enforced over the ages. After listening, let me know what you think.
September 6, 2019
In this episode, I continue working through the few new topics presented in the book of Leviticus. After covering in the last episode one of the birds whose consumption was forbidden in Leviticus, the cormorant, I pick up with the other lesser known one, the hoopoe. I also work through what is known about the Canaanite deity of Molech, traditionally connected with child sacrifice and specifically addressed by God in the text. After listening, let me know what you think.
August 30, 2019
In this episode, I begin working through the few new topics presented in the book of Leviticus. First, there are Suzerain Vassal treaties, a concept almost as old as society itself. Many such international arrangements have been in place all over the globe, through our modern era. I also cover cormorants, one of the lesser known birds the ancient Israelites were prohibited from eating. After listening, let me know what you think.
August 23, 2019
In this episode, I summarize the last few chapters of Leviticus. Most of these are either repetitions or expansions of God’s instructions to Moses on Sinai. Two concepts are introduced that will warrant a deeper dive, the Festival of Trumpets and blasphemy. After the chapter summary, I do a deep dive into rock badgers, also known as rock hyraxes. After listening, let me know what you think.
August 16, 2019
In this episode, I summarize the second third or so of the book of Leviticus. Essentially, instructions God gives Moses and he then relays to the people concerning dietary restrictions, cleanliness, skin diseases, atonement, and how priests are to be better behaved than the populace. There are also more rules concerning behavior, including the Golden Rule, later quoted by Christ. Leviticus is traditionally considered one of the hardest books of the Bible to digest, and we’re working through it one bit at a time. After listening, let me know what you think.
August 9, 2019
In this episode, summarize the first third or so of the book of Leviticus. Essentially, instructions God gives Moses and he then relays to the people concerning sacrifices, offerings, and cleanliness. Leviticus is traditionally considered one of the hardest books of the Bible to digest, and we’re working through it one bit at a time. After listening, let me know what you think.
August 2, 2019
In this episode, I wrap up this the 3rd chapter of the podcast with a summary of the book of Exodus. After over 300,000 words, more than ten times that found in the book itself. After listening, let me know what you think.
July 26, 2019
In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus, the two men tasked with building the Tent of Meeting, and everything in it, specifically Bezalel and Oholiab. I also cover the tablets of the Ten Commandments, sometimes called the tablets of treaty, or the tablets of testimony, or the two tables of testimony. Finally, the episode wraps up with the golden calf. After listening, let me know what you think.
July 19, 2019
In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus, specifically covering the first census along with the associated head tax. A tax that morphed into the temple tax, lasting through 70 AD. I also delve into the mixing and use of the first anointing oil. After listening, let me know what you think.
July 12, 2019
In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. After finishing the priestly vestments in the last episode, I cover the consecration of the first priests, along with everything in the Tabernacle. I also cover the first sacrificial rituals and the bronze wash basin, all from the same section in Exodus. After listening, let me know what you think.
July 5, 2019
In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. In the last episode, I began the history of the priestly vestments with the breastpiece. In this episode, I cover the remaining parts of the uniform, the ephod, robe, diadem, turban, and sash. After listening, let me know what you think
June 28, 2019
In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. Since I covered the Altar of Burnt Offering in the last episode, I skip ahead a bit to Exodus 30 to delve into the Altar of Incense. Then, I circle back to the hangings of the Court of the Tabernacle. Finally, I wrap up with the Priest’s Breastpiece, the first part of several of the Priests’ vestments. After listening, let me know what you think.
June 21, 2019
In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. In Chapter 27, just after the Tabernacle, is the Altar of Burnt Offering. You will sometimes see it called also called the Brasen Altar, the Outer Altar, the Earthen Altar, the Great Altar and the Table of the Lord. I trace the history of the various iterations of the altar through its destruction at the hands of the Romans. After listening, let me know what you think.
June 14, 2019
In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. In Chapter 25, just after the golden Lampstand, it the Tabernacle. You will sometimes see it called the Tent of Meeting or the Tent of the Congregation. And, for the ancient Israelites, it was the holiest of all places, until Solomon built the First Temple. After listening, let me know what you think.
June 7, 2019
In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. In Chapter 25, just after the Table of the Bread of the Presence, is the golden Lampstand, more modernly known as the menorah. The lamp that lit the interior of the Tabernacle and was thought to show the presence of God to the ancient Israelites. After listening, let me know what you think.
May 31, 2019
In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. In Chapter 25, Just after the Ark of the Covenant, is the Table of the Bread of the Presence, and on that table is the Showbread. Never heard of either? That’s why I do the podcast. After listening, let me know what you think.
