SciFriday: Petra, Sodom, and Science

January 11, 2019

Modern archaeological science is revealing startling things about the role of Petra in the history of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and may have pinpointed the location of the biblical city of Sodom.

Responsibilities of the watchmen

July 1, 2018

THE ROLE and responsibility of a watchman opens this week’s study. But there is a deeper sense of the word, a meaning rooted in the similarity of the Aramaic and Hebrew words for “Watcher” and “city.”

Who is like Tyre?

April 29, 2018

Ezekiel’s lament over Tyre wasn’t a simple proclamation against a pagan neighbor of the Israelites, but an already-but-not-yet prophecy that will ultimately be fulfilled just before Armageddon.

Babylon’s doom

February 4, 2018

PROPHECIES AGAINST Ammon, Edom, and Babylon are the focus of this week’s study. Again, by looking closely, we see references to rebellious supernatural entities.

Leviathan, Babylon, and the Titans

May 21, 2017

ISAIAH PROPHESIED the fall of Babylon before it had risen. At the time of the prophesies we read this week, Assyria was still the dominant power in the ancient Near East, but the phrase, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon,” was revealed to the prophet anyway.

Death of the gods

February 19, 2017

THE DIVINE COUNCIL in action and prophecy is the focus of this week’s Old Testament study.

The divine council in action

February 12, 2017

GOD HAS a council that carries out His commands, and this week we get one of the few glimpses into its workings recorded in the Bible. It’s the story of Ahab’s demise in battle against the Syrians at Ramoth-Gilead, where the king of Israel is enticed by lying spirits to go to his doom.

Solomon loses his way

January 8, 2017

ENTANGLEMENTS WITH cares of the world, whether it’s business, politics, or personal relationships, can distract us from what we’re called to do by God. This week, we see the fall of Solomon, whose wives draw him into the worship of pagan gods.

David extends his kingdom

May 8, 2016

David consolidates control over his kingdom, extending it from the border with Egypt to the Euphrates River.

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