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    • By The Librarian
      "E-Tell is believed by some scholars, led by Prof. Rami Arav of the University of Nebraska in Omaha, to have been Geshur’s capital and is also thought to have been, centuries later, the village of Bethsaida, which features prominently in the New Testament. "
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      "The preliminary analysis of the pottery dates the fort to the early Iron Age, specifically the 11th or 10th century B.C.E., Tzin says. This, according to the biblical chronology, would have been the time of the great united Israelite monarchy of David and Solomon, and Geshur is mentioned several times in the holy text in connection to this kingdom. For example, King David is said to have married Maakah, the daughter of the king of Geshur (2 Samuel 3:3) and it was to there that their son Absalom was exiled after killing his brother Amnon (2 Samuel 13:23-39)."

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    • By Jack Ryan
      Take David for example. He is always used as an example by JW’s of God’s forgiveness.
      I was under the impression for all of my life that he was forgiven for one sin, one murder, Bathsheba’s husband,
      But what I had never even heard of until I left the religion and what wasn’t even considered murder according to the bible during that time was in 1 Samuel 18:27 where David killed 200 hundred Philistines in battle and brought their foreskins back to king Saul so he could marry his daughter. That apparently was okay!
      And here were are today, where if someone joins the military or wants to become a police officer they get disfellowshipped! They are expected to die in prison rather then do military training.
      David cuts foreskins off people for a wife and he’s one of the greatest examples of faith in the bible! Then if you consider the fact that if someone doesn’t spend enough time in service each month they have to wonder if god will kill them in Armageddon!
      Crazy
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      Not only that ... he was a Pedophile.... no wonder JW's adore him and "imitate his faith"....
      Check out how old Abishag was. According to Jewish tradition she was under the age of 14! Nothing happened tho according to scripture, David was probably suffering with penile dysfunction, can't be King if he's not able to perform!
      Bet Abishag was given a list of things to do to help with his problem!
    • By The Librarian
      How did two people so different in background and age become such close friends? How can their experience help you form friendships today?

