How did the ancient Israelites
conceptualize the term El?
We have to remember that for these ancient Israelites
the physical sight of the temple was their assurance of the very presence of God in their midst.
But, now the ancient Israelites
faced opposition and persecution from a cruel and vicious king named Jabin and his cold-hearted commander of the army, Cisera.
The Old Testament is the Christian term for the Hebrew Bible, a collection of religious writings by ancient Israelites
that form the first section of the Christian Bible, to which were added a second collection of writings referred to as the New Testament.
Outside of biblical texts, there has been no proof that Solomon in the mid-10th century had given orders for the construction of the building of the First Temple - the ancient Israelites
' place of worship where the Dome of the Rock currently stands.
Thus one gets the idea of an uninterrupted and homogeneous continuity from the ancient Israelites
to modern Jews.
Dorman broadly defines Black Israelite religions as those traditions that teach that "the ancient Israelites
of the Hebrew Bible were Black and that contemporary Black people are their descendants" (4).
He asks lots of challenging questions about God and the ancient Israelites
and the church today.
The ancient Israelites
had from the first flirted with idolatry and their prophets responded vigorously and harshly.
Most ancient Israelites
had never seen the Temple or met an official Levitical priest (251).
The winds of history buffeted the ancient Israelites
and their tiny land, forcing them to learn to worship and maintain their faith away from their physical center that lay besieged or conquered, often in ruins, or at too great a distance from their exile.
Dr Shavitsky writes "Over the centuries, communities which claim religio-racial affinity with the ancient Israelites
have been found in every region of the world." She suggests that genetic research and common chromosomal abnormalities may yield further evidence of those "lost" tribes.
"We're not on the verge of having a king, but we are on the verge of having way too much dictatorship in Washington, D.C.," Paul said, comparing the U.S.'s current situation to a Biblical story in which ancient Israelites
demanded, against their own good, that a king rule their land instead of God, The Hill reported.
The Samaritans trace their origins back to the ancient Israelites
and many of them reside on Mount Gerizim near the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus.
The explanation would be fun, so I launched into recounting the ancient story--God wished to rescue the ancient Israelites
from slavery and so God told the Israelites to mark their doors with blood so the angel of death would distinguish them from the Egyptians.