It’s not a secret that many people, Christians included, find the Old Testament more challenging and difficult to understand than the New Testament. The reasons for this are many and much-discussed; foremost among them is the great cultural and literary gap between our era and Iron Age Mesopotamia. What it means is that while Christians […]
Today marks the first day of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year—also known as the Feast of Trumpets.
The Dead Sea Scrolls have been upgraded from desert to digital! Thanks to Google and photographer Ardon Bar-Hama, you can now view the the celebrated manuscripts online at the Digital Dead Sea Scrolls project.
Were the Ten Plagues actual historical events? Were they natural phenomena that God triggered for his purposes, or were they overly supernatural in nature? Is this “just” a historical account, or is there theological significance in the different plagues?
Last week we revived our Tour of the Bible series to examine the Major Prophets. Today, we’ll take a look at the so-called Minor Prophets–and we’ll conclude our tour of the Old Testament while we’re at it.
Was God married? Was the Old Testament revised to hide evidence that God ruled alongside a heavenly queen? These questions are in the news this week due to a flurry of stories about the alleged relationship between Yahweh and the Ancient Near Eastern fertility goddess Asherah. Drawing on ancient inscriptions that mention “Yahweh and his […]
Did you know the Bible is divided up in many different subsections, each distinguished by a particular theme, literary style, or author? Over the next few months, we’ll walk through each of these categories, one at a time. Today we’ll begin with the Books of Moses, the first books in the Bible.
This Saturday is Yom Kippur, when Jews around the world commemorate the Old Testament Day of Atonement. While most Christians today don’t observe the Day of Atonement, it remains significant because, like many events in the Old Testament, it foreshadowed the redeeming work of Jesus Christ…
A few weeks back on the Facebook Fan page for BibleGateway.com we asked the question, “If you were given the chance to have dinner with someone from the Old Testament who would you choose and why?” As of this writing, 1,278 people have commented with answers ranging from insightful to downright hilarious.
We tabulated the responses from the first 1,000 or so comments and devised a sort of “Top 20 Old Testament Characters” dinner guest list. We’ve posted the first 10 below. You’ll have to head over to the fan page to see the rest.