May 24, 2019
In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. Which gets me to two specific features of the Ark of the Covenant, the Mercy Seat and Cherubim. Associated with the Mercy Seat is the Day of Atonement, which modern Jews celebrate as Yom Kippur. After listening, let me know what you think.
May 17, 2019
In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. Which gets me to the history of the Ark of the Covenant. The episode focuses on the history of the Ark outside of the Bible, including mentions in the Quran. I also cover many of the potential hiding places for the yet to be uncovered artifact. After listening, let me know what you think.
May 10, 2019
In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. Which gets me to the history of the Ark of the Covenant. The episode focuses on the direction from God concerning its construction, the desert wanderings, crossing the Jordan into Canaan, all the way through King Josiah. Which includes the time it was seized by the Philistines, during the period of the Judges. After listening, let me know what you think.
May 3, 2019
In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. And in this episode, I cover acacia wood. According to Exodus, the Tabernacle, Ark of the Covenant, and many of the other religious pieces were constructed from this tree. I also cover onyx stone, which was part of the priests’ garments. After listening, let me know what you think.
April 26, 2019
In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. And in this episode, I cover the Festival of Ingathering mandated by God in Exodus chapter 23. It’s also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, Sukkot, Harvest Festival, Festival of Booths. After listening, let me know what you think.
April 19, 2019
In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. And in this episode, I cover the Festival of Harvest mandated by God in Exodus chapter 23. It’s also known as the Feast of Weeks, Shavuot, and the Pentecost. After listening, let me know what you think.
April 12, 2019
In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. I spend most of the episode covering the first of three festivals mandated in Exodus chapter 23. The first is the Festival of Unleavened Bread but is frequently called by the night at the beginning of the celebration, Passover. I also address several of the most frequently asked questions about the podcast. After listening, let me know what you think.
April 5, 2019
In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. I spend most of the episode covering the concept of a biblical sabbatical, essentially every 7th year, when the land was to lay fallow. This is also the 3rd anniversary of the podcast, and I provide what’s become my annual update. After listening, let me know what you think.
March 28, 2019
In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. I spend a small amount of time on the 10 Commandments, but there is little mention of people, places, or things in the list, so I quickly move on. Next is perhaps one of the most contentious subjects in the Bible, servitude and slavery. IN the episode is a deep dive into how these people were treated at the time and in the later years. After listening, let me know what you think.
March 22, 2019
In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. Which gets me to perhaps the most well-known mountain in the Old Testament, Mt. Sinai, where Moses received the 10 Commandments from God. I also introduce the concept of biblical Judges but save the history of the specific judges for a later episode. After listening, let me know what you think.
March 15, 2019
In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. Which gets me to the people the Israelites would come to view as their prototypical enemy, the Amalekites. All of their future conflicts and foes would be judged against these people. So, who were they, and how were they related to Abraham or Noah? Listen and find out. I also cover what little is known about Rephidim, Meribah, and Massah. After listening, let me know what you think.
March 8, 2019
In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and things found in the book of Exodus. Which brings me to the topic of manna. What is this food? Is it bread, or something else? Tune in and learn. I also cover the instituting of the first sabbath. After listening, let me know what you think.
March 1, 2019
In this episode, I continue working my way through the peoples, places, and in this episode, the things found in the book of Exodus. Like I promised last week, in this episode I circle back to both date palms and oases, as seen earlier in the book. Then, forging ahead, I cover reeds, as seen in the Sea of Reeds, but also in the beginning of the book when Moses was placed in a papyrus basket among the reeds. I also cover the dry measurement known as an omer and the Sinai Peninsula. After listening, let me know what you think.
February 22, 2019
In this episode, I continue working my way through the people and places found in the book of Exodus. I cover the stations of Migdol, Marah, and Elim, along with Baal-zephon, The Red Sea, The Sea of Reeds, and the Wildernesses of Sin & Shur. In all of these, with the exception of the Red Sea, we know surprisingly little. After listening, let me know what you think.
February 15, 2019
In this episode, I continue my circle back wrapping up the tribes of Israel with Levi. Then, I continue working through Exodus covering the midwives Shiphrah and Puah, the Midianites, Mt. Horeb, and the locations of Goshen, Etham, and Pi-Hahiroth, or at least the little that is known about all of these. After listening, let me know what you think.
February 8, 2019
In this episode, I continue my circle back to the beginning of Exodus to cover the people and places in the book. Picking up where I left off last, I cover the Tribes of Dan, Judah, Benjamin, and Simeon. At least to the extent of what is known about these people. After listening, let me know what you think.
February 1, 2019
In this episode, I continue my circle back to the beginning of Exodus to cover the people and places in the book. Picking up where I left off last, I cover the Tribes of Ephraim, Zebulun, Asher, Naphtali, and the House of Joseph. At least to the extent of what is known about these people. After listening, let me know what you think.
