The Arab world covers about 5 million square miles (13 million square kilometers) and extends over three main regions, the Arabian Peninsula, northern Africa and part of an area called the Fertile Crescent, which includes Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria.
Approximately 200 million Arabs live in the Arab world which, politically, includes 18 countries ? Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
The majority of the people in these countries are Arabs and their governments regard themselves as Arab.
By Jan Willem van der Hoeven
Just as there is no need to change or rewrite the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) in those places where it is not exactly complimentary to the Jewish people because of their constant failure to respond to their God lest people would take these negative verses about the Jews as an excuse for antisemitism - in the same way there is no need for the New Testament to be changed or expunged of its negative, seemingly antisemitic passages.
The overall message of both the Old Testament and the New Testament is clear.
The history of the Jewish people dramatically demonstrates that, from the moment God told Abraham that He would bless the world through his offspring, Satan earmarked his descendants for destruction.
Indeed, hatred of Abraham's children through Isaac and Jacob dates back to the very calling out of this special nation.
"Then the LORD will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other, and there you shall serve other gods, which neither you nor your fathers have known -- wood and stone.
By Stan Goodenough
In 701 BC, 19 years after vanquishing and forever wiping out the northern kingdom of Israel, Assyria, under Sennacherib, moved against the southern kingdom of Judah and laid siege to Jerusalem.
By Stan Goodenough
And the LORD said to Moses: "Behold, you will rest with your fathers; and this people will rise and play the harlot with the gods of the foreigners of the land, where they go to be among them, and they will forsake Me and break My covenant which I have made with them.
In the year 605 BC, Babylonian soldiers entered the land of Israel to crush an attempted rebellion against foreign occupation by Jehoiachin king of Judah. Jerusalem was besieged and Jehoiachin, together with 10,000 men from the leading familes of Judah, were taken captive to Babylon.
Nebuchadnezzar permitted Jehoiachin's uncle, who renamed himself Zedekiah, to reign under his patronage.
By Bridges for Peace Staff
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Saul "Asked" (pre-1004 BCE)
A handsome and humble Benjamite whom the prophet Samuel anointed as Israel's first king. Saul came into his own when he rallied the nation to defend Jabesh. He united the tribes for the first time since Joshua and scored impressive victories over the Philistines and other enemies pressing on Israel's borders. Early achievements were overshadowed by his personal torment and demonic insanity, his clashes with Samuel and his love/hate relationship with David.