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I was looking today for some history on Chanukah that we are celebrating just now... and came across your website and history lectures. I find your style very accessible and just enough information to sort of assimilate in the time allowed. We may not agree on theology, but the history lessons are so good. Thanks for taking your time to study and then offering the sessions online! Chava MNUSA
I love your website and i am learning so much from your historical lectures in the bible.But i have always wondered how can a Semitic man like Moses pass for a native Egyptian and live in the Egyptian court of Pharaoh himself without being found out that he was Semitic and not black African like what the Egyptians were at the time.Can i get your thoughts on this. Thanks [Reply] Thanks so much for your kind e-mail! It was a pleasure to hear from you. Your question raises interesting questions, and I can only offer a modest suggestion. First, I'm not sure whether skin pigmentation was much of a criteria at that time. Moses would certainly have been middle eastern and his skin color and might not have varied much from that of the rulers. It seems likely, however, that whatever his skin color may have been, Moses was known to be Semitic. I imagine that he simply got a 'pass' because of his attachment to the daughter of Pharaoh, maybe Hatshepsut, and was accepted on that basis, at least in the royal circles close to her. It's difficult, from a distance of several thousand years, to assess the politics of the time, but somehow Moses must have been accepted in the royal family notwithstanding his Hebrew origins. YisraelActonMontanaUSA
Thanks for your response. I tend to lean on what Josephus and the other Jews who lived during his lifetime taught on this matter. It makes more sense to me than Pharaoh just giving him (Moses) a pass. We have to remember this is happening right after the rule of the heqa khaseshet, in Egypt and so because of this fact there must have been great resentment to the Semitic foreigners in the land and so Moses and his Kindred as well. I quote from Josephus Antiquities: "Thermuthis therefore perceiving him to be so remarkable a child, adopted him for her son, having no child of her own. And when one time had carried Moses to her father, she showed him to him, and said she thought to make him her successor, if it should please God she should have no legitimate child of her own; and to him, "I have brought up a child who is of a divine form, and of a generous mind; and as I have received him from the bounty of the river, in , I thought proper to adopt him my son, and the heir of thy kingdom." And she had said this, she put the infant into her father's hands: so he took him, and hugged him to his breast; and on his daughter's account, in a pleasant way, put his diadem upon his head; but Moses threw it down to the ground, and, in a puerile mood, he wreathed it round, and trod upon his feet, which seemed to bring along with evil presage concerning the kingdom of Egypt. But when the sacred scribe saw this, (he was the person who foretold that his nativity would the dominion of that kingdom low,) he made a violent attempt to kill him; and crying out in a frightful manner, he said, "This, O king! this child is he of whom God foretold, that if we kill him we shall be in no danger; he himself affords an attestation to the prediction of the same thing, by his trampling upon thy government, and treading upon thy diadem. Take him, therefore, out of the way, and deliver the Egyptians from the fear they are in about him; and deprive the Hebrews of the hope they have of being encouraged by him." But Thermuthis prevented him, and snatched the child away. And the king was not hasty to slay him, God himself, whose providence protected Moses, inclining the king to spare him. He was, therefore, educated with great care. So the Hebrews depended on him, and were of good hopes great things would be done by him; but the Egyptians were suspicious of what would follow such his education. Yet because, if Moses had been slain, there was no one, either akin or adopted, that had any oracle on his side for pretending to the crown of Egypt, and likely to be of greater advantage to them, they abstained from killing him.This makes more sense to me. [Reply] I certainly appreciate Flavius Josephus as an important secondary source. It seems to me the narrative he provides here is at least broadly compatible with the theory of an 18th Dynasty timeframe, and that protection by Hatshepsut accounted for his survival in Pharaoh's household. YisraelActonMontanaUSA
