Reading through the third book of Kings (aka. the first book of Kings)

“As the northern kingdom fell fully into idolatry and remained more-or-less in a state of idolatry until its final destruction in 721BC, prophets like Elijah arrived in due course to protest and condemn the prevailing immorality.”

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On the Jewish priest Esdras (aka. Ezra, memorial day, the 13th of July)

“…the last half millenium of the history of the Hebrew people before the birth of Christ. It was during this period that the specific Jewish identity was fashioned and strengthened as the people fortified Jerusalem…”

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Reading through the Apocalypse of Saint John (aka. Revelation)

“I do so love that Christ uses the same language here in his fearsome aspect that he used in the Gospels, when He also terrified men like John by walking over the water to them on a stormy sea.”

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Reading through the Letter to the Hebrews

“…the authority of Son of God… is an authority that cannot be rejected for it has replaced the authority of the Hebrew priesthood, abrogating it and restoring a more ancient system…”

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Reading the Acts of the Apostles

“…the constant theme of the Acts of the Apostles, which is the theme of the Gospels: that the time of the Messiah had arrived and so the gates of Israel had been thrown open at last, and the promises of old had been made available to the Gentiles. The Apostles had to learn this, then they had to legislate for the Gentile Christians.”

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The prophet Isaiah

“Isaias is similar to other prophets in the usual condemnations: the people have forsaken the God of their ancestors and become thoroughly idolatrous, becoming comparable to the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah; their practice of the Hebrew religion is superficial and has become abominable to God; and they are morally corrupt.”

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The prophet Jeremiah

“Jeremias’ message was not unlike that of the other prophets: return to the whole-hearted worship of the Lord God, end all other religious cults around the country (of which there seem to have been many), and follow the instructions of the prophets, not seeking diplomatic support from other world powers.”

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Reading through the Book of Josue (aka. Joshua)

“Joshua led the people through the river Jordan on a dry bank, as the waters piled up to the north. There was already a lot of formal ritual in this passage of the river, for the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant were to stand in mid-stream until after the people had passed over…”

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