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John the Baptist

Son of Zacharias and Elisabeth, being of priestly descent through both parents. This lineage was essential, since John was the embodiment of the law of Moses, designed to prepare the way for the Messiah........

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Advent

Advent is a time for double celebration, namely (i) the historical birth of Jesus and (ii) the preparation for the waiting(advent) of the 2nd coming of Jesus........

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Temple of Jerusalem

The word "temple" is derived from the Latin templum, signifying an uncovered place affording a view of the surrounding region; in a narrower sense it signifies a place sacred to the Divinity, a sanctuary.......

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Levirate Marriage

Levirate Law from Latin levir, "a husband's brother", the name of an ancient custom ordained by Moses, by which, hen an Israelite died without issue, his surviving brother was required to marry the widow......

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Widow

Canonical prescriptions concerning widows in the Old Testament refer mainly to the question of remarriage. If a man died without children, his widow was obliged to marry her deceased husband's brother.......

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Samaria

In the sixth year of his reign (about 900B.C.) Amri, King of Israel, laid the foundations of the city to which he gave the name of Samaria.......

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Angels (messengers)

Angels (messengers) Often with of God. Sometimes called the "holy ones," "saints." The "Angel of God" often means the Divide Word, "the Image of the invisible God," God Himself manifested......

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Drachma

Drachma, a Greek silver coin. The Greeks derived the word from drassomai, "to grip", "to take a handful". Thus the term originally signified a handful of grain......

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Cross

The instrument of a slave's death, associated with the ideas of pain, guilt, and ignominy........The Hebrew, having no term for it as not being a punishment in their nation, called it "warp and woof."

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Sabbath

The Sabbath(Hebrew shabbath, cessation, rest; Greek Sabbaton; Latin Sabbatum), is the seventh day of the week among the Hebrews, the day being counted from sunset to sunset, that is, from Friday evening to Saturday evening.......

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Doors

Doors moved on pivots of wood fastened in sockets above and below (Prov.26:14). They were fastened by a lock or by a bar......

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Soul

The question of the reality of the soul and its distinction from the body is among the most important problems of philosophy, for with it is bound up the doctrine of a future life. Various theories as to the nature of the soul have claimed to be reconcilable with the tenet of immortality.......

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Parousia

Parousia is a Greek word used 24 times in the New Testament to mean "coming, arrival, personal presence". It is most often used to indicate the second coming and the arrival of the Son of Man though it can also indicate a visit by a Christian worker, apostle or even the "man of lawlessness".......

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Samaritans

In the sixth year of his reign (about 900 B.C.) Amri, King of Israel, laid the foundations of the city to which he gave the name of Samaria.......

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Peace

In English, the word "peace" conjures up a passive picture, one showing an absence of civil disturbance or hostilities, or a personality free from internal and external strife. The biblical concept of peace is larger than that and rests heavily on the Hebrew root slm......

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Angels (messengers)

Angels (messengers) Often with of God. Sometimes called the "holy ones," "saints." The "Angel of God" often means the Divide Word, "the Image of the invisible God," God Himself manifested......

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Messiah

The Greek form Messias is a transliteration of the Hebrew, Messiah, "the anointed". The word appears only twice of the promised prince (Daniel 9:26; Psalm 2:2); yet, when a name was wanted for the promised one......

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The "sinner" of Luke 7:36-50

The anointing of Christ's feet by a woman, a "sinner" in the city......

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Widow

Canonical prescriptions concerning widows in the Old Testament refer mainly to the question of remarriage. If a man died without children, his widow was obliged to marry her deceased husband's brother.......

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Holy Eucharist

The Last Supper held by Christ and His disciples on the eve of His Passion at which He instituted the Holy Eucharist......

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Trinity

The Trinity is the term employed to signify the central doctrine of the Christian religion — the truth that in the unity of the Godhead there are Three Persons.......

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Pentecost

Pentecost—The second in importance of the great Jewish feasts. The term, adopted from the Greek-speaking Jews alludes to the fact that the feast, known in the Old Testament as "the feast of harvest of the firstfruits" .......

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Paraclete

Paraclete, Comforter (L. Consolator; Greek parakletos), an appellation of the Holy Spirit. The Greek word which, as a designation of the Holy Spirit at least, occurs only in St. John, has been variously translated "advocate", "intercessor", "teacher, "helper", "comforter". .......

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Son of Man

In the Old Testament "son of man" is always translated in the Septuagint without the article as anthropou. It is employed as a poetical synonym for man, or for the ideal man......