I really enjoy your Biblical context lessons. I listen to them everyday during lunch. I even bought the book for reference. Today was the Exodus lesson and was pleasantly surprised to find your "leanings" very similar to my own. just wanted to say your efforts are appreciated and helpful in forwarding the Kingdom. May God bless your faithfulness. MarkMarkCastlewoodVaUSA
I tried to send you an e-mail a few minutes ago. I’m not sure it went out as I am having trouble with my e-mail. I’ve found your wonderful talks on the chronology of the Bible. I’m especially interested in the OT. Anyway, I ordered your book and I don’t seem to be able to use it like I thought. There’s a wealth of information but I don’t any about the Fall of Samaria and Jerusalem. Am I doing this wrong? Thank you very much. Barry Bilger BarryBrownsboroTexasUS
Dear Mr. Gore, I just want to take time to personally thank you!!! It has been an absolute dream of mine to attend bible school, however do to life I am unable to do so. Anyhow i spend a great deal of time researching the history of the Bible, theology, and am just absolutely fascinated by the history of God. I have wished many times and too no prevail to come across teachings as yours so I could just simply learn. However every time i would there was always a price to be paid. And that is fine, however i believe there are super dedicated servants of God who give up their own personal pleasures in order to help others, and this is exactly what you have done. You could charge a great deal for your teachings but you give them away free. Let me tell you my friend this site is an absolute dream to me. It will give me what i need to pursue the things of which God has called me to. It was in a history search of antiochus epiphanes that i found your teaching on youtube and then by that video was lead to your site. I was extremely disappointed when i saw that the video had ended on youtube and directed me to your site. I immediately thought your site would make me pay money. That disappointment soon changed to joy and disbelief as i realized not only was that teaching free and complete but you also have 100s of other teachings of which i have desired to learn for years and all at no cost. As a matter of fact the only cost associated has been placed in your hands. As you know without the right foundation of knowledge of certain things it is extremely hard to learn, trying to place together puzzle pieces, and only after several months maybe having a whole picture of the events of which took place. I know it was God who lead me here and i am grateful, extremely grateful that someone understands the importance of spreading knowledge and truth over making money. Thank you so much and God Bless you.Martinlawrencevillegausa
Have you done any work on Erasmus and his impact on the churchWilliamMedinaNew YorkUSA
Brother Bruce Gore; I’ve been watching your videos on You Tube about church history and find them quite riveting in that I find myself totally absorbed with the vast accumulation of knowledge you have on the subject. I’ve for a long time been interested in history and especially Bible history. You have such a gift of marrying secular history with Biblical history making the Bible, especially the Old Testament really come alive and with a deeper meaning. I come to the point of asking how one could use this material in a Sunday school environment so more people could be exposed to such a wonderful wealth of historical documentation. Being an old (79 yo) SS teacher for almost 50 years, this material would be a treasure trove of knowledge for a church video library. Our church is small and very likely unable to afford DVD’s of all your seminars. We have a church member who is very computer literate that said that they could download the videos and burn to DVD’s for church use only, but would not do so without prior permission because of copyright infringement. So I was asked to contact you and present our dilemma to you. There are 103 in all, so what would be an equitable amount in order to be legal? If yes we would owe a debt of gratitude to you & our Lord, but if no then we will forget it. JosephTallulaIllinoisUSA
Bruce, I watched your video "preterist of revelation". You didn't have time for details especially of the last few chapters. Would you be kind enough to point me to a source where I can get those? Charlescharlesdelray beachFLUnited States
Dear Sir, I have just discovered your history lectures and I am enjoying them greatly. Thank you so much for posting them on the internet for free! Additionally, I am a member of an OPC church, so I appreciate your high regard for the Reformed faith and for our Savior Jesus Christ. Best Regards, Cindy HallCindySummerfieldNorth CarolinaUSA
