Episode 016

This week we get up to speed on another Jewish sect: the Essenes. Some think the Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection of their writings—but are they really?

We examine a prophecy in Isaiah 17 which suggests Damascus is going to be turned into a ruinous heap. The problem is that it… hasn’t actually happened yet.

We answer some great (as always) listener questions: one about the Bible’s thoughts on poisoning adulterous women (“And he shall cause the woman to drink the bitter water that causeth the curse…”), and one about what exactly the Bible means by “poor in spirit”.

Finally, we look at a story in the Book of Judges about a guy called Jephthah. It involves his daughter being sacrificed—to be clear, that is, killed—as payment to God for helping Jephthah out.