Pottery Making in Bible Times {We are the Clay}

Here in the western world, we no longer use pottery for much, other than plant pots and decorating. But potters and pottery played an important and vital role in Bible times. The ancient peoples utilized clay pots and jars for a variety of purposes. For everything from plates and cooking pots, to storage and shipping containers. … Continue reading Pottery Making in Bible Times {We are the Clay}

Jews and Gentiles in the Time of Christ

When Christ appeared on the scene, it was during a time of hatred, factions, and divisions. Judaism was split into three factions: the middle class Pharisees, rich aristocratic Sadducees, and the Essenes who had taken vows of poverty. All three disliked each other and looked down on the Galileans, whom they viewed as uneducated country people. … Continue reading Jews and Gentiles in the Time of Christ

The Religious Climate in Christ’s Time

Rabbis in Christ's time used the following saying to express their disdain of Galilee. They proudly viewed southern Judea, with its traditional lore and religious academies, as far superior to the north. And could find no words strong enough to express their arrogant dislike of their northern Galilean cousins, from Nazareth in particular. If any one … Continue reading The Religious Climate in Christ’s Time

Galilee and the Man from Galilee

  Galilee, a name both well-known and loved by many of us around the world. But in Christ's time, the rabbis and religious leaders looked on Galilee with disdain. They viewed Judah proper, with its traditional lore and academic excellence, as far superior. The Galileans, they felt, were nothing but hot-headed country bumpkins. And their prejudice extended to … Continue reading Galilee and the Man from Galilee