All Things in the Bible: An Encyclopedia of the Biblical by Nancy M. Tischler

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4:7) during the sacrificial ritual. (1 Kings 1:50–53, 2:28–34). Refugees from 12 Altar the law might claim divine protection by holding onto the “horns” at the corners of the altar. We see altars all through Scripture—from the altar of promise built by Noah after the Great Flood (Gen. 8:20) to the carefully specified altars of the Tabernacle and the Temple. In these designs, both the altars of holocaust and of incense are included, the latter being a tiny copy of the massive design of the great bronze altar.

By the Persian period, only the name of the Ammonites survived, more as a description of a region than of a political or ethnic group. Judas Maccabeus was said to have defeated them, although by this time “Ammonite” meant all Arabs living in the former country of Ammon. This defeat resulted in Jewish warriors’ taking Ammonite women as captives and as wives. ” Scripture records nothing of their customs, mentioning only that their chief deity was Milcom, probably another name for Moloch (1 Kings 11:5).

The outpouring of gifts to victims of disasters, such as a flood, tsunami, or an earthquake, which leaves many homeless and in distress, is evidence of the continuing power of this ancient ethical imperative. Further Reading Douglas, J. D. “Alms, Almsgiving,” in The Illustrated Bible Dictionary. Sydney, Australia: Tyndale House Publishers, 1980. Kohler, Kaufmann. com (accessed February 22, 2005). O’Neill, James David. org (accessed February 22, 2005). 11 Alpha and Omega Alpha and Omega (Rev. 1:8, 21:6) Alpha and omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet.

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