Misc

Most Read Posts in 2020

It is the end-of-the-year, which brings with it the semi-obligatory posts of most visited articles this year. So, here are the ten most read posts on the Bible Sojourner for 2020.

#1 David as a Man after God’s Own Heart (1 Sam 13:14)

This was the most visited post in 2020 by a lot! Apparently a lot of people are searching for, “What does it mean to be a man after God’s own heart?”

#2 What Was the Population of the Earth Before the Flood?

This was a post I wrote awhile back, but it is a topic that a lot of people are searching for. It is a short post, but I crunch some numbers and show that it is possible the population pre-flood was much larger than is normally realized.

#3 Who was Darius the Mede in Daniel?

This post is actually only the first part of a two-part post. In this post I discuss the various options most interpreters use to identify Darius, but in the end, I use Steven Anderson’s theory, that Darius is Cyaxares II, the last king of Media.

#4 Why the Levite Cut Up His Concubine in Judges 19

I was a bit surprised that this made the top of the list, but apparently it is a question people have!

#5 How Many Resurrections are there in Scripture?

This post discusses the sequence of resurrections in the New Testament starting with Christ. However, based on the popularity of this post, I also came up with a list of all the resurrections that are mentioned in the Bible.

#6 15 Rules of Translation for the King James (KJV)

This is a brief post, listing the 15 principles of translation which were instituted by Richard Bancroft for the translation of the KJV in the early 1600s. This post was part of the seven part series I did on the issues involved with the King James Version.

#7 Who was Ahasuerus in the Book of Esther?

Apparently this was a nothing question people had in 2020!

#8 Resources for George Floyd, Social Justice, and Racism

I posted this collage of links to help Christians think through the issues of social justice and racism. It turns out many found it helpful as it was shared quite a bit. I have tried to keep it updated with any new helpful links that I’ve found over 2020.

#9 Bible Codes and the Secret Message of Scripture

This post takes aim at the view that there is a secret meaning behind the text of Scripture. Apparently there was a large number of people looking for that secret meaning on Google.

#10 Who is the Queen of Heaven in Jeremiah?

I had this question multiple times in OT studies class, so I decided to make a blog post about it. Turns out others have the question as well.

I have greatly appreciated all the feedback I’ve gotten from readers and listeners. As a dear friend and mentor of mine is prone to say, I am very encouraged that God can use a broken and cracked vessel to help others. If 2020 has shown Christians anything, it is that we are the minority in the world, and we need to think biblically about many issues in a serious way. May God bless all of our studies and devotion in 2021!

Happy New Year!

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Peter serves at Shepherd's Theological Seminary in Cary, NC as the professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages. He is a husband, father, and sports enthusiast.

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