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Sheep

Sheep were an important part of the possessions of the ancient Hebrews and of eastern nations generally. The first mention of sheep occurs in Genesis 4:2 they were used in the sacrificial offering.....

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Apparition

Following His Resurrection from the dead, Jesus made a number of appearances to his followers-no less than ten of these are recorded in Scripture......

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The Resurrection of Jesus

The main sources which directly attest the fact of Christ's Resurrection are the Four Gospels and the Epistles of St. Paul. Easter morning is so rich in incident, and so crowded with interested persons, that its complete history presents a rather complicated tableau.......

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The Passion of the Lord

The Passion of the Lord is accounted separately in the four Gospels, each of which supplements the others, so that only from a careful examination and comparison of all can we arrive.......

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Bethany

A village of Palestine, fifteen furlongs, or one mile and three-quarters, east of Jerusalem, at the base of the southwestern slope of the Mount of Olives. In the New Testament it comes into prominence as the Village of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus.......

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Pool of Siloah

The Pool of Siloah, or Upper Pool, or the King's Pool, built by Ezechias "between the two walls", to bring into the city through an underground conduit.......

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Jacob's Well

Springs and fountains were the centres of ancient Hebrew life. To the wells, the shepherd of the sun-baked hillside would lead his flock of sheep and goats out of the thirsty stretches of rock and prickly shrubs.......

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Transfiguration of Christ

The Transfiguration of Christ is the culminating point of His public life, as His Baptism is its starting point, and His Ascension its end.......

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Christ's Temptation

Temptation is here taken to be an incitement to sin whether by persuasion or by the offer of some good or pleasure. It may be merely external, as was the case of Christ's.......

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Peter Simon

St. Peter's true and original name was Simon, sometimes occurring in the form Symeon. He was the son of Jona (Johannes) and was born in Bethsaida.......

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Elijah

Elijah (Hebrew 'Eliahu). The loftiest and most wonderful prophet of the Old Testament. What we know of his public life is sketched in a few popular narratives enshrined.......

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Cana Of Galilee

At Cana in the Galilee, Jesus performed his first miracle, changing water into wine at the request of Mary, his Mother. In this way, Jesus manifested his divine glory and kindled the faith of his disciples........

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The Baptism of the Lord

Baptisms in the sense of purifications were common in the Old Testament The "divers washings" (Greek "baptisms") are mentioned in Hebrews.9:10, and "the doctrine of baptisms......

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Baptism of Lord

The Baptism of the Lord is the name of a distinct feast day observed in the Roman Catholic Church. This occasion memorializes the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River by John the Baptist........

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Jerusalem

According to Jewish tradition, Jerusalem was originally called Salem (Peace), and was the capital of King Melchisedech. This tradition is confirmed by the cuneiform tablets discovered in 1888 at Tell Amarna, in Egypt.......

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The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Assuming that the Annunciation and the Incarnation took place about the vernal equinox, Mary left Nazareth and went over the mountains......

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Magnificat (Canticle of the Blessed Virgin Mary)(Luke 1:46-55)

Although Mary is praised for being the mother of the Lord and because of her belief......

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John the Baptist

Son of Zacharias and Elisabeth, being of priestly descent through both parents. This lineage was essential, since John was the embodiment of the law of Moses, designed to prepare the way for the Messiah........

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The Jordan River

The Jordan River(In Hebrew Yâdên, from the root Yârâd, to descend). The difference of elevation between the highest point of this river(1286 feet below the sea-level) is 3133 feet......

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Advent

Advent is a time for double celebration, namely (i) the historical birth of Jesus and (ii) the preparation for the waiting(advent) of the 2nd coming of Jesus........

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Truth

In Scripture, truth is characterized by both qualitative and quantitative aspects. In the historical narratives of the Old Testament, truth is identified with personal veracity and historical factuality.......

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Fig

Figs are considered characteristic fruit for the land of Palestine. The best loved and most nutritious were the spring fruits, which ripened in May.......

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Widow

Canonical prescriptions concerning widows in the Old Testament refer mainly to the question of remarriage. If a man died without children, his widow was obliged to marry her deceased husband's brother.......

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The Sermon on the Mount

The name "Mount of Beatitudes" is given to the place where Our Saviour delivered the "Sermon on the Mount", beginning with the Beatitudes......

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Jericho

Two cities of this name have successively occupied sites in the same neighbourhood......

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GENTILES

The Gentiles were far less sharply differentiated from the Israelites in Old Testament than in New Testament times.......

