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Suspense in Judah

  Would the King do it? Judah’s king Zedekiah was firmly on the horns of a dilemma. Politically ambitious princes, sons of prominent men of Judah, were applying all kinds of pressure on King Zedekiah to kill the prophet Jeremiah. On the other hand, the king knew that Jeremiah was a spiritual man whose messages […]

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How Many?

  “For a period of more than 1,600 years, the Catholic church has assembled at ecumenical councils its patriarchs, cardinals, bishops, abbots of male religious orders, and others nominated by the pope to discuss issues of faith, church doctrine and discipline, often defining heresies within the church. The pope must approve the decisions of the […]

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Location: Good and Bad

“The Philistines hung the lifeless bodies of King Saul and three of his sons from the walls of Beth Shean, according to the Bible (I Samuel 31; I Chronicles 10).  When approaching an important and impressive site like Tel Beth Shean, archaeologists seek to understand more about the Biblical stories as well as answer questions […]

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Numbers Don’t Lie

Archaeologists can easily find Israelin ancient history.  The grandson of Abraham, he along with his father Isaac, is a famous patriarch in the bible (circa 1910 B.C.). He lived contentedly in the land of Canaan until famine forced him to relocate.  His married life had produced 12 sons and one daughter, Dinah.  It grieved him […]

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Reactions To Death

  “It is appointed unto man once to die (Hebrews 9:27).”  Ever since God willed it in the beginning man has met that inevitability.  The manner in which religions, societies, and cultures handle death is fascinating. Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 2011, says: “For nearly a century before the Romans destroyed the Temple in 70 A.D. […]

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Noah’s Wine

An ancient account concerning the period 2348 B.C. says: “And Noah began to be a husbandman, and he planted a vineyard (Genesis 9:20).”  “Although many scholars would be tempted to dismiss claims of Noah’s original vineyard as lacking any historical merit, scientists are discovering evidence of ancient wine making in that very same region (Biblical […]

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Evolution and Resolution

  “A multinational team of researchers at the site of Jebel Fayka in the United Arab Emirates has gathered evidence that now suggests that groups of Homo sapiens may have migrated from Africa across the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula as early as 125,000 years ago (Archaeology, May/ June 2011).”  This article caught my […]

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Evolution and Resolution

  The Lord invites humans to “Come now, and let us reason together (Isaiah 1:18).”  In attempts to explain how old the earth is and how humans got on it, mankind has offered many conflicting ideas.  Dates are loosely thrown around, 5 billion, 200,000, 70,000 years, so much that one’s mind reels at the contradictions […]

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Philip’s Legacy

Philip’s Legacy

“The Apostle Philip was hung on a tree upside down with irons in his heels and ankles in Hierapolis in Asia Minor (Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 2011).” For many years I have used a simple song, “Yes, Jesus Loves Me” to memorize the names of the twelve apostles. The words are: “Jesus called them one […]

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