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ESTHER

The book of Esther is a historical record falling in the period of the return from the Babylonian captivity. There were three phases to the return: the first under Zerubbabel (536 BC) who oversaw the rebuilding of the temple; the … Continue reading

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EZRA | NEHEMIAH

The books of Ezra & Nehemiah pick up where 2 Chronicles left off (compare 2 Chronicles 36:22-23; Ezra 1:1-4). They record the restoration of the Jews to their land after the captivity in Babylon. The return to Judah happened in … Continue reading

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SAMUEL | KINGS | CHRONICLES

Our Bibles list 6 books (1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles), but originally each pair was a single book. These books record just over 500-years of Israel’s history beginning with the birth of Samuel … Continue reading

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RUTH

The book of Ruth is the third history book in the Old Testament. It is a beautiful account of a young Moabite woman who came to faith in God. We do not know who wrote the book, but it appears … Continue reading

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DEUTERONOMY

The fifth and final book of the Torah or Pentateuch is Deuteronomy. The name means “second law” or “copy of the law” and comes from the Greek δευτερονόμιον, which appears in Deuteronomy 17:18 of the LXX. That said, this text … Continue reading

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What Is Truth?

William J. Stewart After He was betrayed by Judas and arrested by the Jewish authorities, the Lord was ridiculed and tortured throughout the night. When the morning came, they took Him to Pilate, expecting the governor to put Jesus to … Continue reading

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A Full Bowl Full

by William J. Stewart A few years back, there was a TV commercial advertising a certain brand of breakfast cereal. I can’t recall what cereal it was, but remember the advertiser using the phrase “a full bowl full.” Apparently their … Continue reading

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Lessons From The Life Of Nathan

by William J. Stewart When we focus on great people in the Bible, we often look at Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David, Peter, Paul, etc., and rightly so, for these are wonderful people of faith. And yet there are countless “minor” … Continue reading

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The Man Who Wouldn’t Be King

by William J. Stewart When unexpected circumstances come, it can turn our lives upside-down. Jonathan, Saul’s son, was heir to the throne of Israel, until his father’s sin removed the monarchy from the family (1 Samuel 13:7-14; 15:24-28). This loss … Continue reading

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Teaching In Song

by William J. Stewart Humans are creatures of rhythm and rhyme. Our lives are surrounded by sound and poetry; from the time we rise in the morning (alarm clock, perhaps a radio alarm) to the time we lay our head … Continue reading

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