Friday Facts - Unusual Gifts in the Bible

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Friday afternoon comment: I agree with several commentors that one of these below is rather gross. I almost didn't include it, but decided to go ahead as it was an event actually recorded in the Bible and, while gross, was..er...uhmmm... interesting. It also shows the great difference between the culture of that time and ours now. And, oh, how I am thankful our culture has changed in that particular regard! :)


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~ Jacob, afraid that his brother Esau might be holding a grudge against him, surprised his twin with a gift of 220 goats, 220 sheep, 30+ camels, 40 cows, 10 bulls and 30 donkeys (Genesis 32:13-21).

~ For a wedding gift, Caleb's daughter Acsah asked for (and received) some springs of water in southern Israel (Joshua 15:16-19).

~ Believe it or not, the Queen of Sheba brought King Solomon 4.5 tons of gold plus "large quantities of spices, and precious stones" (1 Kings 10:10).

~ At a big party to celebrate the end of Job's suffering, each of his friends and relatives brought exactly the same gift: a piece of silver and a gold ring (Job 42:11).

~ David killed 200 Philistines and brought their foreskins to King Saul so that he could marry Saul's daughter Michal (1 Samuel 18:18-27).

~ Probably the most familiar of all Bible gifts are the gold, incense and myrrh the Magi brought to Jesus when he was a baby (Matthew 2:11).



7 Thoughts Shared:

Joan said...

All but one of them was pretty cool. I'll let you guess which one was just gross.

Thanks for another fun Friday Facts!
Blessings

Erica said...

Thanks for those facts. You are always full of neat info!

Sab said...

I agree... that one was rather gross! EWWW! I think I'd be afraid to allow him to marry my daughter! :O

Joyfull said...

Very interesting. So glad that is not an engagement custom nowadays!

Beth E. said...

I'll take the gold...keep the foreskins! Ewww...

samismom22 said...

Interesting....only at your blog Melanie can I get this kind of info, and that's why I love it, :)

Laurie Ann said...

Great facts! How would you like to have to tell your husband he's going to have to do what David did to marry you? Bwahahahhaaha?! Poor guy. I can't imagine he enjoyed doing that very much, but a guy has to do what he has to do to marry the one that he loves....