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Jul 27, 2014

The Tribe of Zebulun

Zebulun was the tenth son of Jacob, the last of six by Leah. This tribe would play a prominent role throughout the time of the Judges and United Monarchy.

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Jul 27, 2014

The Walls of Jericho

How tall were the walls of Jericho? They may have appeared over ten stories tall from the Israelites below!

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Jul 27, 2014

The Ugarit Texts

The Ugarit texts revolutionized the modern view of the ancient world. Within these texts, the mysterious Apiru appear. This page looks at the Apiru, and their connection to the ancient Hebrews.

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Jul 27, 2014

The Twelve Tribes of Israel

When the twelve tribes of Israel marched out of Egypt, they were a band of refugees. God used the desert wandering to establish a structured and efficient government within the tribes of Israel.

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Jul 27, 2014

The Tribes of Israel

The relationships between the tribes of Israel can be traced to the exploits and activities of the sons of Jacob in Canaan. Power struggles, alliances, jealousies, and murderous plots saturate the sto

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Jul 27, 2014

The Tribe of Levi

The tribe of Levi emerged in the wilderness through an act of faithfulness. This tribe would go on to exert a mighty influence on the history of Israel.

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Jul 24, 2014

The Tribe of Reuben

The tribe of Reuben was founded after the first born son of Jacob. It was one of the first tribes to be conquered and deported by the Assyrians. The tribe was cursed by Jacob.

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Jul 24, 2014

The Tribe of Manasseh

The tribe of Manasseh descended from the eldest son of Joseph. Manasseh would inherit land on both sides of the Jordan River. The men of Mansseh proved to be fierce warriors.

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Jul 24, 2014

The Royal Tribe of Judah

Despite dubious beginnings, the tribe of Judah would rise to become one of the most influential tribes in all of Israel. Jesus was from the tribe of Judah, as was King David.

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Jul 24, 2014

The Tribe of Ephraim

Perhaps no tribe has shaped and influenced the history of Israel moreso than that of the tribe of Ephraim. Ephraim came to represent the seat of power in the north, creating a rivalry with Judah.

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Jul 24, 2014

The Tribe of Dan

The tribe of Dan is, perhaps, the most precarious of the tribes of Israel. Its close ties to the Phoenicians, and its similarity in name to Homer's Danoi.

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Jul 23, 2014

The Tribe of Benjamin

The tribe of Benjamin occupied a central inheritance. Thus, despite its diminutive size the tribe exercised a great deal of influence on the history of Israel.

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Jul 23, 2014

The Tower of Babel

The Tower of Babel remains one of the most mysterious stories in the Bible. Dismissed by many as myth, there is sufficient evidence to believe it is indeed a true account.

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Jul 23, 2014

The Book of Enoch

The book of Enoch belongs to a branch of literature known as the Apocrypha, or, the Apocalyptic Literature. However, at one point the book was considered divinely inspired Scripture. Jesus Ch

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Jul 23, 2014

Terah

Terah appears only briefly in the Bible. Yet, he was the father of Abraham and led the initial party out of Ur. He continued the records of his family as a direct descendant of Shem.

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Jul 23, 2014

Story of Adam and Eve

The story of Adam and Eve is not as simple as some may seem to think. This is an in-depth look at the creation of Adam and the Garden of Eden up to Eve's creation.

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Jul 22, 2014

The Story of Abraham

The story of Abraham is an ancient story of one man answering God's call. Abraham left all he knew and followed God's call to a strange and foreign land. His journey is fascinating.

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Jul 22, 2014

Sodomite Civilization

Sodomite society was one of hedonism and materialism. The sin of Gomorrah was so grievous God utterly destroyed their society. What was their sin?

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Jul 22, 2014

Isaiah 1

A commentary on Isaiah 1. Chapter one of the book of Isaiah is analyzed verse by verse in historical context of its time.

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Jul 22, 2014

Sodom and Gomorrah

Sodom and Gomorrah remain one of the Bible's greatest mysteries. This offers a comprehensive look at the "cities of the plain", including the "grievous" sins of the Sodomites, the much debated locati

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Jul 22, 2014

Tribe of Simeon

Simeon was the second born son of Jacob and Leah. The tribe never garnered much attention. They were involved in the slaughter of Shecehm with Levi, and later drew condemnation from Jacob.

