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Religion & Worship in the Bible

The Religion of Israel

  • Abraham
  • The starting point of Israel's religion is the day when God spoke to Abraham, telling him to leave his land and his family home and go to a new country. On that day God promised to make Abraham the father of a great nation. Abraham took God at his word. He put put his trust in the Lord, and because of this the Lord God was pleased with him and accepted him.

    So the very first and most basic belief of the Jewish religion is the certainty that God is real and that human beings, individually or as a group, can know him. Abraham, we are told, did as God said. He moved to Canaan, and in various places where he set up camp he built an altar and worshipped God.

    Abraham's faith in God was at times shaky. But he knew that God had committed himself to him and to his family, that was to grow into the nation of Israel.
    Genesis 15:6

    The Exodus and Mt. Sinai
    The time of David and Solomon
    The prophets
    The Exile
    Land of the Bible
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    Archaeology and the Bible
    Archaeology and the Bible The Bible is a collection of ancient books. The cultures in which those books were written have perished long ago. Much is being found again. MORE . . .
    The Story of the Bible
    The Story of the Bible How did these various books come to be written? Who wrote them? When? And how did they come together to make the book we now know as the Bible? MORE . .
    Understanding the Bible
    Understanding the Bible The Bible may be an ancient book but it is part of an unfinished story. The story begins, continues - and will end - with God's love. MORE . . .

    Religion & Worship in the Bible
    From earliest times, men and women have felt the need to worship, or pay respect to, someone or something greater than themselves. For the Israelites and their neighbors religion was an essential part of life.MORE . . .
    Home & Family Life in the Bible
    It is hard enough to imagine life fifty years ago. How much more difficult, then, to get a true picture of home and family life in Bible times.MORE . . .
    Atlas of Bible History
    The story of ancient Israel, the major theme of the Old Testament begins with the Patriarchs and covers a people of promise but of disobedience as well. Great powers arose surrounding this tiny stretch of land...MORE . . .