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Belshazzar's Throne Room Identified
Daniel

Belshazzar’s Throne Room Identified

Nearly all of the narrative sections of the book of Daniel (Dan 1-6) took place in and around the capital, Babylon. Daniel 5 records the night on which Babylon fell...

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August 09, 2019
Elijah, Daniel, and Miracles
Daniel, Malachi

Elijah, Daniel, and Miracles

Malachi ends his book with the pronouncement that Elijah the prophet would come before the great and terrible day of the Lord (Mal 4:5-6). This prophecy stumped the disciples of...

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August 02, 2019
I Will Rebuke the Devourer
Malachi

I Will Rebuke the Devourer

As part of God’s effort in Malachi 3 to bring the Israelites back to true worship, he told them to test him and see if he would not reward faithfulness....

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July 03, 2019
How to Desecrate a High Place
Biblical Archaeology

How to Desecrate a High Place

“High places” are mentioned often in the Bible. They were places where religious practices took place, although not necessarily in a temple. Although some were located on physically elevated places,...

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June 18, 2019
Shut the Door!
Biblical History, Malachi

Shut the Door!

In Malachi 1:10, God laments the half-hearted service of the priests. He says, “Oh that there were one among you who would shut the doors, that you might not kindle...

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June 05, 2019
"Esau I Have Hated"
Biblical Geography, Malachi

“Esau I Have Hated”

God’s declaration in Malachi 1:3, “I have hated Esau,” follows immediately on the heels of his declaration of love for Israel. What does it mean that God hated Esau? At...

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May 31, 2019
Was Daniel a Eunuch?
Biblical History, Daniel

Was Daniel a Eunuch?

It is suggested from time to time that Daniel and his friends may have served as eunuchs in the court of Nebuchadnezzar. This idea is illustrated, for example, in the...

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May 24, 2019
Samuel and the Tabernacle
Biblical Archaeology

Samuel and the Tabernacle

The tabernacle was a portable structure that had every sign of being a temporary structure. Constructed as a semi-permanent tent, it had walls made of wooden panels set in metal...

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May 14, 2019
How Far to Elephantine?
Biblical History, Esther

How Far to Elephantine?

When Mordecai created a new edict allowing the Jews of the Persian empire to defend themselves from their attackers (Esther 8:11-12), he needed to send it throughout the kingdom. In...

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April 02, 2019
Haman's "Gallows"
Biblical History, Esther

Haman’s “Gallows”

There are a number of references to hanging in the book of Esther, which has traditionally been paired in English translations with the noun “gallows.” Esther 2:23 – the two...

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March 15, 2019
Paul's Centurion, Julius
Acts, Biblical History

Paul’s Centurion, Julius

Acts 27:1 names the centurion who was placed in charge of Paul for his voyage to Rome as “Julius.” Perhaps the fact that he is named is an indicator that...

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February 19, 2019
Mordecai at the King's Gate
Biblical History, Esther

Mordecai at the King’s Gate

Esther 2:19 describes Mordecai as “sitting at the king’s gate” in Susa. Although excavations have been carried out at Susa since the mid-1800’s, archaeologists only discovered the King’s Gate in...

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February 08, 2019
Siglum for a Centurion
Acts, Biblical History

Siglum for a Centurion

Latin inscriptions from ancient Rome often used abbreviations. For example, many Roman coins were minted with the inscription “S C” emblazoned on them. This stood for the Latin phrase Senatus...

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February 01, 2019
Drinks in Golden Vessels
Biblical History, Esther

Drinks in Golden Vessels

When Ahasuerus (also known as Xerxes I) held a banquet in Susa at the end of his military planning party, he served drinks in “golden vessels of various kinds” (Esther...

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January 25, 2019
Julius the Centurion?
Acts, Biblical History

Julius the Centurion?

In Acts 27:1-3, Luke gives an account of the first leg of Paul’s voyage to Rome. Twice in these verses he mentions the centurion who was put in charge of...

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January 09, 2019
I Press On
Encouragement, Philippians

I Press On

As we enter 2019, Paul’s teaching in Philippians 3 can help us re-set our thinking for the new year. “But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining...

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January 06, 2019
Advent of the Messiah
Christmas

Advent of the Messiah

Christmas is traditionally a celebration of the first coming of Jesus the Messiah, when he came  as a baby in Bethlehem. This coming was to deal with our sin, and...

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December 26, 2018
Born in Bethlehem
Christmas

Born in Bethlehem

Jesus fulfilled many prophecies during his lifetime, and some have accused him of doing so in order to try and appear as the Messiah even when he was not. However,...

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December 19, 2018
To Him Who is Able to Establish You
Romans

To Him Who is Able to Establish You

Paul ends his book to the Romans with a doxology, calling for the glorification of the one “who is able to establish you” (Rom 16:25). The verb “to establish” (Gk....

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December 12, 2018
I, Tertius
Biblical History, Romans

I, Tertius

There are several places in Paul’s letters where his use of a secretary or amanuensis is clear. In Romans 16:22, the amanuensis pens his own line, “I, Tertius, who write...

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December 10, 2018