Posts tagged Tales from the Old Testament (13)
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George Frideric Handel
Tales from the Bible
Perilous Waters
King Saul’s jealousies drove those who loved him away, but David was a very different kind of leader.

DAVID’s attempts at reconciliation with Saul, the King of Israel, had failed – if only they could have drawn swords together against the Philistines! – and though he had parted in affectionate comradeship from Jonathan, the king’s son, David would never see him again.

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No. 1
2 two-part story
George Frideric Handel
Tales from the Bible
The History of Susannah
A young Jewish woman in ancient Babylon falls victim to a heartless conspiracy.

IN the days when Daniel lived in Babylon, a wealthy Jewish man named Joachim had a lovely young wife named Susannah. The Jews of Babylon often visited the couple’s gracious home and garden, and when two new Babylonian judges were appointed, they held court sessions there.

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No. 2
Richard Jones
Tales from the Bible
The Judgment of Solomon
The tenth-century King of Israel demonstrated his legendary wisdom in a delicate custody battle.

SOON after he was crowned King of Israel, two women appeared before Solomon, asking him to judge their case.

They were prostitutes who lived in the same house, and both had given birth within days of each other. According to one, the other had very craftily swapped babies after finding that her own had died in the night.

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No. 3
3 three-part story
Sir William Sterndale Bennett
Tales from the Bible
The Story of Esther
A young Jewish girl is chosen as the Queen of Persia, but quickly finds she has enemies.

AT a banquet to close a great exhibition for the princes of his empire, a tipsy King Ahasuerus ordered Vashti, his lovely Queen, to parade herself for his guests’ gratification. When Vashti refused to be exhibited, Ahasuerus, fearing a wave of female insubordination, pointedly divorced her, and crowned Esther, Persia’s most beautiful virgin, in her stead.

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No. 4
John Marsh
Tales from the Bible
Daniel and the Priests of Bel
An apparent miracle is revealed as sleight-of-hand.

IN the days of Cyrus, King of Persia, there was in Babylon a temple to the god Bel, to which the King went daily for worship. Each evening, wine, flour and sheep were set before the idol in its inner sanctuary, and by next day they were gone.

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No. 5
2 two-part story
Charles Villiers Stanford
Tales from the Bible
Adam and Eve
Adam and Eve are set in a Garden of carefree delight, but the Snake swears they are victims of a cruel deception.

IN the beginning of Days, God spoke and said, ‘Let us make man in our image’. So he formed Adam out of the dust of the earth, and breathed life into him. He crowned Adam with such godlike virtues that he was only a little lower than the angels, and set him in Eden, a Garden of Delight.

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No. 6
2 two-part story
Sir Hubert Parry
Tales from the Bible
Elisha and the Fiery Horsemen
The King of Syria goes on a mole-hunt, but Elisha does not seem to mind being his prime suspect.

NOT long after the affair with Naaman, Ben Hahad II, King of Syria, was at war with Israel.

To his annoyance, news of his troop movements kept getting back to Joram, the King of Israel. He suspected a mole among his generals, but they pointed the finger at Elisha, the Israelite prophet.

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No. 7
Ignaz Moscheles
Tales from the Bible
Elisha and Naaman the Syrian
Naaman had very fixed ideas about what it takes to get a miracle.

NAAMAN, a captain in the service of Ben-Hadad II, King of Syria, suffered from leprosy.

Naaman’s wife had a Jewish maid, and one day she remarked that if only the prophet Elisha were here, Naaman would be better in no time.

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No. 8
Franz Joseph Haydn
Tales from the Bible
Noah’s Flood
God’s love proved to be bigger and stronger than all man’s wickedness.

IN the ninth generation of Adam’s descendants, creation had become so corrupt that God was ready to sweep everything from the face of the earth in a great flood.

However, Noah and his family found favour in God’s eyes.

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No. 9
Henry Purcell
Tales from the Bible
David and Bathsheba
David’s scheme to steal another man’s wife succeeded, but he could not keep his secret from everyone.

DAVID became captivated by a young woman called Bathsheba, and wanted her for his wife.

When he discovered that she was already married, he contrived to have her husband, Uriah, drafted into the Israelite army, and posted to the front line.

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Make as many words as you can with the letters below. All your words must be at least four letters long, and must also include the highlighted letter. What’s the nine-letter word?

SEE how many words you can make using the letters below. All your words must be at least 4 letters long, and must include the letter (change).

We found commonly used words, plus one 9-letter word. Can you do better?

Use each letter only once. But if there are e.g. two As, you can used them both.

Don’t count proper nouns such as April, Zeus, or Newcastle (pretty much anything that has to be spelled with a capital letter at the start), or acronyms like HMRC.

Don’t just add -S for plurals or third person singular verbs, e.g. CAT → CATS or SPEAK → SPEAKS.

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