Prophet Pearls #30 – Kedoshim (Amos 9:7-15)

Prophet Pearls Kedoshim, Amos 9:7-15, Kedoshim, Amos, cushites, caphtor, fruit, haftarah, Ingathering, israel, Keith Johnson, nehemia gordon, parashah, Parsha, Yehovah, Tanakh, Leviticus, torahIn this episode of Prophet Pearls, Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion of Kedoshim covering Amos 9:7-15. The nine verses of Kedoshim yield riveting questions for Gordon and Johnson to explore: Why were the Philistines brought from Caphtor? Where is Caphtor? Who is the sinful kingdom? What is David’s fallen booth? What other nations bear the name of Yehovah? And why would God tell his chosen they are the “same to me” as the Cushites? To get closer to understanding this jarring rebuke (or was it a loving affirmation?), Gordon provides biblical references for Cush—from the Tanakh and the New Testament—as well as statements of medieval commentators.

After a deep exploration of language, history and context, there are still hypothetical and abstract arguments that could be made. But Gordon and Johnson end with questions more easily answered: Is there a kingdom outside his dominion? Is there a prophecy more clear than the ingathering? Is there fruit more beautiful than the fruit of Israel?

"In that day, I will set up again the fallen booth of David ...I will build it firm as in the days of old." Amos 9:11

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11 thoughts on “Prophet Pearls #30 – Kedoshim (Amos 9:7-15)

  1. What other nations bear the name of Yehovah? I’m still not getting it…. please help me out 🙂 Bless Yehovah and bless you Nehemia!

  2. Every time I listen to a Torah Pearls or Prophet Pearls teaching I learn something new! Thank you so much.

  3. Because of our culture, we think, the objection to Moses Cushite bride was the color of her skin, however, it could be the objection was to Cushite culture, customs, religion. The text does not give detain as to why the objection, except she was from Cush.

  4. Would you say it is a prophecy fulfulling…ing…because where is Ephraim? Where is the house of Israel? The house of Judah is returning but what about the other tribes?
    Thanks for another great Prophet Pearl 🙂

  5. It is so good to have things in Hebrew explained from a person who knows the Hebrew language, its deeper meaning and who believes what the Bible says! Did you have a deeper explanation on the issue of not mixing wool and linen? Is it metaphoric also or just physical?
    Lars in Norway

  6. The Minoans completely abandoned what is now Crete between 1662-1450 BCE, as a result of constant earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The Egyptians called the Minoans ‘Kefdi’. There was a short period during which the island was abandoned, and then it was occupied by the Greek Myceaneans, who renamed it Kriti. Caphtor is Minoan Crete, and Kriti is Greek Crete. The Caphtor and the Creti are two completely different ethnicities who came from the same island (Crete) but from different time periods.There was a Minoan tribe called the Peleset. It’s possible that the Philistines are descended from this one Minoan tribe.

    • Very interesting, Shmuel. I’m glad you shared; I’ll look forward to looking at these potential connections. I find the history fascinating.

  7. Could the “fallen tent of David” have anything to do with the tabernacle, as Solomon’s Temple replaced the tabernacle? Did David set up a small tent for the Ark of the Covenant in his day… didn’t he mourn because it was in a tent while he lived in a palace? Did David’s tent have any relationship to the tabernacle or parts of it?

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