Three poles lay waiting for three criminals at the place called "the Skull".
The Savior is lifted up for all sinners to see. Only the saints understand what they are looking at. There is but one Savior before all people, sinners and saints, will one day appear. Will you, dear sinner, be at the Savior's right hand?Read more >
Around Passover many begin to recount Exodus' account of the Passover: how the Hebrew Israelites put a lamb’s blood on their door and how an “Angel” killed the firstborn of every Egyptian household. This Angel is often renowned as “the Angel of Death”, but upon searching for this Angel in more detail many ask “Where is the Angel of Death found in the Bible?”
Actually, the so-called “Angel of Death” is not found in the Bible. In fact, the scenario of the Passover it is not entailed that the “killer” was even an Angel, but God Himself not agents of wrath.Read more >
He had it all! Jesus had created everything.Read more >
In the previous blogpost Superdadsuper explores how Mary, Joseph and Elizabeth reacted to the news of a virgin conception
During the reign of Augustus Caesar, it had been over 150 years since anyone had seen what passed as a miracle in Judea . As reported by the Jews, this miracle made one flask of oil last eight days rather than the one day expected. This happened just as winter was beginning. Today we know the commemoration as Hanukkah.
Even the devoutest Jew did not expect miracles to happen. Mary of Nazareth was no exception. Her reaction to Gabriel's claims showed that she thought them impossible. Even when the angel told her that her older cousin, once barren, was now pregnant, she could only wait to see if this unheard of miracle woul…
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Imagine a married man who is preparing his future life with his new bride. Suppose this bride was gone on a three month trip to help her cousin and when she returned was found to be pregnant! What kind of feelings would this cause? Well, Joseph knew this feeling exactly, because he was this man and Mary was the wife. It sounds like the typical story of the unfaithful wife who shared her intimacy with another man, because she had not had any with her husband.
In the next blogpost we will explore how the Bible claims the Virgin Birth as a literal event rather than an allegory
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After the Assyrians descended upon the northern kingdom (aka "Israel") they preserved the land and its apostate religion by settling their own people among the poor and disenfranchised remnant.
The Samaritan religion persists to the present as an accepted Hebrew sect in larger Judaism. However, some Jews might not be so accepting of that sect. Recently the Living Torah Museum in Brooklyn, NY, auctioned of an old Roman era memorial plaque of the Samaritan version of the Ten Commandments. The third commandment against taking the 's name in vain was replaced with a Samaritan Commandment requiring that a temple be built on Mount Gerizim rather than in Jerusalem.
The winning bid was $850,000 for the two-foot square marble tablet that once had be…
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The Psalmist declared the necessity to store the Word of God in a safe place: the mind. This was necessary because even stone tablets can break and be scattered. The early use of papyrus (ancient paper) made the more permanent clay tablets obsolete for everyday use. Such a find is rare because of the fragile nature of papyrus. As attractive as it might be to dream of finding something from the pen of an Apostle, the nature of the medium makes this .practically impossible.
Let us praise God that His people have gotten the Word out as they wrote, taught and preached to others over the millennia.Read more >
Experts and Bias
The secular news magazine Newsweek presents coverage of what secular experts claim may be fake documents among the so-called Dead Sea Scrolls. Based on what these scholars consider a "strong coincidence" they are launching an investigation to develop "methods with which to counter [the] threat" of forgeries being sold to American evangelicals such as Steve Green and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Though the concern may be real, the "flag of fakery" they consider is fragments preserved on the subject of homosexuality drawn from two passages in Leviticus. With texts going back to at least the Septuagint, there is no doubt to these texts being available in the days of the verified scrolls. Leviticus is part of the Torah…Read more >
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 records the sometimes dirty details.
One thing that some with the secular anti-christian worldview like to harp on is the brutal behavior of the ancient peop…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 everyday use by those who knew Jesus personally.Read more >