Mt. Moriah: The Firm Foundation of Solomon’s Temple

The Bible is so meta--interconnected, self-referential, delicately woven together like the most beautiful spiderweb you've ever seen glistening in the early light of dawn. I came across one of those places in the Bible that connects all the dots in a single sentence yesterday in 2 Chronicles: "Then Solomon began to build the house of the …

A Multi-Layered Reading of Ruth 1:1-5

First off, the book of Ruth presents itself as the solution to Judges's problem. The book of Judges sums itself up in its final sentence: "In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes" (Judges 21:25). Turn the page, and Ruth 1:1, we find ourselves in same world: "In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land." However, in verse 2 we are introduced to a man named "Elimelech", which translates "God is King."