Gilbert House Fellowship #314: Deuteronomy 1:1-3:11

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THE REPHAIM were remembered by Israel as giants, or at least as people who venerated the giants of the pre-Flood world. That’s why God marked them for destruction before Israel entered the Promised Land.

This week, we discuss the history of the Israelites as told by Moses while the people camped in the Arabah, before they began their campaign to take Canaan from the Amorites.

Moses reminded the Israelites that their fear of the Anakim had caused them to rebel against God, which led to forty years of wandering in the wilderness. We give our reasons for believing that this was in the vicinity of Petra in Jordan. Moses also noted that God used the Ammonites, Moabites, and Edomites to eliminate the Rephaim, and those allied with them like the Horites (Hurrians) and Amorites, from the Transjordan.

Then we discuss Og of Bashan and why the location of his kingdom was considered the literal entrance to the netherworld. We bring in some Jewish traditions about Og, and later texts from Amorite and Phoenician sources that portray Og as a semi-mythical underworld entity connected to the deities Rapiu (“King of Eternity”) and Malik (Molech).

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  1. Hello to both of you, I am going to listen to this week’s podcast. But wanted to share something I have found and get you’re opinion on it.

  2. Great study! I also enjoyed the Jewish fairy tale of Og that Sharon read. Methinks the author was really of Disney ancestry … Lol

    The head of Dumlupınar University (DPU) archeology department professor and excavation coordinator Gökhan Coşkun, told Anadolu Agency that the Aizanoi’s history goes back to roughly 5,000 years.

  4. I got this article in an email from Israel 365 news it’s pretty interesting. I heard you guys talking about wanting to visit Turkey so I thought I would share it. That’s just a small piece of the article as I can not copy and paste the link. I received the 2021 defender conference along with all the rest of zeitgeist 2025 package and so far it’s awesome. I love biblical archeology and all archeology in general. God bless you guys

    1. Author

      Thanks for the heads up! And we’re glad you like the Zeitgeist package. There’s a lot of meat in there!

  5. Yes there is, God bless you all and thank you for all that you guys do

  6. What is the name of the App for Gilbert house? Can’t seem to find it

    1. Author

      Hi, Sharon: Unfortunately, the app has been discontinued for the time being. Spreaker was the developer but they no longer offer that service.

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