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Does the Bible explain why God chose Israel?

"Why did God choose Israel?" appears as a common question among some Christians. For example, we had entire sermons for weeks based on this one question. Enough of that now; to the answer! God chose ...
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Why does the Bible talk only about the people of Israel?

There are several issues you bring up that need to be addressed in this question, and it is going to take a little space. Only Israel? You are correct in your assumption that God loves the whole world ...
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Why is the Nation of Israel called Israel and not Abraham?

God did promise the land of Canaan to Abraham. For example God says to Abram (Abraham) in Genesis 17:8: The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an ...
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What constitutes a half-tribe?

Manasseh was a full tribe. However, half of the tribe of Manasseh settled in the Holy Land proper, and half of the tribe of Manasseh, along with the full tribes of Reuben and Gad, settled on the other ...
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Scriptural basis for replacement theology?

You kind of tipped your hand by using the word ideology in your question! An unscriptural ideology is at the heart of a deficient theology regarding Israel and the Christian Church. (By Church, with a ...
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What is an overview of interpretations of "all Israel will be saved" in Romans 11:26? (Catholic/Protestant overview)

There are three principal interpretations of this passage among Protestants and Catholics. "All Israel" might refer to: A future large-scale conversion of Jewish people to Christianity All the ...
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From Genesis to Exodus - is God dealing with Israelites or Jews?

Yes, that's right. The origin of "Jew" actually comes from Judah, one of the sons and tribes of Jacob/Israel. When the Kingdom of Israel splits after Solomon, the dominant tribe of the southern ...
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What did salvation mean to the Israelite people of the OT?

Throughout the narrative parts of the Old Testament, there is very little mention of any afterlife. That idea arises mostly later on, in the books of the Prophets. During the bulk of Old Testament ...
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How long was David on the run from Saul?

The short answer is: We don't know for sure because there are very few dates or ages given in the stories of Saul and David in the Bible. We cannot even be certain of the length of Saul's reign, or ...
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What is the biblical support for the idea that people in the Old Testament went to heaven?

It's not entirely 'fair' to rule out the few individual O.T. persons who clearly did not just die and rot in their graves. But, for the sake of answering your specific question, I would quote these O....
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Does being Protestant imply you are also a Zionist?

The primary distinction which you will find among protestants regarding this matter will arise from the division between those adhering to Covenant Theology and those adhering to Dispensationalism. ...
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What is the justification for applying God's promises to Israel to modern day Christians?

The promises made to Israel were conditional promises. He had plans for them if they obeyed and kept His Holy Commandments. The rest of the nations were supposed to see Israel and come to God through ...
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Was Herod Antipas an official king?

Herod Antipas was the son of Herod the Great and younger brother of Archelaus (both by Malthrace). Jesus was born during the reign of Herod the Great. Herod the Great's initial political career was as ...
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From Genesis to Exodus - is God dealing with Israelites or Jews?

If you search for "Jew" in an English Bible (example, NIV), you find very few hits, in contrast to "Israelites". In fact, the first appearances of the word Jew is in the book of Ezra, which is the ...
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Did Ellen G White say Israel will never become a nation

I went to this official, accredited SDA web-site for this information, where SDA officials respond to more difficult questions about their founder, Mrs. Ellen G. White, that are not generally tackled ...
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Why did Moses have the sons of Levi run about with swords slaying family and friends?

The answer to the first part of your question, appears to lie in the fact that only the Levites responded to Moses call for all who were on the Lord's side to come to him. It is also good to ...
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Does the Bible explain why God chose Israel?

Introduction The Bible's history of the Israelite people is put in the context of a branching family tree of humanity going all the way back to the first humans on earth. At each point where the tree ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the belief that the Jews rejected their king?

Why do Christians consider Jesus to be the king of the Jews? Jesus is the heir of David: And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be ...
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Does "all Israel shall be saved" mean that all Jews, even those who die in their sins, will be saved?

All of Romans 9-11 should be read together. Paul was responding to the accusation that God's promises to Israel had failed, and his response is basically: "you misunderstand what God means by 'Israel';...
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What is the Ezekiel War Theory?

John Hagee, the author of the book Jerusalem Countdown that forms the basis of that movie, is a dispensationalist, non-denominational pastor. His book follows in the tradition of Hal Lindsey's The ...
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Isn't Israel the firstborn Son of the Lord?

Abraham's first-born son was Ishmael; but God referred to Isaac as Abraham's only son in Genesis 22:12: Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son. ...
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Did everyone tithe in Israel? When did the tithing come into the church?

The Tithe System in the Ancient World Through much of history tithing has meant the right of a person, or institution, to a proportion of the crops grown, or livestock reared, on land owned or ...
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If Israel is the vine that prefigures Jesus, the "true" vine, isn't Israel's purpose fulfilled?

Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting ...
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How did Martin Luther see Israel?

Like most of his contemporaries, Luther understood the Jews to be evil. Anti-semitism was common in that era and was unremarkable. Jews, as spawn of the Devil (and I'm purposely getting into ...
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Scriptural basis for replacement theology?

REPLACED OR REDIFINED? When we talk about ‘replacement theology’, we are using very emotive language. The idea that God has ‘replaced’ Israel with the (largely gentile) Church, suggests a betrayal’ ...
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What is the "Israel Mandate"?

As per dictionary.com, here are two of the definitions of "mandate": a command from a superior court or official to a lower one. an authoritative order or command: a royal mandate. Keep ...
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Why did Moses have the sons of Levi run about with swords slaying family and friends?

I would say the main thing to remember here when dealing with the Old Testament is that the wages for sin, no matter the sin according to God, was death. So I believe you answered your own question as ...
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Why was taking census a bad thing?

The problem with the census Joab took under David's authority was that Joab began to number (count) those under twenty years of age, something forbidden by the Torah! 1 Chronicles 27:23-24 Chronicles ...
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What if Israel had accepted Jesus as their Lord? (Catholic perspective)

This question reminds me of the "felix culpa" ("happy fault [of Adam]")¹ question of whether Christ would have become incarnate had Adam not sinned. If Adam had not sinned, how could've God worked ...
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