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CAMEL

CAMEL, a prominent domestic animal of the East without the existence of which life in the Arabian deserts would be impossible. It was perhaps the first beast of burden applied to the service of man.......

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Temptation

Temptation is here taken to be an incitement to sin whether by persuasion or by the offer of some good or pleasure. It may be merely external, as was the case of Christ's.......

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Nether World(Hell)

Miracle Latin miraculum, from mirari, "to wonder". In general, a wonderful thing, the word being so used in classical Latin; in a specific sense, the Latin Vulgate designates by miracula wonders of a peculiar kind.......

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Miracle

Miracle Latin miraculum, from mirari, "to wonder". In general, a wonderful thing, the word being so used in classical Latin; in a specific sense, the Latin Vulgate designates by miracula wonders of a peculiar kind.......

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Elijah

Elijah (Hebrew 'Eliahu). The loftiest and most wonderful prophet of the Old Testament. What we know of his public life is sketched in a few popular narratives enshrined.......

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Galilee

Galilee, the native land of Jesus Christ, where He began His ministry and performed many of His works, and whence He drew His Apostles. Orginally, the Hebrew Galil, derived from galal, "to roll", meant a circle or district.......

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Scribe

In the New-Testament period the scribes were the professional interpreters of the Law in the Jewish synagogues. The origin of the profession dates from the return of the Captivity......

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Apostle, Disciple

The word "Apostle", from the Greek apostello "to send forth", "to dispatch", has etymologically a very general sense. Apostle means one who is sent forth, dispatched--in other words, who is entrusted with a mission, rather, a foreign mission.......

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Son of Man

In the Old Testament "son of man" is always translated in the Septuagint without the article as anthropou. It is employed as a poetical synonym for man, or for the ideal man......

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Manna

The food miraculously sent to the Israelites during their forty years sojourn in the desert. It fell during the night in small white flakes or grains which covered the ground and presented the appearance of hoar frost......

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Passover (Pasch)

Jews of all classes and ways of thinking look forward to the Passover holidays with the same eagerness as Christians do to Christmastide. It is for them the great event of the year. With the exception of the Temple sacrifices........

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Wilderness

The word wilderness, which is more frequently used than desert of the region of the Exodus, more nearly approaches the meaning of the Hebrew.......

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Sabbath

The Sabbath(Hebrew shabbath, cessation, rest; Greek Sabbaton; Latin Sabbatum), is the seventh day of the week among the Hebrews, the day being counted from sunset to sunset, that is, from Friday evening to Saturday evening.......

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Synagogue

The place of assemblage of the Jews. This article will treat of the name, origin, history, organization, liturgy and building of the synagogue.......

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Parable (Hebrew mashal)

The word parable (Hebrew mashal) signifies in general a comparison, or a parallel, by which one thing is used to illustrate another.......

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Holy Eucharist

The Last Supper held by Christ and His disciples on the eve of His Passion at which He instituted the Holy Eucharist......

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Holy Spirit

The role of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament is much like His role in the New Testament. When we speak of the role of the Holy Spirit, we can discern four general areas in which the Holy Spirit works:.....

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Gifts of Tongues

St. Luke relates that on the feast of Pentecost following the Ascension of Christ into heaven one hundred and twenty disciples of Galilean origin were heard speaking "with divers tongues.....

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Elect

The Old Testament applies the term elect, or chosen, only to the Israelites in as far as they are called to be the people of God, or are faithful to their Divine call.....

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Vine

Vine, the well-known valuable plant very frequently referred to in the Old and New Testaments, and cultivated from the earliest times.....

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Sheep

Sheep were an important part of the possessions of the ancient Hebrews and of eastern nations generally. The first mention of sheep occurs in Genesis 4:2 they were used in the sacrificial offering.....

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Emmaus

In the opinion of many 'Am' was is the Emmaus of the Gospel (Luke 24:13-35), where Christ manifested Himself to two of His Disciples....

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Apparition

Following His Resurrection from the dead, Jesus made a number of appearances to his followers-no less than ten of these are recorded in Scripture......

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The Resurrection of Jesus

The main sources which directly attest the fact of Christ's Resurrection are the Four Gospels and the Epistles of St. Paul. Easter morning is so rich in incident, and so crowded with interested persons, that its complete history presents a rather complicated tableau.......

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The Passion of the Lord

The Passion of the Lord is accounted separately in the four Gospels, each of which supplements the others, so that only from a careful examination and comparison of all can we arrive.......

