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Articles by: Corie Bobechko

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
Ancient Signatures

How did the ancient world sign important documents before pen and paper?

Ancient Signatures

How did the ancient world sign important documents before pen and paper?

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In the times of the Bible, documents like peace treaties, sale of land certificates, business transactions, adoptions, marriages and the like were authenticated using the ancient version of the signature: a seal. Ancient seals as we know them came in two forms: (1) the signet
Historical Tour of Mizpah

Exploring history, archaeology and Scripture about this Biblically significant location.

Historical Tour of Mizpah

Exploring history, archaeology and Scripture about this Biblically significant location.

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In Hebrew, the place name “Mizpah" means “watchtower”. With this meaning in mind, then, it’s not surprising that there were a few Biblical locations named this. First, Mizpah was used as another name for the pile of stones set up by Jacob and Laban in
586 BC: The Fall of Jerusalem

A quick overview of how the capital city of southern Judah was conquered by the Babylonians

586 BC: The Fall of Jerusalem

A quick overview of how the capital city of southern Judah was conquered by the Babylonians

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In 586 BC the Babylonian military, led by King Nebuchadnezzar, succeeded in breaking a two-year-long siege and destroyed much of the city of Jerusalem; her walls, palaces, and most devastatingly, the Temple of Solomon. Nebuchadnezzar was continuing his mission to secure and grow the resurrected