January 25, 2019
In this episode, I circle back to the beginning of Exodus to cover the people and places in the book. Well, those other than the Egyptians. And I begin in the beginning of the book, Chapter 1, Verse 2, with the tribe of Reuben. Also in the episode, I cover what is known about the tribes of Gad and Manasseh. After listening, let me know what you think.
January 18, 2019
After over a year, I’ve finally finished the history of Egypt, and summarized over 10,000 years into two episodes. A survey of the history indeed. In this 2nd part of two, I cover the history from the Middle Kingdom through the era of Roman occupation, so from about 1650 BC to just after the start of AD, and when Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were living there in exile. After listening, let me know what you think.
January 11, 2019
Today the 62nd episode of the 3rd chapter was published on Blubrry and is also available on iTunes. After over a year, I’ve finally almost finished the history of Egypt. Now just to summarize in two parts. In this first part, I cover the period from prehistory through the Middle Kingdom, so from before 10,000 BC to about 1,650 BC. After listening, let me know what you think.
January 4, 2019
After over a year, this is the last of the deep dives into ancient Egyptian history. In this episode, I cover how Rome instituted their culture in Egypt including their military, path to citizenship, tax and economic policies, and the caste system. I also walk through how these impacted the exiled Joseph, Mary, and Jesus. Finally, I cover the transition from Herod the Great to his son and successor Herod Archelaus, and how this allows us to timestamp when the young Jesus’ family returned from Egypt. After listening, let me know what you think.
December 28, 2018
In this last part of several episodes, I wrap up the history of Cleopatra the 7th, Marc Antony, and their on-going conflict with Antony’s fellow Roman leader, Octavian. In the end, Octavian wins out, and becomes the first emperor of Rome, Caesar Augustus. Egypt comes to be controlled by a Roman prefect, who attempts to keep the formerly great nation reliably Roman. After listening, let me know what you think.
December 22, 2018
This is a rebraodcast of an episode from 2 years ago, and certainly does not fit with the point in history where the podcast finds itself today. But, pertinent for the Christmas holiday. Sometime in the future, when the historical chronology of the bible warrants it, I’ll work this episode into its proper sequence. This week is more than you may have ever wanted to know about the three wisemen. After listening, let me know what you think.
December 21, 2018
In this third part of four episodes, I cover the history of Cleopatra the 7th, and her interactions with Marc Antony, and their on-going conflict with Antony’s fellow ruler, and member of the triumvirate, Octavian. A conflict that escalated to a full war. After listening, let me know what you think.
December 14, 2018
In this second part of three episodes, I cover the history of Cleopatra the 7th, and her interactions with Marc Antony. Embedded in this was the continued power struggle between Antony and Octavian. Each one attempting to checkmate the other. After listening, let me know what you think.
December 13, 2018
In this first part of three episodes, I cover the history of Cleopatra the 7th, certainly the most famous Cleopatra of them all. This history includes her exile with her father, Ptolemy the 12th when her older sister forcibly took the throne. Then she and her father returned, taking power back. She would co-rule with her brother and have a child with Julius Caesar. All of this in this episode, with enough left over for next week. After listening, let me know what you think.
December 13, 2018
In this first part of three episodes, I cover the history of Cleopatra the 7th, certainly the most famous Cleopatra of them all. This history includes her exile with her father, Ptolemy the 12th when her older sister foricibly took the throne. Then she and her father returned, taking power back. She would co-rule with her brother and have a child with Julius Caesar. All of this in this episode, with enough left over for next week. After listening, let me know what you think.
November 30, 2018
In this episode, I cover the histories of Ptolemy the 8th, 7th,9th, all the way to the 12th. In that order. This also includes a few iterations of Cleopatras and Berenices. So, the time period between 169 and 51 BC. All throughout the episode, we can see how the Romans are slowly gaining incremental control over Egypt. A time setting the stage for the arrival of the toddler Jesus to Egypt. After listening, let me know what you think.
November 23, 2018
In this episode, I cover the history of Ptolemaic Egypt between Ptolemy the 3rd Euergetes and Ptolemy the 6th Philometor. So, the time period between 245 and 145 BC. In this period were several wars in Syria, a potential failed attempt by a Ptolemy to enter the 2nd temple, and internal conflict. A time setting the stage for the arrival of the toddler Jesus to Egypt. After listening, let me know what you think.
November 16, 2018
In this episode, I finish the history of the Library at Alexandria, covering it until it disappears from history sometime before the turn of the 4th century AD. I also restart on the history of the Greek rulers of Egypt, discussing the history of Ptolemy the 2nd Philadelphus. After listening, let me know what you think.
