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Bible Study Leviticus

Author: Moses Date: c. 1400 B.C. or c. 1200 B.C. The Book of Leviticus served as a handbook for the ancient priests of Israel. Much of it is devoted to specific regulations concerning offerings, sacrifices, ritual purity, ordination, feasts, and festivals. There are also regulations that go beyond the religious institutions and that deal with…
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Bible Study Lamentations

Author: Jeremiah Date: Sixth Century B.C. Although the Book of Lamentations is anonymous, there has never been any real doubt that Jeremiah was its author. It was written by an eyewitness of the destruction of Jerusalem, lamenting that fact, hence its name, Lamentations. It is a funeral song, written in the rhythm and style of…
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King James Bible

New critical editions of the text available to the revisers were the Latin Old Testament of Arias Montanus (based on Hebrew) and the Latin Bible of Tremelius with the Apocrypha of Franciscus Junius (from the Hebrew for the Old Testament and the Greek and Syriac for the Apocrypha and the New). Vernacular translations consulted with…
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Key Bible Verses for the Christian Life

One of the features of God’s Word, the Bible, is that it is a guidebook for Christians who want to live God’s way. By meditating on Scripture verses and learning them from memory, you can carry parts of this guidebook with you all the time. Following is a list of key verses for Christian living,…
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Bible Study Judges

Author: unknown Date: c. Eleventh Century B.C. After the conquest of Canaan, the Israelites divided up the land into sections and settled there tribe by tribe. They faced numerous problems: building houses, plowing the land, planting vineyards and trees, digging wells, and generally getting established as a nation. It was not easy, for the new…
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Bible Study John

Author: John Date: c. A.D. 95 The Gospel of John does not have a name attached to it, but from earliest times it has been attributed to John the beloved apostle, one of the followers of Jesus. John had been a rather violent youth, getting a nickname somewhat akin to “Loudmouth”–“Son of Thunder,” to be…
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Jesus the Prophet

Up to the time of his crucifixion, Jesus’ ministry was one of teaching, healing, miracles, and prophesying. The principles he taught and the way he taught, especially about himself, were not as the scribes taught, for he taught as one having authority (Matt. 7:28-29). Jesus spoke to individuals, to small groups, and large crowds. He…
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Jesus’ Return

The New Testament presents two aspects of the return of the risen Christ. First, there is the principle of the unity of the believer with the indwelling Christ and, secondly, the concept of a second coming of Christ to rule and to reign with power. The unity of the individual with the Father, Son and…
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Jesus is Risen

Jesus’ death on the cross and his resurrection on the third day are considered central to the gospel message. Paul said that he preached “Jesus Christ, and him crucified”(I Cor. 1:23;2:2). During his public ministry, Jesus foretold his own death and resurrection on many occasions, but no one understood the significance of what he was…
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Jesus’ Baptism

John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness outside Jerusalem like one of the great prophets of the Old Testament. Word went around, in fact, that Elijah or Jeremiah had come back from the dead. John had a stern message of judgment for everyone who came to hear him preach. He said that neither privileges of…
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Bible Study James

Author: James Date: c. A.D. 45-48 The Epistle of James was written by the half-brother of Jesus. Evidently James had been unsure about the claims of Jesus during Jesus’ lifetime, but following his resurrection became one of his most ardent followers. James was elected ruler of the church in Jerusalem and was well-liked by all,…
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How to Read the Bible

An appalling amount of biblical illiteracy exists in our churches these days. Recent polls by Gallup and others have shown that many people do not know even the simplest of facts, such as the city of Jesus’ birth (Bethlehem) or the names of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John). There is no way to…
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How the King James Bible was Translated

The colorful sixteenth century came to an end with the death of Queen Elizabeth I in 1603.1 England was now a power in Europe; the Spanish Armada had been defeated; Drake had sailed around the world and Raleigh had tried to establish colonies in America; the English Church was now definitely separated from the Church…
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Bible Study Habakkuk

Author: Habakkuk Date: Seventh Century B.C. Habakkuk prophesied during the last days of Judah, just before its destruction by the Babylonians in 587 B.C. In the year 605, at the great battle of Carchemish, the Babylonians defeated what was left of the old Assyrian army and the Egyptians. That opened the way for Babylon as…
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Bible Study Mark

Author: Mark Date: c. A.D. 60 The Gospel of Mark was probably the first gospel written, forming the base, in one way or another, for both Matthew and Luke. The three together are called “Synoptics” because they view the life of Jesus from roughly the same angle. The Gospel of John takes a different tack,…
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Genesis Bible Study

Author: Moses Date: c. 1400 B.C. or c. 1200 B.C. The Book of Genesis is a theological explanation of the beginnings of our universe. It tells about the lower orders of creation, like plants and animals; the human race; the nations of humankind; the selection of Abraham and one nation, Israel, to be the historical…
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Bible Study Luke

Author: Luke Date: c. A.D. 65 The third Gospel was written by an ancient medical doctor named Luke, a traveling companion of the apostle Paul. He put together what was evidently intended to be a history of the Christian movement from its beginnings up to his own day. It included the gospel about Jesus of…
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