Dear Mr. Gore, I stumbled on your YouTube videos while searching for old Hollywood classic movies to watch. I have in a quite desultory fashion been reading ANE history over the past several years, mainly from old free classics available on Kindle. On my bucket list I made a notation: I would like to see where ANE history intersects with OT history. I was shocked to find that you had actually written a long book on the subject. I am having the time of my life listening to your lectures. One thing I don't understand. In your lecture #6 re Abraham in Egypt, you said Egypt was the longest continuous civilization in Egypt. I have lived in China for over two decades, and have heard constantly that China has that honor. I realize that Chinese historians are biased in the way they call warring kingdoms a "dynasty" in order to emphasize the unity of Chinese civilizations. However, a quick search on the internet showed an American Historical Association page that very confidently proclaimed China as the oldest continuous civilization. Are you sure you can claim that Egypt surpasses China?DanDalzellSouth CarolinaUnited States
Dear Mr. Gore, I just finished all 37 of your "historical context" lectures. You deserve some kind of award. I have already recommended the lectures to two folks, and I will continue to do so. I was happy to see that you have arrived at an (orthodox) preterist view of Revelation - it was quite refreshing to hear. I have two relatively minor questions: 1) when you pointed out that the Christians fled Jerusalem when Gessius Florus pulled his troops back, you stated (I think in two different places) that the Christians fled to Syria, Idumea, Nabatea, and I think you said Petra in particular. Yet there are so many authors who state that the Christians fled just across the Jordan, a little north and east, to the little town of Pella. I have read that so much I thought it was commonplace. Yet you didn't mention Pella. I am wondering if I am missing something? 2) I have had a very difficult time pinning down the four generals referred to in Daniel. You chose Cassander, Antigonus, Seleucus, and Ptolemy, but I am wondering why Antigonus, and not Lysimachus? And why choose 308? Why not choose 301 after Ipsus, and have Lysimachus, Seleucus,Ptolemy, and Cassander (In other words, substitute Lysimachus for Antigonus). Thanks much!DanDalzellSouth CarolinaUnited States
Thanks for your faithfulness. This work has been a tremendous blessing.davidwixomMIUSA
My wife and I finished our 4th year teaching high school (Homeschoolers) world history using Bruce's textbook. It continues to be a source of blessing and encouragement! Thanks again Bruce!DavidPort OrchardWAUnited States
I'm not a history student nor i have anything to do with history. İ just wanted to learn things and you sir are a really good teacher. This biblical history lessons of yours inspired me. I am a muslim and if you have read Qur'an you must know there are lots of historical information and stories in it. I will now start working on doing some "History in Qur'an" stuff thanks to your work. Because you know noone on earth reads qur'an actually, they just think what radical muslims do are what qur'an tells them to do but it is wrong. Hope with my work people will read qur'an as i have read bible thanks to your works. Thank you.Ömer SelçukBalıkesir Turkey
Thank you so much for all the fascinating online courses you have created. I look forward to the time each day when I can stop all other activities and listen! So much is totally new to me...and it is such fun to learn from your lectures, especially on the historical context of the bible, but also on Protestant theology!HollyWoodburnORUSA
Really enjoying the lectures on church history. Thank you sir.MarkDublinLeinsterIreland
Great site, God bless you for your effort and hardwork whom the Father blesses you Mr. Gore with energy eloquence and articulation by HIS Son and saviour YESHUA HAMASCHIAH..amenRobertobrooklynNew YorkUnited States
