PORTALS AND contact with the spirit realm are at the heart of this week’s Bible study.
First, we discuss Jacob’s dream during his journey from the Negev to Haran in northern Mesopotamia. We’ve heard the term “Jacob’s ladder,” but the underlying Hebrew word reveals that what he saw was more likely a ziggurat—the ancient Mesopotamian pyramid that represented a stairway to heaven. Continue reading
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THE ISRAELITES have crossed the Jordan and defeated the giant clans in two separate campaigns through the hill countries of Judah and Israel. Today we look at the division of Canaan among the 9-1/2 tribes still waiting to occupy their inheritance. (Remember, Reuben, Gad and half of Manasseh took their shares east of the Jordan.)
We struggle through long lists of Hebrew names as we read the catalog of cities and kings that would be subject to the Israelites. We also discuss the faith of Caleb in asking for Hebron, a city owned by the Anakim (descendants of the Nephilim), as his family’s portion, and contrast that with the complaints of the tribe of Ephraim and the half-tribe of Manasseh, who were apparently unhappy with their allotment because the Canaanites in the lowlands had iron chariots and the hill country was full of trees.
For great maps to help visualize the locations described in the Bible, see this collection of maps in the public domain and these high-resolution Bible study maps.
OUR VIRTUAL house fellowship continues with our study of the book of Genesis. We begin at chapter 37, picking up the story of Joseph, his sale into slavery by his brothers and rise to prominence in Egypt, with an interlude that gives us the story of the foundation of the tribe of Judah.
Computer recreation of statue found at Avaris — was this Joseph?
Here is the link to the WND article about the possible discovery in Egypt of a statue of Joseph. Here’s the official website for the film Patterns of Evidence, and here is a link to the Wikipedia article about Amenemhat III, identified by Egyptologist David M. Rohl as the pharaoh during Joseph’s tenure as vizier.
This link takes you to a YouTube video of an excerpt from a lecture by David Rohl about the excavation at the ancient city of Avaris that he believes was the tomb and the statue of Joseph.
And here is a link to the page at Amazon.com for Rohl’s book Pharaohs and Kings: A Biblical Quest.