2017 · Bible Geek · Research · Video Resources

Bible Geek: Free Online Video Resources for Studying King David



Months ago, I put together a Bibliography of many of the resources I have used to study David so far… that list may be helpful to you, but this one is far easier to work through. This post is a list of the best Youtube videos I’ve watched and found helpful.

The Oriental Institute: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCitjN1GDlEVcLz-fAy5VIpg
Including but not limited to:

  • Eric Cline | 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed
  • Irving Finkel | The Ark Before Noah: A Great Adventure
  • Aren Maeir | New Light on the Biblical Philistines: Recent Study on the Frenemies of Ancient Israel
  • Felix Höflmayer | Chronologies of Collapse: Climate Change
  • Ancient Economies Miniseries – Prestige and the Ritual Economy of Chalcolithic Caanan
  • Ancient Economies Miniseries – The Archaeology of Farming and Herding – Gil Stein
  • Ancient Economies – Shopkeepers and the Bazaar Economy – Emmanuel Mayer
  • Death’s Dominion: Chalcolithic Religion and the Ritual Economy of the Southern Levant
  • Exploring the Roots of Mesopotamian Civilization: Excavations at Tell Zeidan, Syria
  • Ancient Economies – Persepolis and the Economy of Achemenid Persia – Matt Stolper

Professor Corey Auen: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4NhiBRR6IaM6JfeDizolqw/videos?shelf_id=0&view=0&sort=dd

  • Trade and Travel
  • GB 102 Israel’s Western Neighbours: The Canaanites, Philistines and Phoenicians
  • GB 102 Israel’s Eastern Neighbours
  • Early Near Eastern Roots of Western Civilisation

University of Cambridge: Translations and Literature in Ancient Mesopotamia – Martin Worthington: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8es-Q6dE3E

Yale Lecture 2: The Dark Ages: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDNTsdtbKy8

Whitman College: Bronze Age Collapse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cPGBeH8PbY

University of Chicago: Health Care and Epidemics in Antiquity: The Example of Ancient Mesopotamia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yw_4Cghic_w
Primitive Technology Channel: The Sling and Forge Blower videos. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAL3JXZSzSm8AlZyD3nQdBA
TED Talks:

Bruce Gore: https://www.youtube.com/user/GoreBruce/videos

  • Egypt and the Israelite Judges
  • Assyrian Empire
  • Hittites and the Era of the Judges

Michael Levy: music videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ1X6F7lGMEadnNETSzTv8A



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2017 · Research · Video Resources

Studying Ancient History to Understand the Bible

The Oriental Institute's Youtube Page
The Oriental Institute’s Youtube Page

As I have studied King David, questions have come up which can’t be answered by my Bible. For example, where did the first kings appear from and what were they like? Why wasn’t Egypt a problem in David’s life time? What kind of trade ran through Isra’el in the Old Testament and many, many more.

Not only has studying ancient history answered those questions, I have found that it has helped me to correctly understand and portray Isra’el and her neighbouring cultures. The influences I read Moses warning the people against, now have faces, a story, and details attached to them; and I can understand God’s point of view and the struggles the Hebrew people had, clearly. With this kind of knowledge, the Old Testament is far less confusing.

Articles that have directly come out of this research include: What You Need to Know About Isra’el in David’s TimeThe Poison of Old Testament Idol Worship and How It Compares to Occult Worship Today .

So keeping in mind the humbling fact that that dates are highly debatable and that new discoveries are still to be made, which will change timelines and our interpretation of these ancient cultures, may I recommend these two resources which are my staples.

berkThe Center for Middle Eastern Studies, from the University of California Berkeley, approaches history from a non-religious, non-political standpoint which is very helpful. Their Near East Studies lecture series on iTunes has pulled more pieces of the Old Testament puzzle together for me, than anywhere else. It stretches back from before Abraham and Noah, then goes into later history which is far more familiar, such as the Roman Empire. If you have ever wanted to know what studying archaeology is like, this is the course for you!

Web site: http://cmes.berkeley.edu/category/videos/
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-XXv-cvA_iBIm79tkbWrFKg9rwMVDytI


The Oriental Institute, which is attached to the University of Chicago, has brilliant lectures which cover topics such as ancient economics, record keeping and “lost” civilisations, as well as the general history you would expect to discover. I believe they fund archaeological enterprises and the talks are professional, fascinating and well worth your time.

