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A New Torah: “Tree of Death”

The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which purportedly represents some 1.5 million "conservative Jews" in the U.S., issued a new edition of the "Torah." The term "Torah" has an elastic meaning in modern Judaism. In its narrowest sense, it alludes to the first five books of the Old Testament. In a broader sense, it connotes "the total content of God's ... read more »

How Do You Explain Joshua’s Long Day?

"How does the devout Bible student explain the 'long day' that is related in the book of Joshua?" Joshua, chapter 10, contains the account of a great battle between the children of Israel and the pagan Amorites. In the course of that conflict, Jehovah intervened and sent great stones from heaven, killing many of the enemy. As the battle progressed, ... read more »

Solomon’s Basin and “Pi” — A Bible Error?

"A skeptic claims that the Bible contains a mathematical mistake in 1 Kings 7:23 (cf. 2 Chron. 4:2). The writer states that the great basin in Solomon's temple was fifteen feet in diameter, and forty-five feet in circumference. According to these figures, the circumference was three times the distance of the diameter. Actually, the ratio of the circumference of a ... read more »

The Rationale for Evaluating Political Leaders

Jeroboam II was the 13th ruler of the northern kingdom of Israel.He reigned for some forty-one years (793-753 B.C.) - during those days when both Jonah and Amos were doing their prophetic work.His reign was one of the most prosperous in the 250-year history of northern Israel.He successfully conducted wars against Syria, and he re-captured territory that Israel had not ... read more »

The Art of Writing

Writing is one of the most important achievements humanity has ever developed. "Writing" is first mentioned in the Bible in Exodus 17:14, when, after the Israelites defeated the pagan king Amalek, God instructed Moses: "Write this for a memorial in a book." Numerous other references to writing follow (cf. Exodus 34:27-28; Deuteronomy 31:19,22; Numbers 33:2). For many years, however, hostile ... read more »

Jeremiah and Lamentations

Jeremiah is one of the more remarkable characters of the Bible. He might be characterized as a prophet of "tears and terror." At one moment, his great heart throbs with anguish over the wickedness of his national kinsmen, and we behold him weeping. If tears could have washed away Judah's sins, surely his would have done so. At another time, ... read more »

Ezekiel 12:13 — The Blind Ruler

Even though he was a captive in Babylon, the prophet Ezekiel uttered oracles regarding his brethren who were as yet in the land of Canaan. One of his prophecies had to do with Zedekiah, who was serving as the "prince in Jerusalem" (Ezekiel 12:10). The prophet announced that the "rebellious house" of Israel, along with the haughty ruler, would be ... read more »

King Saul — A Case Study in Apostasy

Saul, son of Kish, Israel's first king, stands as a solemn warning to all who followed thereafter. He was the ruler born of Israel's wishes - that the Hebrews might "be like" the heathen nations nearby (1 Samuel 8:5). In the providence of God, he was appointed their king. Yes, allowed by the Lord, but later removed by the same ... read more »

Joel 1:3 – Parental Responsibility

"Tell your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation" (Joel 1:3). The prophecies of Joel were occasioned by a devastating plague of locust that recently had come upon the land of Canaan. Joel, a Judean prophet under the guidance of God's Spirit, interpreted the locust plague as a vivid picture of the ... read more »

Language Keys that Unlocked the Past

The Bible is a book of ancient history. Some of its literature goes back at least fifteen centuries before the birth of Christ. The Old Testament is largely the story of the Hebrew nation and the role this people would play in the unfolding purpose of God for human redemption. The culmination of the heavenly plan, of course, was in ... read more »