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    • By The Librarian
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    • By Bible Speaks
      WHO WAS ABIGAIL? - HOW WAS SHE AN EXAMPLE FOR WOMEN TODAY? 
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      Originally, the wife of wealthy Nabal from Maon, a city on the edge of the Wilderness of Judah, W of the Dead Sea. (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) She was “good in discretion and beautiful in form,” while her first husband, whose name means “Senseless; Stupid,” was “harsh and bad in his practices.”
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      Following the prophet Samuel’s death, David and his men moved into the area where the flocks of Abigail’s husband were pastured. David’s men thereafter were like a protective “wall” around Nabal’s shepherds and flocks, night and day. So, when shearing time came, David sent some young men up to Carmel to call Nabal’s attention to the good service rendered him and to request an offering of food from him. (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) 
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      But miserly Nabal screamed rebukes at them and insulted David as if he were an inconsequential person, and all of them as if they were possibly runaway slaves. (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) This so angered David that he girded on his sword and led about 400 men toward Carmel to wipe out Nabal and the men of his household.—Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. .
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      Abigail, hearing of the incident through a disturbed servant, showed her wise perception by immediately rounding up an ample supply of food and grain and then sent these ahead of her in care of her servants, much as Jacob had done before making contact with Esau. (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) 
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      Without saying anything to her husband, she rode to meet David, and in a long and fervent plea, which manifested wisdom and logic as well as respect and humility, she convinced David that her husband’s senseless words did not justify the unrighteous shedding of blood or the failure to trust in Jehovah to settle the matter in a right way himself. (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) David thanked God for the woman’s good sense and quick action.—Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; compare Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. .
      Returning home, Abigail waited for her husband to sober up from a drunken feast and then informed him of her actions. Now “his heart came to be dead inside him, and he himself became as a stone,” and after ten days Jehovah caused him to expire. 
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      When the news reached David, he sent a marriage proposal to Abigail, which she did not hesitate to accept. She shared David’s affections along with Ahinoam, a Jezreelitess, whom David had previously taken as wife. David’s first wife, Michal, had already been given by her father Saul to another man.—Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. .
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      Abigail was with David in Gath on the western edge of the Shephelah and later down in the NW Negeb at Ziklag. During David’s absence a raiding party of Amalekites from the S burned Ziklag and carried off all the women and children, including Abigail and Ahinoam. Assured by Jehovah of success, David led his men in pursuit and, in a surprise attack, overcame the Amalekites and retrieved the captives and possessions.—Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. .
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      What initiative did Abigail take?
      Think also of Abigail, the wife of Nabal. When David was fleeing from jealous King Saul, he spent time encamped near Nabal’s flocks. Instead of taking any of this wealthy man’s many possessions, David and his men protected his property. However, Nabal “was harsh and bad in his practices,” and he “screamed rebukes” at David’s men. He was a “good-for-nothing man,” and ‘senselessness was with him.’ 
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      When David’s men respectfully asked for some provisions, Nabal refused. How did Abigail respond when she heard what had happened? Without telling Nabal, she “hastened and took two hundred loaves of bread and two large jars of wine and five sheep dressed and five seah measures of roasted grain and a hundred cakes of raisins and two hundred cakes of pressed figs” and gave them to David and his men. Did Abigail do what was right? “Jehovah struck Nabal,” states the Bible, “so that he died.” David later married Abigail.—Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. .
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    • By Bible Speaks
      In the Second Book of Samuel, it is written that King David captured Jerusalem, then under Jebusite control, using a water shaft to penetrate the city’s defenses.
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      Now, an Israeli archaeologist believes he has uncovered the water tunnel as well as King David’s legendary citadel, the Associated Press reported.
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      In this Thursday, May 1, 2014, photo, Eli Shukron, an archeologist formerly with Israel’s Antiquities Authority, walks in the City of David archaeological site near Jerusalem’s Old City. Shukron, who excavated at the site for nearly two decades, says he believes there is strong evidence that it is the legendary citadel captured by King David in his conquest of Jerusalem, rekindling a longstanding academic and political debate about using the Bible as a field guide to identifying ancient ruins. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
      Biblical archaeologist Eli Shukron, formerly with the Israel Antiquities Authority, told the AP that his dig uncovered a narrow shaft where water flowed and where those living in Jerusalem came to draw water. The path of the tunnel led to the wall surrounding the city, the point where he believes David’s forces gained access to Jerusalem.
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      Shukron told the AP that in his estimation no other structure in the area matches the citadel that David captured in his conquest.
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      The AP reported:
      Shukron’s dig, which began in 1995, uncovered a massive fortification of five-ton stones stacked 21 feet (6 meters) wide. Pottery shards helped date the fortification walls to be 3,800 years old. They are the largest walls found in the region from before the time of King Herod, the ambitious builder who expanded the Second Jewish Temple complex in Jerusalem almost 2,100 years ago.
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      The fortification – built 800 years before King David captured Jerusalem from the Jebusites – was believed to have protected the city’s access to water.
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      Archaeologist Eli Shukron walks in the City of David archaeological site. (AP/Sebastian Scheiner)
      Shukron said that his findings match clues in the biblical narrative about David’s conquest of the city from that particular location.
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      “This is the citadel of King David, this is the Citadel of Zion, and this is what King David took from the Jebusites,” Shukron said. “The whole site we can compare to the Bible perfectly.”
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      But another archaeologist who used to work with Shukron said that more pottery shards from the era of King David’s reign during the 10th century BC should have been found at the site in order to place the find more definitively during that era.
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      “The connection between archaeology and the Bible has become very, very problematic in recent years,” archaeologist Ronny Reich said.
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      Shukron said he found two pottery pieces dating close to that time which he believes is due to the continuous use of the area and that old pottery pieces would have been cleared out in the interim years.
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      “I know every little thing in the City of David. I didn’t see in any other place such a huge fortification as this,” said Shukron.
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      Archaeologist Eli Shukron believes this chisel was used during construction of the Second Temple. The ruler below shows its length in centimeters. (Photo: Clara Amit, Israel Antiquities Authority via Tazpit News Agency)
      Doron Spielman, vice president of the nonprofit Elad Foundation which oversees the archaeological park in the City of David told the AP, “We open the Bible and we see how the archaeology and the Bible actually come together in this place.”
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      Shukron has been excavating in the City of David – which is located in east Jerusalem – for two decades. While Israel views Jerusalem as a united city that is its capital, 
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      Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as their future capital. Virtually all of the holy sites, including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Western Wall and Temple Mount, are located in the Old City which is in the eastern part of the city.
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      Shukron was in the news last month after reporting that he believed he found a chisel used in the construction of the Second Temple, a discovery the Israeli media described as “extraordinary” and “astonishing.”
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      http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/05/06/israeli-archaeologist-believes-hes-found-a-biblical-site-linked-to-king-david/

    • By The Librarian
      Extra-Biblical source confirms existence of King David.
      The 8th Century BC Tel Dan inscription, discovered in Israel in 1993, includes the phrases “melekh yisra'eyl” (King of Israel) and “beyt daviyd” (House of David).
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    • By Bible Speaks
      GLANCING-BLOW CME: A magnetic filament on the sun exploded on April 9th, hurling a gaseous coronal mass ejection (CME) into space. The bulk of the CME will miss Earth; nevertheless a glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field is possible this weekend. The impact, if it occurs, could cause magnetic disturbances and auroras around our planet's poles. 
       As northern spring unfolds, polar twilight is bumping up against auroras around the Arctic Circle. Charlie McCormack sends this picture of the two vying for attention over Reykjavik, Iceland.
      Thank you Jehovah we are in awe of your beautiful works! ?

