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Friday, November 27, 2009

Top ten deaths in the Bible

For reasons I can't yet explain (to myself, never mind to anyone else), I'd like to compile a top ten list of deaths in the Bible. I can't offer you any useful criteria on which to grade these, but if you don't find the request too outlandish, do make any suggestion that comes to mind.


At 11:32 pm, Blogger James F. McGrath said...

Um, Jesus' death probably ought to make the list. :-)

Beyond that, Abel, Moses, Samson, Josiah, and Ananias and Saphira are all interesting, for various reasons.

At 1:24 am, Blogger metalepsis said...

The dude that got shived whilst on the crapper in Judges always stuck with me, probably explains my fear of outhouses...

At 9:39 pm, Blogger Baptist Bookworm said...

My top 10 biblical deaths. (I have omitted the death of Jesus on the grounds of cliché).
1. Death by hailstone: Joshua 10:11 As they fled before Israel, while they were going down the slope of Beth-horon, the LORD threw down huge stones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died; there were more who died because of the hailstones than the Israelites killed with the sword.
2. Death on a campsite: Judges 4:21 Jael wife of Heber took a tent peg, and took a hammer in her hand, and went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple, until it went down into the ground -- he was lying fast asleep from weariness -- and he died.
3. Death by sexism: Judges 9:53-54 But a certain woman threw an upper millstone on Abimelech's head, and crushed his skull. 54 Immediately he called to the young man who carried his armor and said to him, "Draw your sword and kill me, so people will not say about me, 'A woman killed him.'" So the young man thrust him through, and he died.
4. Death by man: Judges 20:5-6 The lords of Gibeah rose up against me, and surrounded the house at night. They intended to kill me, and they raped my concubine until she died. 6 Then I took my concubine and cut her into pieces, and sent her throughout the whole extent of Israel's territory; for they have committed a vile outrage in Israel.
5. Death by lack of perspective: 1 Samuel 4:17-18 The messenger replied, "Israel has fled before the Philistines, and there has also been a great slaughter among the troops; your two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God has been captured." 18 When he mentioned the ark of God, Eli1 fell over backward from his seat by the side of the gate; and his neck was broken and he died.
6. Death by loyalty: 1 Samuel 31:5 When his armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell upon his sword and died with him.
7. Death by stomach upset: 2 Chronicles 21:18-19 After all this the LORD struck him in his bowels with an incurable disease. 19 In course of time, at the end of two years, his bowels came out because of the disease, and he died in great agony.
8. Death by idolatry: Acts 12:23 And immediately, because he had not given the glory to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.
9. Death by environmental devastations: Revelation 16:3 The second angel poured his bowl into the sea, and it became like the blood of a corpse, and every living thing in the sea died.
10. Death of Death: Revelation 20:14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire;

At 2:35 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously, Jesus has to make the list otherwise there is no need for a bible. The guy who got the tent peg nailed through his skull while sleeping always fascinated me a bit.

At 8:47 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

they're nearly all in Judges, I'd say
1 goes to Jesus, crucifixion, including suffocation etc after being dragged around Jerusalem flayed in the middle of the night.
2 Sisera, nailed in the head by a tent peg by a housewife
3 Absolom didn't cut his hair and riding away from his dad (David) was hung by his own locks getting stuck in a tree
4 Lot's wife, turned into salt for looking back at the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah
5 Eglon, Ehud shanked him and he was so fat the sword got lost
6 Haman, asked King Xerxes to kill a man by hanging him from a noose 75 feet off the ground, but Xerxes used it on him
7 Samson, crushed by pushing a castle down all by himself and thus dying
8 Pharoh Ramases I, crushed when the angels stopped holding back the waves of the red sea, split by force and pressure most likely before drowning
9 Methuselah died of old age but apparently at 969, the oldest in the bible
10 Peter its at the end cos it's a legend really originating in a tradition that he was crucified...upside-down

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