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Garden banquet

4 For a full 180 days he displayed the vast wealth of his kingdom and the splendor and glory of his majesty. 5 When these days were over, the king gave a banquet, lasting seven days, in the enclosed garden of the king’s palace, for all the people from the least to the greatest who […]

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Banquet for nobles

1 This is what happened during the time of Xerxes, the Xerxes who ruled over 127 provinces stretching from India to Cush [the Upper Nile River] : 2 At that time King Xerxes reigned from his royal throne in the citadel of Susa, 3 and in the third year of his reign he gave a […]

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Jezebel’s seal

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/people-in-the-bible/how-bad-was-jezebel/   Four paleo-Hebrew letters—two just below the winged sun disk at center, two at bottom left and right—spell out the name YZBL, or Jezebel, on this seal. The Phoenician design, the dating of the seal to the ninth or early eighth century B.C.E. and, of course, the name, have led scholars to speculate that […]

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Special Baal robes

Special Baal robes Jehu also had plans for Baal worshippers. First he ordered up special robes for Baal worshippers. “How many do you need,” the tailors asked. “As many as there are worshippers of Baal.” He called a convention of Baal worshippers, and as they arrived at the Baal Temple, the master of the wardrobe […]

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Ben-hadad threatens the Torah

—In Rabbinical Literature: When Ben-hadad demanded that Ahab should surrender, in addition to his gold, silver, wives, and children, also (“whatsoever is pleasant in thine eyes”) (I Kings xx. 6), the haggadists affirm that he meant by this expression the sacred scroll of the Torah, which the Syrian king wanted to take away from Ahab. […]

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An Unassuming Prophet

Chapter 1. Looking at Elijah made people smile, not frown or turn away. Early line – “Curious faces were following him now ─ eyebrows up, a little smile.” Late line – “A slight smile was just starting to light the face of the king when the young man spoke.”   2 Kings 5:11 11 But Naaman […]

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