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Repeating History

Exploring the unexpected beauty of the chiastic structure

Repeating History

Exploring the unexpected beauty of the chiastic structure

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Although perhaps not always perceivable to the untrained eye, there are a number of literary devices that the Bible employs. Some of these include alternation, immediate repetition, parallel symmetry, and reverse symmetry. Perhaps most beautiful and unexpected of these devices is reverse symmetry—also known as
Desert Demon

What is the meaning of the Hebrew word "Azazel", traditionally translated as ‘scapegoat’?

Desert Demon

What is the meaning of the Hebrew word "Azazel", traditionally translated as ‘scapegoat’?

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One of the most important and critical elements in Christian theology is atonement. Atonement refers to the covering over or removal of sin for the purpose of reconciling sinful human beings with a holy and righteous God (a God Who cannot tolerate sin) and interestingly,
Family Portrait

Genetics substantiates the Biblical claim that Adam and Eve were real people from which the whole human race originates.

Family Portrait

Genetics substantiates the Biblical claim that Adam and Eve were real people from which the whole human race originates.

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Right from the very beginning, the Bible makes highly significant claims that are often mocked in today’s world, especially where evolution is considered the only truth. Contrary to evolutionary ideas that once claimed we all descended from multiple kinds of humans, the Bible teaches that
Jesus in Eusebius

Examining extra-biblical evidence for the life of Jesus of Nazareth.

Jesus in Eusebius

Examining extra-biblical evidence for the life of Jesus of Nazareth.

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Although unbelieving scholars have tried very hard over the years to deny the historical existence of Jesus Christ, including His life, death, and resurrection, this has proven very difficult, if not impossible. One of the main reasons for this is that several historical documents and
Judah’s Sceptre

Was David permitted to be king of Israel according to the Mosaic Law?

Judah’s Sceptre

Was David permitted to be king of Israel according to the Mosaic Law?

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Although King David was considered a standard by which all other Israelite kings were measured, there has been some question surrounding the legitimacy of his right to rule. This stems from Deuteronomy 23:2, which clearly states that “One of illegitimate birth shall not enter the
Ephraim: the Man, the Tribe, the Nation

Tracing the fulfillment of Jacob’s prophecy in Genesis 49.

Ephraim: the Man, the Tribe, the Nation

Tracing the fulfillment of Jacob’s prophecy in Genesis 49.

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The Man Ephraim and Manasseh, though the natural sons of Joseph, were adopted by his father Jacob as his own children. This was highly significant and meaningful since full sonship granted them each a full share of the inheritance along with Jacob’s other 11 sons.