Israel Archive

The Little-Known Plight and Important Cause of the Palestinian Christian

In 1967, when Israel occupied the West Bank, I was only five years of age. As the youngest in a Christian family of twelve, I can still remember my mother grabbing my hand and leading me to the safety of our home in charming Ramallah. Belonging to the historic Arab Christian community in Palestine, my […]

Samuel, the Witch, and the Watchtower

Biblical narrative often confronts us with the challenge of determining the accuracy of reported events. For example, is Michal to be believed when she accuses David of shamelessly disrobing in front of slave girls (2 Sam. 6:20)? Did Saul really ask the Amalekite to kill him as the Amalekite claimed (2 Sam. 1:2–10)? Whether a […]

Brewed Awakenings

Paul Copan possesses that rare set of attributes that enables him both to flourish within professional academia1 as well as to maintain a vital rapport with struggling students. As a thoroughly trained philosopher of religion and committed orthodox follower of Jesus Christ, his work in defense of the historic biblical Christian faith stands above the […]

Matthew and the Magi

Proponents of astrology have long appealed to Matthew 2:1–12 in support of their claims that the Bible supports astrological practice. The passage, which tells of the quest of the Magi to find the infant Jesus, has thus been interpreted to mean that the Magi were Persian astrolo­gers who used their occult means to ascertain the […]

Equipping the Next Generation

Synopsis Current research reveals that we are realistically in danger of not passing on biblicalChristianity to the next generation. Both an overexposure to worldly philosophy and anoverdependence on church programs have caused us to fail in our task to hand off a vibrant, kingdom-focused faith. To counteract this dangerous direction, five pivotal factors are needed. […]

Is the Shedding of Blood Necessary for Forgiveness?

According to the New Testament, forgiveness requires the sacrifice of a substitute: “The law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Heb. 9:22, NIV). However, since the destruction of the temple in AD 70, Orthodox Judaism has tended to regard the Old Testament sacrifices […]

Is the Allah of Islam the God of the Bible?

Long before Muhammad was born, Arabic Christians already were referring to God as Allah—and millions continue to do so today. The Allah of Islam, however, is definitely not the God of the Bible. For while Muslims passionately defend the unity of God, they patently deny His triunity. Thus, they recoil at the notion of God […]

What is Judaism?

While Judaism finds its genesis in Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, its modern-day expression is largely a function of the destruction of the temple in AD 70. As such, Judaism now finds expression in Torah study rather than temple sacrifice. The three main branches of Judaism are Orthodox, Reform, and Conservative. First, Orthodox Judaism (Torah Judaism) […]

Is the New Testament anti-Semitic?

Liberal scholars today are forwarding the notion that the canonization of the New Testament was driven by anti–Semitic motives. In fact, it has become increasingly popular to assert that the story of Judas’s betrayal of Christ was invented because “Judas” allegedly meant “Jew.” In reality, anti–Semitism had nothing to do with the canonization of the […]

Gabriel’s Revelation

Synopsis In July of 2008 a flurry of academic journals and news sources reported a new archaeological artifact that might “shake our basic view of Christianity”—especially about first-century mes-sianic expectations and the resurrection accounts. The new find was a large stone tablet on which was written eighty-seven lines of Hebrew text in ink, but much […]