The story of the prophet Balaam is perhaps one of the quirkiest in the Old Testament. It begins as the Israelites are encamped on the border of Moab, ready to conquer the land. Balak, the king of Moab, decided that he had to take drastic action to stop this happening. In desperation, Balak contacted Balaam, … Continue reading Balaam foresees a star (Numbers 22:1 – 24:25)
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Rebekah is a central figure in one of the great family dramas of the Bible. She was the wife of Isaac and the mother of twin boys - Esau and Jacob. She was also a distant ancestor of Christ. Her story is found in the book of Genesis, which explains how Abraham sent his servant … Continue reading Rebekah at the well (Genesis 24:1-67)
The second book of the Maccabees is one of the last-written books found in the Old Testament. It contains a story of seven brothers and their mother, who were all martyred for their refusal to break the Law of Moses. A century and a half before Christ, a ruthless man named Antiochus Epiphanes became king … Continue reading The Martyrs of the Maccabees (2 Maccabees 7:1-42)
Rachel was one of the great women of the Old Testament. She was the daughter of Laban and worked as a shepherdess, caring for her father’s flock. Rachel and her family lived in the land of the east, where Abraham had grown up. She met her husband Jacob at a well while watering her sheep … Continue reading Rachel the Shepherdess (Genesis 29:1-30)
This remarkable ‘Joseph’ window tells almost the entire story of the lives of both Joseph and St Joseph, the foster-father of Christ. Various events from the life of Joseph are paired with similar events in the later life of St Joseph. This is because one was understood to foreshadow the other. The window, which is by Hardmans, dates to 1882 and is found within the rosary shrine of Our Lady & St Dominic, London.
St James Major was one of the twelve apostles called by Christ to share in his mission. Along with his brother St John (who also became an apostle), he was a fisherman. Christ met him when he was mending nets with his brother at the sea of Galilee and invited him to become a disciple. … Continue reading The Martyrdom of St James (Acts 12:1-3)
During the time of the Judges - the first rulers of Israel - the land was often invaded by the Midianites. These raiders from the south regularly stole livestock and destroyed crops. To deal with this situation, God sent an angel to visit Gideon the son of Joash. Greeting him as a “mighty warrior”, the … Continue reading Gideon and his fleece (Judges 6:1-40)