Judith: Keep it? Or Axe it?

This is a hard one for me.  If we based this purely on the historical evidence, Nebuchadnezzar was the king of Babylon, which ruled Southern Mesopotamia; while Assyria was over Northern Mesopotamia.  There are other historical inaccuracies that scholars have pinpointed, and as such this is more than likely akin to a story not unlikeContinue reading “Judith: Keep it? Or Axe it?”

Exploring Judith (Ch.13-16)

In Chapter 13, Judith manages to get into Holofernes bedchamber and says a silent prayer to God. Judith 13:4O Lord God of all power, look at this present upon the works of mine hands for the exaltation of Jerusalem. For now is the time to help your inheritance, and to execute your enterprizes to theContinue reading “Exploring Judith (Ch.13-16)”

Exploring Judith (Ch.10-11)

In Chapter 10, Judith, in all her beauty, approaches the camp of Holofernes and gets them to bring her into Holofernes tent.  It’s not even that crafty how she manages to accomplish this, it just happens.  It’s possible the story is brief, but if it’s really how things went down…maybe God really did get herContinue reading “Exploring Judith (Ch.10-11)”

Exploring Judith (Ch. 8-9)

Chapter 8 is where the story really begins.  Judith is a widow who is constantly fasting, and apparently has a good reputation for being a wise woman.  So she pulls the elders aside and admonishes them for making a pact with the governor- either God saves us, or we surrender when God doesn’t, and theyContinue reading “Exploring Judith (Ch. 8-9)”

Exploring Judith (Ch. 5-7)

Chapter 5 recounts the story of the Israelites from Abraham until the time of this story.  The servant which summarizes the Israelites’ life draws a conclusion at the end for his master to consider. Chapter 5:17-21  And whilst they sinned not before their God, they prospered, because the God that hates iniquity was with them. Continue reading “Exploring Judith (Ch. 5-7)”

Exploring Judith (Ch1-4)

Chapter 1 & 2  describes Nebuchadnezzar as a prideful war lord, that had to fight his way to power because no one took him seriously prior to his violent decree upon all flesh which did not obey the commandment of his mouth.  These go into his conquests leading up to the main story.  In ChapterContinue reading “Exploring Judith (Ch1-4)”

Exploring Baruch 6 (Pt.1)

(Also known as the Letter of Jeremiah) So following what I said a couple weeks ago about slowing down, I figured I’d go ahead and run through the last chapter of Baruch and see where we end up.  This chapter doesn’t have any references linked as “positive” to the New Testament, so we’ll be ableContinue reading “Exploring Baruch 6 (Pt.1)”