This article provides an overview of the discussions on the description of the siege of the city of David in Isaiah 29:1–8. The main focus is on the suddenness with which the picture changes from judgment and devastation (vv. 1-4) to deliverance (vv. 5-8), which has occasioned much debate among commentators.
Opinion is divided over the meaning of the Hebrew term "hesed." This article examines the use of ִ"hesed" in the Old Testament, particularly in the setting of human relationships and the relationship between God and his people. It also considers the Hebrew terms with which ִ"hesed" is most closely associated. It concludes that at the heart of ִ"hesed" is loving commitment within the context of a relationship.
Did the Old Testament make use of imagery found in other ancient Near Eastern texts and portray creation as God’s victory over, and transformation of chaos. The article indicates that this understanding is often associated with the expression "tohu wabohu" (Hebr. in Gen. 1:2), translated as"formless and empty," and that many interpretations of Genesis 1:1-2 imply that this chaos existed before God began his work as Creator.
A number of questions come out of 1 Samuel 16:14: What should we understand by the description "evil spirit"? How should we imagine the relationship between the Lord and these spirits? This article argues that the Old Testament fully accepts the existence of supernatural beings, good and evil. The aim of this article is to look at how the Old Testament views spiritual beings and evil spirits in particular.