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Worldview is a powerful influence. Archeology in Israel and surrounding lands is often in the hands of those that have their minds made up concerning the history of Israel. In their heyday, these skeptics were even claiming that the mighty kingdom of David and Solomon never existed. Others denied the exodus .
All along, they had the Bible at hand, and chose to ignore it. Instead, they put a spin on what the ruins tell them in order to "disprove" the recorded word of those who were there. And so, when mundane details come to light, even Christians seem surprised that the Bible accurately record…Read more >
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 >
" The Garden of Eden was a place prepared by God for mankind in its first man, Adam , during the Creation week. It became the place where the first man and woman would enjoy the presence of God Himself, serving as the model for the tabernacle, the temple and the final "New Jerusalem".
Apparently destroyed on the earth during the Great Flood, the Garden had been guarded by heavenly messengers from God — cherubim — with a "sword of fire" that barred entrance turned every way.
During the Creation, God prepared the Garden of Eden as a place in which humanity and, in particular the first man, Adam, would dwell . On the third day of Creation, God had created vegetation that would bear fruit , watering it with a mist (possibly a heavy dew), for there was no rain to water the plants . Then, God planted a garden home for the Adam in which to learn skills needed to fulfill his duty to "subdue the earth ." To assist in the cultivation of the earth, God caused a great river to flow out from Eden , which separated into four rivers to cover the whole world.
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This month we are reading and writing about the Book of Genesis Chapter 1-25:18. While content from anywhere in the Bible's timeline is excepted, we highly encourage content relevant to the month's reading. Most of all we would like to promote study and literacy of the Scripture. Post your observations and annotations of the reading here