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Articles by: Corie Bobechko

On Sacrifices

A quick look at the early history of sacrifices in the first five books of the Bible.

On Sacrifices

A quick look at the early history of sacrifices in the first five books of the Bible.

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In the ancient Near East, religious sacrifices were extremely common. They were offered to various deities and consisted of valuable consumable resources like animals, grains, drink and oil, as well as culturally prized items like incense, clothing, jewelry, precious metals and stones. When thinking of
The Golden Calf

Why did ancient Israel worship a golden calf in Exodus 32 and 1 Kings 12?

The Golden Calf

Why did ancient Israel worship a golden calf in Exodus 32 and 1 Kings 12?

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Two major instances of idolatry in the Bible are directly connected with ancient Egypt. One occurred under the leadership of Aaron while Moses was delayed on Mt. Sinai (Exodus 32), and the other was initiated by Jeroboam after he successfully took control of a fragmented
On Crucifixion

What is the cultural and Christian significance of death by crucifixion?

On Crucifixion

What is the cultural and Christian significance of death by crucifixion?

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It is difficult for the modern reader of the Bible to fully understand many of the New Testament references to crucifixion. Today, crucifixion isn’t primarily associated with the ancient practice, but rather as synonymous with Jesus Christ. The cross has become an enduring symbol of
Synagogues

What was the role and purpose of synagogues during the Second Temple Period?

Synagogues

What was the role and purpose of synagogues during the Second Temple Period?

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All around the world synagogues are an integral part of Judaism. From the Greek meaning “place of assembly”, the synagogue today is referred to as a house of prayer (bet ha-tefilla), house of assembly (bet ha-kneset), house of study (bet ha-midrash), and in some cases
Shepherd King Motif

Historical perspective on why the shepherd king symbol was so powerful.

Shepherd King Motif

Historical perspective on why the shepherd king symbol was so powerful.

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Christianity has found a useful symbol in the image of the shepherd. Our word “pastor” is from the Latin meaning “shepherd” and it is within common language of the Church to speak of this relationship between a pastor and his congregation as the relationship between
Who is Beelzebul?

The name Beelzebul is not found anywhere else in the Bible. Where did it come from in the Gospel accounts?

Who is Beelzebul?

The name Beelzebul is not found anywhere else in the Bible. Where did it come from in the Gospel accounts?

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In an incident recorded three different times in the synoptic Gospels (Matthew 12:24; Mark 3:22; Luke 11:15), Jesus is accused of casting out demons by Beelzebul. In all accounts, Beelzebul is said by the accusers of Jesus to be the “prince of the demons”, and