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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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How do dispensationalists understand the statements that God fulfilled all his promises to Israel in Joshua 21 and 23?

One of the foundational claims of dispensational theology is that there are various land promises that God has made to the nation of Israel which He has yet to fulfill. One claim is that Israel has ...
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God promises David that his kingdom will endure forever, then why did Israel's throne become empty for nearly 600 years before Jesus?

Some relevant texts: 2 Samuel 7:12-16, 2 Chronicles 13:5, Psalm 89:20-37, 1 Kings 11:36, etc. It seems that God promises David a continuous Davidic line on the throne, without interruption (especially ...
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Why did Moses have the sons of Levi run about with swords slaying family and friends?

Today's OT Reading for CoE Common Worship was Exodus 32:15-34. Although to the modern ear it appears indiscriminate no doubt it wasn't. Please could someone explain why the Levites as the Priestly ...
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Did Ellen G White say Israel will never become a nation

I have been searching high and low for an accredited source that says Ellen G White said Israel will never become a nation. Not surprisingly, such a prophetic word would not be easy to find. I need ...
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Isn't Israel the firstborn Son of the Lord?

We read in Exodus 4:22 that the people Israel are God's firstborn son: "Then you shall say to Pharaoh, 'Thus says the LORD, "Israel is My son, My firstborn. (NASB) So now, how can Jesus be the ...
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Looking for a passage about God forbidding that a census be taken

Years ago, reading the Bible, I came across a passage where God forbade that a census be taken. I don't remember where that was, but would like to find it again. Looking at an online concordance, I ...
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During Assyria’s conquest of Israel, what side did Judah take?

Relations between Israel and Judah were fluid. They were sometimes allies and sometimes adversaries. During Assyria’s long campaign against Israel culminating in the siege of Samaria and subsequent ...
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If Israel is the vine that prefigures Jesus, the "true" vine, isn't Israel's purpose fulfilled?

The question of which vine is being contrasted when Jesus claims to be the "true vine" (John 15) received this answer that the vine contrasted with the "true" vine is Israel; taken ...
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How many Jews were there at exodus?

According to Gen 46:27, Jacob entered Egypt with a family of 70. Kohath was Levi's son, Amram Kohath's, and Moses Amram's, so Moses's generation was 2 generations from Kohath's. 600,000 men, with ...
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Is Israel still God's Chosen Nation according to Catholic doctrine?

I encountered an opinion that the Old Covenant is still valid and that Israel is still the Chosen Nation of God. I haven't checked the accuracy of the source, but I read on the Internet that St. John ...
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Israel’s pronoun in the Old Testament?

Is Israel referred to as the pronoun 'she' in the Old Testament?
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What if Israel had accepted Jesus as their Lord? (Catholic perspective)

Reading Romans 11:11-12 Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. 12 But if ...
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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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Does the blessing of Genesis 12:3 extend to Palestine or is it only for Israel (and the church as the spiritual Israel)? [closed]

I was reading 12:3 and I started to wonder whether or not that blessing was for Palestinians too, as descendants of Abraham. Thank you.
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Which denominations believe that the misfortunes of Jews are a result of "God's curse" for their killing of Jesus?

In this answer user Mike made the following statement: For the curse they put upon themselves was later brought to pass in the actual destruction of their nation which occurred in 70 A.D. Their ...
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Does the Bible explain why God chose Israel?

There are many nations in the world. And surely there were many in the times of Abraham and Moses. Does the Bible tell us why God choose only to lead the Israelites and not the rest?
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Who is being referred to in [Numbers 24:9]?

Some translations say [Israel], while majority of the others say [you]. [New International Version] Like a lion they crouch and lie down, like a lioness--who dares to rouse them? "May those who bless ...
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What percentage of US Christians are Dispensationalists?

What percentage of US Christians are dispensationalists? I think it has a serious impact on American policy in the Middle East. Dispensationalism is a religious interpretive system and ...
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Do any traditions hold that the Jews will return to Israel prior to Christ's Second Coming?

I have heard that the Second Coming of Jesus must be preceded by Jews returning to their homeland of Israel. Does such a view exist? Is it a generally shared Christian belief, or is it specific to ...
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How did Jethro know Moses's God?

Jethro appeared to be a friendly guy to Moses, and even appeared to agree with what Moses believed in, especially in theological terms (i.e. worshipping Yahweh). If that's the case, then how did ...
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Topographical Map of Israel / Transjordan?

As an aide in Old Testament study, I'm looking for a topographical map of Israel - both East and West of the Jordan. Specifically, I want a map with topographical layer-lines showing specific heights. ...
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Does the Dome of the Rock have any importance to Christianity?

The Dome of the Rock is right beside Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, Israel. Is it considered a sacred place in Christianity? If so, in what way?
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Does Judah's betrayal to Jesus have something to do with Judah's betrayal to Jehovah in OT (Jeremiah 2:23?)

