Josephus-Book 6: From Samuel to Saul Deacon/Lay Leader Joshua Justice 8 June 2016
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Eli Samuel Saul Dagon God Israel Philistines faith trust skepticism secular religious sages leaders corruption sons king power Bible Old Testament plague bloody flux hemmoroids mice cattle Ark of the Covenant death life grace punishment disease honor obey obedience judge prophet reject law Torah Talmud oral tradition sin earthquake enemies victory defeat thunder weapons

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artist: Joshua Justice
title: Josephus-Book 6
album: Josephus
year: 2016  6 June
genre: History (id None)
In this narrative, Josephus relates the history beginning with Eli's death at the taking of the Ark of the Covenant by the Philistines and the events that followed as the captive Ark showed the power of God in both demoting the Philistine god, Dagon, and in bringing on the Philistines themselves a great and terrible disease and influx of mice.  Like today, the Philistines had both religious and secular, non-believing populations.  It took them a while to all come to the belief that yes, the God of Israel is real and yes, the torments of the plagues of mice and the diseases which were killing so many of them were connected to His Ark.  the final proof?  What do milk cows do when separated from their babies?  They head straight for the Hebrews!  Josephus then discusses the many facets of Samuel-his rise, his reign as judge, and his failings as a father.  Like "PK's" of today, his sons were not prepared nor worthy of taking his place upon his death, and therefore the people, exhausted by the corrupt behavior of Eli's sons and now Samuel's, lose their trust in God to bring things about, and demand a king.     Copyright 2016 All Rights Reserved

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