What I like about the Settled in Heaven is the effort its author makes to help us gain a scholarly understanding of the Bible. Rob Barkman is not trying to find something new in the Bible. He is just trying to explain what is already known. He works to help the average layman (myself being one such) overcome his ignorance of the Bible.
With Kidron: the Death Valley of the Bible, Barkman takes a word (a place really), and he lists its references in the Bible, using the Bible to provide the historical significance of the Kidron Valley in the land of Israel. From that point, he uses a prophecy in the Book of Jeremiah to explain significance of the Kidron Valley to us.
Is his interpretation exactly correct? Frankly, I am not entirely certain, but I think it is more than reasonable. Even though Barkman does not mention that the Kidron Valley and the Valley of Jehoshaphat (Joel 3) are thought by some to be one and the same, that omission does not weaken his interpretation. After all, the Valley of Jehoshaphat is a valley of death.
Here in The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death, for example, is a differing interpretation of the significance of the Kidron Valley that relates that valley to Psalm 23.
The Valleys Where Yeshua Walked provides some interesting maps.
This link provides various Bible commentaries on Jeremiah 31:40, but Barkman’s commentary is definitely easier to understand.
Kidron was a valley that lay east of Jerusalem dividing Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. Through this valley flowed the brook of Kidron, a brook which is mentioned several times in God’s Holy Word. Why is Kidron known as “the death valley of the Bible”? What can I learn from this “death valley”?
We will be opening the Scriptures to find the answer to our questions….
2Sam 15:13-23 (KJV) And there came a messenger to David, saying, The hearts of the men of Israel are after Absalom. And David said unto all his servants that [were] with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not [else] escape from Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword… And David said to Ittai, Go…
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