Bible Review

How Long was the Ministry of Jesus?

Celebrating Jesus’ birth in the winter season of the year is a commonly observed Christian tradition, even though there is no biblical evidence that Jesus was born in the winter, and certainly there is no historical evidence that the celebration of Jesus’ birth was…

Cimmerians, Scythians and the “Lost” Tribes of Israel–Part One

Typically some historians attempt to identify the ancient Israelites in later histories by claiming that the name “Omri” is the etymological beginning for the Indo-European Cimmerians and that the name “Isaac” is…

Cimmerians, Scythians and the “Lost Tribes of Israel–Part Two

During Hezekiah’s first year of reign he “opened the doors of the house of the Lord, and repaired them” (II Chron. 29:3).  And he commanded the Levites to clean up the house of God at Jerusalem, while reminding them of the state of affairs afflicting the Commonwealth of Israel…

Cimmerians, Scythians and the “Lost” Tribes of Israel–Part Three

In bringing the good news of the kingdom of God to the people of Israel the apostles initiated the establishment of congregations within several of the regions where we would expect to find the displaced twelve tribes of…

Revisiting the Seventy-Weeks Prophecy–Part One

Following the customary practice of recognizing and appeasing the gods of other lands, Artaxerxes I and seven of his trusted counselors made an offering of gold and silver to the God of Israel who resided in…

Revisiting the Seventy-Weeks Prophecy–Part Two

At the end of the Babylonian domination the prophet Daniel reviewed Jeremiah’s writings concerning the seventy-year period of desolation that was determined for the

The Decrees of Artaxerxes I and the Seventy-Weeks Prophecy–Part One

During the reign of Xerxes I the Egyptian satrapy was devastated by the Persians, and the satrapy of Babylon was subjected to years of repression that effectively impoverished the Babylonians.  This expectedly led to…

The Decrees of Artaxerxes I and the Seventy-Weeks Prophecy–Part Two

With the fall of Babylon came the end of seventy years of Babylonian domination, and with Babylon’s demise came the beginning of the Achaemenid era as the Persian Empire

Kings of the North and South:  Taking Another Look at Daniel’s Prophecy

The Apostle Paul argued that the gentiles were—until the time of Christ—outside the Commonwealth of Israel respective to salvation and the national promises afforded to Abraham.  But at the time of Paul’s ministry the tribes of the commonwealth…

Assyrian Expansion and the Commonwealth of Israel

King David was a leader who willingly sought God’s direction in expanding the national bounds of ancient Israel, which in some ways was—from a geopolitical view—a measured fulfillment of the…

Psalm 83:  Prophecy or Prayer for Deliverance

Perhaps no other individual has gained more attention in the genealogical listings of the book of Genesis than the historical character known as Nimrod.  He was the son of Cush and the grandson of…

Prince of Trier and a Myth of Origin

Magistrates from Nuremberg, Germany, commissioned a Benedictine monk named Sigmund Meisterlin of Augsburg to prepare a history and a biography of the city of Augsburg in the 15th century.  In this Latin historical treatise…

In Search of the Prophesied Ten Kings–Part One: The Rise of Empires and the Fall of the Commonwealth of Israel

With the defeat of an invading Mesopotamian confederation the patriarch Abraham expectedly gained a measure of political influence with the leaders and rulers of the city-states of Canaan.  Observing that historically Abraham’s political influence in Canaan began…

In Search of the Prophesied Ten Kings–Part Two: A Coming Geopolitical Shift in Global Power

When the prophet Daniel revealed the meaning of Nebuchadnezzar’s vision of a “great image” he explained that the head of gold represented the Neo-Babylonian kingdom that began with the Chaldean dynasty of King…

Will the Prophetic King of the South Emerge from the Arab World?

With the death of Alexander of Macedon the dominion that was his empire became subject to internal conflicts that eventually divided the empire among his trusted guards, regional satrapies, and the…

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