Posts tagged Tales from the Bible (41)
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John Garth and Sir George Macfarren
The Good Samaritan
Our responsibilities are not defined by laws or borne by governments. They are defined by mercy, and borne by love.

WHEN Jesus urged his followers to ‘love thy neighbour’, he was quoting directly from Jewish law. However, a lawyer asked ‘Who is my neighbour?’, since Israel was a ferment of Jews and non-Jews living uneasily together under Roman laws.

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No. 1
Gustav Holst
Say ‘Shibboleth!’
Jephthah’s sentries at the crossings of Jordan devise a fool-proof way to tell friend from foe.

JEPHTHAH lived in Gilead on the east bank of the Jordan. When the Kingdom of Ammon, which lay still further east, made an assault on Israel, he emerged as a great warrior. But the elders of the tribe of Ephraim resented Gilead going it alone, as they saw it, and though Jephthah reminded them that they had ignored his pleas for help, still they threatened to destroy his home and family. Soon Gilead and Ephraim were at war.

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No. 2
2 two-part story
George Frideric Handel
Gideon’s Fleece
Gideon is chosen by God to save Israel from the Midianites, but doubts his fitness for the task.

NOT long after the Israelites escaped from Egypt and settled in Canaan, their new home was invaded by the Kingdom of Midian. For seven years their crops and herds were destroyed or seized by the invaders, but the greatest indignity they suffered was that altars and groves sacred to Baal, the Midianites’ imaginary god, were set up on their lands, and there was just such a grove on the lands of Joash.

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No. 3
2 two-part story
George Frideric Handel
Gideon Recruits an Army
Gideon prepares to drive the Midianites out of Israel, but first he has to make it a fair fight.

BUT Gideon’s father Joash defied the city councillors. He told them that if Baal felt offended, he must fight his own wars; Joash would not give up his son. The row escalated, and before long a Midianite army had encamped in the valley of Jezreel, and Gideon had gathered loyal men from Manasseh and other neighbouring tribes, ready for battle.

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No. 4
2 two-part story
George Frideric Handel
Gideon’s Snare
While spying out the enemy’s camp, Gideon hears something which fills him with renewed confidence.

DRIVING the Midianites from Manasseh and other tribes of Israel was weary, hungry work for just three hundred men, and not everyone was appreciative. The Ephraimites complained that although Gideon relied on them to capture some of the Midianite leaders, he had not invited them to join the fight from the start.

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No. 5
6 six-part story
Edward Elgar
Joseph and the Coat of Many Colours
Joseph’s brothers decide they have had enough of their rival in their father’s affections.

JOSEPH was the favourite among the twelve sons of Jacob, and the others resented it.

They resented the coat of many colours which Jacob had given him, and above all they resented Joseph’s recurrent dreams in which they bowed low before him.

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No. 6
George Frideric Handel
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. 7
George Frideric Handel
The First Easter
In a translation from the Authorised Version of the Bible, published in 1611, St Mark recounts the discovery of Christ’s empty tomb.

AND when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?

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No. 8
2 two-part story
George Frideric Handel
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. 9
Richard Jones
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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Polyword ‘Malt’
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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Find the magic letter that can change three words into three different ones.