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A reasonable, thinking mind will examine God’s Word

 

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Gutenberg Bible, printed 1452-1455 in Mainz, Germany, by Johannes Gutenberg

The Bible has been miraculously preserved

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The Tyndale Bible

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Qumran Caves

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Dead Sea Scrolls

    Dating from 100 B.C. to 100 A.D., the Dead Sea Scrolls were preserved in clay urns in the Qumran caves until their discovery in 1948. 
   Every book in the Old Testament, except Esther, is represented.

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St. Catherine's Monastery

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Sinaitic Manuscript

    Priceless parchments of the Sinaitic Manuscript, 4th c. A.D., were preserved within the walls of St. Catherine’s Monastery in the heart of Sinai.  Discovered in 1859 A.D. by Count Tischendorf, the Codex Sinaiticus contains the New Testament and parts of the Old Testament.


 

 

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The Geneva Bible


 

 

The Bible points and refers to one prominent character:
Jesus of Nazareth.

 

 

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Pool of Siloam
Jesus healed a blind man at the Pool of Siloam John 9:11.

     The pool is one of the few undisputed localities in ancient Jerusalem. Waters from the Spring Gihon flow into the Pool of Siloam through a tunnel which was engineered by King Hezekiah in 715 BCE. Hezekiah's 1750 foot tunnel can still be traversed by foot today.

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Golgotha
"And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha."
John 19:17

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Garden Tomb
"Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre..."
 John 19:41


 

 

The disciples were committed to an unpopular cause.

 

 

 

 

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What motivated the writers of Scripture?

 

 

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Jeremiah


 

 

The Biblical writers were honest and faithful to the Lord.

 

 

 

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Examine the character of the writings



 

 

The writers
were acquainted first hand
with the facts

 

 

 

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We find a reason for details

 

 

 

 

 

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Moses Leading Israel Out of Egypt

 


 

 

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"He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing."
Job 26:7

 

 

 


The Mosaic Law was unequaled.
Today we base our laws on the Law of Moses

 

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Moses Teaching the People of Israel

 


 

 

The Israelites lived under the government of God

 

 

 

 

 

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The Levitical Priesthood

 

The Tabernacle, in the center of the Camp, 
had a manifestation of God’s presence 
in its Most Holy apartment.

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Ark of Covenant in the Most Holy

 

 

 

The privileges of the priests were limited

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Priest in
Most Holy


 

A theocratic government was established

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Moses

 

 

 

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Elders of Israel


 

This form of government was calculated to cultivate the spirit of true liberty

 

If Moses had been ambitious, he would have misused his power

 

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Moses anointing Aaron High Priest


 

 

The people asked for a king

 

 

 

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Samuel anointing
Saul king


 

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Judges –
"Ye shall hear the small as well as the great..."
Deuteronomy 1:17

 

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Breastplate of the High Priest which had the Urim and Thummim


 

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The High Priest

 

"Jubilee"
– the economic leveler

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Blowing the Jubilee Trumpets


 

 

All the laws were read aloud

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God’s government protected Israel from dictatorship.


 

 

Laws displayed love for the stranger

 

 

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Ruth and Boaz


 

 

Animals were not forgotten, but were protected by laws of kindness.


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Animals were not to be unequally yoked.

 

 

 

 

Tithing was voluntary.

 

 

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The Widow's Mite

 


 

 

The Priests had no inheritance in the land.

 

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The High Priest

 

 

No provision was made for honoring the priests.

 

Protection for widows and orphans

Wage protection...

Honor for
the elderly

 

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"Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head and honor the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD."
Leviticus 19:32

Scientific sanitation

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All this is evidence
of a wise, just
and loving God.

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"Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction and of patience." James 5:10

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Elijah Reproves King Ahab

 

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The Prophets

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Exhorting the Israelites
to Repentance

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Deborah
Reproving and Warning

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Daniel 
in the Den of Lions


 

"For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit."
2 Peter 1:21

 

 

 

 

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Prophets of God

 

 

The link between the Old and New Testaments

 

 

The Bible has one plan, one spirit, one aim, and one purpose

 

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The Wycliffe Bible

The Bible contains more than morals, maxims, and words of comfort.

 

The Bible was written by many pens at various times under different circumstances.

There is the redemption theme...

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"...with his stripes we are healed."
Isaiah 53:5

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Before Pilate

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Jesus' Resurrection


 

 

 

The ransom price...

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The blessing
for ALL...

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The selection of a "little flock"...

 


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The Bible tells of Messiah and his kingdom...

 

 

 

And how death and sorrow will be wiped away

 

The Bible gives the hope of the resurrection...

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Interior of
Jesus' Tomb

 

 

 

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"...in Christ shall all be made alive"

The Old Testament is confirmed by the New Testament writers, written 2,000 years apart, as well as by other Old Testament writers.

 

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Dead Sea Scrolls

 

 

 

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Jesus Healing

 

To eliminate the miracles from the Bible would invalidate the testimony of its principal writers.

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NOAH
Genesis 6 and 7
&
Matthew. 24:38

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JONAH
Jonah 1:17 &
Matthew 12:40


ADAM AND EVE
Genesis 2:7,19
&
1 Corinthians 15:45

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JOSHUA
Joshua 10:12 &
Isaiah 28:21 &
 Habakkuk 3:11 &

Zechariah 14:1,6,7

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BALAAM
Numbers 22 and 31:16 &
2 Peter 2:15,16 &
Jude 11


 

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Seeds grow –
we cannot tell how...
nor can the wisest philosopher explain the miracle.


 

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The Bible’s
own testimony convinces us that
God is its Author

 

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