Bruce, I watched a little of your video dealing with early American religious history. Being a Seventh-day Adventist, naturally I was interested in your section on William Miller and the development of the Adventist Church. In fact, I'm going to convert them to MP3s and listen to your series in the car. I like your approach. You appear to be a real scholar trying to present the story without any axe to grind. I was wondering though how your audience understood some of the material you presented in this section. (You knew there was a "but" in there) Did they confuse Sabbatarian Adventism with the Advent Christian Church and Jonas Wendell? Did they realize that Ellen was 9 years old when she received her injury to her nose and that her first "vision" was Dec of 1844 when she was 17 years old, after the Oct 22nd disappointment, and after she had given up the '44 experience? I only mention this because I catch myself doing some of the same thing. Well read, I don't always rely on notes or my power point and sometimes have to go back and correct myself. I want to get it right and be true to the story and I know you do too. You can tell in how you present the matter. I also try to take into consideration the group I'm talking to, but it may easy to miss the obvious. I'm assuming most people you talk to know next to nothing about Adventism. I also noticed a list of presentations on Church History that seem separate from this series. Thanks for the feast. God Bless you in your ministry Karl Wagner Glendale, AZKarlGlendaleAZUSA
Hi Bruce I'm lapping up your Church history videos on your Youtube channel. Thank you so much for making such a rich resource available. I love the way you have included the video with the powerpoint. My question relates to the early church history videos which all seem to be truncated at 15 minutes. Is the full file available anywhere else, even audio would be okay. thanks for you time. Regards Kevin MeehanKevinEden Hills South AustraliaAustralia
Your videos on Bible Context are amazing. Really helped a Bible Study I was leading. This was my first exposure to the intertestimental period. You should make a DVD set, but I definitely will get the book. Going through your church history series now. FYI, the Constantine video isn't working now.KyleRochesterPAUSA
Thank you so much for sharing these talks online. I have been extremely encouraged in my walk with the Lord and my understanding of His Word by the insight that you have brought. A few months ago I was feeling very dry and distant from God when I stumbled across your site. I listened to your lecture on creation and it caused me to remember how fantastic our God is. Thank you again :)LisaLisburn UK
Thank you so much for making these videos available. We have been using them to supplement our homeschool curriculum. It's made history come alive for my 15 year old son. I have been watching the History and Chronological Context of the Bible on my own and I am learning so much. God bless you for the work you've done. LilyKyleTxUnited States
Dear Bruce, just wanted to say thank you for your hard work and dedication in delivering so many blessed biblical teachings and making it available to us. I have been listening over the years to your lectures and receiving greater insight the how holy and wonderful is the Word of God. If you and your wife are ever planning on visiting Brussels, please send me a message as my husband and I would love to meet you both! All the best to you and your family and please continue the good fight. MarciaMarciaBrussels  Belgium
Hi, I am enjoying the lectures - just got started. Yesterday I listened to Caligula, no problem with getting it downloaded. Today I am listening to Nero and having trouble. It plays a bit then stops as if it is continuing to load or something. Do you have a trick I could employ? I have a fairly new computer (purchased it in March 2013). Thank you. Kudos to our teacher, he is very good and I am enjoying the lessons.DeborahSpokaneWAUnited States
Hi again - I just accessed a different link and the course flowed. I think I went to Online Courses rather than accessing the newer ones organized by recent date. Thanks again. I am also reading the Gnostic Gospels and my quest is to uncover the real Jesus and His teachings (was raised a Catholic, didn't find, within that structure, what I was looking for, though I respect how it is just the thing for some others). Also beginning to read Gnostic Gospels. Hope that you will also speak about them. Thanks Bruce!DeborahSpokaneWAUnited States
Hi Bruce, I'm having a difficult time accessing the teaching aids. Everything else seems fine. Any suggestions? DaveDavidPort OrchardWAUSA
I saw your video about Antiochus Epiphanes and thought about the way he died, he polluted the temple with a pig and he died of what I believe to be trichinellosis when someone eats bad pork and are consumed with worms. A fitting way for God to give him payback.DennisPhoenixArizonaMaricopa
Would it be possible to find other near by to fellowship with?BillyMobileAlabamaU.S.A.
