The Dispersions of Israel: the Hebrew Phoenicians

Often when Christians think of Phoenicia we think of Canaanites and a small spot in Northern Canaan on a Bible map which corresponds roughly to the later Roman district. But is this all that ancient Phoenicia was? And was Phoenicia really the domain solely of Canaanites? Or is there more to the history of PhoeniciaContinue reading “The Dispersions of Israel: the Hebrew Phoenicians”

The Jewish Perversion of the Biblical Circumcision Rite

The ancient Israelite practice of circumcision differed greatly from the later Jewish custom widely practiced in the Jewish, Islamic and American worlds today. Originally the practice only involved removal of any extra foreskin protruding beyond the glans. This allowed for the restoration of the remaining foreskin, a practice common among Hellenistic Judeans (Josephus, Antiquities 12.241,Continue reading “The Jewish Perversion of the Biblical Circumcision Rite”

The Genesis Flood: Global or Local?

Contrary to popular belief, the flood of Noah did not cover the entire globe. The “earth” or “land” of the flood was only that land known to antedeluvian Adamic man; the Fertile Crescent and Mediterranean Basin. There are many obvious problems with the interpretation of the Genesis flood as a global event: how did NoahContinue reading “The Genesis Flood: Global or Local?”

Identifying the Sin of the Antediluvian Adamites

In Romans 4 St. Paul states “where no law is, there is no transgression.” (vs. 15 ) In Romans 5 he states that “until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.” (vv. 13-14) Ostensibly there was only one law imputed to Adam and Eve forContinue reading “Identifying the Sin of the Antediluvian Adamites”

Christianity: a “Desert Religion?”

Many detractors of Christianity like to slander the Faith with the pejorative “desert religion.” This is quite a display of ignorance on part of our opponents who seem to be oblivious to the nature and history of the Fertile Crescent. Certainly the land of milk and honey (Exodus 3.8, Numbers 13.27, Deuteronomy 6.3) was noContinue reading “Christianity: a “Desert Religion?””

The Ethiopian Eunuch and Simeon Niger: Negroe Saints?

‘Baptism Of The Eunuch’ -Van Heemskerk  It can be demonstrated that the Ethiopian eunuch baptized by Philip in Acts chapter 8 was a Judaean serving in the Ethiopian court and not ethnically Ethiopian. This man was making a pilgrimage to the temple (vs. 27) where only Judaeans were permitted (Acts 21.28-29, 24.5-6, the Temple WarningContinue reading “The Ethiopian Eunuch and Simeon Niger: Negroe Saints?”

The Jewish Ties of the Infamous Opponents of the Early Church

The bust of Nero, Capitoline, Rome, Italy. Nero’s wife Poppaea Sabina was “a religious woman” who procured favour for the Jews (Josephus, Antiquities 20.159). She was buried according to Jewish custom as she wished (Tacitus, Annals 16.6, Histories 1.22) indicating that she was either a Jew, a Jewish proselyte or a “God-fearer” (Gentile supporter ofContinue reading “The Jewish Ties of the Infamous Opponents of the Early Church”

Against the Lying Pen of the Scribes

‘Parable of the Wheat and the Tares’-Abraham Bloemaert It is an established historical fact that the Hasmonean ruler John Hyrcanus I conquered the Edomites in the late 2nd century BC, forcibly converted them to the religion of Judah and integrated the Edomites into the nation of Judah (Josephus, Antiquities 13.257-258, 13.395-397, Strabo, Geography 16.2.34 etContinue reading “Against the Lying Pen of the Scribes”

Against the Judaizers

‘The Meeting of Abraham and Melchizedek’-Peter Paul Rubens Many Christians today have been fooled into believing that we are bound to uphold the Law of Moses. This may stem from a desire to conform to God’s will (though more often it is rooted in self-righteousness), but it is certainly misguided. Such people are actually continuingContinue reading “Against the Judaizers”

Deuteronomy 23.7 and the Reuelite-Edomites

There is a certain verse from the Pentateuch which I have been asked about on several occasions, and so I have decided to write a commentary of my own which I hope will clear up any confusion about this topic. Emahiser and Finck make the case that Deuteronomy 23.7 contains a scribal error confusing ArammiyContinue reading “Deuteronomy 23.7 and the Reuelite-Edomites”