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Once again, Eric Mitchell assists us modern readers in understanding what it would be like in ancient Israel. In this case, much closer than David and Goliath!
Moving a thousand years through the clouds of dust of time, he finds himself on the shores of the Sea of Galilee (Gennesarret) and the town of Magdala , hometown of his friend and follower Mary .
In well preserved ruins, archeologists have revealed details including a stone "tabletop" like that which Jesus would have used to spread out the scroll of Isaiah in his hometown of Nazareth not too far from these stones when they were in everyd…
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Tradition can only get a researcher so far, but Dr. Eric Mitchell, who I mentioned in a previous blog, seeks out the truth behind the tales told in ancient times. Primarily, as a Christian, he seeks to see for himself the places, and the remnants of places buried therein, of the Bible.
Following up on his article about the big picture in the ancient land of the Philistines, Dr. Mitchell joins tourists as the disembark the bus to kick around stones and pebbles placed there for the taking in the place very near where David killed Goliath."
While we cannot all go to Israel, we can vicariously get…
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Folks like to play in the dirt over in Israel. There is a good reason for this: that dirt covers ruins that shed light on the life and times of the Bible. Often, we are challenged to stand on the Bible rather than on the interpretation in publications written by people who don't take God's word seriously. But there are those that look at the same evidence through the lenses of faith.
Dr. Eric Mitchell, of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is such a man. Writing for the Christian Examiner he states:
"Standing on these sites highlighted for me a personal connection to events and people of…Read more >
Everything was fulfilled in the Ressurection and the grave time of Jesus. This is part 2 out of 2 for our two-part blog about how Old Testament biblical prophecies were fulfilled in the Crucifixion and Ressurection of Jesus Christ, celebrating Good Friday and Easter (Ressurection Day). This blogpost (part 2) talks about how prophecies were fulfilled in Jesus's time where he was dead and his ressurection. You can check out part 1 about the Crucifixion and Death's fulfilment of prophecies.
While Jonah may seem distant, having lived hundreds of years before Jesus, his account provides an interest…
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"David, youngest son of Jesse of Bethlehem, was Israel's second king. Taken from the sheep herds, he would prove himself in battle (beginning as a young man, slaying Goliath), becoming more popular than king Saul. Chosen by God to succeed Saul, he had been anointed secretly by Samuel, and became king of of all of Israel upon defeating Saul's son Ish-bosheth. He reigned for 40 years, to be succeeded by his son Solomon.
After seven years in Hebron, spent in subduing the Philistines, among others, he and his men took control of Jerusalem, making it the new capitol of the united kingdom. After continuing his military campaigns in the north, David was able to secure the land into a relative peace. At this time, using political alliances, he built a palace in Jerusalem and secured materials to build the Templewhich would be built by Solomon.
Political success did not translate into personal happiness, though, for David would fail as a friend and a father in his later years. His passion would lead to sin, with conspiracy to hide that sin leading to even more sin. This lapse in character would lead to the death of four of his sons. Besides the first son born to him in Jerusalem as an infant, three of his earlier sons would die as adults in the latter days of his rule. Just as he had been chosen by the LORD for his post, his eighth son, Solomon, would be chosen to be his successor.
Known also as a musician and a poet, he wrote many of the Psalms which offer an insight into his life, along with a rich study of the nature of God's relationship with his people. ..." Read More