Strange Scriptures

That Perplex the Western Mind


Clarified in the Light of Customs and Conditions in Bible Lands


by


Barbara M. Bowen
Bob Jones University, Greenville, S. C.

 

Copyright @ 1944

by

Barbara M. Bowen


edited for 3BSB by Baptist Bible Believer in the spirit of the Colportage ministry of a century ago

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

DEDICATED

to the companion of all my journeys,
my partner in work and study,
my husband,

Frank Henry Bowen

 

FOREWORD

 

Frequently after our lectures on the land and the people of the country of our Lord, people have requested us to bring together in a book some of the customs and thoughts and ways of these people that appear strange to us.


Palestine has changed very little since Bible days, the people are chiefly Ishmaelites and dress, eat, live and think as their ancestors did. They live this very primitive life because their parents and grandparents for a hundred generations have lived so.


They say, “Our father Abraham lived as we do, what was good for him is good for us; what was good enough for yesterday is good enough for tomorrow.”


A better understanding of their lives, their homes, their dress, their work and their ways of thinking will help us to comprehend many Scriptures that now appear strange.


This small book contains nothing new, but brings together information on many customs differing so widely from those of our part of the world that we hope it will help Sunday school teachers and young people to a little better understanding of some parts of THE BOOK.


- Barbara M. Bowen

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CHAPTER 01 — PERPLEXING SCRIPTURES


Salute No Man By the Way

Go Not from House to House

Suffer Me First to Bury my Father

The Lord Hath Made Bare His Arm

He Shall Dwell Between His Shoulders

Thy Youth Renewed Like the Eagle's

The Eagle Stirreth up Her Nest

And David Danced Before the Lord

Bathed His Feet with Tears

Water on the Hands of Elijah

Cursing the Fig Tree

Lying at the Feet

Bring the Veil Which Thou Hast upon Thee

The Wringing of Milk Bringeth Forth Butter

Quails

Bosom

Anointing

Ashes

Whited Sepulchres

Coals of Fire

Selah

A Covenant of Salt


CHAPTER 02 — WOMEN


Who Can Find a Virtuous Woman?

A Contentious Woman

The Ointment of the Right Hand

Two Women at the Mill

Graven on the Palms of My Hands

Thou Wast not Swaddled at All

Weaning of a Child

Lost Coin

And She Painted Her Face

 

CHAPTER 03 — GARMENTS


Seamless Coat

Garment Not to be Taken in Pledge

Sackcloth

They Enlarge the Borders of Their Garments

Coat of Many Colors

Now We See Through a Glass Darkly

A Good Name is Better than Precious Ointment

Veil

Saul Lay Sleeping


CHAPTER 04 — CLOTHING AND JEWELS


Her Clothing Is Silk and Purple

She Took a Veil and Covered Herself

Mine Horn is Exalted in the Lord

With Their Loins Girded

Round Tires Like the Moon

A Gold Chain about Joseph's Neck

I Put a Jewel on Thy Nose

Thy Signet, and Thy Bracelets, and Thy Staff

Ornaments of the Feet and Legs

Beds and Bedchambers

My Children are with Me in Bed

Israel Bowed Himself upon the Bed's Head

A Cottage in a Vineyard, A Lodge in a Garden of Cucumbers

A Lamp in Jerusalem

I Will Pour Water on Him that is Thirsty

Broken Sherd

Rings

I Will Make Thee As a Signet


CHAPTER 05 — PEASANT MEN


Take it For Nothing

Go to the Ant, Thou Sluggard

They Made Broad their Phylacteries

The Sabbath Was Made for Man

A Writer's Inkhorn by His Side

He Wrote on the Ground

A White Stone

Little Children

Hands of the Masters

Kicking Against the Pricks

Iniquities Like a Heavy Burden

I Cast out My Shoe

As Trees Walking

Redemption of the Purchased Possession

They Comfort Me

A Bruised Reed

White Asses


CHAPTER 06 — HOME LIFE


Sit down in the Lowest Seat

Oh That I Had A Lodging Place

The Key Will I Lay upon His Shoulders

The House Top

They Uncovered the Roof

A Strong Tower

Thy Word is a Lamp unto My Feet

Rachel Took the Images

Bed

Bottles

Cruse of Oil


CHAPTER 07 — FEASTS


Use Hospitality One to Another

Dipping the Sop

Calling to a Feast

Table or Scamba

If His Son Ask Bread, Will He Give Him a Stone?

Go Ye Into the City

So Shall He Sprinkle Many Nations

Arab Hospitality

Eaters of Barley Bread

And They Sighed for the Cucumbers

His Birthright for a Mess of Pottage


CHAPTER 08 — FIELDS


The Grass of the Field

While Men Slept, the Enemy Sowed Tares

Bread in Bible Lands

Parched Pulse

Ruth Gleaning

Thou Shalt Not Remove thy Neighbor's Landmark

They Shall Still Bring Forth Fruit in Old Age

The Snare of the Fowler

Elisha Plowing with Twelve Yoke of Oxen

Weights and Scales

He Drinketh Up Scorning Like Water

A Bag With Holes


CHAPTER 09 — TOMBS AND TENTS


She Covered Him with a Mantle

The Needle's Eye

Maniacs in the Tombs

Christ Three Days and Three Nights in the Heart of the Earth?

Superscriptions on the Cross

Impure Bible Stories

David's Sin

 

CHAPTER 10 — GATES AND TRADES


In the Gate of Samaria

The Seat of Justice

An Artificer of Brass and Iron

And They Fetched the Carved Image

And Hiram Sent Masons

The Carpenter Encouraged the Goldsmith

Took Bread and a Bottle of Water

Go Down to the Potter's House

Vessel of Mercy

Vessel of Wrath

A Clean Vessel

A Chosen Vessel

Holy Vessel


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