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After reading "Bible Basics" in the Bible Discovery Series I have a question. The Northern Tribes kept the name Israel, and in 722 BC the Assyrians "transported the people of Israel to other places in their empire". page 39. The Northern Tribes are never heard of again. Why in Christ's time is it that King Herod is called the ruler of Israel? page 50 Thank you. Answer: After King Solomon’s death, Israel split into two kingdoms. The ten northern tribes became known as Israel and, as you pointed out, the Assyrians deported those tribes. The two southern tribes (Judah and Benjamin) became known as Judah. The Babylonians deported those tribes in several deportations. After 70 years, some Jews returned to Jerusalem. Those terms of “Israel” and “Judah” were not hard-and-fast designations in the Bible. For example, after the Babylonian captivity came to an end, the Bible describes people from the two southern tribes as “Israelites” (cf. Ezra 6:16; 9:1; 10:1-2; Nehemiah 11:3). With that background in mind, “Israel” in New Testament books can refer to the physical territory where the Israelites of old lived (cf. Matthew 2:20-21). The author of the book you referenced has that in mind when he speaks of Jews returning to “their homeland” in places like pages 40, 41 and 47.Glad you are using resources like the Bible Discovery Series books. Northwestern Publishing House has many good books to assist our Bible reading and study.Answered by James Pope, professor at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn. Pope is a contributing editor to Forward in Christ magazine. He writes the monthly “Light for our path” question and answer column.
I know that under the subject I've entitled my subject in the form of a question. The reason for this is that I really feel we should be reunited (WELS) with the LCMS. I feel it was senseless for the split that took place over fifty years ago to be fruitless. After all, I did some research into the matter and found when the WELS split with LCMS it wasn't based on God's Holy Word. It's time that the WELS mend fences with the LCMS, because there really is absolutely no reason for this. Start talking about reuniting the two Lutheran church bodies like it was years ago. The same could be said of also the ELS in reuniting with the LCMS. After all, we need to remember this and that's: What would Jesus do? So let's stop the judging by creating divisions among the Lutherans and reunite again. In so doing I feel and I pray would sure hope that God would be very pleased that WELS, LCMS, and the ELS can function as one big Lutheran church body and cut out this spiritual war. Love one another just as I have loved you as Christ once said. Answer: The decision of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod to suspend fellowship with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) in 1961 is well documented and scripturally supported. The doctrine and practice of church fellowship was the presenting issue that led to the split between the two synods. There is much to read on this topic at the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Essay File. A Forward in Christ article nicely summarizes the issues. You will be glad to know that in 2012 and 2013 representatives of both synods met informally to clarify and understand each other’s positions better. (Representatives of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod also attended the 2013 meeting.) Another meeting is planned for this year. A 2013 synodical convention resolution that addressed this matter resolved: “That we encourage our leadership in conjunction with the Commission on Inter-Church Relations (CICR) to continue discussions with the LCMS to strive for true unity based on full agreement in doctrine and practice, and that we pray for the Holy Spirit to guide and bless these efforts to God’s glory and for the benefit of his church.” That remains our prayer.Answered by James Pope, professor at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn. Pope is a contributing editor to Forward in Christ magazine. He writes the monthly “Light for our path” question and answer column.
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