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Isaiah Bible Study

Author: Isaiah Date:  Eighth Century B.C. The Book of Isaiah is one of the best-known books of the Old Testament. It is the book most frequently quoted in the New Testament and the one used most frequently by Jesus. Throughout the history of the church it has been used in worship, in hymns, and by…
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Reading the Unified Books

The suggested procedure is purposely detailed. It is unlikely that you will have time and patience individually to follow out all the steps. Make a selection of what you wish to do. If you work in a group, you may parcel out the steps and offer reports to the group on the results. Survey the…
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The Individual in the New Testament

The teachings of Jesus stress human values; the spiritual worth and freedom of each individual. He said, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life”(John 3:16); that salvation depends upon one’s being “born again” of the Holy Spirit (John…
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Bible Study of Nahum

Author: Nahum Date: Seventh Century B.C. Nahum, born in Elkosh, in Judah, was a prophet whose primary ministry was to the city of Nineveh. Jonah had been sent by God about 100 years earlier to preach repentance to the Ninevites, and a large portion of them had responded favorably. The intervening years, however, brought a…
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What the Bible Says About Hell

The word “hell” found in the King James and other English versions of the Bible, has its origin in Anglo-Saxon and Nordic words meaning “to cover” or “to conceal.” It is akin to the Nordic word “Hel” which denoted a place for souls of the dead in Norse mythology. “Hel” was said to include Valhalla,…
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Ugarit

A large mound, Ugarit, on the Syrian coast about 25 miles South of the mouth of the Orontes river marks the site of an ancient Canaanite cultural center known as Ugarit. Perhaps the most important finding there for biblical archaeologists has been the writings in Ugaritic, a language closely related to biblical Hebrew and fundamentally…
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Bible Study Timothy

Author: Paul Date: c. A.D. 64 After Paul’s release from prison in A.D. 62, he spent about two years traveling (some early sources say as far as Spain), both preaching the gospel and encouraging the churches that were in existence. He was rearrested in 64 and probably died in that year. Sometime between his two…
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Bible Study Thessalonians

Author: Paul Date: c. A.D. 50-51 Paul wrote this letter to the Thessalonians from Corinth a short time after preaching there on his second missionary journey. There had been a great deal of persecution of the believers that began while Paul was still there. Apparently a group of violent men had decided that it was…
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Importance of Prayer

Jesus affirmed the importance of prayer, stressing the prayer life of the individual. He recognized charitable giving, material offerings, and voluntary fasting as forms of prayer, teaching that the most vital aspects of prayer are a clean heart and one’s private communication with God. (Matt. 6:1-18; Lk. 11:1-13). He preached against hypocrisy and paying only…
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Bible Study Zechariah

Author: Zechariah Date: Between 520 B.C. and 500 B.C. Zechariah preached to the restored community at the same time that Haggai did. The people had returned home from exile only to find an enormous task confronting them. There were homes to build, walls to erect, fields to plow, forests to clear, roads to build, and…
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The Bible is Ancient and Modern

It contains old tribal traditions reaching back into the second millennium B.C. One of the supposed sources behind the Pentateuch may have been composed as early as the tenth or ninth century B.C. “The Court History of David” (II Sam. 9-20 and I Kings 1,2), unquestionably the finest piece of historical narrative in the Old…
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The Bible as Literature

The Bible is a Book of Rich Variety It contains many types of literature: songs and other poetic material, historical narratives, laws, liturgies, prophetic utterances, wise sayings, short stories, Gospels, letters, sermons, apocalypses. There is reading matter for every mood. One can skip through lush meadows to the music of the birds, drink from sparkling…
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The Bible is a Collection of Approved Books

Both Israels–the old and new–produced a large literature. Much of it is not now contained in our Bible, even in those Bibles that include the Apocrypha. In the Old Testament we find mention of books now lost: “the Book of the Wars of the LORD” (Num. 21:14); “the Book of Jasher” (Josh. 10:13); “the Book…
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Susa

This ancient city, now represented by four mounds in Southwest Iran, was the place (called Shushan) where the events took place that are described in the book of Esther. In addition, Nehemiah and possibly Daniel resided in Susa for a part of their lives. Pleasantly situated in ancient Persia about 200 miles East of Babylon,…
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Bible Study Numbers

Author: Moses Date: c. 1400 B.C. or c. 1200 B.C. The Book of Numbers narrates Israel’s wide-ranging experiences in the wilderness. Jewish scholars from ancient times until today have referred to it by the title “In the Wilderness,” which is the first word in the Hebrew text. Others refer to it as “Numbers” because the…
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Bible Study Song of Solomon

Author: probably Solomon Date: Tenth Century B.C. This book represents one of those grand surprises that pop up from time to time in the Bible. Because most people understand the Bible to be a book about religion and spirituality, it cannot be imagined that a book dealing with a theme like human love could be…
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Bible Study Satan

In the Old Testament, the tempter and originator of evil is called the “serpent”(Gen. 3:1-15). [Rev. 12:9 identifies “that old serpent” as Satan.] In Job, he is the accuser (Job 1:6). The word satan means “accuser” or “adversary”in Hebrew. Whenever mentioned in the Old Testament, Satan is always in opposition to the best interests of…
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