By turning the Nile into blood God was striking at Pharaoh’s main idol. Their river god and their source of sustenance, pride, and independence from God.
Most services were offered in the marketplace, which functioned as everything from a center for shops to an employment office and even a courthouse.
The Oriental marketplace, much like our towns and cities, offered everything from banking and hospitality services, to launderers and barbers…
Although occupations in ancient Israel’s agriculturally-based economy gradually expanded over time, many of them remained family-based cottage industries.
Galilee was a beautiful place, even in Christ’s time. But what made it special was that One who walked its shores and calmed its storms.
David Kitz’s retelling of Christ’s passion through the eyes on a Roman centurion makes the story live in a fresh way, and is definitely one to put on your to-read list.
Although we know little about the Roman ruler Pontius Pilate, he remains infamous for presiding over Christ’s trial and execution.
Pilate questioned what he should do with Jesus, even though he had already been presented with all the facts neccesary to know who he really was.
Sheep and shepherds were important to ancient Israel’s economy. Yet theirs was a hard and lonely life, often fraught with danger.