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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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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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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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Israel’s pronoun in the Old Testament?

Is Israel referred to as the pronoun 'she' in the Old Testament?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Was Herod Antipas an official king?

There are different Herods in the Bible. We have Herod the Great who ruled when Jesus was born and Herod Antipas, who ruled later. I have seen in several places that Herod the Great is called "king" ...
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How do Catholics understand the gathering of Jews in Isaiah 43:5–6?

Isaiah 43:5–6 reads: 5 Fear not, for I am with you;       from the east I will bring back your offspring,       from the west I will ...
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What is the Ezekiel War Theory?

I was watching an Evangelical thriller movie the other night (Jerusalem Countdown) which was an apocalyptic film that centered around the Ezekiel War Theory. What is this theory exactly? From what I ...
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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 was the timeline of the reigns of David and Ishbaal?

I'm confused about the start of David's reign. Here's what I know... Once Saul died, two things happened (2 Samuel 2:8-11): Ishbaal started ruling the 10 northern tribes of Israel. David was made ...
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Is it true that there is an inscription that says that Yahweh had a wife?

In this video, around 1:08:40, Amihai Mazar, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, says: The name "Yahweh", as the name of an Israelite God, [...] appears for the first time in the inscriptions of ...
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Where was Herod's temple built?

The Scripture says that the Second Temple was built on the foundation of Solomon's Temple, but was Herod's Temple built in the same place or was it built next to it? (Do we have any records that say ...
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Why did the children of Israel run out of food in the wilderness, causing them to complain? [closed]

In the wilderness, the children of Israel on more than one occasion ran out of food and/or water to the point that they complained about it to Moses. They probably had no way to get food or water on ...
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Did the coins at the time of Jesus have distinct images and inscriptions?

At Matthew 22:18-21(NIV) we read: "... But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a ...
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How do different Protestant denominations view the relationship between Israel and the Church?

I know there is some complicated theology, which I am not an expert in, regarding what I am about to ask. I honestly don't even know the technical terms for what I am trying to describe. I would ...
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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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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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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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For those who view Israel typologically, what is the significance of the 12 tribes?

Many Christians view the historical nation of Israel that we read about in the Old Testament as a Divinely designed type of the Church, and their inheritance in the Promised Land as a Divinely ...
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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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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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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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How Does the Copper Serpent Relate to Jesus? [duplicate]

When the Israelites complained God sent serpents to bite them. As a way to reverse the plague, Moses put a copper serpent on a pole. Upon looking at the copper serpent, the israelites would be healed ...
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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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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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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 ...