The following articles are related to the topic of JERICHO

Prince of Egypt — The Movie

In 1999, Prince of Egypt opened in theaters across the country. Because it differed so widely from the usual movie fare of sex and violence, this production received high acclaim-even from religious figures like Billy Graham, James Dobson, Robert Schuller, and others. Supposedly, it is based upon the life of Moses and was produced under the guidance of over six ... read more »

Elisha and the Lads of Bethel

In the book of 2 Kings, there is an intriguing narrative that has generated considerable controversy. Concerning the prophet Elisha, the text reads as follows: And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, ... read more »

The Covering of Sin

In a refreshing declaration, an Old Testament writer affirms: "Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered" (Psa. 32:1). In stark relief, another biblical writer says: "He who covers his transgressions shall not prosper..." (Prov. 28:13). The former passage commends the covering of sin; the latter one condemns such. How are these two inspired oracles to be ... read more »

Lessons from the Book of Ruth

The Old Testament book of Ruth is truly one of the beauty spots of sacred literature. For centuries its literary excellence has been applauded by a wide variety of critics. The book traces certain events in the life of a Hebrew family. In the days of the judges, a famine in Canaan forced Elimelech and his wife, Naomi, along with ... read more »

Who Was the Good Samaritan?

One of Christ's most popular forms of instruction was the "parable" - a true-to-life story designed to illustrate important spiritual concepts. Perhaps the two most recognizable of these twenty-nine deposits of New Testament instruction are the parables of the Prodigal Son, and the Good Samaritan. In this piece, we will reflect upon the Samaritan narrative (Lk. 10:25-37). The Interrogating Lawyer ... read more »

Steve Allen’s Attack upon the Bible

Steve Allen was an accomplished composer (he wrote somefour thousand songs). He was also a popular comedian (having hosted The Tonight Show and The Steve Allen Comedy Hour). While these accomplishments have been rehearsed in light of his recent death, few recognize that he was a humanistic philosopher of sorts. He had a vengeance toward the Bible that may be ... read more »

Principles of Interpretation: The “Expansion” Concept

It is rarely the case (if ever) that the entire body of truth, relative to a doctrinal matter, is found neatly compacted in one contextual location. In researching a biblical theme, therefore, one must gather the available data pertaining to an issue from various sources, systematically harmonize whatever the Scriptures say about the subject, and then take the whole. One ... read more »

What Is a Publican in the New Testament?

The term "publican," as rendered in earlier versions (e.g., KJV/ASV), and "tax collector," as found in later translations (e.g., NIV/ESV), translates the Greek word telones. The term is found twenty-one times in the New Testament and only in the first three Gospel records (the Synoptics). Roman Taxation System The taxation systems of the antique world were elaborate and complicated. When ... read more »

THE GOLDEN TEXT: A Study of John 3:16

The Gospel of John, chapter 3, verse 16, is one of the all-time beloved and well-known verses in the entire Bible. It is frequently called the "golden text" of Scripture. One might be shocked to learn, therefore, that this great passage is one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented texts of the Word of God. Many sincere people, who dearly ... read more »

The Wages of Sin and the Free Gift of God

It is a text of dual emphases. The one is darkly foreboding, the other magnificently exhilarating. Paul wrote: "For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23). It cannot be determined exactly when the church in Rome was established. Perhaps those Jews and proselytes who were ... read more »