“Who were the Essenes? Was John the Baptist an Essene?”……The Essenes were a Jewish mystical sect somewhat resembling the Pharisees. They lived lives of ritual purity and separation. They originated about 100 B.C., and disappeared from history after the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. The Essenes are not directly mentioned in Scripture, although some […]

Tertullus [TÔö£ÔòùrtÔö╝┬íl’lus] derived from Tertius, and meaning, LIAR or IMPOSTOR. A Roman advocate employed by the Jewish authorities to prosecute Paul before Felix, the Roman Governor or Procurator …Acts 24:1, 2…Five days later Ananias, the high priest, arrived with some of the Jewish elders and the lawyer (Greek some elders and an orator)Tertullus, to present […]

“Who was Baal?”……Answer: Baal was the name of the supreme god worshiped in ancient Canaan and Phoenicia. The practice of Baal worship infiltrated Jewish religious life during the time of the Judges (Judges 3:7), became widespread in Israel during the reign of Ahab (1 Kings 16:31-33) and also affected Judah (2 Chronicles 28:1-2). The word […]

“What should we learn from the life of Timothy?”……Answer: Timothy, the recipient of the two New Testament letters bearing his name, was the son of a Greek father and a Jewish mother. He joined Paul during one of Paul's later missionary journeys. Paul addresses Timothy in his first letter to him as “my true son […]

Togarmah [TÔö╝├¼gÔö£├▒r’mah]……–all bone or strong. The third son of Gomer, son of Japheth, his brothers being Ashkenaz and Riphath (Gen. 10:31 Chron. 1:6Ezek. 27:1438:6). Perhaps there is prophetic significance attached to Togarmah and "the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands" (Ezek. 38:6). Jewish writers of the past usually wrote of […]

Tobiah, Tobijah [TÔö╝├¼bÔöÇ┬¢’ah,TÔö╝├¼bÔöÇ┬¢’jah]-jehovah is good. A Levite sent by Jehoshaphat to instruct the people of Judah (2 Chron. 17:8). A founder of a tribal family the descendants of which returned from exile but were unable to trace their genealogy (Ezra 2:60Neh. 7:62). An Ammonite who with Sanballat and others ridiculed the efforts of the Jews […]

Tychicus[TÔöÇ┬ích’ÔöÇ┬ícÔö╝┬ís] fortunate or fortuitous. A Christian in Asia Minor, who traveled in advance of Paul as well as with him at times (Acts 20:4). Paul sent him to Ephesus where he delivered, and likely read, the circular letter, the Epistle to the Ephesians, to the Church there (Eph. 6:21). Then he went to Colosse and […]