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Jul 22, 2014

The Return of the Nephilim

Moses sent out spies ahead into the land of Canaan. They reported back accounts of giants, and even the Nephilim. The return of the Nephilim remains yet another mystery surrounding these people.

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Jul 22, 2014

The Rephaim: Descendants of the Nephilim

The Rephaim are mentioned throughout the Old Testament as enemies of the Israelites. Og and Sihon were their kings. These people were fierce warriors. They also were connected to the Nephilim.

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Jul 22, 2014

Queen Esther of the Bible

Queen Esther of the Bible was descended from the tribe of Benjamin. This tribe, thus, produced not only a king, but a queen as well. Esther would rise to become queen of Persia.

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Jul 22, 2014

Palestine HIstory

Palestine history is a continual story of struggle. Throughout the history of Palestine, its inhabitants have struggled with the land, outside powers, empires, and local kings.

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Jul 22, 2014

Old Testament Map & History

A study of the Old Testament map; with different Old Testament Bible maps, Old Testament history, and Old Testament events.

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Jul 20, 2014

Old Testament Bible Maps

Various Old Testament Bible maps of events and places from Jacob through King David. The geography of Canaan is deeply connected to Israel.

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Jul 20, 2014

Nimrod & The Tower of Babel

An in depth look at ancient Israel's relationship to Nimrod, the chief architect of the Tower of Babel, and progenetor of the Babylonian Empire.

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Jul 20, 2014

The Nephilim

Were the Nephilim byproducts of fallen angels and women? Enoch wrote it was so, as did Moses. Could it be the pages of Enoch and the Bible contain the greatest kept secret in earth's history?

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Jul 20, 2014

Map of Palestine

Map of Palestine today, and various maps of Palestine throughout different eras of her history.

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Jul 20, 2014

The Sons of Noah

A detailed look at the expansion by the Sons of Noah, and their descendants, after the flood. The Table of Nations is also examined.

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Jul 20, 2014

The Nephilim Giants

The Nephilim Giants apppear in Genesis 6, and are some of the most mysterious beings in the Bible. They disappear after the flood, only to return in the book of Numbers.

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Jul 20, 2014

The Tribe of Naphtali

Naphtali was the sixth son of Jacob. The tribe was one of great warriors. They took part in some of the greatest battles fought in the Old Testament.

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Jul 20, 2014

Who Was Melchizedek?

A study of Melchizedek, from Genesis chapter 14. Who was he? How did he arrive in Salem/Jerusalem? Why did Abraham bow before him as a Priest of God?

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Jul 18, 2014

Map of Lebanon

Detailed maps of lebanon from different periods of its rich history. A map of Lebanon today, as well as in Old Testament times shows a land rich in history.

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Jul 18, 2014

Map of Jerusalem

A look at the map of Jerusalem and the surrounding areas. Different maps are presented from different eras of Jerusalem's history.

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Jul 18, 2014

Map of Ancient Mesopotamia

An in-depth look at the map of ancient Mesopotamia, as well as other Mesopotamian maps depicting ancient Mesopotamia.

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Jul 18, 2014

Map of Ancient Jerusalem

The map of ancient Jerusalem may change depending on the era one is peering into. Indeed, to follow Jerusalem is to follow an Old Testament timeline of sorts.

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Jul 18, 2014

King David of Israel

King David of Israel rose from the most humble of beginnings. From a shepherd of his father's flock, David would become King of Israel. He is one of the most important figures in the Bible.

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Jul 18, 2014

Jesus in Jerusalem

Little stirs the imagination of Christians more than the thought of Jesus in Jerusalem. The Christian faith took root in first-century Jerusalem. Jerusalem today still shows traces of those events.

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Jul 18, 2014

Adam & Eve in the Koran

About the creation of Adam and Eve, in our Koran the story is quite different to what i have just finish reading. It is said that God had collected his

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Jul 18, 2014

Father Abraham - Father of many Nations

First of all,thank you so much about this valuable information about the trip of our father of prophets Abraham and his blessed wife lady Sarah. Being

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Jul 17, 2014

History of Palestine

The nation of Israel has a unique relationship with the land and history of Palestine. This page explores the relationship between Palestine and Israel.

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Jul 17, 2014

The Cedars of Lebanon

The cedars of Lebanon were famous throughout all of antiquity. They were used in the construction of Solomon's First Temple; and mentioned in the Epic of Gilgamesh.

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Jul 17, 2014

The Book of Isaiah

The book of Isaiah is one of the most frequently quoted books of the Old Testament found in the New. Jesus quoted Isaiah on numerous occasions.

