Motifs in Samuel: Meaning and Significance

Motifs in Samuel: Meaning and Significance A number of years ago I wrote a post that pointed out how the recognition and study of motifs within a biblical narrative can contribute to its understanding (see here). In that post I surveyed motifs found in Genesis (the Jacob story), Judges (the Samson story), and Samuel (Saul’s … Continue reading Motifs in Samuel: Meaning and Significance

The Serpent in Samuel: A Messianic Motif

The Serpent in Samuel: A Messianic Motif As the title suggests, this recent book by author Brian A. Verrett, advocates that the messianic theme found in the books of Samuel is enhanced by tracing a serpent motif (on the subject of biblical motifs, see my post here). The serpent referred to is the serpent of … Continue reading The Serpent in Samuel: A Messianic Motif

The Unseen Realm: The Movie

The Unseen Realm: The Movie If you’ve ever wondered about some of the strange passages in the Bible that talk about the Nephilim (Gen. 6:1-4; Num. 13:33), the disobedient “spirits in prison” (1 Pet. 3:18-22; 2 Pet. 2:4-5), or the cosmic battle we face against the “spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places,” (Eph. … Continue reading The Unseen Realm: The Movie

The Theology of 1&2 Samuel

The Theology of 1&2 Samuel I’m a big fan of getting the “Big Picture” of a biblical book. The old cliche that “You can lose the forest for the trees,” is definitely true in biblical studies. We can become so microscopic by examining a word or verse (which definitely has its place!), that we can … Continue reading The Theology of 1&2 Samuel

Mahanaim: Insights From Biblical Geography

 Mahanaim: Insights From Biblical Geography Mahanaim is certainly not a household word. Even if you are a student of the Bible it may not be a familiar place to you. Don’t feel bad, my spell corrector doesn’t recognize it either! In spite of its relative obscurity, Mahanaim is an excellent example of important lessons that … Continue reading Mahanaim: Insights From Biblical Geography