Metalworkers in the Bible

Metalworkers in the Bible

     Metalworkers in Bible times held a very important occupation. Their job included digging ore from the ground, refining metal, and working the metal into useful objects such as weapons, tools, cooking utensils, and musical instruments.      Different terms describing metalworkers in the Bible include artificer, smith, coppersmith, craftsman, and silversmith. By going to the Scriptures, we… Continue Reading

Joseph’s Robe of Heirship

Joseph’s Robe of Heirship

     According to Eastern customs, when a son was given his heirship at the time of his father’s death, he was called to his father’s bedside and was presented with a robe, the robe of heirship. However, in Light through an Eastern Window, Bishop K. C. Pillai explained that sometimes the father designated his heir before… Continue Reading

Under the Fig Tree

Under the Fig Tree

     So many scriptures can be understood by simply reading what’s written in the verse. But at times we may need to look at Eastern customs in order to understand an expression. Let’s see an expression Jesus used in the Gospel of John about a disciple named Nathanael. John 1:48: Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest… Continue Reading

Eastern Hospitality

Eastern Hospitality

     A number of verses in Genesis 18 and 19 will become clearer to our Western minds when we understand Eastern customs of hospitality. This article will help us gain a greater understanding of some of these verses, as well as others, by looking at them in light of the emphasis that is placed on hospitality… Continue Reading

The Eastern Courtyard

The Eastern Courtyard

     The courtyard, or court, of homes and other buildings in the East could be laid out in several ways. We can find much information about the various types of courtyards in books on manners and customs.      In Manners and Customs of the Bible, James M. Freeman explains that the court of an Eastern house is… Continue Reading

Undershepherding the Word’s Way

Undershepherding the Word’s Way

     How important is undershepherding? Without it, my understanding of God’s Word would not be where it is today. My sister began to undershepherd me in my teenage years, when I was convinced that I belonged to the one and only true religion. I had grown up going to church every Sunday, had taken religion classes… Continue Reading

The Gates of the City

The Gates of the City

     In early Old Testament times, a place of great importance in a city was its city gates. The Mosaic law recognized the city gates as the place of justice—the place for judicial proceedings. Deuteronomy 16:18: Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the Lord thy God giveth thee, throughout thy… Continue Reading

The Eastern Potter

The Eastern Potter

     The making of pottery is one of the most important and necessary trades of the Bible lands. It is also one of the oldest. In Bible times the making of pottery was regarded as an inferior craft, but it met a universal need.      Clay jars and pots were used for carrying water from the well… Continue Reading

The Eastern Wedding

The Eastern Wedding

     The wedding ceremony of the East was much different than those of the West today. The Judeans were a people who enjoyed festivals and elaborate celebrations. So a wedding was a good time to have a celebration.      In Jesus Christ Our Promised Seed, by Dr. Victor Paul Wierwille, we learn that in the Eastern culture… Continue Reading

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