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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
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
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
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.
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