BIBLE AS HISTORY: Zerubbabel Rebuilds the Temple

Isaiah, a prophet, predicted that the city of Jerusalem would be rebuilt and restored. This prophecy was made 200 years before it happened. At the time of the prophecy, Jerusalem had not been destroyed yet. But, another prophet, Jeremiah, predicted that the city would be destroyed and the people would be held captive in Babylon for 70 years.

BIBLE AS HISTORY: The Babylonian Empire

Land and people of southern Mesopotamia. Politically, Babylonia refers to the ancient kingdoms that flourished in southern Mesopotamia, especially in the 7th and 6th centuries BC, whose capital city was Babylon (or Bab-ilu, meaning “gate of god”).

DANIEL 9:24-27 Interpreting the Seventy Weeks of Daniel’s Prophecy

Daniel 9:24-27 gives us a prophetic time period, wherein there would be a word to restore and build Jerusalem that would initiate a time that would run up unto the coming of an anointed one, the Messiah, who would then be cut off and closing out of the seventy weeks of years with the end of the Abrahamic covenant. What do the different aspects of the 70 weeks of Daniel's prophecy mean?

What Do We Know About the Israelite Priests and Levites?

There were three basic classes of religious personnel in ancient Israel: prophets, wise men, and priests, and Levites. The priests and Levites fulfilled a variety of essentially religious duties and were equivalent approximately to the clergy in modern times. They were professional men and were supported for their full-time religious work.

THE BIBLE AS HISTORY: Medo-Persia, the Fourth World Power of the Bible

PERSIA pur'-sha, (parats; Persia; in Assyrian Parsu, Parsua; in Achemenian Persian Parsa, modern Fars): In the Bible (2Ch 36:20,22-23; Ezr 1:1,8; Es 1:3,14,18; 10:2; Eze 27:10; 38:5; Da 8:20; 10:1; 11:2) this name denotes properly the modern province of Fars, not the whole Persian empire. The latter was by its people called Airyaria, the present Iran (from the Sanskrit word arya, "noble"); and... Continue Reading →

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