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Pool of Siloah /Siloam

The Pool of Siloah/Siloam, or Upper Pool, or the King's Pool, built by Ezechias "between the two walls", to bring into the city through an underground conduit.......

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Jacob's Well

Springs and fountains were the centres of ancient Hebrew life. To the wells, the shepherd of the sun-baked hillside would lead his flock of sheep and goats out of the thirsty stretches of rock and prickly shrubs.......

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Transfiguration

The Transfiguration of Christ is the culminating point of His public life, as His Baptism is its starting point, and His Ascension its end.......

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Leprosy

Leprosy proper, or lepra tuberculosa, in contradistinction to other skin diseases commonly designated by the Greek word lepra (psoriasis, etc.), is a chronic infectious disease caused by the bacillus leproe.......

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Capernaum

Capernaum (also KAPERNAUM) its name means village of Nahum or consolation. It is frequently mentioned in the Gospels: Jesus, when repelled by the Nazarenes, made it His new abode .......

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Nazareth

Nazareth is situated in the most southerly hills of the Lebanon range, just before it drops abruptly down to the plain of Esdraelon. The town lies in a hollow plateau about 1200 feet above the level of the Mediterranean......

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Lamb of God

John the baptist identified Jesus with the words: "Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world."......

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Baptism of Lord

The Baptism of the Lord is the name of a distinct feast day observed in the Roman Catholic Church. This occasion memorializes the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River by John the Baptist........

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Magi (Astrologers)

The visit of the Magi took place after the Presentation of the Child in the Temple. No sooner were the Magi departed than the angel bade Joseph take the Child........

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Law

The Law of Moses regulated almost every aspect of life in Old Testament times. But with the coming of Christ, God established a new covenant of faith and love with mankind........

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Emmanual (Septuagint Emmanouel; A.V., Immanuel)

Emmanual signifies "God with us", and is the name of the child predicted in Isaiah 7:14: "Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel"......

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John the Baptist

Son of Zacharias and Elisabeth, being of priestly descent through both parents. This lineage was essential, since John was the embodiment of the law of Moses, designed to prepare the way for the Messiah........

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Advent

Advent is a time for double celebration, namely (i) the historical birth of Jesus and (ii) the preparation for the waiting(advent) of the 2nd coming of Jesus........

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Son of Man

In the Old Testament "son of man" is always translated in the Septuagint without the article as anthropou. It is employed as a poetical synonym for man, or for the ideal man......

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Talent

The talent was not a coin but a sum. The Hebrew talent = 3,000 shekels. The quadrans (Mark 12:42; Luke 12:59), "farthing," was a fourth of an obolus, which was a sixth of a drachma......

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Temple of Jerusalem

The word "temple" is derived from the Latin templum, signifying an uncovered place affording a view of the surrounding region; in a narrower sense it signifies a place sacred to the Divinity, a sanctuary.......

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Shepherd

A keeper of sheep. The first keeper of sheep in the Bible was Adam's son Abel (Genesis 4:2 ). Shepherding was the chief occupation of the Israelites in the early days of the patriarchs.......

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Tax

During the early part of the Heroadian epoch, taxes were paid to the king and collected by officers appointed by him. This method which worked fairly well, at least under Herod the Great.......

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Parable of the Wedding Feast

Jesus told the Parable of the Wedding Feast in Matthew 22:1-14. This parable is similar in some ways to the Parable of the Great Banquet in Luke 14:15-24.......

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Vineyards

In the ancient world the wine press was a large basin where men would tread grapes. They would hold on to ropes above them and stamp their feet.......

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Vineyards

Vineyards in the Bible are often referred to as being hedged. Protection is important when the vines are flowering. The flowers of the grape are greenish......

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Denarius

In the Roman currency system, the denarius was a small silver coin first minted about 211 BC during the Second Punic War. It became the most common coin......

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Taxgatherer

During the time of Jesus in first century Israel, there were taxgatherer or tax collectors who could walk up to a man and tax him for what he was carrying.......

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Jerusalem

According to Jewish tradition, Jerusalem was originally called Salem (Peace), and was the capital of King Melchisedech. This tradition is confirmed by the cuneiform tablets discovered in 1888 at Tell Amarna, in Egypt.......

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Canaan

With a few exceptions the Biblical writers seem to indicate by this name at the least, the whole of Western or cis-Jordanic Palestine. It extends from the desert of Sin in the south to.......

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Peter Simon

St. Peter's true and original name was Simon, sometimes occurring in the form Symeon. He was the son of Jona (Johannes) and was born in Bethsaida.......