I always Quote "hated?" the old testament ... I guess because I didn't understand it. Now, it is exciting, I can even impress my sunday school teacher now. At 71 yrs. I've got a lot of catching-up to do. Clearly , you are a great teacher! Regards, BillBillHattiesburgmsNULL
Loving your lectures. Is there one covering the conquest of Canaan?PamelaMulberryFLUS
Dear Mr Gore, Really enjoy your videos and audio talks. You have the gift of communication as well as a vast knowledge. Regarding the problem of chronology and Genesis, the flood, Babel and in general the first dozen chapters of Genesis: you gave a great sense of why there was a flood, and what Babylon means. We miss a great deal nowadays by not understanding what the mere mention of a word could have meant to the ancient Israelites (e.g., Babylon). You seem to have overcome the problem of falling on either the creationist or materialist side of the discussion. As Tolkein held, myth does not have to be false, but is simply a way of telling a story. I look forward to working through all your broadcasts. Best wishes, Peter BarlowPeterAbu DhabiAbu DhabiUAE
I have finished listening to your lectures on philosophy until Descartes. I would love to listen to the rest of your lectures especially the one on Kant.THOMASSaskatoonSK,CANADA
Please, please, PLEASE do a separate study on King David and the books of 1/2Samuel and 1/2 Kings!!! Good teaching on David is hard to find, and your teaching makes a difficult subject easy to understand.TamaraHamiltonVirginiaUnited States
I listen to your teaching everyday,all day. I would love to take these classes.Could you help me learn how to do that please?I am addicted to Gods word and I love to learn,but I don't have the money to go to seminary.Iam getting ready to turn 50 years old.My dream is to one day earn a masters in divinity.I have been around Christianity since I was 10 years old.I was raised a dispy,pretrib,premill and for the last 7 years I have became a reformed Calvinist.Bruce I believe in what you teach and I believed it before I heard you teach.Just let me know what to do to start earning a degree and I will do it,THANX and GOD speed. richardlimaohiounited states
Bruce: Phil Salgado here. I am following your comments on Romans and I have a question: how can I discern, from the list of lectures on this book, which is from your most recent series? There appears to be considerable duplication, and I would like to track the most recent Survey Course first, before cutting into the more detailed discussions. How many Lecture Series on Romans are represented here and how can I tell them apart? Best Regards, PhilS. PhilipSpokaneWAUSA
[REPLY] Hi Phil - thanks for your e-mail. I know the Romans stuff is a little confusing. I need to clean that up one of these days. There are two Romans series that you might want to consider. One is a video course I did here at home that was prepared for a seminary in the Philippines. It covers the book in 30 lectures, each one a half hour in length. You can find it by going to the 'online courses' tab, and from the dropdown list choosing 'intro to Romans." The other is a shorter survey course I did at First Pres a few years ago. It is six lectures, each one covering about three chapters of Romans. You can find that by going to the 'search' tab, and typing into the search field 'Survey'. Hope that helps! Blessings my friend! PhilipSpokaneWAUSA
Hi Bruce, I just discovered you yesterday on Youtube, which led me to your site. I already took 1.5 lecture and I am very excited to take some more. Born and raised in a catholic environment but without any clue/interest about christian history, I waited till my late 30s to realized what I missed during all these years. So I look forward learning so much more with your material, and wanted to say thank you for making your knowledge available to everybody.StephenParisNULLFrance
[Reply] Hi Stephen - thanks so much for your kind e-mail! I'm deeply grateful for your encouragement. If you have questions or comments as you listen to the presentations, I'd be happy to hear from you either by e-mail or the feedback section of the website. Thanks again! God's richest blessings to you and yours!StephenParisNULLFrance
have been listening to your teachings for a number of months now. I am very impressed and blessed by the methodical way that you teach the Word of God, both from history and the Bible itself. Thank you for all your hard word. I have been pastoring for about 30 years. had my M.Div from Baptist seminary in Vancouver, BC. Bless you, Sir seyiplamondonalbertacanada
Hi there! I would like to sincerely thank you for the recent lectures on Esther which you have done! I was able to use them to corroborate with accounts made by Herodotus and other historical sources eg. the Bible, in my Ancient History assignment which focuses on Xerxes and Esther! Your work truly inspires me and I thank God for these great works which you are doing! - SSharmaineNULLNULLAustralia
[Reply] Wonderful to hear from you! Your e-mail is quite an encouragement to me. Blessings on you as you continue your studies! BruceSharmaineNULLNULLAustralia
[REPLY] Thanks for your post. I'd be happy to hear any questions you have, and will do my best to respond quickly. You can either reply to this e-mail to use the feedback back section of the website. Not sure why the e-mail function wouldn't work for you. Thanks! BruceThadNULLNULLNULL
You are a wonderful teacher. Really enjoyed your teachings.May God bless you!kathy nyusa
Thanks a lot for this series. So VERY enriching. God bless you for your work in this.JohanLichtenburgNorth WestSouth Africa
dear mr Gore, thank you so much for making these available, you have a wonderful teaching style{ reminds me of dr john gerstner] i listen while on the road.RussellMiddle islandNYUnited States
Thank you very much for these useful videos. The depth and insight contained in each lesson is so valuable and gives greater understanding of the context of the Scriptures. VusalThief River FallsMNUS