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Welcome to the resource side of our website. Here you will find more than 400 links to studies in a wide variety of doctrinal topic areas. These studies are intended to be comprehensive and to relate a step-by-step, reasonable analysis delving deeply into the scriptural texts. (We also offer video and audio presentations of some studies.)

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December 7, 2018

Who were Balaam and Tidal, king of nations?

In section three of our “Priesthood and the Kinsman Redeemer” study we identified Melchizedek as Noah’s son, Shem. This conclusion was drawn from several lines of details provided in both testaments that helped us explain why Melchizedek is identified as a priest of God prior to the inception of the Levitical priesthood. A similar question arises regarding the figure of Balaam who is also recognized as a prophet of God though he is neither an Israelite nor one of their patriarchs. Furthermore, while it is more circumstantial than identifying Melchizedek with Shem, it is also possible that Genesis 14 contains a reference to Noah’s oldest son, Japheth. All of these questions are related to redemptive issues involving priesthood and dominion from the time of Noah to Abraham to the Exodus.

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Balaam as a prophet of God and the possible role of Japheth in the events of Genesis 14, please see the following article:

Further Study on Japheth and Balaam

Q:I'm new here. Where should I get started?
The arrangement of topics to the left provides a recommended reading order. It is designed to reflect a step-by-step progression from more basic topics to more complex ones. However, it is not necessary to follow this order. Those who are more familiar with certain topics may easily read whichever studies are of interest without first going through all of the earlier topics in the list.

systematic theology:
a reading guide

logical fallacies
a list of false