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Genesis 26:33 BDC: Was it Abraham or Isaac that gave the name to Beersheba?

Shibah is a well that the servants of Isaac dug, or dug again, at Beersheba. That same day the well-produced water and Isaac called its name Shibah, which means “Oath or Seven” and refers to an oath or statement confirmed... Continue Reading →

Genesis 25:31-33 BDC: Did Jacob acquire the birthright through deception, and was this acceptable with God?

Genesis 25:31-33 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 31 Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright today.” 32 Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?” 33 And Jacob said, “Swear to me today.” So he swore to him and... Continue Reading →

Genesis 25:8 BDC: It says Abraham ‘died and was gathered to his people.’ Why Is this Not speaking of life after death?

Who were his people? Abraham’s father was Terah of the city of Ur of the Chaldeans; and Genesis chapter eleven lists the forefathers of Abraham all the way back, to Shem, through nine generations, Noah’s son. Most who do not... Continue Reading →

Genesis 25:1 BDC: Keturah is called Abraham’s wife here, but at 1 Chronicles 1:32, she is referred to as his concubine.

There is no real contradiction here, it just seems that way to the English reader of the Bible. The Hebrew word ishshah means “woman” (literally, a female man) or “wife.” Genesis 25:1 should be understood as “Abraham took another woman,... Continue Reading →

Genesis 23 BDC: Who were the Hittites, since some archaeology does not have their kingdom until about 400 years later?

The Bible discloses that the Hittites were the offspring of Noah’s great-grandson Heth. Heth was a son of Canaan and a grandson of Ham. Therefore, the Hittites were Canaanites. – Genesis 10:1, 6, 15. Even prior to Abraham’s sojourn into Canaan... Continue Reading →

Genesis 22:2 BDC: Was Abraham commanded to sacrifice Isaac or Ishmael? Who really was Abraham’s “only son”?

Genesis 22:2 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 2 He said, “Please take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains... Continue Reading →

What Does the Bible Really Teach about God Changing His Mind?

The Bible says of God, “... with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” And reassuringly, God himself said: “For I, Jehovah, do not change” (James 1:17; Malachi 3:6, UASV) We have all met humans that are hard to... Continue Reading →

Genesis 21:32, 34 BDC: Who were the Philistines mentioned here in Genesis?

The Philistines are mentioned often in the Bible, who was already in Canaan when the ancient people of God took possession of the Promised Land. For a very long period of times, these ancient Philistines were in opposition to the... Continue Reading →

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