The senior Palestinian Authority negotiator Saeb Erekat has criticized Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu for mentioning the Jewish people’s historic ties to Jerusalem as described in the Bible and accused the prime minister of using the Bible to incite hatred and fear. The Israeli Prime Minister made reference to the numerous biblical references to Jerusalem while addressing the Israeli Knesset in a session honoring Jerusalem Day, the anniversary of the day on which Israel’s capital was reunited after almost 2000 years.
This Week’s Feature Article by Jack Kelley
We all love this kind of story. And as much as we’re encouraged by the experience of an ordinary person who due to personal drive and perseverance rises from humble beginnings to become a leader of business or industry, we’re especially fond of stories where an absolute nobody is plucked from the faceless crowd and instantly propelled to the pinnacle of success. Great Hollywood stories have been built upon this premise, and they’ve never failed to delight us. But by far the absolute best example of this comes from the Bible and is about you. Our story begins in the Old Testament Book of 1st Samuel with David and Jonathan.
And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt. (1 Samuel 18:3-4)
The making of covenants was serious business because people’s lives depended them. A covenant was the strongest bond known to men, and had both business and personal applications that extended even to the descendants of the two parties involved. Here’s an example.