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History in the Bible

A layman's guide to a 150 years of research in biblical studies and the archaeology of Israel and Judah. All the history, in all the books, in all the bibles. For forthcoming episodes, show notes, maps and charts, visit my site www.historyinthebible.com. If you are joining the show for the first time, you might want to check out the keynote episodes I list. These provide the background info and concepts used in later episodes. Episodes are released every second Sunday.
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All the history, in all the books, in all the Bibles.

A podcast exploring the latest critical research into the history in the Bible, the archaeological evidence behind it, and the ancient religion of the Israelites.

For a list of forthcoming episodes, show notes, maps, diagrams, and tables, visit my website at www.historyinthebible.com.

Jul 31, 2016

God commands David to conduct a census. God then punishes David for conducting a census. Like the rest of us, the Chronicler was mystified by this, and rewrote the story to introduce Satan. Modern archaeologists disgree with the numbers. Bathsheba, mother to Solomon, conducts a palace coup to put her son on the throne, allied with the prophet Nathan, the priest Zadok, and David's mercenary praetorian guard. David charges Solomon to dispatch David's most loyal servants, Joab and Abiathar. I also introduce the Book of Psalms.

Jul 17, 2016

The final portion of David's story is told in the court narrative or succession history. Who will follow David as king? In this story of intrigue, David's woes start with his murder of Uriah, followed by familial violence, rape, and the terrible deaths of two of his sons, Amnon and Absalom. The Book of Chronicles mentions none of that.

Jul 3, 2016

David and his field marshal Joab defeats Saul's son Ishbosheth and his general Abner. David retrieves the ark from the Philistines, to the displeasure of his wife Michal. God forges his fourth and final contract with humanity, promising David and David's city of Jerusalem eternal divine protection. Scholars call this the Royal Zion theology. I also discuss David's special protection squad, and the sudden appearance of a new high priest, Zadok.

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