    • By Bible Speaks
      We Are the 'Blessed' of Jehovah! 
      Stay strong, life is hard but believe that there's always a rainbow after every storm. "The blessing of Jehovah that makes one rich, And He adds no pain with it." (Prov. 10:22)
      Blessings promote “happiness, well-being, or prosperity.” Since Jehovah is the Giver of “every good gift and every perfect present,” every real, lasting blessing originates with our loving Creator. (James 1:17) 
      He showers blessings upon all mankind, even upon those who do not know him. Jesus said of his Father: “He makes his sun rise upon wicked people and good and makes it rain upon righteous people and unrighteous.” (Matthew 5:45) However, Jehovah shows special concern for those who love him.
      (Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Job 1:1; 42:12)
      The psalmist wrote: “Jehovah himself will not hold back anything good from those walking in faultlessness.” (Psalm 84:11) Yes, those who serve Jehovah have rich, meaningful lives. They know that “the blessing of Jehovah—that is what makes rich, and he adds no pain with it.” The Bible also says: “Those being blessed by [Jehovah] will themselves possess the earth.” (Proverbs 10:22; Psalm 37:22, 29)                     
      What a blessing that will be!
      How can we receive Jehovah’s blessing? For one thing, we need to cultivate qualities that are pleasing to him. (Deuteronomy 30:16, 19, 20; Micah 6:8)
      Ask me for a Bible Study where you will learn How to receive these Blessings!   jw.org

    • By Bible Speaks
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. "Your house and your kingdom will be secure forever before you; your throne will be firmly established forever.”’” (2 Samuel 7:16) NWT
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    • By Bible Speaks
      Tel Dan Inscription
      The David narratives have for years been interpreted as a priestly propaganda campaign during the Babylonian exile in an attempt to bolster their national integrity. 
      No extra Biblical evidence of David previously existed, and since he was such a monumental leader of the nation of Israel skeptics denied his existence. 
      The argument of lack of evidence raised yet again.
      However in 1993 renown archaeologist Avraham Biran was excavating ancient Dan when one of his staff discovered a piece of basalt with an inscription on it in the rubble of a wall.
      It was found along with two more pieces found the next season to contain a reference to the ?House of David?. It was written in the Paleo-Hebrew script and has been dated both paleographically and in accord to its position in the site levels to 858-824BC. 
      Now we have solid evidence that King David did exist, his family descendant being the subject of this stele.
      The inscription is in fact a victory monument of one king of Damascus (Aram) proclaiming his defeat of a king of Israel and the House of David.

    • By Bible Speaks
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. "Your house and your kingdom will be secure forever before you; your throne will be firmly established forever.”’”
      ( 2 Samuel 7:16)
       
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      By Guest Nicole
      Viajar de vuelta a los tiempos bíblicos en San Diego, California, EE.UU. con Ester, Marta, la Sulamita, y Abigail.

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      By Guest Nicole
      Abigail era discreta y hermosa (1 Sam. 25:3).
      Abigail fue una mujer extraordinaria del siglo once antes de Cristo. Ella era sensata, pero su esposo, Nabal, era un hombre inútil, grosero e irrazonable. David y sus hombres habían protegido a los siervos y rebaños de Nabal durante un tiempo, pero cuando le pidieron provisiones, él “les gritó reprensiones” y no les dio nada. David se enfureció tanto que quiso matar a Nabal y su gente. En cuanto Abigail se enteró, les llevó comida y bebida a David y sus hombres, y evitó la matanza (1 Sam. 25:8-18). David le dijo: “¡Bendito sea Jehová el Dios de Israel, que te ha enviado este día a mi encuentro!” (1 Sam. 25:32). En el año 455 a.e.c. se reconstruyeron las murallas de Jerusalén. En esta obra participaron las hijas de Salum, “un príncipe de la mitad del distrito de Jerusalén” (Neh. 3:12). Se ofrecieron de buena gana a realizar un trabajo humilde. ¡Cuánto valoramos a las muchas cristianas que hoy apoyan felices y de distintas maneras los trabajos de construcción de la organización! w14 15/8 1:13, 14





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