Judah got sold for 30 silver coins and betrayed Jesus Judah (tribe) betrayed LORD by worshipping that false god Baal and other worthless idols Do these both incidents have something in common?
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According to Preterism is the land mentioned in Ezekiel 37:25 "Heaven"?

NIV Ezekiel 37: 24 My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd. They will follow my laws and be careful to keep my decrees. 25 They will live in the land I gave to my ...
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Did God establish Israel's boundaries from eternity?

Why did God choose the nation of Israel to be established within the boundaries of Canaan? Was this planned from the beginning and was it possible that before Noah cursed Canaan in Genesis 9 and the ...
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Why was taking census a bad thing?

In Chronicles, David took a census on the people of Israel. However, God became angry at this, and he proceeded to destroy about 70,000 people in result. 1 Chronicles 21:1-16: 1Satan rose up ...
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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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How long was David on the run from Saul?

When Saul suspected that David was going to take his throne, he tried to capture David to prevent this from happening. How long was Saul chasing David?
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Did everyone tithe in Israel? When did the tithing come into the church?

Did everyone tithe in Israel? Merchants/fisherman/blacksmiths etc.? When did the tithing come into the church?
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What kind of Christianity supports Zionism?

I'm writing an essay about Christian Zionism, and I'm a bit unclear on the end-times beliefs of pre-millennialism and post-millennialism. I understand the basic timelines of both, but where does ...
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From Genesis to Exodus - is God dealing with Israelites or Jews?

Finished reading Genesis and now that I'm on Exodus, I get the impression God is dealing with Israelites and not Jews. Is this because Jacob was given the name Israel, so all his descendants were ...
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Eating sour grapes and transmitting sin over generations

Prophesying the restoration of Israel, Jeremiah makes the following statement: In those days they shall no longer say: ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on ...
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Biblical basis or rationale for Christian Identity Movement?

After discovering the Christian Identity movement, and investigating them further to answer another question, I've been pondering how they justify their doctrine. On the homepage of Christian ...
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Does the Associate Reformed Presbyterian church believe in replacement theology?

I belong to Associate Reformed Presbyterian church and would like to know if they believe in replacement theology . Do they believe in the prophecy and the thousand year reign of Christ on the earth??...
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Do the scriptures indicate the physical appearance of the Israelites?

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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Why were the Israelites not circumcised in the desert?

Genesis 21:4 (NIV) When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him. Starting with Abraham, the Israelite men were circumcised, and boys at the eighth day after ...
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Why are the Ammonites excluded instead of the Midianites in Nehemiah 13?

Now Balak son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites, and Moab was terrified because there were so many people. Indeed, Moab was filled with dread because of the Israelites. The ...
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Matthew 5:13-16 is for the Israelites ONLY?

We are having a discussion about how we, as a follower of Christ, are the ‘salt of earth and light of the world’ (Matthew 5:13-16). Someone insists that the verses are for the Israelite people/...
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How was Solomon considered one of the wisest?

According to Deuteronomy 17:14-17, there are a couple of rules a king should follow. From the NKJV: 14 “When you come to the land which the Lord your God is giving you, and possess it and dwell in ...
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Why is the Nation of Israel called Israel and not Abraham?

Is there a biblical, or otherwise extra-biblical, explanation of how the nation of Israel came to be known as Israel instead of Abraham? I know you could make cases for arguing that it makes more ...
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Scriptural basis for replacement 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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What is an overview of interpretations of "all Israel will be saved" in Romans 11:26? (Catholic/Protestant overview)

The phrase "all Israel" in Romans 11:25–26 has been a source a significant disagreement in church history, particularly since the Reformation: 25 Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the belief that the Jews rejected their king?

Jews are persecuted and harassed for rejecting their king, yet, Jesus was never anointed by a prophet and set up as a king, and slipped through the crowds not allowing the Jews to make him their king ...
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What did salvation mean to the Israelite people of the OT?

Modern Christians have various ideas of salvation since Jesus came (going to heaven when you die; free from the curse of the law; set free from the flesh, the devil and the world; adopted into God's ...
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Israel without spears and the value of a shekel

It is stated in 1 Samuel 13:19-22 that Saul's army didn't have any swords or spears, due to the Philistines "not allowing" Israeli blacksmiths. [19] Now there was no blacksmith to be found ...
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Was the Covenant made with the Church or does 'Everlasting' mean something other than 'eternal?' [closed]

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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Where in the Bible is the restoration of the nation of Israel prophesied? [closed]

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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What constitutes a half-tribe?

In Joshua 1:12, Joshua talks to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh. What made the Manasseh a half-tribe? The Bible doesn't refer to the Reubenites and the Gadites as "half" a ...
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Worklabor during construction of Solomon's palace?

I am curious about non-Israelites employed in building of Solomon's palace? Was it common to use such non-Israeli force, especially in position of foreman?
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Jesus said he was sent only for the lost sheep of Israel, so what is their destiny, according to Catholicism?

Jesus said: I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel. (Matthew 15:24) It is safe to say he was rejected by the Jewish people (in general, excluding the few who may have believed he was ...