Category Archives: Biblical History

Mysteries Of The Bible: The Connection Between The Nephilim And The Giants

Last night while I was at dinner with one of our congregation’s retired pastors [1], I received a request to write about one of the more intriguing mysteries relating to origin in the Bible, that of the pre-flood Nephilim and … Continue reading

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Immortal Worms And Mortal Souls

[Note:  These are the notes to a sermonette spoken to the United Church of God congregation in Portland, Oregon on January 11, 2019.] How often do you think about immortal worms?  If I had to guess, it is not very … Continue reading

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Book Review: Aerial Atlas Of The Holy Land

Aerial Atlas Of The Holy Land, by John Bowker, Photography by Sonia Halliday and Bryan Knox It seems baffling that three recorded authors were required to make this book.  It is not hard to see why a book like this … Continue reading

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Book Review: Old Testament Parallels

Old Testament Parallels:  Laws And Stories From The Ancient Near East, by Victor H. Matthews and Don C. Benjamin Anyone who has both scholarly interests and an abiding respect and honor for the scriptures is used to the claims that … Continue reading

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It Is The Glory Of Kings To Conceal A Matter: Part Three

Having discussed the problems of concealment by human authorities here and here, let us conclude our present discussion of this topic with a look at why it is that human rulers like to conceal matters in the way that God … Continue reading

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It Is The Glory Of Kings To Conceal A Matter: Part Two

We ended our previous discussion on this topic by discussing the way that our imitation of God when it comes to glorying in concealment shows a lack of awareness of our limitations and a respect for the distance between God … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Rise And Fall Of The Nephilim

The Rise And Fall Of The Nephilim:  The Untold Story Of Fallen Angels, Giants On The Earth, And Their Extraterrestrial Origins, by Scott Alan Roberts I must admit that it would sometimes be ideal if I read more about the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The End Of The Bronze Age

The End Of The Bronze Age:  Changes In Warfare And the Catastrophe CA. 1200 B.C, by Robert Drews This book is almost perfect, almost, but not quite.  As is all too often the case, a great deal of professional historians … Continue reading

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A Bad Report

By the time I finished Sabbath School and had tidied up the room at least a little from the messiness of my somewhat unruly students, I came in to the main hall to listen to the sermon from our pastor … Continue reading

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The War Of Heaven:  Satan In Revelation 12

Revelation 12 is one of the most interesting passages in the Bible, because it brings the reader to a subject that the Bible has been dealing with from the beginning, and that is the ultimately unsuccessful warfare of Satan against … Continue reading

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