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Nehemiah

Nehemiah

The Divine Council

Source
http://www.thedivinecouncil.com/
Author
Michael S. Heiser

THE DIVINE COUNCIL

A term used by Hebrew and Semitics scholars for the heavenly host, the pantheon of divine beings who administer the affairs of the cosmos. All ancient Mediterranean cultures had some conception of a divine council. The divine council of Israelite religion, known primarily through the psalms, was distinct in important ways.

1. Textual Evidence
1.1. The Council of the Gods / God

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Articles on The Divine Council (Michael Heiser)
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The Bible and History

Course
Early Christianity
Lecture
1012 Lecture 11
Source
http://politeacademics.wordpress.com
Author
Theophyle
Original Date
July 13, 2010
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Note: The lecture concerns the historicity of the Bible. In other words, it addresses in what ways the Bible is historically accurate; the extent to which it can it be used as a historic source and what qualifications should be applied. This is intended to represent the academic viewpoint, not a religious one.

Jerusalem in the Persian Period – 2

Source
http://theophyle.wordpress.com
Author
Theophyle
Original Date
November 16, 2009

We may now turn to the city wall of the Persian period restored by the returning exiles. As we have seen, the minimalists (including such eminent archaeologists and scholars as the late Michael Avi-Yonah, Yoram Tsafrir of Hebrew University, Hugh Williamson of Oxford University, Hanan Eshel of Bar-Ilan University and Ephraim Stern of Hebrew University) limit the wall of Persian period Jerusalem to the City of David.

Book
BCE Articles from Theophyle's English Blog - Babylon and the Second Temple Period
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Jerusalem in the Persian Period - 1

Source
http://theophyle.wordpress.com
Author
Theophyle
Original Date
November 15, 2009

There is no doubt that the walls of the city were partly (but not completely) destroyed when the Babylonians conquered the city in 586 BCE (see, for example, Nehemiah 1:3; 2:3, 17). They also destroyed Solomon’s Temple along with much of the rest of the city and deported its citizens to Babylonia. In Jerusalem, “Only the poorest people in the land were left” (2 Kings 24:14).

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BCE Articles from Theophyle's English Blog - Babylon and the Second Temple Period
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The Significance of the Sabbatical Year

Source
http://theophyle.wordpress.com
Author
Theophyle
Original Date
October 12, 2009

The sabbatical year is mentioned three times in the Torah. The first is in Exodus 23:10–11: “Six years you shall sow your land and gather in its yield; but in the seventh you shall let it rest and lie fallow. Let the needy among your people eat of it.” The emphasis in this passage is on letting the land lie fallow and the social benefits for the poor and impoverished.

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Miscellaneous Bible Articles from Theophyle's English Blog
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