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Old Testament

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Old Testament

Wanting to learn more about the Old Testament? Here are some posts on topics, scholarly questions, and more on Old Testament passages. Some are our own thoughts and some are the thoughts of prominent Christian scholars.

Have you ever read the Old Testament and wondered what the references to “Asherah poles” meant? Why were they so popular? To answer these questions, we have the IVP Bible Background Commentary. Let’s see what it has to say about Asherah and her poles. The Short Answer Asherah poles were…

how to read Song of Solomon

Song of Songs is, to many, one of the greatest love poems ever written. It is patently a collection of ancient Hebrew love poems celebrating the experiences of a lover and his beloved as they taste the beauty, power, agony, and joys of human sexual love. Is that appropriate, however,…

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When I was younger, I didn’t understand the concept of lament. I believed that questioning God about my traumas was sinful. He is the great and powerful King of the universe! How dare I blame him for my itty bitty problems? There are others who have it much worse, after…

proverbs 31 25 woman

When I was in youth group, the boys were told to find themselves a Proverbs 31 woman and the girls were told to be a Proverbs 31 woman, and that was the end of it. This reading of the end of Proverbs isn’t necessarily wrong. In fact, I ended up…

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Jonah 1 commentary and the big fish

Jonah, a book from the Old Testament, is a story steeped in poetry, mystery, metaphor, comedy, and adventure. Jonah, the main character, is a prophet from Israel whom, despite his best efforts, God uses for salvation of many. There are many angles that one could view the story of Jonah…

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If you’ve never heard of a SOAP Study, it is a simple framework for studying the Bible. SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer. Today we are going to dive into Psalms 139:13-16. I, the writer of this blog, chose this passage after hearing it quoted by pastor Judah…

Who was Shamgar Bible

The book of Judges can be difficult to read and retain. It’s incredibly full of people, places, and events. Then, some of these people, places, and events are given paragraphs of attention… and others? A single verse. In Judges 3:31, we meet Shamgar. The entirety of chapter three is spent…

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When you think of Old Testament books, Malachi probably doesn’t make the top five. Yet, this minor prophet book touches on important subjects, like divorce. Since it’s lesser-known book, we’ve pulled introductory material, notes, and articles from the revised NIV Study Bible. Join us for a quick dive into the…