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About Jan Verbruggen

Dr. Jan Verbruggen is a Professor of Old Testament Language and Literature at Western Seminary. He originally came from Belgium, where he taught for 6 years at the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Heverlee and ministered as a pastor for 3 years. He has published a number of articles in Dutch at various magazines and journals in the Netherlands and Belgium. Jan Verbruggen serves as an elder at Hinson Memorial Baptist Church, Portland Oregon. His most recent publication is "Deuteronomium" (commentary on Deuteronomy in Dutch), Groen, Heerenveen, 2008.

Mar
24

5 Insights into the Lord’s Prayer: Overcoming the Pitfall of Familiarity

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Growing up in a Catholic family and a Catholic country, it was expected that I would learn a number of prayers by heart. As children, my classmates and I even memorized the prayers in several languages. One of them is the prayer Jesus taught His disciples, which is found in Mat. 6:9-13. Recently, I read…
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Feb
24

5 Things You Need to Know About Camels and Biblical Accuracy

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Recently CNN, Time magazine and the New York Times, just to name a few, reported in various articles that scientists have discovered that camels were not domesticated until the 10th century B.C., and that since the Bible reports in Genesis that Abraham (around the 19th century B.C.) was using camels, the Bible must therefore be…
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Jan
24

The Home in Ancient Israel

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With Tim Harmon As westerners, we invest bundles of money each year in our homes, whether through paying for, maintaining, or remodeling them. But it’s not just about having a roof over our head. No, the style, size, and street address of our home are often as much about status as pragmatics. You can learn…
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Jan
10

Adoption in Ancient Israel

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With Tim Harmon Adoption is a doctrine that both warms our hearts and also informs our minds. Because of adoption, we as believers can experience the warmth that attends knowing God as our Heavenly Father. Further, the doctrine of adoption explains how those with no right to be called God’s “children” or “heirs” can now…
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Dec
20

3 Reasons for Joy: Isaiah 9:1-7 Speaks Today

Stained glass image of the Virgin Mary with the Christ Child

With Tim Harmon Introduction Each decade of the twentieth century could be marked by some major event or series of events that typified those years. We will probably not all agree on what was most significant, but if I just describe those decades of which I was consciously aware, I would describe the sixties as…
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