• Israel’s Creed by Bryan Estelle

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2013

    The Shema begins with these words: “Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one” (Deut. 6:4). The verbal imperative that begins this core affirmation for the Hebrews breaks forth from the text like a rosy dawn …Read More

  • The Prophets by Bryan Estelle

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2008

    The post-exilic prophets include Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, and probably Joel. They convey the message of God for this period of time with cumulative clarity since they come at the end of a long age of prophetic indictment against the people. These …Read More

  • Conquest and Settlement by Bryan Estelle

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2006

    Deuteronomy is the linchpin to the historical books. Deuteronomy is a covenant document that is the foundational constitutional document of the emerging Israelites. There is an astounding preview of Israel’s history at the end of Deuteronomy (chap. 27–30), which even …Read More