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

The Eastern Lamp

The Eastern Lamp

     In the Bible there are many references to the Eastern lamp and the significance of its light. The lamp in Bible times was a main source of light for the Easterner, and in the home it was kept burning continually. Understanding manners and customs regarding the Eastern lamp helps the Scriptures become clearer to us.… Continue Reading

The Olive Tree

The Olive Tree

     In God’s Word we find illustrations referring to the olive tree, which would have communicated clearly to the believers in Bible times. Understanding some of the literal aspects of the olive tree of the East helps our Western minds grasp the meaning of the scriptures relating to the olive tree and its resources.      The olive… Continue Reading

The Farmer in Bible Times

The Farmer in Bible Times

     The term used for “farmer” in the Bible is “husbandman.” A husbandman is a plowman, a man of the soil, a tiller of the ground.      In All the Trades and Occupations of the Bible, Herbert Lockyer writes that Jesus Christ’s frequent allusions to farmers, fields, and their products indicate how familiar he was with the… Continue Reading

Caves in Bible Lands

Caves in Bible Lands

     Caves are numerous in the Bible lands. They were used in ages past as dwellings, hiding places, and burial places. Modern-day excavations have proved that cave dwellers existed south of Beersheba several hundred years before Christ. They would often take their primitive tools and make the natural caves larger and more comfortable for the family.… Continue Reading

The Synagogue

The Synagogue

    During Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry, he often taught in synagogues, where Judeans who had an interest in God and the things of God regularly gathered. John 18:20: Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews [Judeans] always resort; and in secret… Continue Reading

Sealed with a Signet

Sealed with a Signet

    In the Eastern lands, a signet was an object of great meaning and importance. Every household had a signet or seal, which was engraved with distinctive markings. A person in authority used the signet or seal to make an impression in wax or clay upon letters, documents, and other objects to be sealed.     The signet… Continue Reading

Silver and Gold

Silver and Gold

    In Bible times wealth was represented by silver and gold and physical belongings or material wealth, such as cattle, horses, and sheep. Today most people still think of wealth in terms of money or physical belongings.     In Palestine, where the Israelites lived, there was very little mining of precious metals, as we see from Corswant’s… Continue Reading

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