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Sea of Galilee-Kibbutz Ginosar

Sea of Galilee-Kibbutz Ginosar
‎Kibbutz Ginosar. A bird’s eye view reveals its houses nestling among green gardens on the north-west shore of the Sea of Galilee. The kibbutz was established in 1937 by members of the Labor movement in the fertile Ginosar Valley. During the Second Temple period the Sea of Galilee was known by the name of this place and in Luke 5:1 it appears as the Lake of Gennesaret. The fertile soil and abundance of fish attracted settlers way back in pre-historic times, and excavations conducted in the area have revealed graves from the Bronze Age.

The Salutation of Galatians

The Salutation of GalatiansGalatians 1:1 Excerpt ‎The opening of the Galatian epistle is both typical and atypical. Though the salutation includes the usual identification of author and recipient together with a customary greeting, the usual expression of thanksgiving and praise for believers is totally absent.
Campbell, Donald K. “Galatians.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985.

He Brought Us Forth

He Brought Us ForthJames 1:18 Excerpt ‎The pronoun us in he brought us forth is inclusive. This clause, rendered as “gave us birth” by NRSV, can be understood in three different ways:
‎(1) First, it is sometimes taken to mean the birth of Israel as God’s special son (Hos 11.1) and as having a special place over other nations (Deut 7.6).(2) The second interpretation takes it as a reference to the creation of the human race in general. The references in verse 17 and the use of the term “creatures” (meaning the whole creation) in this verse lend support to this understanding. However, there are some problems with this view. For one thing it is most unlikely that the Divine will is simply to create human beings. This would be too self-evident to be meaningful. The will of God is to bring about salvation of believers. Secondly and more importantly, the verb used here, “to give birth,” is never used for creation.‎(3) The majority of scholars therefore prefer a third interpretation, understan…

Herod's Temple on the Temple Mount

Herod's Temple on the Temple Mount
‎King Herod the Great began renovations on the Temple in approximately 20–19 BC. The entire temple expansion, including the massive Temple Mount, was not complete until approximately AD 62–64, only to be destroyed by the Romans in AD 70.

The Dust of the World

The Dust of the WorldProverbs 8:26 Excerpt ‎An intriguing point is Wisdom’s claim to be older than the “dust of the world” (v. 26). Although this could be taken simply at face value, allusions to the creation story in context imply that this is a veiled reference to the formation of Adam from the dust (Gen 2:7). The Hebrew of v. 26 literally reads, “Before he made … the head of the dusts of the world.” In Gen 1–2 “dust” is associated only with the creation of humanity; there is no account of the creation of dust itself. The “dusts of the world” is humanity, formed of the dust; and its head is Adam.
‎The term “dust” also indicates our fragility and mortality and implies that the decision to accept or reject Wisdom is a life-or-death choice. When God cursed Adam, he told him that he was but dust and would return to the dust (Gen 3:19). This concept frequently reappears in biblical wisdom, where “dust” represents human mortality. The frailty that comes of being human only increases our …

Micah’s Prophecy

Illustration. Over 500 years after Micah’s prophecy, scholars consulted by Herod turned to Micah 5:2 and told him that God’s promisedMessiah would be born in Bethlehem. Just so, God shaped events, using even the decree of a Roman emperor who had probably never heard His name, to bring Mary and Joseph to the little town destined to be the birthplace of our Saviour.

Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.


TemptationsJames 1:13-18 Excerpt ‎The pull toward evil we feel when tested—a pull toward anger, striking out, or surrender to passion—does not “come from” God. That is, temptation is not located in the test but in our sin nature’s response to the test. If we realize God intends the test as a “good and perfect gift,” our perspective changes. Rather than view tests as temptation and give in, we can welcome tests as blessings intended to help us grow. James reminds us that God has given us a new birth (v. 18). That new life is the source of an inner power that will enable us to triumph not only over the circumstances but our sinful tendencies as well.
Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

David Rescues Israel from a Palestinian Giant

David Rescues Israel from a Palestinian Giant We cannot know how soon the events of this chapter occurred after the previous events. However, enough time must have passed for Saul to have changed his policy toward David, permitting him to return to Bethlehem. It also may have been long enough for the youthful David to mature and change significantly in appearance, though not long enough for David to have become old enough for military service (=age twenty; cf. Num 1:3; also1 Sam 17:33).
Bergen, Robert D. 1, 2 Samuel. Vol. 7. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1996. Print. The New American Commentary.

Logos Verse for Today

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From Ecclesiastes 7:8 KJV Translation: Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. NKJV Translation: Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

May 15
Small Starts1 Chronicles 2:1–55; 1 Timothy 3:1–7; Psalm 75:1–76:12
In Paul’s qualifications for overseers, he mentions a necessary trait for anyone who wants to lead in a community: “He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?” (1 Tim 3:4–5).

Though Paul speaks to overseers, his words tell us something about our own witness. Living like Christ, showing grace, and acting with wisdom toward the people who are closest to us are often more difficult than serving on a larger scale. It’s more challenging to serve those who know our failings than it is to serve anyone else. By learning to be faithful in these relationships—by serving unselfishly and with dignity—we prove ourselves capable of serving others.

Barry, John D., and Rebecca Kruyswijk. Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2012. Print.