Gilbert House Fellowship #241: Job 1

William Blake’s illustration of Job 1 from his 1826 book Illustrations of the Book of Job. Click to enlarge.

JOB HAS become a symbol for patient suffering in the face of overwhelming adversity, but there’s a lot more to his story than that.

This week, we begin our study of one of the most fascinating books of the Bible. We discuss the historical context of Job, the significance of Job’s probable homeland east of the Jordan River, our glimpse at the workings of the divine council, and the role of the satan in the council—because Satan wasn’t a proper name in the Old Testament.

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Gilbert House Fellowship #240: Genesis 11:10-26

AFTER THE construction of Tower of Babel, the descendants of Noah spread across the earth. This week, we discuss the descendants of Shem, since it’s from his line that the Lord brought forth His Messiah.

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Gilbert House Fellowship #239: Genesis 11:1-9

Artist’s depiction of the Tower of Babel, the unfinished Temple 1 level at Eridu in southeastern Iraq (click to enlarge).

THE TOWER of Babel was not at Babylon. It was at a place that was at least as important in the spiritual sense: Eridu.

The Sumerians remember Eridu as the first city, where “kingship” was lowered from heaven, and, most important, it’s where the oldest and largest ziggurat in Mesopotamia was located. That was the temple of the god Enki, the E-abzu—the “House of the Abyss.”

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