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Jul 17, 2014

Ancient Jerusalem

Ancient Jerusalem dates from centuries before its mention in the Old Testament. What was the city like before biblical times?

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Jul 17, 2014

Ancient Jericho

Ancient Jericho may be the oldest city on earth. Who dwelt there before Joshua and the Israelites? This is a pre-biblical look at the City of Palms..

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Jul 02, 2014

The Tribe of Simeon

The only tribe I want to talk about at this point is Simeon. In Gen. 49, we read that Simeon would be scattered in Israel. In Joshua 19:1 we see that

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May 31, 2014

The History of Israel

An easy to read history of Israel from ancient old testament times to today.

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  1. The Tribe of Zebulun

    Jul 27, 14 03:55 PM

    Zebulun was the tenth son of Jacob, the last of six by Leah. This tribe would play a prominent role throughout the time of the Judges and United Monarchy.

    Read More

  2. The Walls of Jericho

    Jul 27, 14 03:52 PM

    How tall were the walls of Jericho? They may have appeared over ten stories tall from the Israelites below!

    Read More

  3. The Ugarit Texts

    Jul 27, 14 03:51 PM

    The Ugarit texts revolutionized the modern view of the ancient world. Within these texts, the mysterious Apiru appear. This page looks at the Apiru, and their connection to the ancient Hebrews.

    Read More

  4. The Twelve Tribes of Israel

    Jul 27, 14 03:49 PM

    When the twelve tribes of Israel marched out of Egypt, they were a band of refugees. God used the desert wandering to establish a structured and efficient government within the tribes of Israel.

    Read More

  5. The Tribes of Israel

    Jul 27, 14 03:46 PM

    The relationships between the tribes of Israel can be traced to the exploits and activities of the sons of Jacob in Canaan. Power struggles, alliances, jealousies, and murderous plots saturate the sto

    Read More

  6. The Tribe of Levi

    Jul 27, 14 03:44 PM

    The tribe of Levi emerged in the wilderness through an act of faithfulness. This tribe would go on to exert a mighty influence on the history of Israel.

    Read More

  7. The Tribe of Reuben

    Jul 24, 14 06:58 PM

    The tribe of Reuben was founded after the first born son of Jacob. It was one of the first tribes to be conquered and deported by the Assyrians. The tribe was cursed by Jacob.

    Read More

  8. The Tribe of Manasseh

    Jul 24, 14 06:30 PM

    The tribe of Manasseh descended from the eldest son of Joseph. Manasseh would inherit land on both sides of the Jordan River. The men of Mansseh proved to be fierce warriors.

    Read More

  9. The Royal Tribe of Judah

    Jul 24, 14 06:14 PM

    Despite dubious beginnings, the tribe of Judah would rise to become one of the most influential tribes in all of Israel. Jesus was from the tribe of Judah, as was King David.

    Read More

  10. The Tribe of Ephraim

    Jul 24, 14 06:03 PM

    Perhaps no tribe has shaped and influenced the history of Israel moreso than that of the tribe of Ephraim. Ephraim came to represent the seat of power in the north, creating a rivalry with Judah.

    Read More

  11. The Tribe of Dan

    Jul 24, 14 05:54 PM

    The tribe of Dan is, perhaps, the most precarious of the tribes of Israel. Its close ties to the Phoenicians, and its similarity in name to Homer's Danoi.

    Read More

  12. The Tribe of Benjamin

    Jul 23, 14 07:26 PM

    The tribe of Benjamin occupied a central inheritance. Thus, despite its diminutive size the tribe exercised a great deal of influence on the history of Israel.

    Read More

  13. The Tower of Babel

    Jul 23, 14 07:14 PM

    The Tower of Babel remains one of the most mysterious stories in the Bible. Dismissed by many as myth, there is sufficient evidence to believe it is indeed a true account.

    Read More

  14. The Book of Enoch

    Jul 23, 14 07:12 PM

    The book of Enoch belongs to a branch of literature known as the Apocrypha, or, the Apocalyptic Literature. However, at one point the book was considered divinely inspired Scripture. Jesus Ch

    Read More

  15. Terah

    Jul 23, 14 07:08 PM

    Terah appears only briefly in the Bible. Yet, he was the father of Abraham and led the initial party out of Ur. He continued the records of his family as a direct descendant of Shem.

    Read More

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