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God blesses the Seventh Day (Genesis chap. 2, verse 3)

“Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy,because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” In this verse there are very important hebrew words. The first one is “to bless” and it was used when God create the mankind. (Cf. Gen 1:22.28). To…

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The Pentateuch: A Long History of Study and Research (Fifth part)

Deuteronomy (D) and Deuteronomist. In the nineteenth century, scholars have discussed a lot about the origin of the Pentateuch. Wellhausen, for example, thought that there were originally two parts (Dt 1-4:44; 12-26; 27 and 4:45-11:39; 28-30) which were then merged together in the final stage of the Pentateuch’s redaction. Regarding…

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The Historical Accuracy of the Patriarchal Narratives (Fifth part)

In addition to the above, it is now evident that the mode of life of the patriarchs, and the nature of their wanderings as these are described in Genesis, fit well in the cultural and political milieu of the early second millennium. The patriarchs are portrayed as semi nomads living…

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This week’s news (May 18-23, 2015)

Somerset Academy issued a formal written apology to 12-year-old Mackenzie Fraiser late Friday for denying her the right to use a Bible verse in a class assignment.School officials have now agreed to allow the sixth-grader to resubmit her original project, this time with her favorite Bible verse — John 3:16…

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The Historical Accuracy of the Patriarchal Narratives (Third part)

When the traditions are examined in the light of the evidence, the first assertion to be made is that already suggested, namely, that the stories of the patriarchs fit authentically in the milieu of the second millenium, specifically in that of the centuries sketched in the preceding chapter, far better…

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