All of these factors make figuring a chronology of the Israelite kings much less precise than we are accustomed.
The purpose here is not to solve the historical debates but to provide a general relative time frame of Old Testament events for the purposes of biblical interpretation.
Did God warn them to not intermix with or marry anyone of another nation (Egyptians, Philistines, Hittites, Amorites, etc.) in order to maintain this purity?
This short article will examine a few of the assumptions and conclusions made by those who firmly believe God does not approve of interracial "mixing." Perhaps the greatest assumption made by those who thunder that interracial dating is wrong is that the Israelites had a "pure" heredity which God wanted them to maintain.
In terms of actions, ethical behavior played an important role in how ancient Israelite and Judeans expressed religious devotion.
In the following paragraphs, we will explore the aforementioned aspects of ancient Israelite and Judean religion in more detail.
Does the Bible permit or forbid interracial dating and marriage?
Were the ancient Israelites racially "pure" when they left Egyptian bondage?
Shown below, the staff has a cobra head and is wavy and is evidence of the Egyptian magician’s staves mentioned in the Bible in Exodus, -12, “The magicians of Egypt did so with their incantations.
The polytheism, though, was counterbalanced by devotion to one or two primary deities, a practice known as henotheism (van der Toorn, 2047).
Henotheism is recognition and worship of many deities; however, the primary worship revolves around a single deity.
In terms of practice, temple worship and sacrificial rituals like Yom Kippur, New Moon festivals, Pesach, and other festivals played a central role.
Practices such as divination and prophecy were also common forms of religious devotion.