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Wilderness

The word wilderness, which is more frequently used than desert of the region of the Exodus, more nearly approaches the meaning of the Hebrew.......

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Leaven

A lump of old dough in high fermentation. As making it and leavening bread with it took time, unleavened bread was used in sudden emergencies. It was forbidden in all offerings to the Lord by fire......

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Parable (Hebrew mashal)

The word parable (Hebrew mashal) signifies in general a comparison, or a parallel, by which one thing is used to illustrate another.......

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Yoke

A yoke is a long wooden beam with two recessed areas on the underside to fit over the necks of a pair of draft animals, usually oxen, to harness them together to pull a plow......

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Rock/Stone

Rock/Stone signifies in the Word the truth which is of faith; and therefore the Lord as to Divine truth is called the Stone of Israel. That a rock denotes the Lord as to the truth of faith, is because by a rock is also meant a bulwark......

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Epiphany

The word epiphany means "manifestation" or "revelation" and is commonly linked with the visit of the wise men, on the Baptism of Jesus by John, the Transfiguration of Christ revealing himself to the world as God's own Son......

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Peace (Hebrew Shalom)

God as the Source of Peace. God alone is the source of peace, for he is "Yahweh Shalom"......

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Paraclete

Paraclete, Comforter (L. Consolator; Greek parakletos), an appellation of the Holy Spirit. The Greek word which, as a designation of the Holy Spirit at least, occurs only in St. John, has been variously translated "advocate", "intercessor", "teacher, "helper", "comforter". .......

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Parousia

Parousia is a Greek word used 24 times in the New Testament to mean "coming, arrival, personal presence". It is most often used to indicate the second coming and the arrival of the Son of Man though it can also indicate a visit by a Christian worker, apostle or even the "man of lawlessness".......

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Sheepfold

Jesus is not only our Shepherd who leads us into the "sheepfold", but He is the only door by which we may enter it and be saved. Jesus is the only means we have of receiving eternal life. There is no other way.....

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Emmaus

A titular see in Palestine Prima, suffragan of Caesarea. It is mentioned for....

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Sepulchre of Christ

Holy Sepulchre refers to the tomb in which the Body of Jesus Christ was laid after His death upon the Cross. The Evangelists tell us that it was Joseph of Arimathea's own new monument.......

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Hosanna

"And the multitudes that went before and that followed, cried, saying: Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that come in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest".......

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Bethany

A village of Palestine, fifteen furlongs, or one mile and three-quarters, east of Jerusalem, at the base of the southwestern slope of the Mount of Olives. In the New Testament it comes into prominence as the Village of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus.......

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Pool of Siloah /Siloam

The Pool of Siloah/Siloam, or Upper Pool, or the King's Pool, built by Ezechias "between the two walls", to bring into the city through an underground conduit.......

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Transfiguration

The Transfiguration of Christ is the culminating point of His public life, as His Baptism is its starting point, and His Ascension its end.......

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Wilderness

The word wilderness, which is more frequently used than desert of the region of the Exodus, more nearly approaches the meaning of the Hebrew.......

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Ashes

Sitting down in, or covering one's self with, is the symbol of mourning.......

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Lily

Over 3000 species of Palestinian flora are known to exist, but the Holy Land of our day can give only an imperfect idea of what it was in Biblical times.......

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Altar

The first of which we have mention was built by Noah after leaving the ark. In Genesis 12 where Abraham built an altar, Jacob had his dream of a ladder connecting heaven and earth in Bethel.......

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Salt

In the East the vegetable food especially needs salt. An antidote to the effects of heat on animal food. A necessary accompaniment of the various altar offerings.......

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Temple of Jerusalem

The word "temple" is derived from the Latin templum, signifying an uncovered place affording a view of the surrounding region; in a narrower sense it signifies a place sacred to the Divinity, a sanctuary.......

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Fisherman

The importance of fish in the Bible is well substantiated. In the Book of Genesis, we find that fish are the first creatures to appear......

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Baptism

Baptisms in the sense of purifications were common in the Old Testament The "divers washings" (Greek "baptisms") are mentioned in Hebrews.9:10, and "the doctrine of baptisms......

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Bethlehem

The old Hebrew name beth lehem, meaning "house of bread", has survived till the present day. In its Arabic form, however, bet lahm, it means "house of meat"......

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Angels (messengers)

Angels (messengers) Often with of God. Sometimes called the "holy ones," "saints." The "Angel of God" often means the Divide Word, "the Image of the invisible God," God Himself manifested......