November 9, 2018
In this episode, I cover the father of Geometry, Euclid, who lived in Alexandria while Ptolemy the 1st ruled. I also discuss the first half of the history of the legendary Library at Alexandria. It was here that the circumference of the Earth was calculated, Archimedes invented his water pumping screw, and alphabetical order was first used. And so much more. After listening, let me know what you think.
November 2, 2018
In this episode, I cover the period when Alexander expanded the Greek kingdom to its largest extent, from Europe to North Africa, and as far east as parts of India. And then, quite unexpectedly and at the young age of 32, he died. And without a clear heir. The formerly great kingdom was plunged into civil war. I wrap up with the history of Ptolemy, the first post-Alexander ruler of Greek Egypt. After listening, let me know what you think.
October 26, 2018
In this episode, I cover the defeat of the Persians by the Macedonians, led by Alexander the Great. At the time, Persia was ruled by Darius the 3rd. The Persians and the Greeks would fight several great battles. I cover several of these, including the Battle at Gaza, which would give the Greeks control of Egypt. Alexander would journey to the African nation, initiate the building of Alexandria, the return to defeat Darius and take control of the whole Persian Empire. After listening, let me know what you think
October 19, 2018
In this episode, I continue to work my way through the period when Egypt was ruled by the Persians, then were briefly independent, only to be subjugated by the Persians again. This period included many conflicts with the Persians, and two different native Pharaohs who would flee their own country. One escaping to his sworn enemy, the Persians, and the other to Nubia. Overall, this episode covers Egypt between the years 361 and 338 BC. After listening, let me know what you think.
October 12, 2018
In this episode, I continue to work my way through the period when Egypt was ruled by the Persians. Beginning at the end of Artaxerxes’s reign with his successor Xerxes the 2nd, through a progression of short-lived rulers. Egypt would gain independence under Pharaoh Amyrtaeus, the only ruler of the 28th Dynasty. He was succeeded by Nepherites of the 29th Dynasty who would continue to battle the Persians for Egyptian independence. I continue through the reign of Pharaoh Nectanebo. Overall, this episode covers Egypt between the years 425 and 362 BC. After listening, let me know what you think.
October 5, 2018
In this episode, I work my way through the period when Egypt was ruled by the Persians. Beginning at the end of Darius’s reign, through Xerxes, including a summary of the war with Greece, the assassination of Xerxes, and through the end of Artaxerxes rule. I also cover what is known about the satrap’s who governed Egypt and the internal rebellions in that ancient kingdom. The episode covers the history of the country between the years of 487 and 424 BC. After listening, let me know what you think.
September 28, 2018
In this episode, I finish the history of the 26th Dynasty, the last native rulers for a bit. I then start on the reign of the Persians, which are considered the 27th Dynasty. Both of these factor into the history found in the Old Testament. And, the episode covers the history of the country between the years of 595 and 486 BC. After listening, let me know what you think.
September 21, 2018
In this episode, I wrap up the 25th and make significant progress through the 26th Dynasties of the 3rd Intermediate Period. And, in the transition from the 25th to 26th, I have to backtrack, so the episode covers ancient Egypt between 664 to 589 BC. During this period, power shifted back from Nubia to the Delta region. Interactions with the Assyrians, Judeans, and Babylonians were frequent, and one of the Pharaohs, Necho the 2nd, merited several mentions in the Old Testament. It’s even written that God spoke through him. Listen to learn how all of this unfolded. After listening, let me know what you think.
September 14, 2018
In this episode, I make my way through the 23rd, 24th, and partially through the 25th Dynasties of the 3rd Intermediate Period. Essentially ancient Egypt from 837 to 664 BC. During this period, power shifted from the northern region to Nubia, but not before a few competing rulers would try to seize the whole land. The Assyrians were the rising power in the northeast, and Egypt’s clashes with the Assyrians were recorded not only in Egypt, but also in the books of 2nd Kings and Isaiah, as well as Greek records.  Listen to learn how all of this unfolded. After listening, let me know what you think.
September 7, 2018
In this episode, I cover the 22nd Dynasty’s reign during the 3rd Intermediate Period. This is the period from about 945 to 720 BC. There were sporadic interactions with the Hebrews in Canaan during this period, some of which merited brief mentions in the Old Testament. But, towards the end of the dynasty, the rulers of Lower Egypt would fall to the former vassal state of Kush, aka Nubia. Listen to learn how all of this unfolded. After listening, let me know what you think.
