"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 Israel because of His promise to Abraham.
As a reward for Abraham's faith in the Lord, God said to him in Genesis 12:2-3:
I will make you a great nation; I ...
Paul gives us a pretty good answer to this in his letter to the church in Rome:
"For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope." Romans 15:4 NASB
The Old Testament record reveals the character of God in many different ways. In it we see ...
The answer to this question depends somewhat on the definition of "quoted," but we can draw some high-level conclusions. BlueLetterBible.org provides a list of New Testament citations and allusions to the Old Testament, and an examination of that dataset reveals the following:
Book Direct/indirect citations Total citations & allusions
You might like to take a look at the related questions What does the Bible have to say about dinosaurs? and Are Dinosaurs mentioned in the Bible? for some dinosaur-specific ideas; and Do Catholics consider Job to be historical? for, well, exactly what the question title says.
Job is a bit of a tricky book in many ways. It is certainly held up as a ...
Pay close attention to the words and what they are referring to here:
1 Samuel 1:1
There was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim of the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, son of Elihu, son of Tohu, son of Zuph, an Ephrathite.
Samuel, and even his father, were not Ephrathites, for Ephrathites were generally Judahites. Zuph ...
The exact value of a "Sabbath day's walk" is 2,000 cubits, which works out to about 5/8 of a mile, or one kilometer. Commentator Craig S. Keener explains the logic and biblical basis:
The figures were natural extrapolations from Exod 16:29 (one must not leave one's place on the Sabbath) and Num 35:5 (identifying one's place as 2,000 cubits square) [Acts, ...
A lot of images of the ark do not attempt to be realistic at all, in terms of scale, but only try to give a general impression; it's also fairly common to have lots of extra windows with animal heads peeking out. (This is more fun for the artist, and lets the viewer understand what is being shown.) We see versions which are just a box; a box on top of a ship'...
There are no explicit references to exorcism in the OT. However, in a possible foreshadowing of Christ, David caused an evil spirit to depart from Saul multiple times by playing the harp (1 Sam 16, 18, 19). Some view the NT exorcism accounts as evidence of an increased attempt by Satan to thwart God's plan to redeem the world through Jesus.
Two appendices in The Jewish Annotated New Testament touch on the issue:
Greek-speaking Jews in antiquity regularly referred to themselves as Ioudaioi. As an ethnogeographical term, best translated "Judeans," it designates the members of the ethnic group inhabiting the district of Judea, or their descendants wherever they may be. It translates the ...
Jeremiah 31:31-34 English Standard Version (ESV)
The New Covenant
31 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a
new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not
like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I
took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my
We Seventh Day Adventists distinguish between three different kinds of laws in the Bible:
We also believe that there were laws in the OT specific to Israel as a nation. Something like their "civil code".
(Strictly speaking, there are also a few descriptions of other nations' laws in some books, like Persian laws in Daniel, or ...
Aaron's death was a judgement for what happened at the water of meribah.
“Aaron will be gathered to his people because he will not enter into the land which I have given to the children of Israel because you rebelled against Me at the water of Meribah.” (Numbers 20:24 MEV)
The water of Meribah refers to the spring that flowed from the rock that ...
Joyce Baldwin's commentary on Daniel says (pg. 129):
Verse 10 supplies welcome evidence concerning prayer habits during the later biblical period. Windows . . . open toward Jerusalem is a literal understanding of Solomon's petition [at the dedication of the temple], 'When [foreigners] hear about your great reputation and your ability to accomplish mighty ...
The answer appears to be «usually» but «with some exceptions», and also «the experts aren't completely sure».
We can divide the sources adduced into indirect evidence (references to scrolls in ancient documents) and direct evidence (scrolls).
The word used in the passage quoted in the question is βιβλίον.1 While it is ...
It might be helpful for you to research the Septuagint, which is also referred to as LXX being the Roman numeral for seventy as it is traditionally believed that seventy Jewish elders performed the Hebrew to Greek translation in about 300 B.C.
Many Jews, in the days of Christ on earth, would have read this Greek translation of the Hebrew scripture. It is ...
There's a little bit of history to the titles Old Testament and New Testament that needs to be explained.
We begin with the Greek word διαθήκη (diatheke) which has two major distinct sub-senses and cannot be translated with a single English word.
a last will and testament
a compact/contract/covenant, and in this sense it was used to translate בְּרִית (...
I'm not sure where the idea that sacrifices go on forever comes from when reading Isaiah 60:7.
Jeremiah 22:18 could be answered in this way: Jesus abolished the levitical priesthood by offering himself as the ultimate priestly atonement for sins. Since his atonement can be accepted at any time and any place, it is a continual sacrifice.
In conclusion, Jesus ...
Overview of Hebrew history
Although not specifically asked for, it is profitable to start with a brief overview of the history of the Hebrew language. For more details on the subject, see A History of the Hebrew Language by A. Sáenz-Badillo (from which the following information comes).
Hebrew is a member of the Semitic language family, a group of about 70 ...
Division of the law in the early church
The law has been "divided" since the early church, but at first only into two parts. Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Augustine, and others described a distinction between what we know as the moral law and the ceremonial/civil law, and connected the moral law with the ten commandments. For example, Irenaeus argues ...
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 times, salvation had little or nothing to do with:
Heaven or the afterlife, since there was little or no belief in such
Being freed from the curse of ...
It's Exodus 22. There's nothing specifically about bread, but it covers theft and double restoration.
Exodus 22:4 (KJV):
If the theft be certainly found in his hand alive, whether it be ox, or ass, or sheep; he shall restore double.
Exodus 22:7 (KJV):
If a man shall deliver unto his neighbour money or stuff to keep, and it be stolen out of the man's ...
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 of how old he was when he began to reign—information that is commonly provided for kings of Judah and Israel in the narratives of the Hebrew Bible. That ...
Yes, there are references to Mary in the Old Testament—vastly less than those to the Christ, Jesus, who is the entire focus of the Bible, but nonetheless, there are references.
I will be answering from a Catholic perspective.
The references to Mary in comparison to those of Christ being rather scant, however, says little as to the significance of Mary, as ...
In Luke 24, Jesus says this to the two men walking to Emmaus:
25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all
that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer
these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses
and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the
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.T. scriptures that are self-explanatory in showing the basis for the general idea that conscious awareness after physical death was a consideration, even in O.T....
The question seems to be based on a false premise. Most of Israel is not a desert.
The Institute for Creation Research has an article discussing the ideal climate that exists in Jerusalem.
A few excerpts:
An Ideal Combination of Sun and Rain
Most people think of Israel as a desert. They have seen pictures and
drawings of caravans of camels ...
Let's separate out the different issues:
Is it wrong to say that Jesus is the God of the Old Testament?
No, it is correct to refer to Jesus as the God of the Old Testament, just as it is right to refer to the Father and Spirit as the God of the Old Testament. One instance of this can be seen in Isaiah 6 where Isaiah sees Yahweh, and in John chapter 12, ...