The following articles are related to the topic of ABRAHAM

In the Steps of Abraham

Abraham is an imposing figure whose presence adorns the pages of both Testaments of the Bible. He is mentioned no fewer than seventy-three times in the New Testament. Paul commends those who "walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham" (Romans 4:12). Through his faith and obedience, the founder of the Hebrew nation was called the "friend ... read more »

Abraham – A Case of Old Testament Accuracy

The science of archaeology has been a rich benefactor to the Bible student. It has occasionally clarified obscure passages, and it has also frequently demonstrated that the biblical record bears the marks of genuine history. After Abraham settled in the hill country of Hebron, and Lot, his nephew, pitched his tent in the vicinity of Sodom, a confederation of Mesopotamian ... read more »

1 Kings 4:21 – Solomon’s Kingdom

Those who subscribe to the theory of premillennialism allege that one of the proofs of a coming millennium is the fact that Israel has never yet possessed the total territory which God promised to Abraham's seed. In Genesis 15:18, Jehovah promised to Abraham, "In that day Jehovah made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this ... read more »

Matthew 19:24 – The Rich and Heaven

Jesus once declared: "It is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God" (Matthew 19:24). Does this passage suggest that it is utterly impossible for those who are wealthy to enter God's kingdom? If it does, then what shall we say of Abraham of whom Moses ... read more »

Was Melchizedek the Preincarnate Christ?

"Was Melchizedek the preincarnate Christ?" No, Melchizedek was not the same person as Jesus, contrary to a rather popular notion that stems from a misunderstanding of certain passages in Hebrews 7. Melchizedek is first mentioned in Genesis 14. Abram (later called Abraham), returning from the rescue of his nephew (Lot), encountered this ancient dignitary who was king of Salem (early ... read more »

Immanuel — God Is With Us

Names are of great importance in the Bible. Some names have historical significance. "Adam," for example, may derive from the Hebrew adama, "the red soil"-thus suggesting something of his physical origin (Gen. 2:7). And "Eve" ("living," "life") was so designated because "she was the mother of all living" humans (Gen. 3:20). Sometimes names were symbolically descriptive of character. During his ... read more »

The English Standard Version

For centuries men have been translating the original Scriptures (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek) into their native vernacular. Each time a translation is produced there is the hope that it will be the perfect one. It never is; because translations, unlike the original autographs, are the productions of fallible men. And "to err is human." Some degree of subjective interpretation is ... read more »

Ishmael: His Hand Against Every Man

When Abram was seventy-five years old, God promised him that through his "seed" the nations of the earth would be blessed. But as yet, the patriarch had no offspring. A decade rolled by and still no child blessed the home of Abram and Sarai. Finally, Sarai suggested that a child be produced by a union between Abram and Hagar, Sarai's ... read more »

Exploring the Concept of Priesthood

The theme of priests and priesthood is prominent within the Scriptures. One is first introduced to the concept of a priest in the book of Genesis, and the role lingers until the sacred canon closes. The office of the priest is mentioned some 700 times in the Old Testament, and approximately 80 times in the New Testament. It is obvious ... read more »

Jesus Christ and the “I Am” Expression

When Christ declared: "Before Abraham was born, I am" (John 8:58), was he referring to the statement in Exodus 3:14, "I am that I am," and therefore identifying himself with the "Jehovah" of that context? This is the question we will explore in this article. In John, chapter eight, there is an animated exchange between the Lord and a certain ... read more »