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Deuteronomy 18:15-19 — A Prophet Like Moses

Moses prophesied that the day would come when Jehovah would raise up, from within the nation of Israel, a prophet who would be like him in many respects. This coming prophet would speak divine words, and those who refused to hear his words would give account for such rebellion (Deuteronomy 18:15-19). One does not have to speculate on the fulfillment ... read more »

Was Ahab Pro-Choice?

Ahab was the king of Israel. Wealth and power enabled him to do whatever he chose, and his lovely heathen wife reminded him of this fact. She asked rhetorically, "Do you now govern Israel?" (1 Kings 21:7). To the tyrant's disgrace, he coveted Naboth's vineyard. He put his face to the wall and would not eat when Naboth refused to ... read more »

What Happened to the Ten “Lost” Tribes?

During the days of Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, the kingdom of Israel split. The northern section, under the rebellious Jeroboam, retained the name "Israel," while the southern kingdom became known as "Judah." The northern faction, with its capital at Samaria, lasted about 210 years. It fell to the Assyrians in 722/21 B.C. According to Assyrian records, 27,290 Hebrews were ... read more »

Israel’s Exodus from Egypt

As long as Joseph exercised regal authority in the land of Egypt, the Hebrew people flourished. But when a new king arose, who "knew not Joseph," the lives of the Israelites became "bitter and hard" (Ex. 1:8,14). Eventually, Jehovah commissioned Moses to confront Pharaoh, the Egyptian king: "Thus saith Jehovah, the God of Israel, Let my people go" (Ex. 5:1). ... read more »

Myth or History: Did Jericho’s Walls Come Down?

For some years now, a battle has raged among biblical scholars over whether the Old Testament record of the conquest of Canaan is accurate. In this article, we examine two cases that have been points of controversy. Jericho Discovered When did Joshua conquer Jericho? Using strict Bible chronology, there seems to be a simple answer. When the building of Solomon's ... read more »

Is There Not A Cause?

Those were dark days in Israel. Saul, the nation's king, had progressively pursued the path of apostasy. He had been presumptuous and rebellious (see 1 Sam. 13:8-14; 15:10f), and the Spirit of God had departed from the monarch (16:14). Accordingly, Jehovah had allowed the heathen Philistines to encroach deeper and deeper into Israel's territory. Actually, the Hebrew people were but ... read more »

Why Did Jesus “Curse” the Fig Tree?

"Can you explain the case where Jesus 'cursed' a fig tree? There are several things about this that are hard to understand. Did Christ have a right to 'curse' a tree? What is the meaning of 'curse'? Since the tree was apparently destroyed, did he destroy property that did not belong to him? Some people say that this shows that ... read more »

Character Studies in Joshua

Andy was homeless, flopping under a pier or in someone else's garage. Had he been dealt a bad hand-an unlucky life? Could he shuffle the deck and stack the future in his favor by personal, conscious decisions? He wanted to know. Andy didn't plan on living on the street. At nineteen, his parents were dead; his mother was taken by ... read more »

Joshua’s Farewell Address

Joshua, the great commander of Israel, was "old and stricken in years" when he gave a presentation to his people near the end of his illustrious career (Joshua 23:1ff). It is likely that this was not long before his death at the age of 110 years (24:29). As he stood before the leaders of his spiritual kinsmen, he gave a ... read more »

LORD and Lord: What’s the Difference?

In the Old Testament, sometimes one of the titles for God is set in type with all capitals, "LORD." At other times, there are both the upper and lower case, "Lord." Why does this difference exist? This type-setting format is found in most of the English translations that have been produced over the past several centuries. The notable exception is ... read more »