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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 →


Does God Change 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 →

Genesis 21:8-10 BDC: How are we to understand Ishmael’s mocking Isaac?

Genesis 21:8-10 Updated American standard Version (UASV) 8 And the child grew and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. Sarah Turns against Hagar 9 But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian,... Continue Reading →

Genesis 17:15-19; 18:9-15 BDC: How are we to Understand Abraham and Sarah’s laughter at the angelic announcement of a son?

Genesis 17:15-19 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 15 And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah[1] shall be her name. 16 I will bless her; indeed, I will give you a son... Continue Reading →

Genesis 16:2 BDC: Was it appropriate for Sarai to offer her maidservant Hagar as a secondary wife (concubine) to Abram?

Genesis 16:2 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 2 And Sarai said to Abram, “Look, please, Jehovah has prevented me from bearing children. Please go in to my servant; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram listened... Continue Reading →

Deuteronomy 22:28-29; Exodus 22:16-17 BDC: Why did God’s Law say that an Israelite man who had sexual relations with an unengaged virgin had to marry her and could never divorce her?

Deuteronomy 22:28-29 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 28 “If a man finds a virgin who is not engaged, and seizes her and lies with her[1] and they are discovered, 29 then the man who lay with her shall give to the father of... Continue Reading →

Genesis 15:17; 19:23 BDC: Is not the phrase that the sun has gone down, or the sun has set contrary to science?

Genesis 15:17 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 17 When the sun had gone down and it was dark, look, a smoking firepot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. Genesis 19:23 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 23 The sun had risen... Continue Reading →

Genesis 15:16 BDC: Did the Exodus Take Place in the Fourth or in the Sixth Generation?

Genesis 15:16 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 16 And in the fourth generation shall return here, for the error of the Amorites is not yet complete.”[1] There seems to be a clear contradiction between what is said here in Genesis 15:16... Continue Reading →

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