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Bazaar

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The word bazaar (20:34) meant “place of prices” in Persian. Bazaars were permanent places designated for merchants and traders to buy and sell goods. Either… Read More »Bazaar

Broom trees

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Broom trees (19:5) are a type of desert shrub common in Palestine, Arabia, and Egypt. Its long branches form a bush that grows to about… Read More »Broom trees

King Omri

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Though the story of King Omri is told in just eight verses (16:21–28), politically speaking he was one of Israel’s most important kings. He built… Read More »King Omri

“Man of God,”

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“Man of God,” meaning “prophet,” is used 37 times in 1–2 Kings. Though God judged the Judean prophet’s disobedience (13:1–32), his prophecy against the temple… Read More »“Man of God,”

Lions

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Lions (13:24) were once plentiful in the ancient Near East. The last recorded sighting of a lion in this area was in the thirteenth century… Read More »Lions

Damascus

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From ancient times, Damascus has been a strategic location. It was a primary stopping point along the main caravan route that ran from Africa to… Read More »Damascus

666 talents

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666 talents of gold (10:14) was a lot of gold—nearly 25 tons! Solomon accumulated lots of gold and other valuable resources through his extensive trading… Read More »666 talents

Megiddo

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The city of Megiddo was located on one of the most important trade routes of the ancient Near East. In fact, it was so important… Read More »Megiddo