August 31, 2018
In this episode, I wrap up the New Kingdom, covering Ramses 10 and 11. And when 11 died, so did the New Kingdom, plunging the declining country into the 3rd Intermediate Period. This period begins with the 21st Dynasty, and I manage to make it through these leaders and into the 22nd. Two of these rulers, one from the 21st and the other from the 22nd, are potentially mentioned in the Old Testament. Listen to find out the roles they played. After listening, let me know what you think.
August 24, 2018
In this episode, I continue working my way through the ancient Egyptian New Kingdom, beginning in the 20th Dynasty. And, I make it from Pharaoh Setnakhte then Ramses the 3rd through Ramses the 9th. So, the period of 1189 to 1111 BC. I also cover the apparently self-made Egyptian governor of Canaan, a man known as Irsu. Next week, I’ll finish the 20th Dynasty and begin the 21st. After listening, let me know what you think.
August 17, 2018
In this episode, I continue working my way through the ancient Egyptian New Kingdom, the remaining Pharaohs of the 19th Dynasty: Merneptah, Seti II, Amenmesse, Siptah, and Queen Twosret. So, the period of 1213 to 1189 BC. These rulers, while none reigned for any great period, did have a lasting impression of the history of Egypt. I also dive into a foreign leader who would rise to great power in Egypt, only to have a rapid fall leading to his execution. Next week, I’ll press the accelerator as I begin the history of the 20th Dynasty. After listening, let me know what you think.
August 10, 2018
In this episode, I continue working my way through the ancient Egyptian New Kingdom, covering the domestic policy and accomplishments of Ramesses the 2nd. Ramesses the Great ruled between 1279 and 1213 BC. He built many temples, palaces, and other structures, but unfortunately, few have stood the test of time. Listen to learn the surprises his mummy revealed. Next week, I’ll continue the history of Ramesses, including his potential role in the Exodus. After listening, let me know what you think.
August 3, 2018
In this episode, I continue working my way through the ancient Egyptian New Kingdom, covering Pharaohs Seti the 1st and Ramesses the 2nd. This father and son duo ruled between 1290 and 1213 BC. While covering the entire reign of Seti, time permits me to only cover the foreign exploits of Rameses. And this included many legendary military campaigns in Canaan. Next week, I’ll continue the history of Ramesses, including his potential role in the Exodus. After listening, let me know what you think.
July 27, 2018
In this episode, I continue working my way through the ancient Egyptian New Kingdom, covering Pharaohs Ay, Horemheb, and Ramesses the 1st, spanning the years 1323 through 1290 BC. Which also marks the transition from the 18th to the 19th Dynasty. Depending on the Exodus date you choose to subscribe to, this was either after the 40 years of wandering, or just before the Exodus. And, the Egyptian Empire controlled much of Canaan at this time, so either way, the Pharaoh influenced the lives of the Israelites. Next week, I’ll continue the history of the New Kingdom. After listening, let me know what you think.
July 20, 2018
In this episode, I continue working my way through the ancient Egyptian New Kingdom, covering Pharaohs Smenkhkare, Neferneferuaten, and one of the most famous Kings, and that is Tut. Which is ironic considering that not long after his death, the Egyptians consciously tried to forget him. They reigned between 1335 and 1323 BC. Depending on the Exodus date you choose to believe, this was either just after the 40 years of wandering, or just before the Exodus. And, the Egyptian Empire controlled much of Canaan at this time, so either way, the Pharaoh influenced the lives of the Israelites. Next week, I’ll continue the history of the New Kingdom. After listening, let me know what you think.
July 13, 2018
In this episode, I continue the journey through the ancient Egyptian New Kingdom, covering Pharaohs Akhenaten and Smenkhkare. They reigned between 1353 and 1334 BC. Depending on the Exodus date you choose to believe, this was either just after the 40 years of wandering, or just before the Exodus. And, the Egyptian Empire controlled much of Canaan at this time, so either way, the Pharaoh influenced the lives of the Israelites. Next week, I’ll continue the history of the New Kingdom. After listening, let me know what you think.
July 6, 2018
In this episode, I pick up where I left off a few episodes ago with the history of the New Kingdom, covering Pharaoh Amenhotep the 2nd, Thutmose the 4th, and Amenhotep the 4th. Their reigns spanned the years 1427 through 1353 BC and represent the high point of Egyptian civilization in the period. Next week, I’ll continue the history of the New Kingdom. After listening, let me know what you think.
June 29, 2018
In this episode, the second of two, I dive deeper into the theories that attempt to date the Exodus. First, I take a look at the archaeological evidence that researchers have offered in an attempt to place the events in a timeline, focusing on various cities in Canaan. I also look at the known Egyptian history and align it with the biblical narrative. Next week, I’ll restart the history of the New Kingdom. After listening, let me know what you think.
