The Septuagint Vs. the Masoretic Text, Part IV :: By Randy Nettles

Most historians believe the Hebrew Pentateuch was translated into the Greek language in approximately 250 BC, and thus, the Septuagint or LXX was born. However, there is no solid proof of a pre-Christian LXX. What is usually referred to as the LXX today is nothing more than compilations of the oldest known manuscripts (in Greek) […]

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The Septuagint Vs. the Masoretic Text, Part II :: By Randy Nettles

After the destruction of the Second Temple in approximately 586 BC, the religious leaders of Judah split into several groups, each with their own Torah text. The rabbis took the Proto-Masoretic text of the Torah, and the Samaritans took theirs, which was called the Samaritan Pentateuch. The Qumran community had assembled texts of different types […]

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The Number Nine in Scripture and History :: By Randy Nettles

The number 9 represents finality and/or judgment in the Bible, especially where Israel is concerned. It is a remarkable number in many respects. It is the last of the single-digit numbers in the decimal system and thus marks the end, and is significant of the conclusion of a matter. “Nine is akin to the number […]

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The Septuagint Vs. the Masoretic Text, Part I :: By Randy Nettles

The origin of the Hebrew language is shrouded in mystery. Jewish tradition as well as various Christian scholars throughout the ages believed that Hebrew was the original language of man. “When God created Adam, he spoke to him” (Genesis 2:16), indicating that God gave Adam a language and this language came from God himself. When […]

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The Septuagint Vs. the Masoretic Text, Part I :: By Randy Nettles

The origin of the Hebrew language is shrouded in mystery. Jewish tradition as well as various Christian scholars throughout the ages believed that Hebrew was the original language of man. “When God created Adam, he spoke to him” (Genesis 2:16), indicating that God gave Adam a language and this language came from God himself. When […]

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Contrasting Covenants and Confirmations: Part II :: By Randy Nettles

David became king of Israel in 1010 BC and ruled for 40 years until about 970 BC. He died at 70 years of age. David was a descendant from the lineage of Jacob’s son, Judas. David’s son, Solomon, became king of Israel after his father’s death. He began the temple-building project that his father had […]

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Contrasting Covenants and Confirmations: Part I :: By Randy Nettles

Terah, the father of Abram (Abraham), was originally from the land of Ur of the Chaldeans in Mesopotamia. According to Joshua, Terah was a pagan and served false gods. “Your fathers, including Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor, dwelt on the other side of the River in old times, and they […]

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Three Days and Three Nights :: By Randy Nettles

The timeline for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ has been debated for centuries, with no definitive proof for any one date suggested throughout history. However, I think there is circumstantial evidence for one date in particular, which we will discuss later in this article. The most commonly accepted year for the start of John the […]

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