38. Solomon succeeds David as the king of Israel; construction of the ‘Holy Temple’ – the highest religious place of the Jews

38. Solomon succeeds David as the king of Israel; construction of the ‘Holy Temple’ – the highest religious place of the Jews

After the Israelites captured Jerusalem, David ceremoniously moved the ‘Tabernacle’ and the ‘Ark of the Covenant’ to the city. Though David was not permitted to undertake the construction of the ‘Holy Temple’, he gradually set about collecting material viz. gold, silver, copper, precious items, rocks and stones of various types that would be required to […]

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36. David’s Exile

36. David’s Exile

David thus killed the humongous, gigantic and well-armed Goliath with simple weapons like a sling and a few stones and more importantly, this he accomplished without letting his faith in God dwindle. But David did not have a sword to fulfill the oath of beheading Goliath and carrying his head back home that he had […]

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35. David and Goliath

35. David and Goliath

With God’s blessings though Saul had routed out the Philistines from the land of Canaan, they were certainly not going to sit back and resign to their defeat. They were searching for an opportunity to pick a fight with the Israelites and were also gathering forces for the purpose. Once they were done with assembling […]

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33. The king’s test

33. The king’s test

An extremely significant step towards making Israel a single nation, an integrated whole had made its mark – the people now had a competent central leadership, their ‘first king’ – a need they had so intensely felt all along, was fulfilled. Soon, the training of the newly appointed king was underway and under the supervision […]

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32. The first King of Israel

32. The first King of Israel

Exhausted and drained by constant wars and invasions, the Israelites had felt the need of a ‘strong central leadership’ and had decided to appoint a ruler. God too had favoured the appointment. But who exactly would adorn the position, was a question that still remained unanswered. It was during the same period that God Himself […]

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30. The Israelite leaders who succeeded Samson – ‘Eli the Kohen Gadol’ and ‘Samuel’

30. The Israelite leaders who succeeded Samson – ‘Eli the Kohen Gadol’ and ‘Samuel’

With the death of Samson the Israelites had lost one of their biggest protectors. Their adversaries were in awe of him and hence till the time Samson was by their side, the Israelites felt safe. It was only through deceit that the Philistines succeeded in capturing him. All the Judges who preceded Samson had rebuilt […]

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29. The death of Samson

29. The death of Samson

Samson and his parents reached the city of Timnah, the city of his would-be bride. On completion of all the required formalities and discussions, they returned home. In due course, it was in Timnah that Samson’s wedding ceremony took place. As per the customs of the time, Samson organized a seven-day feast for his bride’s […]

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