Visiting the Biblical Heartland

Often, the Biblical lands of Judea and Samaria are known as Israel’s heartland, where so much of Old Testament history occurred. Today, however, the area is known as the West Bank.  Why West Bank?  Because it refers to land west of the Jordan River.  Though Israel won the war, that land was controlled by the …

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Samaria or West Bank?

As a Bible reader, you have undoubtedly read about Samaria. You know the account of the Samaritan woman at the well, the good Samaritan, and Shiloh (where the tabernacle once stood). Today, the world knows the area as part of the West Bank. Often, when someone mentions the West Bank, immediate connotations are of terrorism, …

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Am I the Enemy?

Tomorrow is our first actual day of touring in Israel, and what an exciting day it will be! The Middle East is a very complicated place and, at times, it is difficult to even determine who the enemy is! For example, based on all we hear about the West Bank and Gaza Strip, are all …

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Are Arabs Finally Getting Fed up with Palestinian Leadership?

It is no secret. The "Palestinian Cause" has become nothing but a political bargaining chip. While the Palestinian people suffer under tyranny of self-serving leaders, people from around the world have had ideas to help them...all to no avail. Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank and Hamas in the Gaza Strip continue to use their …

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