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Gilbert House Fellowship #294: Leviticus 17–19

IT’S ANOTHER weird section of scripture this week, which, as you know by now, means it’s important.

In the middle of rules pertaining to sacrifices, God gave this to Moses:

So they shall no more sacrifice their sacrifices to goat demons, after whom they whore.

Leviticus 17:7, ESV

What are goat demons? It’s significant that this warning comes shortly after God instructed Moses and Aaron on the atonement ritual that required a goat be sent into the wilderness for Azazel, who was named as one of the leaders of the Watchers who agreed to rebel against God on the summit of Mount Hermon.

But the Hebrew word se’irim doesn’t necessarily mean “demons.” That’s a choice made by English translators. If, as the early church believed (based on the Book of 1 Enoch), demons are the disembodied spirits of the Nephilim giants destroyed in the Flood, why would they be worshiped as goats? Answer: They probably weren’t.

English translators had to do the best they could with an imperfect understanding of the religious milieu that produced Moses and the Israelites. We discuss the se’irim and the shedim (translated “demons” in Deut. 32:17 and Psalm 106:37), who account for the three references to “demons” in the Old Testament. In fact, we now know, thanks to discoveries within the last fifty years, that the Hebrew word rephaim should be translated “demons” instead of “dead,” “departed,” or “shades.”

We also discuss the laws against sexual immorality in Leviticus 18, the Bible’s first mention of sacrificing children to Molech (or “the king”), and God’s command to “love your neighbor as yourself.”

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Gilbert House Fellowship #266: Genesis 31-32

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FEEDING THE dead was an integral part of the world in which Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob lived.

We’ve previously discussed Abraham’s distress at not having an heir to provide for him in the afterlife; this week, we explain why Jacob’s father-in-law, Laban, was so upset about losing his teraphim, the small idols that represented dead ancestors who had to be summoned to a meal every month with a necromancy ritual called kispum.

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Gilbert House Fellowship #164: Isaiah 28-34

HISTORY, PROPHECY, and a glimpse of a future war in heaven — what more could we pack into this week’s Bible study?

We discuss the historic context of this week’s reading — Assyria’s destruction of the northern kingdom of Israel, the imminent invasion of Judah, and Judah’s bad decision to turn to Egypt for an alliance instead of trusting in God. Then we get into some fascinating references to the divine council, flying fiery serpents (seraphim), a possible mention of a demon or deity called Destruction, and finally we read that the land of Edom will be allotted to goat-demons and the she-demon Lilith.

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Derek and Sharon Gilbert along with Dr. Michael S. Heiser present the Year 70 Tour of Israel, May 6-16, 2018. Our tour will include Mount Hermon, the Grotto of Pan, the Golan Heights (Bashan, the kingdom of Og), Qumran (Dead Sea scroll caves), and, of course, the important sites in Jerusalem, including the holy mountain of God, Zion.

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