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Feb.26.2013
When you're throwing down a cold one, do you ever wonder where the word came about? Beer is a Hebrew word that means "a well". The Princes and Nobles of Israel dug a well for one of the last temporary campsites of the Israelites and named it Beer, which meant "a well". Suellen Ocean is the author...
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Feb.13.2013
It's difficult when an area is known by many names. The Holy Land, Palestine, Canaan, Israel, Phoenicia, Judah ... someone would have to spend a lot of time studying religious history and biblical geography to understand it completely. It's a lot like Russia, USSR, Ukraine, Soviet Union, etc. Wars...
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Feb.05.2013
It would make it easier to understand if it were the Twelve Tribes of Jacob instead of the Twelve Tribes of Israel (Jacob's name later became Israel). All the tribes are the descendants of Jacob who ruled over a portion of Canaan territory around 1800 B.C.E. In the Book of Genesis, Jacob was...
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Jan.08.2013
Joshua is a Hebrew name meaning, "the Lord is salvation". Joshua assisted Moses in the wilderness and took over as the leader of the Israelites when Moses died. Joshua acted as a spy for the Israelites and showed great leadership during the crossing of the River Jordan. Joshua was also a military...
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Nov.23.2012
How about Jacob, Jacobi or Jacobson? You probably don't think about it but the ethnic roots of Jacobs go back to ancient Israel. The twelve tribes of Israel are all the descendants of “Jacob”, whose name later became “Israel”. Once you find your Israelite ancestors, you can further your research...
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Sep.04.2012
For the ancient Israelites a "Judge" was to whom the people turned to solve their differences and a Judge had enough power to act as intermediary leader in time of war. All the Judges were men except for one ... Deborah. If any of your ancestors have the name Deborah it may be that they had an...
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Aug.09.2012
Where exactly is "The Promised Land"? And what's all the singing about the River Jordan? Isn't it interesting that the River Jordan is sung about by so many people from such diverse backgrounds? It was over three-thousand-years-ago above the River Jordan that Moses looked down upon the promised...
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Jul.20.2012
The Biblical figure Abraham was the patriarch of the Israelites. His grandson Jacob became prosperous and ruled over a portion of Canaan territory around 1800 B.C.E. The name of the God of the Israelites was "El Shaddai" or "El". Jacob renamed himself "strength with God", which in ancient Hebrew is...
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Jul.18.2012
Geographically, Canaan is situated in the Middle East and surrounded by the Dead Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the Sea of Galilee. The Ancient Israelites had a prophecy that Canaan was the land of milk and honey and that God promised it to them for "life everlasting."   Suellen Ocean is the...
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Apr.10.2012
During ancient times there were two sections of the Holy Land: the Northern Kingdom of Israel, which was called Samaria and the Southern Kingdom of Judah, called Judea. Technically, “Jews” are the names of the descendants of Judea but “Jews” is also used when speaking of “Israelites”. The twelve...