Christianity · idolatry · judgment · life · Old Testament · religion

Bad boy gone good: how & why God forgave a murderous occultist

Manasseh, the king of Judah and son of the righteous king Hezekiah, must have had some type of “daddy issues.” In spite of him witnessing how his father’s righteousness had made Judah become the most prosperous it had ever been, including technological advances (2 Kings 20:20), Manasseh rebelled against everything his father did and reversed… Continue reading Bad boy gone good: how & why God forgave a murderous occultist

Bible · faith · heresy · life · Old Testament · religion

Dangers of being a yes-man: how kissing butt can bite you in the butt

Going along to get along. Caving to peer pressure. “It’s best not to rock the boat.” All of these philosophies seem to be the order of the day so often and despite the fact so many people ruin their lives, their communities (including workplaces), and their nations when they cling to those prideful principles, it… Continue reading Dangers of being a yes-man: how kissing butt can bite you in the butt

Bible · Israel · Old Testament · religion

Has Solomon’s palace been found?

Archaeologists excavating Gezer, Israel, have unearthed a palace they believe dates back to the 10th century BC. The structure is much larger than typical homes of the day which leads them to believe it had to be the home of a king of Israel, most likely Solomon. Other clues that it had to be Solomon’s… Continue reading Has Solomon’s palace been found?

Bible · Old Testament · religion · resurrection

Was resurrection taught in the Old Testament or is it just a New Testament doctrine?

Some well-known Bible scholars and many Bible critics believe resurrection was not in the Old Testament (OT) or that it was mentioned very vaguely and wasn’t definitive until the New Testament (NT) because of Jesus. The term resurrection can be applied in two ways. Firstly, it can mean that someone is raised from the dead back… Continue reading Was resurrection taught in the Old Testament or is it just a New Testament doctrine?

Christianity · God · greed · humanity · idolatry · Israel · Judah · life · Old Testament · religion

How a fortunate turn can become a crash & burn

When God helps us score a major victory against an obstacle in life, it can be an exuberant experience. Such a moment can be somewhat dangerous as well, and if we’re not careful, we can become our own worst enemy. This is what happened to King Amaziah of Judah right after God helped him annihilate the… Continue reading How a fortunate turn can become a crash & burn

Bible · Israel · Old Testament

Birdwatcher in Israel discovers ancient Egyptian scarab seal

Haifa University announced on April 24 that an amateur birdwatcher stumbled upon an Egyptian scarab seal dating as far back as the 18th century BC. Alexander Ternopolsky was near the Tel Dor archaeological site on Israel’s Carmel coast when he found the seal. Dor was a vibrant port city where lots of trade took place… Continue reading Birdwatcher in Israel discovers ancient Egyptian scarab seal

Bible · Judah · Old Testament · religion · science · technology

Scholars find that literacy in Judah was common before Babylonian captivity

After using “new computerized image processing and document analysis techniques, including machine learning algorithms,” to digitally analyze ancient ceramic pottery shards called ostraca discovered in Israel, archaeologists have concluded that Judah was a very literate civilization before Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem and took the Judahites into captivity in 586 BC. The ostraca date back to around… Continue reading Scholars find that literacy in Judah was common before Babylonian captivity