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Stone/Rock

Stone/Rock signifies in the Word the truth which is of faith; and therefore the Lord as to Divine truth is called the Stone of Israel. That a rock denotes the Lord as to the truth of faith, is because by a rock is also meant a bulwark......

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Paradise

The name of "Paradise" popularly given in Christian tradition to the scriptural Garden of Eden, the home of our first parents (Genesis.2). The word paradise is probably of Persian origin and signified originally a royal park or pleasure ground.......

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Synagogue

The place of assemblage of the Jews. This article will treat of the name, origin, history, organization, liturgy and building of the synagogue.......

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Levirate Marriage

Levirate Law from Latin levir, "a husband's brother", the name of an ancient custom ordained by Moses, by which, hen an Israelite died without issue, his surviving brother was required to marry the widow......

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Jericho

Two cities of this name have successively occupied sites in the same neighbourhood......

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Widow

Canonical prescriptions concerning widows in the Old Testament refer mainly to the question of remarriage. If a man died without children, his widow was obliged to marry her deceased husband's brother.......

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Samaritan

In the sixth year of his reign (about 900 B.C.) Amri, King of Israel, laid the foundations of the city to which he gave the name of Samaria.......

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Mustard seed

Mustard is a plant of the genus sinapis, a pod-bearing, shrub-like plant, growing wild, and also cultivated in gardens. The little round seeds were an emblem of any small insignificant object.......

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Fire

Fire is a symbol of Yahweh's presence and the instrument of his power, God's word is also likened unto fire......

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Tabernacle, Tent (Latin tabernaculum)

Tabernacle in Biblical parlance usually designates the movable tent-like sanctuary of the Hebrews before the erection of Solomon's Temple

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Lamp

Lamp more accurately represents the original than candle. Image of conscience, "the candle of the Lord, searching the inward man" (Proverbs 20:27)

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Cross

The instrument of a slave's death, associated with the ideas of pain, guilt, and ignominy........The Hebrew, having no term for it as not being a punishment in their nation, called it "warp and woof."

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Doors

Doors moved on pivots of wood fastened in sockets above and below (Prov.26:14). They were fastened by a lock or by a bar......

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Peace (Shalom)

God as the Source of Peace. God alone is the source of peace, for he is "Yahweh Shalom"......

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Almsgiving (Greek eleemosyne)

Give in proportion to what you own. If you have great wealth, give alms out of your abundance......Almsgiving is a worthy offering in the sight of the Most High for all who practice it.(Tobit4:8,11)

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Judges (Jewish Courts)

During the Israelites time wandering in the desert following the exodus from Egypt, Moses acted as the judge of the people.....

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Bread (Bread of the presence)

Bread was the ordinary symbol of life, and the hallowed bread signified a superior life because it was ever in the presence of Yahweh.....

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Bull (Ox)

Bull used as synonymous with Ox in the King James Version (KJV Bible). Baaqaar is the Hebrew for horned cattle fit for the plow.....

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The Moneys of the New Testament Times

The Roman domination in Palestine must be taken into account when treating of the coinage systems in use in N.T. times......

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Ram

The flocks of Palestine include generally both sheep and goats......

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BIRDS OF ABOMINATION / UNCLEAN BIRDS

Lev 11:13-19: "And these ye shall have in abomination among the birds; they shall not be eaten......

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The Signification of a Rock

The signification of a rock, is faith, here faith from the Lord......

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The "sinner" of Luke 7:36-50

The anointing of Christ's feet by a woman, a "sinner" in the city......

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Widow in the Bible

The support of widows was commended to the charity of the Israelites......

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Magnificat (Canticle of the Blessed Virgin Mary)(Luke 1:46-55)

Although Mary is praised for being the mother of the Lord and because of her belief......

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Fruit of the Spirit

St. Paul : " But the fruit of the Spirit is, charity, joy, peace,......(Galatians 5:22-23)

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Mount of Olives

Mount of Olives (Mons Olivarum) is the name applied to "the hill ....

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The Last Seven Words from the Cross

The final words of a dying loved One are most precious....

