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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 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 →

Recommended Procedures in Dealing With Bible Difficulties

In dealing with Bible problems of any kind, whether in factual or in doctrinal matters, it is well to follow appropriate guidelines in determining the solution. This is most easily done by those who have carefully and prayerfully studied the... Continue Reading →

How to Approach Bible Difficulties

THE BIBLE: ERRORS, NO! Critics claim the Bible is filled with errors. Some even speak of thousands of mistakes. The truth is there is not even one demonstrated error in the original text of the Bible. This is not to... 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 →

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