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What Was Dividing the Corinthian Church?

| September 22, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  We’re all familiar with the verses in 1 Cor 1:10-12: I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in […]

Why Did Paul Tell Women to Cover Their Heads?

| September 8, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In 1 Cor 11:5-6, the apostle Paul tells the Corinthians that a woman should cover her head when praying or prophesying at church assemblies. Some churches today still adhere to this command, but should they? What was the context of Paul’s statement? Authors E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien provide […]

What Did Jesus Mean by Hot, Cold, and Lukewarm?

| September 5, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  One of the most familiar passages in Scripture is Rev 3:15-16, where Jesus addresses the Laodicean church: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” […]

Did the Israelites Cross a Reed Sea or Red Sea?

| August 27, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Many Hebrew scholars have noted the words for “Red Sea” (yam suph) can also be translated as “sea of reed” or “reed sea.” This leads to the question of whether the Israelites merely crossed a marsh rather than a deep body of water. A marsh of reeds, after all, would cause […]

Commentary on Exodus 14 (Parting of the Red Sea)

| August 25, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In chapters 12 and 13, the Israelites escaped from Egypt due to the mighty hand of God, and have traveled some distance to the southeast, but not out of Egyptian territory. Chapter 14 begins the account of one of the most famous miracles performed by God for the Israelites, the parting […]

How Long Did the Israelites Live in Egypt?

| August 15, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Verse 40 in chapter 12 of Exodus looks like it’s saying that from the time Jacob brought his family to Egypt to live with Joseph in Gen 46, to the time of the Exodus, 430 years passed. In fact, this is the traditional view, but it may not be correct. There […]

Commentary on Exodus 7-11 (The 10 Plagues)

| July 16, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt In chapters 7-12, the power of God would be demonstrated to Pharaoh and all the people of Egypt. Recall that Pharaoh told Moses and Aaron that he did not know their God, and God promised that he soon would. Ten plagues would be visited upon the Egyptians, with each successive plague […]

How Many Israelites Left Egypt? Part 2

| July 11, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Biblical scholar Douglas Stuart, in his Exodus: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (New American Commentary), identifies 8 possible ways to translate the word ‘eleph from Hebrew to English. Each of these translations could be used in Exodus 12:37, with context being the determinant. The 8 possible translations are: 1) […]

How Many Israelites Left Egypt? Part 1

| July 9, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In Exodus 12:37, the NIV translation of the Bible says, referring to the Israelites leaving Egypt during the Exodus, “There were about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children.” What has puzzled Bible scholars and archaeologists about this number is that it seems far too large. If we […]

Did God Harden Pharaoh’s Heart Against His Will?

| July 7, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In verse 21 of Exodus 4, God tells Moses, “When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given you the power to do. But I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go.” This raises the question: how […]

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