Hebrew Bible

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New Series – Prophets & Prophecy

I am excited to announce a new series, beginning January 6th, 2018, called Prophets and Prophecy. The classes will be live-streamed every Saturday morning at 10:30 AM CST from the United Israel Facebook Page. We will discuss not only the origin of, and reason for...

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Remembering a Giant – Frank Moore Cross

On this day in 2012, Frank Moore Cross, the distinguished Bible Scholar breathed his last and was gathered to his people at 91 years of age. Professor Cross was considered one of the great Bible scholars of our time. He is probably most known for his work on the Dead...

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Nash Papyrus

Several years ago I heard about a most remarkable document. This ancient document, known as the Nash Papyrus has survived as an ancient witness to some of Israel’s most important words relating to religious life and conduct for humanity. The document is a single page...

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The Bible BC – rightly dividing the Word

The Hebrew Scriptures were not always divided into chapters and verses; in fact it is not even of Jewish origin (Ginsburg, 1966). The chapter divisions that we are familiar with, according to Moore (1893) date back to “the Latin Bible in the thirteenth century ” (p....

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Heart and Soul

Several years ago while teaching a class on the biblical significance of the return of Israel from the Hebrew prophets, Dr. James D. Tabor pointed out a phrase from a passage in the Book of Jeremiah. He prefaced the reading of the passage with a question – what is the...

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Swearing by the Name of YHVH

This paper is a preliminary study of an ancient and long forgotten practice – swearing by the name of YHVH. According to the Hebrew Bible, swearing by the name of YHVH was a common practice in antiquity. Men and women, prophets and kings, swore in the name of Israel’s...

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