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Javan

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The land of Javan was probably the Ionian region of Greece, which is the western coast of present-day Turkey. Isaiah says that even this far-off… Read More »Javan

Pig flesh

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The Israelites were not the only ones who did not eat or sacrifice pig flesh. The Assyrians found the pig to be equally offensive, as… Read More »Pig flesh

Finger-pointing

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Finger-pointing (58:9) was a very serious gesture that had several potentially negative meanings. It could be taken as an official accusation against someone or could… Read More »Finger-pointing

Feeding idols?

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Feeding idols? In Isaiah’s day, people treated idols almost as if they were human. Some even fed, bathed, and dressed their idols. Isaiah spoke of… Read More »Feeding idols?

Highways

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The highways of the ancient Near East were not paved like many modern highways around the world today. Rather, they were maintained by the people living along… Read More »Highways