June 22, 2018
In this episode, the first part of two, I cover a couple of the theories attempting to date the Exodus event. In most of these, historians attempt to align the events found in the Book of Exodus with historical evidence. I also explore the 1450 date I’ve been referring to. Next week, I’ll wrap up the theories around the date of the Exodus. After listening, let me know what you think.
June 15, 2018
In this episode, I cover Thutmose the 3rd, whole ruled ancient Egypt in from about 1479 to 1425 BC. According to Rabbinical Judaism, this is the period when the Exodus occurred. Most historians consider him to be a great military leader, having expanded the empire to the largest extent seen up to that period. Next week, I’ll continue the history of the Egyptian New Kingdom. After listening, let me know what you think.
June 8, 2018
In this episode, I cover the first next three rulers of the New Kingdom, Thutmose the 1st and 2nd, as well as Queen Hatshepsut. But, Thutmose the 3rd was also on the throne at the time, but he was too young to rule. These are essentially the year 1506 through 1458 BC, so just before the proposed time of the Exodus. Next week, I’ll continue the history of the Egyptian New Kingdom. After listening, let me know what you think.
June 1, 2018
In this episode, I cover the last couple of rulers from both the Hyksos and the Egyptian 17th Dynasties. Knowledge of the life and times of both groups are necessary to understand the New Kingdom. I then get started on the first ruler of the New Kingdom, Amenhotep the 1st, who died around the time that it’s believed Moses was exiled to Midian. Next week, I’ll continue the history of the Egyptian New Kingdom. After listening, let me know what you think.
May 25, 2018
In this episode, I cover what is known about the Hyksos. A people originally from Canaan who would rule part of Egypt during the Second Intermediate Period. What do they have in common with the Biblical account of the Israelites exiled to the same country? Listen and find out. Next week, I’ll begin the Egyptian New Kingdom. After listening, let me know what you think.
May 18, 2018
In this episode, I walk through the history of the Middle Kingdom from about 1806 to 1550 BC. This was the most probable period when the Israelites lived in exile in Egypt. I also touch on the several concurrent dynasties of the period, including the Hyksos. These immigrants from Canaan seem extremely familiar. Listen to find out why. Next week, I’ll do a deeper dive into the Hyksos. After listening, let me know what you think.
May 11, 2018
In this episode, I walk through the history of the Middle Kingdom from about 1914 to 1806 BC. It was sometime during this period where Joseph was sold into Egyptian slavery, sent to prison, released, and became the vizier of Egypt. Probably towards the end of the period, his bothers make their multiple trips to the kingdom, and finally his father, Jacob, and the rest of his family arrived there. The beginning of the 400 or so year exile. And, this episode walks through the country he would have experienced. Next week, I’ll continue the history of the Middle Kingdom. After listening, let me know what you think. https://www.facebook.com/ChristianHistoryPodcast/
May 4, 2018
In this episode, I cover the first 120 years of the Egyptian Middle Kingdom. It was during this time that Abram and his family probably journey to the land of the Pharaohs and Pyramids. I talk through the forces that reunited the land and the societal dynamics that Abram would have encountered. Next week, I’ll continue the history of the Middle Kingdom. After listening, let me know what you think. https://www.facebook.com/ChristianHistoryPodcast/
April 27, 2018
In this episode, I cover the entire 1st Intermediate period. In the episode, you’ll learn why we know so little of the history of this time. Also, I cover how the previously powerful kingdom was spilt up. I then walk through the precursors to the reemergence of the empire. Next week, I’ll begin the history of the Middle Kingdom. After listening, let me know what you think.
