Although his birthdate is unknown, Pontius Pilate was born to the Pontii clan, possibly in what was known as the Samnium region of central Italy, as Marcus Pontius Pilates. He was the prefect, or governor, of Judaea under the reign of the emporer Tiberius. We know little more than this, but much of what we … Continue reading Pontius Pilate: A Character Sketch
Shepherding is one of man's oldest occupations, second only to gardening and farming. Abel was the first in the Bible to keep sheep. But the first mention of a nomadic herdsman came later in Genesis chapter 4 with Jabal: the father of those who live in tents and have lifestock. Afterward, nomadic stock keeping quickly … Continue reading A Shepherd’s Life in Bible Times
The lame beggar lay near what was known as the Beautiful Gate, indicating the beauty of its workmanship and material. The temple had gates on all sides, nine in total, each beautifully covered with silver and gold. But the gate known as the Corinthian gate surpassed the others. Larger, more beautiful, and more intricately designed, … Continue reading A Lesson from the Beautiful Gate
The road often seems long and hard, doesn't it? And not understanding why, we start to grumble and complain. (Come on, please tell me I'm not the only one!) We forget that life in Christ is a journey in which God calls us to keep going further up and further in with him. "Come further up, … Continue reading Face the Long Hard Road With Joy and Integrity!
The Old and New Testaments are separated by one blank page in most Bibles. But that single page represents a long interval known as the 400 years of silence, as we have no record of God speaking through the prophets or inspired writers. Nonetheless, God was at work orchestrating world affairs to bring about the fullness … Continue reading The Significance of the Intertestamental Period
The Old Testament is the first and longer portion of our Bible. A collection of ancient Hebrew writings that not only contains the historical record of God's promise to them and all of humanity, but also their primary text for moral instruction. It was set in the ancient Near East (our Middle East), with most events taking place … Continue reading Why the Old Testament is Important