What I find of interest.
- Hebrew itself
- As well as the other ancient languages.
- Extra scriptural texts: Enoch, Thomas, among others.
- Meta discussion concerning the Bible.
- Timelines: Astronomy, Geneology, "conventional" history, etc.
- The more mythic stories.
- Deconstructing the layers of meanings.
- Does Gematria have merit? Theomatics?
I think we are all aware (to some degree or another) of the depth to ' which one can sink in pursuit of "conspiracy theories". There is nothing wrong with a healthy skepticism; but any line of thought which may leave one feeling less grounded does not appear to be wise.
So if nothing else we ought to begin at a foundational place. Are the mythic stories that? I think so, the only thing more fundamental would be language. Perhaps that will come, for now I think I'll stick with examining the stories. And looking at the archetypes and symbols that are presented.
This leads me to the Old Testament books. Which even if it didn't, I tend to feel that this is where the most interesting topics lay.
Perhaps a short book (or section) that tells a self-contained story with more straightforward language. And now as I'm looking at the sections of the O/T, there is so much I'm unfamiliar with; yet many things I have ideas about. So let's forget the Pentateuch for now, but begin in the first of the "History Books", Joshua.
Sounds like you really don't know anything about this book except the typical recitation of academia. Which is fine, but just leave the commentary out next time.
I want to know much more about why these dates are given, as well as any information about where the text itself came from.The five books of Moses anticipated the fulfillment of God's promise to Abraham regarding the Promised Land. Now (either about 1400 or 1220 B.C.), through a string of military victories under Joshua, Israel conquered the land and divided it among the twelve tribes. In these battles it became evident that God fights for his people when they are "strong and courageous" (1:6, 7, 9, 18; 10:25) and put their full trust in him. At the close of the book, Joshua charged the people to remain faithful to God and to obey his commands, and the people agreed to do so. "As for me and my house," said Joshua, "we will serve the Lord" (24:15). Although anonymous, the book appears to contain eyewitness testimony, some of which may have been written by Joshua himself.
~ESV Commentary (Crossway, 2005)
This Book contains 24 chapters. It begins with God choosing Joshua, and ends with Joshua's death.
- God commissions Joshua and Joshua assumes command.
- Rahab hides the spies.
- Israel crosses the Jordan.
- Twelve memorial stones from the Jordan.
- The new generation is circumcised, and Passover in Canaan.
- The fall of Jericho.
- Israel is defeated at Ai.
- The fall of Ai.
- The Gibeonite deception.
- The Sun stands still, executions, and conquest.
- Conquests in Northern Canaan.
- Kings defeated by Moses and kings defeated by Joshua.
- Lands to be conquered, inheritance east of the Jordan.
- The inheritance west of the Jordan and Caleb's request.
- The allotment for Judah.
- The allotment for Ephraim and Manasseh.
- Allotment of the remaining land and Benjamin's inheritance.
- The inheritance for Simeon, Zebulun, Issachar, Asher, Naphtali, Dan, and Joshua.
- The cities of refuge.
- Cities and pasturelands allotted to Levi.
- The eastern tribes return home.
- Joshua's charge to Israel's leaders.
- The covenant renewal at Shechem. Who will you serve? Joshua's death.