The Religion of the Israelites

Season 2
Episode Number
Release Date
March 11, 2020
Commandments12 Tribes of Israel
Table of Contents
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.  Deuteronomy 6:4-5 NKJV

Deep Dive

  • Surrendering to God shows us our faults and helps us not to make the same kinds of mistakes Israel was prone to.
  • There are 3 "types" of laws Moses writes down for the Israelites
    • Commands (i.e., do not kill)
    • Punishments (i.e., how to handle situations where people have broken the commands)
    • Ceremonies (i.e., deal with worship)
  • Books used by the Jews outside of the Torah
  • What is the difference between tradition and law?
  • The law was dictated by God, but interpretation drives man to do other things outside of or beyond the law. Anything that is not mandated by God, but is done religiously is tradition.
  • Hebrew vs. Israelite vs. Jew
    • Hebrew comes from Eber (Genesis 10:21-25); all descendants of Eber are called Hebrews
    • Israelite comes from Israel, or Jacob (Genesis 32:28); this includes all 12 Tribes of Israel
    • Jew comes from Judea or Judah (1 Samuel 17:52); this includes the tribes that lived in the southern kingdom[2]

kosher [1]


  1. : sanctioned by Jewish law
  2. : being proper, acceptable, or satisfactory

References and Footnotes

  1. "Kosher". Merriam-Webster; March 11, 2020
  2. The verse I referenced in the podcast about people from all the tribes settling in Judah is 2 Chronicles 11:13-17
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