Gender, Apologies and the Bible

In 2010, psychologists Karina Schumann and Michael Ross published research based on reported behaviour among Canadian university students (age 18 to 44) which suggests that on average, women apologize more than men. Not only did women document more apologies, but women also reported committing more offenses than men reported. And when presented with imaginary and …

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So Esther arose, and stood before the king.

The Lord's tabernacle stands in Israel (Joshua 22:19).Philip De Vere With Haman's plot against the Jews looming, Esther put on her royal robes at the command of Mordecai and stood in the inner court of King Ahasuerus's palace in front of the king's rooms. And the king was sitting on his royal throne. Esther's entrance …

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More valuable than many sparrows

The Taylor Prism In the British Museum, you can visit The Taylor Prism, which lists the campaigns of King Sennacherib of the Neo-Assyrian empire, until the start of his final war against Babylon. Notably, the prism includes a description of Sennacherib's dealings with Hezekiah, King of Judah in 701 BC. As for the king of …

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The Word of the Lord came

Real faith is born of knowledge of the Word of God by Lalo Gutierrez In Genesis 1, the Triune God speaks the world into existence as His Spirit hovers over the surface of the waters. King David brings the Creation account into sharper focus, declaring, "by the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of His …

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Iron Sharpens Iron

I have previously written about the Bible's symbolic use of iron, which is predominantly negative. In 1 Kings 8:51, for instance, God tells us that Tubal-Cain’s metalwork belongs to the slave-holders of Egypt, “that iron-smelting furnace.” Iron is the joy of giants, descendents of the serpent, like King Og of Bashan who slept on a bedstead …

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Valley of the Cluster

The spies sent to scout the land of Canaan return with a bunch of grapes so large it takes two men to carry it (Numbers 13: 23-27). Woodcut from the Cologne Bible, 1478-80. Thus says the Lord,“As the new wine is found in the cluster,And one says, ‘Do not destroy it, for there is benefit in it,’So …

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