April 20, 2018
In this episode, I wrap up the Egyptian Old Kingdom by working through the 5th and 6th Dynasties. The reigns of the Pharaohs Neferefre, Shepseskare, Menkauhor, Djedkare, Unas, Teti, and the two Pepis. Throughout these two dynasties, the power and prestige of the empire shrank while the administrative ranks of the government swelled. Next week, I’ll begin the history of the First Intermediate Period. After listening, let me know what you think. https://www.facebook.com/ChristianHistoryPodcast/
April 13, 2018
In this episode, I wrap up the Egyptian 4th Dynasty and work about a third of the way through the 5th. Pharaohs such as Djedefre, Khafre, Menkaure, Shepseskaf, Userkaf, Sahure, and Neferirkare are covered. Essentially the years 2566 BC through the next 100 or so years. In this era, pyramids got smaller while Sun Temples grew in importance. Next week, I’ll continue working through the Old Kingdom. After listening, let me know what you think. https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/christian-history-podcast/id1095530140?mt=2 https://www.facebook.com/ChristianHistoryPodcast/
April 7, 2018
Today the 22nd episode of the 3rd chapter was published on Blubrry and is also available on iTunes. In this episode, I wrap up the Egyptian 2nd Dynasty, work all the way through the 3rd, and begin the 4th Dynasty. And, it’s the 4th Dynasty that marks the beginning of the Old Kingdom. Why does this matter? It was during the 4th Dynasty, so also the Old Kingdom, that many of the monuments that still exist were built. Like the Pyramids. The same structures that Abraham, Isaac, Josephs and his brothers, Aaron, and of course Moses, all stared upon. The same ones you can visit today. Next week, I’ll continue working through the Old Kingdom. After listening, let me know what you think. https://www.facebook.com/ChristianHistoryPodcast/
March 30, 2018
This episode marks the 2nd anniversary of the podcast, and I take a few minutes and give a peek behind the curtain. I also walk through the Pharaohs of the middle part of the 2nd Dynasty, around the 28th century BC. I end the episode with the history of the Palermo Stone, and its related artifacts. Next week, I’ll wrap up the 2nd Dynasty and begin the 3rd. After listening, let me know what you think.
March 23, 2018
This episode covers the end of the 1st Dynast and the beginning of the 2nd. Pharaohs Anedjib, Semerkhet, and Qa’a wrap up the 1st Dynasty. Then, there’s a few lesser known Pharaohs: Hotepsekhemwy and Sneferka. And even one known as Horus Bird. You’ll have to listen to find out why he was called that. Then there was Raneb or was it Nebra. I also walk through the history of the Turing King List. Next week, I’ll continue working through the 2nd Dynasty. After listening, let me know what you think.
March 16, 2018
This episode covers the several Pharaohs after Narmer, which include Hor-Aha, Djer, Djet, and Den all of the 1st Dynasty and midway through the 30th century BC. There’s also Merneith, possibly the first female monarch in history. I also cover the history of their tombs, including the people buried with them and our current understanding of this practice. Finally, there’s the intersection of history with the plagues found in Exodus. Next week, I’ll continue working through the 1st Dynasty. After listening, let me know what you think.
March 9, 2018
This episode covers what is known about the reign of the 1st Pharaoh, is it Menes or Narmer? Or one in the same? Listen to learn of the legendary Menes and the animal he rode while uniting Egypt and the other fearsome beast that was his undoing. I also cover Red and White Egypt, and how these two distinct kingdoms united to form the whole of Egypt. Next week, I’ll continue working through the Pre-Dynastic period. After listening, let me know what you think.
March 2, 2018
In this episode, I finish the summary of the ancient Egyptians’ religion. In this episode, I’m discussing how magic was important to their religion and talk through its mention in Exodus. Also, I discuss the importance of the Nile to the religion. Then, I finally begin to deep dive into the history, working through what is known about the cultures that make up their pre-history, through about 3100 BC. Next week, I’ll begin in the Proto-Dynastic period. After listening, let me know what you think.
February 23, 2018
This is also the 100th episode of the podcast. In this episode, I continue the summary of the ancient Egyptians religion. In this episode, I’m delving into the evolution of the religion, how their temples worked, and individual religious practices. Oracles, animal cults, and a few of merging of the Pantheon with others from the region are also discussed. Next week, I’ll cover wrap up their religion and should have time to begin the deep dive into their history. After listening, let me know what you think.
February 16, 2018
In this episode, I begin a summary concerning the religion of the ancient Egyptians. I dive into their gods, the deistic view of the pharaoh, and the workings of the temples. I also cover their view of the afterlife and the two parts of the soul. Finally, I touch on their brief foray into monotheism, or is it monolatry? Listen and find out. Next week, I’ll cover wrap up their religion in what will be the 100th episode. After listening, let me know what you think.
February 9, 2018
In this episode, I cover the history of the Rosetta Stone and how it led to a greater understanding of Egyptian History. Napoleon, King George III, World War I, Julius Caesar, and many others all hand a hand on the stone. Listen to learn how it was found, how it ended up in Britain, and the many nations that contributed to its understanding. Next week, I’ll cover the religious practices of the ancient Egyptians. After listening, let me know what you think.
February 2, 2018
In this episode, I cover the development of the three Egyptian written languages: hieroglyphics, hieratic, and demotic. I detail how we know about the languages and where each was used.  I wrap up with how the rise of Christianity led to the decline in these ancient languages. Next week, I’ll cover the Rosetta Stone and their ancient religious practices and the development of their language.
