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Romans

The letter to the ecclesia in Rome was likely written in the early spring of A. D. 57 while Paul was on his third missionary journey. It is suggested Paul was either in Corinth or Cenchrea, on his way to Jerusalem to deliver an offering from the first-century ecclesias to …

Woman of Endor

Many Bibles label 1 Samuel 28, “Saul and the Witch/Medium of Endor.” This can improperly suggest that a seance is being sanctioned by the scriptures and may prejudice an understanding of the unusual events which follow. To counter this first false impression, the chapter must be read carefully and diligently compared with …

Philemon

How, we may wonder, did a personal letter from Paul come to be a part of the New Testament scriptures? Surely the restoration of a slave to his master is uninteresting and remote from our everyday life in the 20th century. Yet the letter to Philemon, when considered beyond its …

The Daughters of Zelophehad

The census of Israel recorded in Numbers 26 was the basis for the tribal division of the promised land made in order that the land might be equitably divided: “To many thou shalt give the more inheritance, and to few thou shalt give the less inheritance: to every one shall his …

Bible Code II (Ivan Panin and Biblical Numerics)

Bro. Jack Robinson is a lecturer in statistics at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. This month’s comments are prompted by the occasional Christadelphian use of the work of Ivan Panin to prove the inspiration of scripture. As Bro. Jack points out, we should not use Panin’s work to …

Exodus

God’s plagues on Egypt were designed to impress the Egyptians and even distant nations of God’s power (Ex. 7:5; 9:16). While we often place emphasis on the plagues, the miracles continued long after the exodus from Egypt. These should have convinced Israel of the great power and concern that their …

Enoch

Subsequent to the fall of man in the garden of Eden, two distinct seeds developed from Adam. The line of Cain The seed of the serpent began with Cain, who, after killing his brother, fled from the presence of the Lord to dwell in the land of Nod (“wandering”). In …

Job, Jesus and James

Who would not like the Lord God to say about us what he first said about Job before his trial: “There is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil” (Job 1:8). Following his grievous trial and subsequent humility, God said …