Ancient History, History

The Book of Ruth

Those who know me also know about my on-again-off-again obsession with writing a book about David and the rise of Israel during the twilight of the Late Bronze Age and the birth of the Early Iron Age. One day, I will find the time and energy to write that book; but in the meantime, where… Continue reading The Book of Ruth


My Two Favorite Books on Ancient Israel

If you're wondering where I get a lot of the information that I share about the Late Bronze Age and Israel, it is from William Dever. Dr. Dever was the professor of Near East Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Arizona, and is currently Distinguished Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at Lycoming College in… Continue reading My Two Favorite Books on Ancient Israel

Ancient History, History, King of Hopelessness: A Study of Ruth

King of Hopelessness, pt 2 (Ruth 1:3-5)

וַיָּמָת אֱלִימֶלֶךְ אִישׁ נָעֳמִי וַתִּשָּׁאֵר הִיא וּשְׁנֵי בָנֶיהָ׃ וַיִּשְׂאוּ לָהֶם נָשִׁים מֹאֲבִיּוֹת שֵׁם הָאַחַת עָרְפָּה וְשֵׁם הַשֵּׁנִית רוּת וַיֵּשְׁבוּ שָׁם כְּ‍עֶשֶׂר שָׁנִים׃ וַיָּמוּתוּ גַם־שְׁנֵיהֶם מַחְלוֹן וְכִלְיוֹן וַתִּשָּׁאֵר הָאִשָּׁה מִ‍שְּׁנֵי יְלָדֶיהָ וּמֵ‍אִישָׁהּ׃ But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons. These took Moabite wives; the name of the one… Continue reading King of Hopelessness, pt 2 (Ruth 1:3-5)