Nehemiah 1-7: Rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem.

December 22, 2015. Daily Reading: Nehemiah 1-7. Background: Until the third century AD, the book of Nehemiah was combined with the book of Ezra in a work that was referred to as either Ezra or Ezra-Nehemiah (see intro to Ezra). The book is a record of history continuing on after the temple was rebuilt under…

II Samuel 14-19: Absalom’s rise and fall.

May 19, 2015. Daily Reading: II Samuel 14-19. Background: II Samuel 10-13. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 14 Absalom’s return to Jerusalem: At the end of the last chapter, we find that Absalom fled to Geshur after he had killed Amnon his brother on account of his sister who was raped by Amnon. At first, David…