Barnabas, “son of consolation” (Acts 4:36)., a person Luke described as “a good man” (11:24), was chosen and sent by the Jerusalem church to investigate the mixed congregation of Jews and Gentiles in Syrian Antioch.
Jesus once asked his disciples, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am” (Matt 16:13)? Who was Jesus anyway? Most people of His day viewed Him as some sort of prophet (John
Most of us live hurried lives. We are hard pressed at work, at home, and at church to accomplish more than a twenty-four hour day seems to allow. The demands are overwhelming. In fact, full
“A mountain of Samaria, about 3,000 feet above the Mediterranean.” It was on the left of the valley containing the ancient town of “Shechem (q.v.), on the way to Jerusalem. It stood over against” “Mount Ebal, the summits of these mountains being distant from” each other about 2 miles (Deut. 27; Josh. 8:30-35). On the slopes of this mountain the tribes descended from the handmaids “of Leah and Rachel, together with the tribe of Reuben, were” “gathered together, and gave the responses to the blessing” “pronounced as the reward of obedience, when Joshua in the valley” below read the whole law in the hearing of all the people; as those gathered on Ebal responded with a loud Amen to the rehearsal of the curses pronounced on the disobedient. It was probably at this time that the coffin containing the embalmed “body of Joseph was laid in the “parcel of ground which Jacob” “bought of the sons of Hamor” (Gen. 33:19; 50:25).” “Josephus relates (Ant. 11:8, 2-4) that Sanballat built a temple “for the Samaritans on this mountain, and instituted a” “priesthood, as rivals to those of the Jews at Jerusalem. This” temple was destroyed after it had stood two hundred years. It was afterwards rebuilt by Herod the Great. There is a Samaritan tradition that it was the scene of the incident recorded in Gen. “22. There are many ruins on this mountain, some of which are” evidently of Christian buildings. To this mountain the woman of Sychar referred in John 4:20. For centuries Gerizim was the “centre of political outbreaks. The Samaritans (q.v.), a small” “but united body, still linger here, and keep up their ancient” ceremonial worship.
Definition of Gerizim: “cutters, hatchets”
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