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Way of the Cross (Also called Stations of the Cross)

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The First of the Signs of Jesus ( John2:1-12 )
CHAPTERS 2-12 : THE BOOK OF SIGNS: Jesus told Nathanael, "Most certainly, I tell you, hereafter you will see heaven opened,...... [More]
Baptism Of The Lord ( Luke3:15-22 )
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God is the author of Sacred Scripture.
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Trinity Sunday
The doctrine of the Trinity, contrasted with the triadic formulas and the triple structure of the biblical experience of God, is implicit rather than explicit in Scripture. [More]
Pentecost
Pentecost originated as a final celebration of the ingathering of the grain harvest, which had begun at Passover. Later Judaism transformed it into a feast of salvation history celebrating the giving of the Law at Sinai and the establishment of Israel as God’s people. [More]
Easter Sunday
The Easter Sunday Mass is not itself the paschal liturgy. That took place at the culmination of the Easter Vigil. Rather, this is the first of a series of Masses that belong to the great fifty days. In them we reflect upon the post-Easter revelations of the risen Christ and the fruits of our redemption in him. The readings are the same every year. [More]
The Easter Readings
This is the archetypal liturgy of the whole Church year. It consists of four parts: (1) the service of light with the Easter proclamation; (2) the Liturgy of the Word; (3) the Liturgy of Baptism; (4) the Liturgy of the Eucharist. [More]
Pentecost
Pentecost is a time to plug into the Divine Fire and renew our passion for life. [More]
The Ascension
As he prepared to ascend into heaven, Jesus gave his followers the “Great Commission”: to go make disciples and be witnesses of everything he taught. How are you doing with the assignment? [More]
The call of St. Peter (Luke 5:1-11)
We see the impulsive St.Peter at his best in this Gospel passage. He drops everything and takes a risk. [More]
John the Baptist
John the Baptist was an outrageous man. He valued his mission more than his appearance. [More]
Paul and the Eucharist
As this Year of Paul closes, the most appropriate place to end it is at the table of the Lord. [More]
Memorable Pauline quotes
Paul’s reflections on the person and teaching of Jesus Christ provide epigrams and aphorisms that easily become for his readers favorite Bible quotes. [More]
Pauline pilgrimages
One way Christians are honoring Paul this year is by pilgrimages to the sites he visited on his missionary journeys. [More]
St Paul in Art
Paul has captured the imagination of many artists over the centuries. [More]
Memorials of Paul
If bricks and mortar attest to a person’s worth or fame, then Paul has ample witness to his value and fame. [More]
Stories of Paul
The stories about Paul that circulated in the decades after his death created a man of mythic proportions. [More]
Paul’s Death
Luke ends his Acts of the Apostles without mentioning Paul’s martyrdom in Rome. [More]
Paul and the Lion
A truly bizarre tale told about Paul is from the appendix to the apocryphal Acts of Paul. [More]
Was Paul married?
We can only surmise whether Paul was ever married. If he had a wife before his conversion, he does not appear to have one afterward. [More]
In Praise of Paul
Except for Jesus, Paul may be the most influential figure in the history of Christianity. [More]
Paul and Thecla
The story of Paul and a virgin named Thecla is found in a non-biblical account called the Acts of Paul. [More]
The Acts of Paul
The powerful influence of Paul on the early Church is attested in The Acts of Paul [More]
St. Paul's missionary method
Although Luke's story of Paul is often inconsistent with the details that Paul supplies in his letters, we can discern some common elements in the two sources. [More]
St. Paul in Athens
Paul arrived in Athens in 51 AD. [More]
St Paul and the 1st Letter to the Thessalonians
First Thessalonians is the earliest of Paul's letters, probably written in 51 AD. [More]
St. Paul and the Letter to the Hebrews
For centuries Christians assumed that Paul was the author of Hebrews. [More]
St. Paul on marriage and celibacy
Paul's advice in 1 Corinthians 7 about marriage and celibacy is hard to interpret [More]
The Canon of Scripture: What does that mean?
The word canon comes from the name of a reed that grows straight enough that it can be used as a measuring stick. Therefore, a canon is a standard or norm. [More]
Paul the Preacher
Paul’s major contribution to the spread of the new way was his ability to interpret for Jews and Gentiles alike the significance of Jesus and apply that analysis to people’s lives. [More]
Paul and the Galatians
Paul was shocked when the news reached him in Ephesus that some Jewish Christians from Antioch had visited the Christian community he founded in Galatia and told the Galatians that they had to submit to circumcision. [More]
Paul and the observance of the Law
Paul was convinced that salvation came not through observance of the Law, but through Jesus Christ. [More]
Paul and his conversion
