The Inn of Luke 2:7

The Inn of Luke 2:7

     Our ministry’s publications can be very helpful in our study of Eastern manners and customs. For example, page 208 of Jesus Christ Our Promised Seed, by Victor Paul Wierwille, has some interesting details about what the inn of Luke 2:7 may have been like. The footnotes at the bottom of that page also lead us… Continue Reading

The Herald

The Herald

     The job of the herald of Bible times was to announce, or proclaim. In the United States of America, we have a great present-day example of a herald. In the state of Kentucky, in the city of Louisville, we have a prestigious horse race called the Kentucky Derby. Thoroughbred horses, the best you can find,… Continue Reading

Cisterns in Bible Times

Cisterns in Bible Times

     Cisterns were well known in Bible times. But today the word “cistern” is all but lost in our vocabulary. We can still find the word in the dictionary, and we still have cisterns at some of our farms that are located in isolated areas.      A cistern can be described as an underground receptacle for collecting… Continue Reading

The Daysman

The Daysman

     In the East when two parties were not able to work out their differences, they may have sought out a daysman. Job 9:32 and 33: For he [God] is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment. Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that… Continue Reading

Salutations in God’s Word

Salutations in God’s Word

     We understand God’s Word much better when we know something of the manners and customs used in Bible times. What the Bible calls a “salute” has been a puzzle to some believers. It is not the military salute that is common today. We have many types of salutes and greetings in the Word of God.… Continue Reading

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

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