January 26, 2018
Today the 12th episode of the 3rd chapter was published on Blubrry and is also available on iTunes. In this episode, I summarize the history of the ancient Egyptians from the fall of the New Kingdom through the end of the Greek Occupation. So, in terms of a timeline, from about 1806 BC to 50 BC. I also dive relatively deeply into the Nile River, its geography, economic impact, and geologic history. Next week, I’ll cover the Egyptian ancient religious practices and the development of their language.   After listening, let me know what you think.
January 19, 2018
In this episode, I cover what is known about the pre-history of Egypt up through the Middle Kingdom. Embedded in this, I discuss the factors that led to the settlement of the area, the changing climate, and even touch on their medical knowledge. Next week, I’ll pick up with the collapse of the Middle Kingdom and work through the time just before the birth of Christ.   After listening, let me know what you think.
January 12, 2018
Before beginning the history of the Egyptians, I need to ground their history as found in the Old Testament. Of course, they are mentioned in the Table of Nations, but they also played a part in the lives of Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, Moses, David, Solomon, and so many others. What was their influence, listen and find out. Next week, I’ll provide a summary history of the Egyptians, up through about 50 BC.   After listening, let me know what you think.
January 5, 2018
So, who wrote Exodus? The traditional Jewish, and therefore Christian, view is that Exodus, along with the vast majority of the remainder of the Pentateuch, was written by Moses. One religious father went as far as to say that portions were dictated by God to Moses, who wrote it with his own tears. Religious academics, at least some of them, have proposed many different theories, several of which are discussed in this episode. Who, and more importantly what are their theories? Listen and find out. Next week, I’ll begin the history of the Egyptians.   After listening, let me know what you think.
December 29, 2017
This episode is a summary of the narrative found in Exodus Chapters 35 through 40. These chapters recount the building of the Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant, and all the fixtures and furniture found within the wall of the courtyard. We are told how the Israelites built everything to God’s exacting specifications. We also hear of the people donating the gold, silver, bronze, linen, leather, and everything else. So much so that Moses had to put a stop to it. Finally, Moses anoints and consecrates all of the items, as well as Aaron and the other priests. Next week, I’ll cover the history of the writing of the Book of Exodus.   After listening, let me know what you think.
December 22, 2017
Chapter 29 and 30 begin with God continuing to tell Moses how he is to be worshiped. Moses is told how offerings and sacrifices are to be rendered, how the altar is to be built, about a mandatory offering for essentially all adult Israelites, how to build a basin of bronze, and the formulation for both the ritual holy anointing oil and incense. In Chapter 31, God tells Moses the two men who are to build everything he has specified. Then the narrative changes direction. While Moses is still on Sinai, the Israelites build an idol. And God is furious. Moses is sent back, destroys the stone tablets God gave to him, and loses his temper, too. God then reiterates his commandments, formulates some new rules, and recarves the tablets. These are a busy few chapters. Next week, I’ll continue the summary of Exodus, starting in Chapter 35.   After listening, let me know what you think.
December 15, 2017
This episode is a summary of the narrative found in Exodus Chapters 21 through 28. Chapter 21 through 23 details many of the laws given by God to Moses. Laws concerning slavery, violence, property, rampaging oxen, restitution, breaking and entering, destroying crops, and the like. Also, laws concerning the lending of money, religious laws, three mandated festivals, In Chapter 24, Moses relays these laws to the people, and writes them down in the Book of the Covenant. It is in Chapters 25 through 28 that God tells Moses how he should be worshiped. He details the Ark of the Covenant, the Tabernacle, along with everything in it, the courtyard that will surround the Tabernacle, and the priests clothing. All in great detail. Next week, I’ll continue the summary of Exodus, starting in Chapter 29.   After listening, let me know what you think.
December 8, 2017
This episode is a summary of the narrative found in Exodus Chapters 18 through 20. Chapter 18 sees the reappearance of Moses’s father-in-law, Jethro who brings Moses’s wife Zipporah and his two sons back to the leader of the Israelites. Jethro also advises Moses on how to efficiently structure a legal system. In Chapter 19, the Israelites migrate to Mt. Sinai, where in Chapter 20 they receive a set of commandments from God. At the end of the episode, I dive into the different numbering conventions of these commandments. Next week, I’ll continue the summary of Exodus, starting in Chapter 21.   After listening, let me know what you think.
December 1, 2017
This episode is a summary of the narrative found in Exodus Chapters 14 through 17. These chapters begin with the Israelites on the run from the pursuing Egyptians. They then cross the Red Sea, or maybe the Sea of Reeds, where the Egyptians Army is destroyed. God then provides water and food, but the populace gives neither Moses not Aaron any peace. They also begin their skirmishes with the natives of the regions in the wilderness. Next week, I’ll continue the summary of Exodus, starting in Chapter 18.   After listening, let me know what you think.
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