Luke accuses Paul the persecutor of “breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord” (Acts 9:1). [More]
Paul and women (2)
Paul got along well with women. In his understanding of the “new way” of Christ, women deserved respect, wives were to be loved by their husbands, and the ladies were not excluded from roles in ministry. [More]
Paul and women (1)
Some people perceive Paul as sexist. He said in the letter to the Colossians (3:18) and in Ephesians (5:22) that wives should be submissive to their husbands. [More]
Paul becomes a Christian
Many Scripture scholars shy away from the term conversion when they discuss what happened to Paul on the road to Damascus. [More]
St Paul’s Letter to Philemon
Paul’s letter to Philemon is an appeal to his co-worker and friend Philemon to be gentle in receiving back the slave Onesimus. [More]
St Paul’s Letter to the Romans (2)
Part of Paul’s reason for writing to the Romans was to announce his intention to visit there on his way to Spain (Romans 15:24). [More]
St Paul’s Letter to the Romans (1)
Of all Paul's letters, the one to the Romans has received the most attention. [More]
St Paul and suffering
Paul had a knack for upsetting people and even inciting riots. [More]
St Paul in Acts and his Letters
The two principal sources for describing Paul’s life are the Acts of the Apostles and his letters. [More]
St Paul discrepancies
Every serious student of Paul soon discovers that the story of Paul in the Acts of the Apostles differs in several respects and incidents from the story in Paul’s letters. [More]
St Paul and Love
1 Corinthians 13 is perhaps the most quoted passage from all of Paul’s letters. Here he explains the concept of Christian love. [More]
St Paul and the Law
Paul has been criticized by believers and nonbelievers alike. It still happens today. [More]
St Paul and Colossae
With Ephesus as a kind of missionary base, Paul’s influence filtered into the surrounding territory. [More]
St Paul’s 3rd Missionary Journey
Paul’s third missionary journey (52- 57 AD) traversed much of the same territory as the second, but he spent nearly three years in Ephesus. [More]
St Paul in Corinth
Coming to Corinth on his second mission journey, Paul met and stayed with Aquila and his wife, Priscilla, two Jewish refugees who had been expelled from Rome. [More]
St Paul in Philippi and Athens
Paul’s second missionary journey (49-52 AD) took him through Asia Minor to Macedonia and Greece. [More]
St Paul in Cyprus
On the island of Cyprus, in the town of Paphos, Paul encountered a magician with the unlikely name of Bar-Jesus. [More]
St Paul and his journeys
After Paul’s dramatic conversion experience, he spent the next several years of his life in what is obscure to us, but likely busy for Paul. [More]
St Paul as father and mother
Paul often appealed to his great love for the churches as a sign of his right to preach the gospel. [More]
St Paul and his apostleship
Paul often had to defend the legitimacy of his apostleship and teaching against the suspicion and resentment of fellow believers. [More]
St. Paul and ancient hymns
Scholars think that Paul incorporated early Christian hymns or poetry into his letters. The most obvious example is in Philippians 2. [More]
Paul and the thorn in the flesh
Paul admitted that he had asked the Lord to relieve him of some unnamed affliction and the answer he got back was no. The expression he used is most commonly translated “thorn in the flesh.” [More]
Paul and Jesus
Paul’s letters were written before the Gospels. Commentators have noted that Paul makes few references to episodes in the life of Jesus. He cites Jesus’ crucifixion but says nothing about his birth in the city of Bethlehem. [More]
Paul the Apostle
Paul was not one of the Twelve, but he did not for that reason think his authority was any less valid. He had seen Jesus after the resurrection; he heard the gospel from Jesus himself. [More]
Paul and the Council of Jerusalem
At the Council of Jerusalem, church leaders agreed that gentiles need not be circumcised in order to become Christians. [More]
Paul and his letter to the Romans by Rev. Norman Langenbrunner
Paul's letter to the Romans came late in his life. He had spent years refining his understanding of Christ and the gospel. [More]
Paul and his letters by Rev. Norman Langenbrunner
Paul’s letters are the earliest writings of the New Testament. [More]
Paul in Malta by Rev. Norman Langenbrunner
St Luke records in his Acts of the Apostles (28:3) that on his voyage to Rome, Paul, having escaped from shipwreck, found himself on the island of Malta. [More]
Paul : his travels by Rev. Norman Langenbrunner
Following his “conversion” or call on the road to Damascus (cf.Acts9:1-19), Paul soon gained the reputation of being an Apostle to the Gentiles. [More]
Paul the Jew by Rev. Norman Langenbrunner
Though he was born in the Greek city of Tarsus, Paul was very much a Jew. [More]
Paul the man by Rev. Norman Langenbrunner
Historians suggest that Paul was born about 10 AD in Asia Minor in the city of Tarsus. He was, therefore, a Jew living “in Diaspora,” that is, outside the Holy Land. [More]
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