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Archaeology and the Bible

Biblical archaeology brings us into touch with the world of Bible peoples and provides us with a background of knowledge against which we can begin to understand the biblical narratives better. Archaeology reveals to us the conditions of life in past centuries, and in some cases recovers for us material objects that people used–from pieces…
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Ancient Jerusalem

Jerusalem may have been settled by 3000 B.C. on the lowest areas of the present city. Originally a Jebusite fortress, it became David’s capital, housing the royal palace and later the Temple. Jerusalem was the scene of some of Christ’s works, and the place of His death and resurrection. This ancient site is mentioned in…
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Ancient Jericho

This ancient Palestinian settlement was first occupied about 8000 B.C., and was an impressive walled city two thousand years later. It was important in antiquity because it stood at the intersection of two ancient highways, overlooking the pass from the plain up to Jerusalem. After Joshua’s victory over Jericho (John. 6), the city was rebuilt…
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Ancient City of Ur

This city was the center of a brilliant pagan culture in southern Mesopotamia. Probably founded c. 2800 B.C., Ur was already at its height in the days of Abraham (perhaps about 1980 B.C.). It exerted a tremendous social, religious, and commercial influence in the Mesopotamian region and beyond, nevertheless Abraham and Terah were prepared to…
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Amos Bible Study

Author: Amos Date: Eighth Century B.C. Amos prophesied just 30 years before Israel fell to the Assyrians (722 B.C.). The 50 years preceding Amos were a time of relative calm and prosperity for both Israel and Judah. In the midst of that apparent prosperity, however, an inner sickness was developing. The poor were being oppressed,…
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Acts Bible Study

Author: Luke Date: c. A.D. 65 Luke wrote the Book of Acts as a continuation of his history of the church. Volume one, which we know as the Gospel of Luke, tells about Jesus and the establishment of Christianity by his death and resurrection. Volume two, the Book of Acts, picks up with the ascension…
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