The following articles are related to the topic of ISRAEL

The Canaanite Woman: A Conflict between Matthew and Mark?

"Do the two accounts of the woman whose daughter was sick (Mt. 15:21-28; Mk. 7:24-30) refer to the same incident? If so, why is the lady called 'a Canaanite woman' in Matthew's account, but she is referred to as 'a Greek, a Syrophoenician' in Mark's record?" There is no conflict between the accounts. The explanation has to do with the ... read more »

Is Jesus Jehovah?

"Jehovah's Witnesses" argue vehemently that it is never proper to refer to Jesus Christ by the name "Jehovah." Their literature states: "Jesus is not Jehovah" (Reasoning from the Scriptures, 198). As was pointed out in a previous article (see A Brief Study of The Angel of Jehovah ), however, the designation "Jehovah" simply denotes the self-existence of deity. If it ... read more »

Jesus and Jehovah

"Jehovah's Witnesses" argue vehemently that it is never proper to refer to Jesus Christ by the name "Jehovah." Their literature states: "Jesus is not Jehovah" (Reasoning from the Scriptures, 1989, p. 198). As was pointed out in a previous article (see A Brief Study of the Angel of Jehovah ), however, the designation "Jehovah" simply denotes the self-existence of deity. ... read more »

1 Samuel 10ff – Saul’s Apostasy

The first king of Israel was Saul, the son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin. While he started his reign in noble fashion, eventually rebellion invaded his heart and he fell from Heaven's grace. Those who have adopted the Calvinistic theory of "once saved, always saved" have great difficulty with the case of Saul. In order to defend their ... read more »

The English Standard Version and Micah 5:2

Did the English Standard Version translators err in the rendition "origin" in Micah 5:2? But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days (emphasis added). The text, as it ... read more »

God’s Care For His People

After more than two centuries, God brought the nation of Israel out of Egypt and into the bleak wilderness of Sinai. Ideally, the Hebrews should have gone directly into Canaan (150 miles to the northeast), which would have taken about a month. However, due to their lack of faith, they were forced to wander in the harsh desert for 40 ... read more »

The BBC’s Theory on the Biblical Plagues

England's major broadcasting facility, the BBC, has just released a TV special in which an attempt was made to establish the case that the biblical plagues, visited upon Egypt during the time of Moses, and the subsequent parting of the Red Sea, were not supernatural phenomena.Rather, it is claimed, the "exodus" events were caused by a volcano that erupted on ... read more »

Judges 4 – Deborah, the Woman Judge

It was a dark hour in Israel's history. Apparently, there were no worthy male leaders among the Hebrew people. Hence, God raised up a prophetess to judge the nation. Her name was Deborah (Judges 4:4ff). Some feel that this example serves as a precedent today. And they contend, therefore, that it is appropriate to have women preachers/leaders in the church. ... 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 »

Jonah 1:1-2 — The Prophet’s Commission

The prophet Jonah lived in the city of Gath-hepher (four miles north of Nazareth) in the reign of Israel's king, Jeroboam II (2 Kings 14:25). Jonah was instructed by the Lord to go to Nineveh, a thriving city 500 miles to the east. There, he would proclaim the destruction of that metropolis on account of its wickedness. Nineveh was the ... read more »