Missives

A collection of apologetic and encouraging notes for Christians in need of some power-boosts from time to time.

In 2 Kings 18:17, we read the king of Assyria [Sennacherib] sent Tartan and Rabsaris and Rabshakeh from Lachish to king Hezekiah at Jerusalem around 713 BC. Who were these people, and why did he send them?
One possible reason the 8th century prophet Jonah was missing (word hints in purple) from last week's chart of Hebrew and Assyrian kings is mainstream Biblical scholars view Jonah's account as "entirely ahistorical", a parody written hundreds of years after the fact and mistakenly interpreted as prophecy. Yet, an analysis of the Assyrian Limmu list discloses a greater miracle than Jonah's whale of a trip.
Often in the Old Testament, the regnal dates of kings are recorded in a relative manner; for instance: And Nadab the son of Jeroboam began to reign over Israel in the second year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned over Israel two years.
"Your previous leaders are liars. They claim rights to the throne, but God gave me the victory." To ensure all subjects of the land heard his view, the new ruler posted it along a widely travelled thoroughfare.
In Judges 6 we read about Gideon, an Old Testament hero of faith who lived around 1,200 BC before the days of Israel's kings. Gideon was directly tasked by the Lord to destroy the altar of Baal in spite of being the youngest in his family.
Those goofy Jews. Why, they couldn't even write Hebrew until they stumbled across the Jordan desert, ended their nomadic life and assimilated themselves among modern Canaanite cities around 1,200 BC.
In an earlier missive, you read about the struggles and challenges involved with promoting proper blueberry fruit growth. Since the first berries ripen around the first of June, this is an ideal time to update you on whether or not the pruning efforts actually worked. It appears that they did, as evidenced in the picture below taken June 11th.
In 1828, the Dutch government purchased a papyrus (below) from the antiquities market. Written in ancient Egyptian cursive (heiratic) style in black and red ink, it runs across 17 columns and 236 lines.
Our Lord Jesus, in the night wherein He was betrayed, instituted the Sacrament of His body and blood, called the Lord's Supper, to be observed in His Church unto the end of the world...
Who is a "rich man"? This rather means one who loves his riches and makes an idol of them; or one who supremely desires to be rich.