Web site: http://oi.uchicago.edu
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/JamesHenryBreasted/videos



The Maritime History Podcast
This great series covers useful topics such as 001 Boating with the Ubaid People (earliest discovered ancestors of Israel); 003 Trade and Turmoil in Ancient Mesopotamia (Noah to Abraham’s time); 004 Mesopotamian Merchants; 005 Meanwhile, in Egypt (Moses); 020 The Sea Peoples Sail South (early Philistines); and 022 Rise of the Phoenicians (trading partners and palace builders of King David.)

The Hidden History of Business Podcast
Believe it or not, in Mesopotamia and many parts of the Near East (Israel’s area), beer was a staple food because it didn’t spoil. Discover how it’s so closely related to bread, the Egyptians called it bread too, the surprising birth of the tavern and more. Episode 9b: Beer in Mesopotamia and 29: Minicast Beer in Israel and Egypt.

Naked Archaeology has a radio-like mix of topics, many of which pertain to the Old Testament time period. I am still working my way through them, but am fascinated that horses were first domesticated for war purposes, not transport. See 18 March 2009 for that one.

itunesuI am still discovering Theology in the Raw and Theology Nerd Throwdown, as part of my formal studies on Old Testament Theology. There are dozens of Christian podcasts and specialists topics on any area you can think of. Tweet me and let me know what goodies you found. @octopusreinked

Don’t forget to try the iTunes University app for formal lectures from many Universities and professional people, which may also be a great help to you. I have found dozens of Bible Colleges through that app, plus Berkeley’s Near East Studies is on there too.

2017 · Prayer · Study Resources · Video Resources

How to Make and Use an Effective #Prayer Journal


I came across this video and it was such a blessing and so practical, it had to be shared. It won’t suit everyone, but when it comes to a great way to remember all the important parts of prayer that you forget, it’s pure gold. I hope it helps you, too.

2017 · Research · Scripture · Study Resources · Video Resources

Need to Study the Bible In-Depth, Free and At Your Own Pace?


This site has been the most massive blessing to me. Better still, I have signed up and have not been inundated with any emails wanting money, promotion or anything… It’s FREE and worth bookmarking, even if you’re not currently in a study frame of mind.

Biblicaltraining.org exists for individuals or churches, who need to study the Word, theology, or ministry. It has audio and video lectures from extensively experienced, reputable Seminary teachers and covers as many topics as any Bible college. And it’s free.

Yes, it’s free. I have downloaded masses of audio files, watched a heap of videos and downloaded workbooks and class transcripts and they have not asked for money. The only instance I have found of money being needed, is if you are a church who wants to put together a specialised course of study for your congregation, then you pay $99 for a personalised landing page. They do ask for Paypal donations and considering the massive blessing this site has been to me, I will donate to support them.

You can use this site to gain diploma qualifications, build you faith or find your way through those tricky parts of the Bible you want to master.

There are classes, seminars, a searchable library, (the site is in five languages), a set discipleship program, ministry training courses, look honestly, everything you need to minister and understand the Bible is there.

Just go and check it out for yourself and pass the word on. You won’t regret it.

2017 · David's Life · Research · Video Resources

King David’s Lyre: Played by Michael Levy


Following my earlier post where I shared what King David’s harp would have sounded like, here is a beautiful video displaying the gorgeous tones of a ten string Biblical lyre. This is my favourite instrument out of the two.

This is a Shabbat melody composed by Rabbi Israel Goldfarb, “Shalom Aleichem” – track 19, “King David’s Lyre; Echoes of Ancient Israel”:

You can find out where to purchase Michael’s music here. (This is not a sponsored post. The King David Project is non-profit and solely financed from my own income. Later this month I will add a video of Biblical lyre music.

2017 · David's Life · Research · Video Resources

King David’s Harp: Played by Michael Levy


If you have ever wondered what David’s instruments sounded like, here is the answer. Enjoy “Jersualem of Gold” (also known as “Israel’s Second National Anthem”)  & “Eternal Peace” (my arrangement for Davidic Harp, of the beautiful Shabbat melody “Ose Shalom” (The One Who Brings Peace).

The exquisite evocation of the 3000 year old Biblical Davidic Harp featured in this album, is hand-crafted by Marini Made Harps: http://www.marinimadeharps.com

You can purchase Michael’s music from: iTunes. (This is not a sponsored post. The King David Project is non-profit and solely financed from my own income. Later this month I will add a video of Biblical lyre music.

2016 · Encouragement · Psalms · Video Resources

How We React to God in the Hard Times


Matt Jacoby, from the group the Sons of Korah, has recorded this great sermon on Lament in Psalms. It challenges how we react to the Lord when life becomes rugged. Do we lower our expectations of what God can do for us so we don’t become disappointed? Or do we turn up the heat, as David did; knowing God can fix any problem and not backing down until He does.

I loved the message of this video and hope you do too.