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Category Archives: Old Testament

Two Things Daniel Teaches Me about How to Thrive in a Hostile Culture

By Jess Connolly But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel, but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the […]

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Intimacy with Jesus in Song of Songs: An Interview with Dee Brestin

Why is there an epic love poem in the middle of the Bible? How does the Song of Songs use marriage and romantic love as a metaphor for the intimacy Jesus longs to have with each person? Bible Gateway interviewed Dee Brestin (@deebrestin) about her book, He Calls You Beautiful: Hearing the Voice of Jesus […]

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Charting the Bible Chronologically: An Interview with Dr. Ed Hindson

The Bible follows the rise and fall of kingdoms and governments, covers millennia of ancient history, and reveals God’s plan for humanity through powerful accounts that are still relevant today. How can having a panoramic view of the events recorded in Scripture help in your own study of the Bible? Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. Ed […]

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Updated: Chart of Israel’s and Judah’s Kings and Prophets

Blogger Grid member Craig T. Owens (@craigtowens) created a while ago the helpful chart below delineating the Old Testament prophets and kings of Israel and Judah and has now updated it: [Sign up to receive in your inbox a free daily reading of the Old & New Testament from Bible Gateway] Craig says: One challenging […]

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How the Book of Psalms Is Like No Other Biblical Book

Read the English Standard Version (ESV) Bible translation on Bible Gateway Read the book of Psalms (ESV) on Bible Gateway The Psalms are the only extended portion of Scripture written directly to God as a collection of heartfelt prayers. As such, the layout of the Psalms provides the reader with a wonderful platform for meditation […]

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The Ten Commandments Past and Present: An Interview with David L. Baker

The Ten Commandments, or Decalogue (see below), have long been a pillar of Western law and culture. In more recent times they’ve become a point of controversy in the public square. What place do these “Ten Words” that God delivered at Sinai millennia ago have today? Bible Gateway interviewed David L. Baker about his book, […]

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The Mysterious Festival of Hanukkah

This guest Bible Gateway Blog post about Hanukkah is by Michael Norten, author of Unlocking the Secrets of the Feasts: The Prophecies in the Feasts of Leviticus (Thomas Nelson, 2015). Hanukkah Is Intriguing Everyone has some awareness of the holiday called Hanukkah, because of its proximity to Christmas. You hear people say, “Merry Christmas and […]

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Exploring the Jewish High Holy Days

When most Christians think of the “holiday season,” they think of the Christmas season—the stretch of time beginning around Thanksgiving and ending with the New Year. But for Jews, “holiday season” comes a bit earlier in the year: the High Holy Days, a period of repentence and reflection that includes the holidays of Rosh Hashanah […]

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Remembering Renowned Old Testament Pastor-Scholar J. Alec Motyer

J. Alec Motyer, renowned Old Testament author, pastor, and scholar, died August 26 at the age of 91. Motyer devoted much of his academic life to the study of the Old Testament, particularly the book of Isaiah. He was the editor or author of more than ten books, including the award-winning The Prophecy of Isaiah […]

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50 Major Events in the Bible Storyline

We thought it would be helpful to identify where in Scripture you can quickly read major stories of the Bible’s grand narrative. Click each one’s Bible reference link to read more about it. To deepen your understanding of the Bible, become a member of Bible Gateway Plus, with which you’ll have unlimited 24/7 instant digital […]

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