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Have Archaeologists Found King David’s Palace?

In recent news coming out of Israel, a team of archaeologists led by Professor Yossi Garfinkel of the Hebrew University has uncovered the ruins of “two royal public buildings” at a site called Khirbet Qeiyafa, about 20 miles outside of Jerusalem in the foothills of Judah.  Professor Garfinkel believes the two buildings to be King […]

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The Glory of Zion Will Be a Defense (OT Lesson 36)

Isaiah 1-6 As the Savior emphasized to the Nephite people, “great are the words of Isaiah” (3 Ne. 23:1).  It is with this reminder and caveat that I approach writing a post on the first chapters of the book of Isaiah.  Attempting to give any type of summary, nevermind an in-depth analysis, of these chapters […]

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Out with the Old Moses, In with the New Joshua

Musings on Deuteronomy/Joshua (Old Testament Lessons 17 and 18) As I was studying recently about the “transfer of power” from the prophet Moses to his young aide, Joshua, it hit me that there was a similarity in this motif with the ideas presented in a paper by Julian Morgenstern  that I recently read called “The […]

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Sinai Relived: Ritual Retelling of the Sinai Story in the Psalms

(Old Testament Lesson 14 — Exodus 15-20; 32-34) I would like to share some musings on a source for studying the Sinai story that many might not think of — the Psalms. There will be some overlap here with my previous post on the Exodus story, so if you read that one, please bear with […]

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The Jewish Legends of Jacob vs. Esau: The Birthright and the Blessing

I have had a crazy week, so all I have to offer on this week’s Old Testament Lesson 10 (“Birthright Blessings; Marriage in the Covenant) is two excerpts from Ginzberg’s Legends of the Jews. Now I realize that this work is not the best resource for reliable or primary-source material, but it is very interesting […]

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Amazing Photos of Egyptian Temples and Israelite Tabernacle

Check out these amazing 360-degree photos taken by Professor William Hamblin while in Egypt and Israel. Luxor Temple http://www.360cities.net/image/luxortemplenight Karnak Temple Hypostyle hall http://www.360cities.net/image/karnakhypostyle Reconstruction of Israelite Tabernacle (at Timna) http://www.360cities.net/image/tabernacleholyplace

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Most Ancient Hebrew Biblical Inscription Deciphered (Khirbet Qeiyafa)

Press Release: University of Haifa Most ancient Hebrew biblical inscription deciphered ‘It indicates that the kingdom of Israel already existed in the 10th century BCE, and that at least some of the biblical texts were written hundreds of years before the dates presented in current research.’ Prof. Gershon Galil of the University of Haifa who deciphered the inscription: “It […]

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The Incomparable Power of God’s Salvation: Musings on Psalm 18

I wanted to share some comments on Psalm 18. I have been studying the psalms lately and have been especially impressed by their rich theological content.  I have been most specifically looking at the so-called “Royal Psalms”, which scholars have designated as such because of their association with Israelite kingship. Psalm 18 is one of […]

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