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Portion of Cairo, Egypt

Portion of Cairo, Egypt
‎An Excellent Illustration of Eastern Houses.

The Great Pyramid of Egypt

The Great Pyramid of Egypt

‎Though accounted in olden times as one of the seven wonders of the world this pyramid belongs to a large family of architectural structures, seventy in number, and of different sizes. The word pyramid, it is said, means “lofty.” The first Egyptian monuments which bear the names of their founder date back to three thousand and ninety-one and three thousand and sixty-seven B. C. Pyramids were built down to the time of the twelfth dynasty, B. C., two thousand and three hundred. The architecture of Egypt contains in obelisks and tombs the pyramidal lines. Strabo says, “If you go forty stadia from the city (Memphis) you come to a hill on which stand many pyramids, the burial places of kings.” Pliny speaks slightingly of the pyramids as “an idle and foolish display by the kings of their wealth,” and Masudi, an Arabian historian says that “they were built three hundred years before the flood in consequence of the interpretation of a dream which preceded the delug…

Dan Middle Bronze mudbrick gate

Dan Middle Bronze mudbrick gate

Dan Middle Bronze mudbrick gate

The Translation of Enoch

The Translation of Enoch
‎ Of the later, more obedient children of Adam and Eve, the eldest was a son, whom his mother called Seth. His name means the “appointed” one; and perhaps Eve had again in her heart the hope that he should be the saviour who was to redeem her race. But Christ’s coming was thousands of years away. Of Seth’s life, the Bible tells us nothing, except that he lived to be very old; about nine hundred years is the span of life mentioned for each of the early members of his race. Thus death’s hand was long held off from the prey which had been promised it; and the earth was peopled rapidly. The next death distinctly told after that of Abel, is of Adam himself. “And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.” ‎Before Adam’s death, Enoch, one of his descendants in the seventh generation, had apparently won back for himself that personal intimacy with God, which Adam had forfeited. Enoch’s story is told in a single sentence. He had dwe…

Treasurer of stored goods

Treasurer of stored goods
‎This Egyptian drawing shows the overseer in a large size at right. He was supervising the gathering of tribute and watching over the accumulation of provisions. The three rows illustrate stock-building activities. In postexilic times, the Jerusalem Temple also had officials whose duty it was to oversee and check the inventories. ‎1 Chron 27:25, 27:27; Neh 12:44; 13:13

Address and Salutation

Address and Salutation

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Paul opens his letter to the Philippian church in his usual fashion, by adapting the standard Hellenistic letter format in a distinctively Christian way. Where modern letters would address the recipient at the beginning (‘Dear Jane’) and name the sender only at the end (‘Yours, John’), ancient letters normally began by naming first the sender and then the recipient and then adding a greeting. A good example of this is Acts 23:26: ‘Claudius Lysias to his Excellency governor Felix, greetings [Gk. chairein].’ We have many other examples of this in the Bible (Ezra 7:12; Dan. 4:1) and elsewhere (note2 Macc. 1:10; 2 Bar. 78.2 and see J.L. White 1986 and Stowers 1986). (Letters then might often end, as does Acts 23:30 in variants, with ‘Good health/farewell’ (errôsthai)).

Paul and other apostolic writers altered this form in a variety of ways, thereby considerably lengthening the letter prescript. Paul typically modifies both the sender and the addressee and offer…

Jerusalem: Shrine of the Book

Jerusalem: Shrine of the Book

‎Jerusalem. The white dome of the Shrine of the Book in the Israel Museum is shaped like the covers of the jars in which the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Opposite the dome is the black basalt wall: white against black, light against darkness. The people of Qumran, the Judean Desert sect, regarded themselves as God’s chosen people, distinct from the other Israelites, whom they regarded as the Sons of Darkness and fought them in a battle which, they believed, would end on the Day of Judgment, the battle of the Sons of Light against the Sons of Darkness. In the distance, between the white and the black, we see Israel’s parliament, the Knesset.

Biblical Theology

Biblical Theology

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‎Biblical theology is theology drawn from the Bible rather than theology imposed onto the Bible. Biblical theology helps Christians understand the broad biblical message, discern developments in the canon, and see how each particular text fits in with the larger story of Scripture. In studying biblical theology, interpreters try to determine what the authors of the Bible thought or believed in their own historical contexts and on their own distinctive terms.

‎Historical research plays a significant role in biblical theology. Interpreters focus on understanding what the biblical texts meant for the original author and readers, rather than on the development of doctrine over time (historical theology). Before Christians can apply Scripture accurately to the present or systematize it around various topics, they must first interpret it correctly in its historical context and with its original intended meaning. Biblical theology lays a foundation upon which systemati…

Connect the Testaments

July 8: Honor, Credit, and Godly Wisdom
1 Samuel 15:1–35; James 3:13–18; Psalm 119:121–136

We’re primed to seek validation. Earning “likes” on our social media outlets gives us a sense of self-worth. Getting kudos for a good idea at work makes us feel important. When this is how we derive our self-worth, the opposite will also be true: Being overlooked can crush us, making us angry and jealous if others have stolen the limelight.
If we’re not careful, we can easily become ruled by our need for validation. James calls this mindset and behavior “earthly,” “unspiritual,” and even “demonic” (Jas 3:15). When we are guided by it, chaos reigns: “For where there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there is disorder and every evil practice” (Jas 3:16).
We may be aware of how often we are tempted to follow our earthly responses, and we might try to practice restraint. We try to filter the forces at work inside us, but this won’t solve the heart of the problem, as James shows us. He contrasts human…

Morning and Evening

Morning, July 8                                     Go To Evening Reading

         “Tell me I pray thee wherein thy great strength lieth.” —Judges 16:6
Where lies the secret strength of faith? It lies in the food it feeds on; for faith studies what the promise is—an emanation of divine grace, an overflowing of the great heart of God; and faith says, “My God could not have given this promise, of love, and grace; therefore it is quite certain his Word will be fulfilled.” Then faith thinketh, “Who gave this promise?” It considereth not so much its greatness, as, “Who is the author of it?” She remembers that it is God who cannot lie—God omnipotent, God immutable; and therefore concludes that the promise must be fulfilled; and forward she advances in this firm conviction. She remembereth, why the promise was given,—namely, for God’s glory, and she feels perfectly sure that God’s glory is safe, that he will never stain his own escutcheon, nor mar the luster of his own crown; and therefore th…

My Utmost for His Highest

July 8th
The will to loyalty


Choose you this day whom ye will serve. Joshua 24:15.

Will is the whole man active. I cannot give up my will, I must exercise it. I must have a will to obey, and I must have a will to receive God’s Spirit. When God gives a vision of truth it is never a question of what He will do, but of what we will do. The Lord has been putting before us all some big propositions, and the best thing to do is to remember what you did when you were touched by God before—the time when you were saved, or first saw Jesus, or realized some truth. It was easy then to yield allegiance to God; recall those moments now as the Spirit of God brings before you some new proposition.
“Choose you this day whom ye will serve.” It is a deliberate calculation, not something into which you drift easily; and everything else is in abeyance until you decide. The proposition is between you and God; do not confer with flesh and blood about it. With every new proposition, other people get more an…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

July 8

  As thy days, so shall thy strength be
Deut. 33:25
No day without its duty; no duty without strength to perform it.

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Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.