relating to the descendants of Jacob (the Hebrew peoples whose story comprises the history of the OT) or the country which has historically been called Caanan, Palestine, or Israel

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What happened to the tribe of Dan in Revelation?

Compare the twelve tribes of Israel, according to Genesis 35:23-26 (left column) and Revelation 7:5-8 (right): Asher : Asher Benjamin : Benjamin Dan : Gad Gad : Issachar Issachar : Joseph Joseph : ...
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Is the Israel of the NT the modern country?

The Israel talked about throughout the Old Testament is fairly clearly a specific people group and later a country. The New Testament also makes references to Israel. Are these references comparable? ...
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Who, and what, are the “chosen people”?

According to Deuteronomy 7:6, the Israelites are called the "chosen people". Who in fact are the chosen people, and does this include Christians? What sets the chosen people apart, are there special ...
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If I am a Christian does this mean I need to support the modern state of Israel? [closed]

*note: please do not mistake this question as necessarily reflective of my personal option. Where this question comes from may not be obvious to some depending on where you live, so let me explain. ...
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What are the Twelve Tribes of Israel?

The Bible frequently refers to the twelve tribes of Israel. Which tribes constitute this list? Jacob had twelve sons, but Joseph's two sons each got a land inheritance and Levi got none. So do the ...
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What is replacement theology, and why do I hear it used with a negative connotation?

Occasionally when discussing the modern nation of Israel I hear ideas accused of being "Replacement Theology". What is Replacement Theology, and why is it almost always used in a negative light?
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Is the nation of Israel itself a type of Christ and, if so, how?

There is a branch of theological study devoted to archetypes, or types of Christ. Some of these are explicitly defined in the New Testament, as when Jesus speaks of the manna from heaven and calls ...
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For what purpose were the “Chosen People” chosen?

I have a good friend who is Jewish, and he often refers to being one of the "Chosen People". I understand that God "chose" Abraham and his descendants. With a New Testament perspective, as the ...
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What is the justification for applying God's promises to Israel to modern day Christians?

One of the favourite verse, used as encouragement, is this from Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give ...
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What is the basis for the idea of a seven year peace treaty with Israel in the end times?

I have heard the concept that in the end times there will be a 7 year peace treaty signed with the nation of Israel, and that three and a half years into that treaty, it will be broken. What is the ...
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Scriptural basis for replacement ideology/theology

There exist groups who believe that Christians or believers of Jesus completely replaced Jews as Israel and as the chosen people, and that Jews no longer have a valid relationship with G-d, unless ...
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Where in the Bible is the restoration of the nation of Israel prophesied?

I have heard that the restoration of the state of Israel is a fulfillment of one or more Biblical prophecies. But I cannot find any explicit reference to it. Is this really a fulfillment of prophecy, ...
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Why was Dan removed from the list of 12 Israel tribes in Rev 7? [duplicate]

Here is the list of 12 tribes of Israel from Genesis, Numbers and Revelation. I sorted them according to the list in Genesis 29-30. In Numbers, Levi is replaced by Ephraim and Manasseh who replaced ...
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Was the Covenant made with the Church or does 'Everlasting' mean something other than 'eternal?'

I am posting this question on behalf of another user, and it corresponds to a related textual question. Galatians 3:16 (KJV) says, "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith ...
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How did Martin Luther see Israel?

Did Luther think Israel and the Church were two different things? Did he believe in the promises made for Israel as a nation? Was he anti-Semitic when he reformed the church? Did he become one later?
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Does the concept of Gentile exist in Christianity?

Judaism and Bani Israel have concept of Gentile to represent the pagans and Idolaters with a corpus of rules dealing with them, So does Christianity inherit this concept? If yes where ? and Are Jews ...
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Who will judge the 12th tribe of Israel?

I was reading the Last Supper passage in Luke the other day and came across this verse: Luke 22:30 (KJV) 30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the ...
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Does the 'Sons of Jacob' refer to only Jews, or also Christians and Muslims?

There is a song by Damian Marley that refers to "The sleeping sons of Jacob". I looked up 'Sons of Jacob' on Wikipedia and now understand them to represent the 12 tribes of Israel, but I have only ...
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What is the controversy/issue surrounding Jerusalem as Israel's capital? [closed]

I was reading this article where representatives at the 2012 Democratic National Convention booed in disagreement over a platform position regarding Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. I'm not ...
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What is the “Israel Mandate”?

I've heard a little bit about this passed around from our fellowship as well as a few of my friends. They explanations were hard to follow, and trying a Google search just got me a bunch of ...
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What Christianity thinks about the God of present day Judaism? [closed]

I read here that most of the modern Christians believe in a Triune God and Consider Jesus to be the God in trinity. I was wondering What Christianity thinks about the God of present day Judaism , as ...
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Are Israel and the Church two different kingdoms?

Are Israel and the Church two different kingdoms? Israel - Psalm 114:2 Church - Matthew 16:18-19 I am asking this question because a Catholic friend of mine insists that there is one kingdom which ...
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All Israel shall be saved

I am confused by the statement that Paul makes in Romans 11:26, where he explains that all Israel shall be saved. My church believes that if you die in your sins, there is no further hope for you. ...
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Were (at least some) Babylonians (at least somewhat) righteous?

The book of Jonah tells the story of Jonah, God's most reluctant prophet. Commanded to preach to the Babylonians of Nineveh, he headed in the opposite direction, south, took a ship, which encountered ...
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Jesus said he was sent only for the lost sheep of Israel, so what is their destiny?

Jesus said that I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel. (http://biblehub.com/matthew/15-24.htm) It is safe to say he was rejected by the Jewish people (in general, excluding the few who may ...
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Why do some people consider Jeshurun to be an end-times figure?

I realize that the prevailing interpretation is that Jeshurun is another name for Israel. However some people think that Jeshurun refers to some type of end-times figure. What reason do they have to ...
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What evidence is there that the Herodians were distinct from mainstream Phariseeism?

In the New Testament era were the political and religious interests of the Pharisees closely aligned with the Herodians? Or did the nationalistic elements of Phariseeism make them allies?
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What about those who lived before Christ long outside the reach of Israel? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: What happens to people who have never heard about Jesus? Who saved people before ~33AD? Do I get a second chance to believe in Jesus after I die? Were there provisions ...
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Why are both Joseph and Manasseh listed as separate tribes in Revelation chapter seven?

The Patriarch Joseph had two sons Manasseh, and Ephraim: Genesis 46:20 KJV And unto Joseph in the land of Egypt were born Manasseh and Ephraim, which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of ...
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Did Jesus himself assert the fact that he belonged to some religion like Judaism?

It is assumed that Jesus was a Jew. I am not asking whether Jesus was a Jew or not (as we all know that Jesus was born in a "Jewish" household), but does Jesus explicitly call himself a Jew? Rather ...
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Why does the Bible talk only about the people of Israel?

I am reading the Bible through these days, and I can say that I am a little surprised. I think God wants all the people, and that is why we are created. I don't understand why the Bible talks only ...
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were the ancient Israelites of a darker skin tone?

I have seen ancient depictions of the ancient Israelites and there features were different than I expected. Linguistic experts have stated that hebrew is one of the early Asiatic-African languages. ...
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Does being Protestant imply you are also a Zionist? [closed]

It seems most Protestants support the State of Israel and/or the Zionist cause. What theologically distinguishes those who do not?