Bible – Stories & Facts

The Jesus and Peter Boat

There was a drought in Israel in 1985. The drought, plus the pumping out of water for irrigation lowered the level of the Lake below that for centuries. The timbers of an old boat appeared, and it was excavated. The timbers had survived, sunk in the mud beneath the water for centuries. They were black and waterlogged, but still kept their shape. It is 8.2 meters long and 2.35 meters wide. Its planks butt against…

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The History of the Kingdom of Ebla

The Ebla Kingdom was unknown to history until it was discovered in 1968 by Archaeologists and Professor Paolo Matthiae of the University of Rome. In 1975 the archives of the kingdom’s history was found. 17,000 clay written tablets were found in 1975 and another 1600 the following year. Science has dated this find at 2250 BC, which is in the same time frame as Abram’s life. Critics of the Bible often argue that scripture was…

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The Roman Destruction of Jerusalem

For decades, before and after the birth of Jesus, the atmosphere in the land of Israel was tense with the spirit of rebellion against Rome. The Jewish people chafed under this godless power, and dreamed of deliverance. In September A.D. 66, Florus, the Roman governor of Judea, provoked the Jews by raiding the Temple treasury and taking what he thought the Jews were withholding in taxes. This provoked a riot, and he ruthlessly crucified some…

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Refined and Purified as Silver

Malachi 3:3 says: “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.” This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God. One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study. That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at…

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Jephthah’s Rash Vow: The Practice of Human Sacrifice

1. Literal “burnt offerings” HAD TO BE male (Lev 22.18-19). Jephthah’s daughter obviously wasn’t. 2. Human sacrifice was STRICTLY forbidden (Dt. 12.31) and we have NO record of it being practiced (even in horrible Judges-period Israel) by mainstream Israel during this period. 3. The lament for the daughter is about ‘not marrying’ NOT about ‘not living’– it makes me wonder if some kind of religious celibacy is not in view. (Maybe the women at the…

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  • Psalm 25:14-15 October 17, 2021
    “The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare.”
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