A List of Remarkable Bible Battles

This is a list of Bible battles that I used in my class on Bible battles. I mixed in a lot of archaeology about military weapons and reflected upon military tactics. For example, Israel often divided their forces into 2 for an ambush and into 3 companies for an open battle. This is a very useful study to teach the chronology of the Bible. Please, inform me if I missed a battle. Bible Battles See the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago and the British Museum for more on the archaeology.

Battles from Abraham to Israel’s Conquest

  • Abraham’s 318 against the Armies of Shinar (Babylon) – Genesis 14
  • Pharaoh Pursues the Israelites in Exodus – Exodus 14
  • The Israelites Fight Back against the Amalekites – Exodus 17:8–16
  • Israel Opposes the Midianites and Moabites – Numbers 31:1–11
    • Israel’s Rules of War – Deuteronomy 20 (Exo. 23:24, Lev. 18:21–24, 19:24, 20:2–3, Deut 18:9–14)
  • Israel Marches on the City of Jericho – Joshua 6
  • Israel’s Struggle with the City of AI – Joshua 7–8
  • Joshua Leads Israel against the Five Amorite Kings – Joshua 10 (Deut 9:5)
  • King Jabin of Hazor with a Great Army Opposes Joshua and Israel – Joshua 11
  • Israel’s Continuing Conquests – Judges 1:1–11
  • Ehud Leads Israel against the Moabites – Judges 3:12–30
  • Barak Leads Naphtali and Zebulun against Sisera, the Commander of Canaan – Judges 4
  • Gideon’s 300 Rise Up against the Midianites – Judges 7–8:21
  • Israel Wars with Its Own Tribe of Benjamin – Judges 19–20

Battles of the Kingdom

  • The Philistines Capture the Ark of Covenant – 1 Samuel 4:1–11
  • Samuel Leads Israel to Repent and Repel the Philistines – 1 Samuel 7
  • Saul Leads Israel to Save the City of Jabesh Gilead – 1 Samuel 11
  • The Battle at Michmash – 1 Samuel 13:16-14:23 (14:47–48)
  • Saul Leads Israel against the Amalekites – 1 Samuel 15:1–9 (15:19, 33)
  • The Battle of the Valley of Elah, David verses Goliath – 1 Samuel 17
  • David Saves the City of Keilah and Out Maneuvers King Saul – 1 Samuel 23 (21:1–15; 22:1–5)
  • Saul’s Pursuit of David in the En Gedi – 1 Samuel 24
  • David’s Strategic Movements -1 Samuel 26–27
  • David Saves the City of Ziklag – 1 Samuel 30
  • King Saul’s Final Battle – 1 Samuel 31
  • War Between David’s Judah and Ishbosheth’s Israel – 2 Samuel 2–4
  • King David’s Conquest Establishes Jerusalem – 2 Samuel 5
  • David’s Mighty Men and Special Training – 1 Chr 11:10–25; 12:1–2, 8
  • King David’s Great Conquests – 2 Samuel 8 (2 Chr 18)
  • The Ammonite Rebellion – 2 Samuel 10
  • Absalom’s Rebellion – 2 Samuel 18 (2 Sam 13–17)
  • Sheba’s Rebellion – 2 Samuel 20
  • King David Avenges the Gibeonites – 2 Samuel 21 (1 Chr 29:26–30)

Battles of the Divided Kingdoms, Judah and Israel

  • Israel’s King Ambushes Judah – 2 Chronicles 13
  • Ethiopia’s Army, Greater than One Million, Attacks Judah – 2 Chronicles 14
  • King Jehoshaphat’s Army of Judah Worships and Sings in the Face of Battle – 2 Chronicles 20
  • King Ahab of Israel’s Battles with Syria – 1 Kings 20; 22
  • Israel and Judah Joined Together to Defeat the Moabites – 2 Kings 3
  • The Syrian Army Come to Conquer Israel including Elisha – 2 Kings 6:8–7:20
  • Edom Revolts against King Jehoram of Judah – 2 Chronicles 21
  • King Amaziah of Judah Wars against Edom – 2 Chronicles 25:1–16
  • King Amaziah Stirs Up Israel to Battle – 2 Chronicles 25:17–24
  • King Uzziah of Judah Fights the Philistines – 2 Chronicles 26:1–15
  • Judah is Weakened by Battles – 2 Chronicles 28
  • The Assyrian Invasion – 2 Kings 18–19 (2 Chr 32:20–21)
  • King Josiah Goes Out to War against Pharaoh Necho – 2 Chronicles 35:20–27 (2 Kgs 23:29–30)
  • The Babylonian Captivity of Judah – 2 Kings 25

Battles of the Christian Era

  • The Destruction of Jerusalem – Luke 19:41–44, 21:5-24, (Matt 24; Mark 13)
  • The Christians’ Spiritual Warfare – John 18:36; 2 Corinthians 10:3–6 (Rom 13:12; Eph 6:11–18)
  • The War in Heaven between Michael and Satan – Revelation 12:1–17 (Rev 11:2)
  • The Defeat of the Beast in the Battle of Armageddon – Revelation 19:11–21 (16:12–16)
  • The Last Victory – Revelation 20:1–15

About Scott J Shifferd

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  2. Which commandment is the Most Important One?
    Now there is a real Biblical battle…..

    Poem – What is love?

    Two men came to Jesus
    With different motivations.
    They asked Him the same question
    Relevant to all the nations:

    Which is the Most Important?
    The answer was the same.
    Jesus did not manipulate
    He was not there to play a game.

    “Love the Lord your God” said Jesus
    as He quoted from The Law –
    to fulfill and not abolish
    was His purpose, full of awe.

    Jesus did not make all Scripture
    Into one new great commandment.
    He summarized The Law and Prophets
    “First and Greatest” and “The Second.”

    The Love of God is higher
    Than the love of any man.
    Receive from God, give back to God-
    Then to others, that’s His plan.

    The Love of God involves much more
    Than simply “love your fellow man.”
    Worship, trust, and pray to God,
    and obey Him – that’s His plan

    To worship and pray to neighbors,
    Whoever they may be,
    Or trust and obey our enemies
    Would be idolatry.

    The love of God is first and greatest,
    And the love of man is second.
    “All we need is love” are words
    of dead Beetles on the pavement.

    “The entire law is summed up in a single command”
    are not the words of Jesus our Salvation.
    It’s false teaching of Paul the Pharisee
    an “accuser of our brethren.”

    “Love” without God is Satan’s word through Paul
    in his chapter to the Corinthians.
    “I will show you the most excellent way”
    is the road to eternal perdition.

    Where is God in Paul’s chapter on love?
    Nowhere in view of the eye.
    Paul sings about himself like a Mexican Mariachi
    “I, I, I, I.”

    Jesus is The Most Excellent Way
    Not the words of a Pharisee.
    The words of Jesus are very clear.
    Jesus said, “You must follow ME.”

    Jesus was asked twice which Commandment is the greatest or most important one, (Matthew 22 and Mark 12)
    Both times Jesus answered quoting the same two commandments, from the Law of Moses.

    Jesus said that one of these two commandments is the first and greatest most important one. Which one is it? The one in Deuteronomy 6:4-5, or the one in Leviticus 19:18 ?

    “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “ is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ [Mark 12:29-30, Deuteronomy 6:4-5]

    Jesus replied: “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” [Matthew 22:37-38, Deuteronomy 6:5]


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