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The Storm God Baal

Probably all of you have heard speaking about “Baal”, the Canaanite divinity fiery opposed by the prophets (see e.g. Jeremy chap. 2, verse 23). Baal is an hebrew word borrowed by Phoenicians, and it was the storm’s god  worshipped by Canaanites before the Israelites conquest of the Promised Land. We…

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Ancient Hebrews Daily Life in Babylon

“Over 100 tablets that date back to the times of Nebuchadnezzar’s rule in Babylon, now modern-day Iraq, have been placed on display in Jerusalem as a further testament to the reliability of the Scriptures. The palm-sized tablets, which provide a glimpse into the lives of the Jews during the time…

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Churches in the Biblical city of Laodicea

One of the Seven Churches mentioned in the book of Revelation, the  Church in the ancient city of Laodicea, have been opened to tourism. The archaeologist Celal Simsek has conducted works in a church that is a very special structure with wall coverings, wall paintings and geometrical mosaics. “People used to visit…

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New Qumran Scrolls!

They lay inside the desert grottoes for centuries and remained hidden for another sixty years inside what were catalogued as tefillin, the phylacteries worn by observant Jews during prayer. This is the background to the sensational discovery of nine new Qumran scrolls. The Dead Sea area of the Qumran is…

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Are Kings David and Solomon mytichal figures?

Many scholars don’t believe that kings David and Solomon really existed. They dismiss them as mythological figures. At that time, three thousand years ago, there isn’t a state or any organized istitution. But David is a fundamental piece of the Christian faith, because Gabriel appeared “to a virgin espoused to…

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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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The Historical Accuracy of the Patriarchal Narratives (Fourth part)

Numerous incidents in the Genesis narrative have been explained in the light of customs that obtained in the second millenium. The Nuzi texts, which reflect the customary law of a predominantly Hurrian population in the East-Tigris region in the fifteenth century, are especially fruitful here. Although these date from a…

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