Category: Old Testament

The Suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-53:12)

The Suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-53:12)

According to the Church, the death of Christ is revealed throughout the whole Bible. As Pope St John Paul II explained: “There were many messianic texts in the Old Testament which foreshadowed the sufferings of the future Anointed One of God. Among all these, particularly touching is the one which is commonly called the Fourth Song … Continue reading The Suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-53:12)

Samuel judges Israel (1 Samuel 7:3-17)

Samuel judges Israel (1 Samuel 7:3-17)

Samuel was a prophet and the last judge to rule over Israel. His story is told in the first book of Samuel. From there we learn that he appointed the first two kings of Israel, Saul and David. Samuel also successfully prayed for victory over Israel’s enemies, the Philistines, and led a spiritual renewal of … Continue reading Samuel judges Israel (1 Samuel 7:3-17)

Abram meets Melchizedek (Genesis 14:1-24)

Abram meets Melchizedek (Genesis 14:1-24)

This episode in the life of Abram reveals him to be a military man, but it also tells us about his contact with a priestly king, Melchizedek, who came to symbolise Christ. The background to their meeting involved a regional war among the kings of various city-states. Abram’s nephew, Lot, got caught up in the … Continue reading Abram meets Melchizedek (Genesis 14:1-24)

The Song of Judith (Judith 15:14-16:17)

The Song of Judith (Judith 15:14-16:17)

The Song of Judith is a thanksgiving hymn that tells the story of one woman’s courage in the face of the enemy. It forms most of the last chapter of the Old Testament book of Judith.  The book is named after Judith, a brave and beautiful woman who saved Israel from destruction by assassinating Holofernes, … Continue reading The Song of Judith (Judith 15:14-16:17)

The Early Life of Moses (Exodus 1:1-2:25)

The Early Life of Moses (Exodus 1:1-2:25)

After the death of Joseph, the descendants of Jacob – the Hebrews – grew in number in the land of Egypt. But the time came when a new Pharaoh began to rule Egypt, one who had not known Joseph. Fearing that the Hebrews had grown too powerful, he sentenced them to slavery. They were forced to do hard labour, working … Continue reading The Early Life of Moses (Exodus 1:1-2:25)