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Bible Term: Judge

The men and women who are called Judges in the Bible were not Judges as we understand them today. They were more akin to informal military leaders who were called and empowered by God to rescue his people from the oppression of surrounding nations. After their military success, the Judges often implemented or inspired spiritual […]

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Judges

The book of Judges is one of the historical books in the Old Testament. On a timeline, it occurs immediately after the book of Joshua. Following it are the events recorded in Samuel and Kings. Once the people settle in Israel, they are governed by a series of judges, hence the name for this book. […]

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Judge Deborah

Deborah is another familiar judge, with two chapters in the book of Judges devoted to her. There are some noteworthy facts about her: 1) She is the only female judge in the entire book. This was very counter-cultural for the day — and very cool! 2) She was the only judge who actually “held court” […]

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Here Comes the Judge

When I think of a judge, I immediately conjure up an image of a person wearing a black robe and presiding over a hearing or trial. Indeed, that is the primary definition of the word “judge.” However, that understanding is greatly misleading when reading the book of Judges in the Bible. In the biblical context […]

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Expanded Daniel

Some versions of the Bible include additional text for the book of Daniel, which isn’t found in most Protestant versions of the Bible. This additional text rounds out the story of Daniel and gives deeper insight into his life and faith. This complete text of Daniel includes three additional sections inserted into the book: Prayers […]

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Susanna

The Revised Standard Version (RSV), Ethiopian Bible, and original Authorized King James Version (KJV) all include the book of Susanna, but it isn’t found in most other versions of the Bible. Susanna focuses on the pious life and crooked trial of the righteous Susanna, wrongly accused of adultery and sentenced to die. A young Daniel […]

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Bible Term: Yeast

Yeast is used symbolically in the Bible to represent influence, often negatively. Just as a little bit of yeast, permeates dough and produces a noticeable result, so does influence, be it good or bad. In the Books of Moses, there are thirty-two references to not using yeast (and more for it’s counterpart, leaven) in various […]

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Bible Term: Old Testament

The Bible is a book of books, 66 books* altogether, written over a period of hundreds of years by many different authors. These 66 books are divided into two parts, the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament contains 39 books** and addresses the formation, existence, and demise of the nation of Israel, […]

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Bible Term: Mercy

Mercy is not getting the bad things we deserve. Not being punished for doing wrong is an act of mercy. Sometimes criminals ask a judge for mercy; occasionally them receive it. When the police officer gives you a warning, instead of a speeding ticket, it’s an act of mercy. For all those who follow Jesus, […]

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Bible Term: Judgment

Biblical judgment is generally the spiritual parallel to being legally judged in a court of law against a preset standard. In the Old Testament, judgment often refers to God‘s righteous punishment of those who continually turn their backs on him or harm his people. In many cases, the judgment was to the entire nation of […]