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Feb.28.2013
The expression "Messianic Hope" is used by both Christians and Jews. Because Christians believe Jesus is the messiah, the anticipation of his return (Second Coming) is their "Messianic Hope". However, for Jews it is different. Recorded in the Old Testament of the bible, is the Jewish belief that a...
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Feb.21.2013
The original meaning of Andrew means "manliness". As a disciple of John the Baptist, Andrew was one of the twelve apostles (twelve men selected by Jesus to be with him). Like Jesus, Andrew was a fisherman. Andrew went to Greece to preach Jesus' teachings and it was in Greece where Andrew was...
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Jan.29.2013
Lions, lions everywhere... no kidding. People love lions. The ancient Jews loved lions. Jacob, one of the patriarchs of the Jews was referred to as a lion in the Book of Genesis. The lion became the symbol of the Israelite tribe of Jacob's son Judah so Judah also signifies lion. In times of...
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Jan.14.2013
Kenath means "possession". Also, "Kanatha of the Greeks". Mentioned in the Old Testament in the Book of Numbers, it was a town in an area of rich grazing lands, east of the Jordan River. The town of Kenath was taken by a Manasseh man named "Nobah". Nobah changed the name of Kenath to... drum roll...
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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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Jan.04.2013
Jonathan pronounced, "Yawn-a-tahn" in Hebrew, means, "the Lord has given". There are many historical Jonathans portrayed in the bible but probably the one most remembered is Jonathan, the eldest son of King Saul the first king of Israel. Jonathan is also remembered by his close friendship with...
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Jun.26.2012
As genealogists our task is to reach into the past. We find the father then we want the father's father but eventually we reach silence. Who were these people? One way to decipher who your ancestors were is by analyzing their names. The surnames (and first names) of ancestors will not unequivocally...
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Jun.25.2012
Historians and genealogists will tell you that parents gave their children Biblical names because that was the fashion during the 1700 and 1800s. I always accepted that but today I am not so sure. I think we should reopen our family albums and look deeper into the meanings in our family trees and...