Bible stories

Legends

V. SOLOMON

SOLOMON PUNISHES JOAB At the youthful age of twelve Solomon succeeded his father David as king. His real name was Jedidiah, the “friend of God,” but it was superseded by the name Solomon on account of the peace that prevailed throughout the realm during his reign. He bore three other names besides: Ben, Jakeh, and […]

IV. DAVID

DAVID’S BIRTH AND DESCENT David, the “elect of God,” was descended from a family which itself belonged to the elect of Israel. Those ancestors of his who are enumerated in the Bible by name are all of them men of distinguished excellence. Besides, David was a descendant of Miriam, the sister of Moses, and so […]

III. SAMUEL AND SAUL

ELKANAH AND HANNAH The period of the Judges is linked to the period of the Kingdom by the prophet Samuel, who anointed both Saul and David as kings. Not only was Samuel himself a prophet, but his forebears also has been prophets, and both his parents, Elkanah and Hannah, were endowed with the gift of […]

II. THE JUDGES

THE FIRST JUDGE After the death of Joshua the Israelites inquired to God whether they were to go up against the Canaanites in war. They were given the answer: “If ye are pure of heart, go forth unto the combat; but if your hearts are sullied with sin, then refrain.” They inquired furthermore how to […]

I. JOSHUA

THE SERVANT OF MOSES The early history of the first Jewish conqueror in some respects is like the early history of the first Jewish legislator. Moses was rescued from a watery grave, and raised at the court of Egypt. Joshua, in infancy, was swallowed by a whale, and, wonderful to relate, did not perish. At […]

THE LAST DAY OF MOSES’ LIFE

On the seventh day of Adar, Moses knew that on this day he should have to die, for a heavenly voice resounded, saying, “Take heed to thyself, O Moses, for thou hast only one more day to live.” What did Moses now do? On this day he wrote thirteen scrolls of the Torah, twelve for […]

BALAAM, THE HEATHEN PROPHET

The man whom the Moabites and Midianites believed to be Moses’ peer was none other than Laban, Israel’s arch-enemy, who in olden days had wanted to root out entirely Jacob and all his family, and who had later on incited Pharaoh and Amalek against the people of Israel to bring about their destruction. Hence, too, […]