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There are tools that are needed to mine the depths of the biblical texts. There are also many perspectives that enrich our study, like the perspective of first century Judaism. This site is one of those rare resources that provides both tools and perspective for the serious student of Scripture.

– Dr. Allen Mawhinney, A Retired Academic Dean, Reformed Theological Seminary

Shanah Tova!

What is Rosh Hashanah?   Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew: רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה‎, “The Head [of] the Year”), the Jewish New Year, is a two-day celebration, which begins on the first day of the Jewish month Tishrei (usually falling…

Who Was Melchizedek?  (3)

“Hidden Savior” Pattern This article concludes our analysis of 11QMelchizedek.  As we have seen in our previous posts, this whole text  presents an eschatological scenario of the coming judgment. In this sense,…

Who Was Melchizedek? (2)

Melchizedek as a Transcendental Savior We continue our discussion of one of the oldest and most astonishing documents discovered at Qumran, the fragment called 11QMelchizedek. In our last article, we saw that…

Who Was Melchizedek? (1)

The Mysterious Figure People often wonder who Melchizedek was. Some believe he was Noah’s son Shem reincarnated; others that he was an angel; early church fathers taught that he was the pre-incarnation of Jesus, and…

Biblical Portraits: Rebecca – Finale

What most people don’t realize The story that we are dealing with – the story of the “stolen blessing” – as with every other narrative, can be looked at from the different…

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