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The First Topic: The earth

Question 1: Pottery in the words of the prophets

Pottery was used, among other purposes, for storage and safeguarding. Scripture tells of the prophet Jeremiah who was ordered prior to Jerusalem’s destruction to place proprietary documents in pottery “that they may continue many days”.

Question 2: Clay and its Joining

The pottery and clay were joined after being processed in the furnace to obtain the finished product. Scripture tells of a construction project which made use of burning clay and turning it into building material: “And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter”.

Question 3: The Crushing of Clay

One of the prophet's prophecies that a savior will rise for Israel who will crush the nations like clay: “and he shall come upon princes as upon morter, and as the potter treadeth clay”.

Question 4: The Head of the Earth

Scripture tells of a tragic event, during which the ground opened its mouth and swallowed many people of Israel: “And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses {...} and all their goods”.

The Second Topic: The Sea

Question 5: By Way of the Sea

The ancient times were a challenge for human beings, who wished to reach wonderful and distant places to achieve praise and wealth. Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, made ships to go and get gold in the land of Tarshish, but the ships broke on the way.

Question 6-The Sea as a Path to Wealth

About a certain king Scripture states that he made ships to go to Ophir for gold and even succeeded in his mission

Question 7-The Sea as a Place of Danger

The sea can be a dangerous place. Scripture tells of a storm that took place at sea, when a prophet who attempted to escape from a mission thrust upon him stayed on a ship.

Question 8-Miracles of the Water

Scripture states that after a miracle performed in the waters of the sea, Israel’s enemies were filled with fear: “Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling shall take hold upon them; all the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away”.

The Third Topic: Fire

Question 9-Gold and Fire

Fire was used to smelt metals, turning them into tools. Scripture states that a number of gold rings were melted for gold, and a new item was formed from them. After winning a war, a leader asked the people for the rings which they looted from the battle, in order to create an item: “I would desire a request of you, that ye would give me every man the earrings of his prey”.

Question 10-The Refiner

For most of the Biblical period, coins were not used. Trade was carried out with pieces of metal such as raw material, gold, silver, and copper. The same silver would also be used to make tools and decorations. About one woman, Scripture states that she gave from her silver to the refiner, in order that he form with it a ‘graven image and a molten image’.

Question 11-Miracle Fire

Scripture describes a miraculous fire which descended from Heaven and consumed the altar erected by Elijah the Prophet: “Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench”.

Question 12-Destructive Fire

Scripture describes fire and sulfur that descended from Heaven and caused the destruction of cities in Israel as a divine punishment.

First Contestant- Earth

Answer the four following questions.

Second Contestant- Mountains

Answer the four following questions.

Third Contestant- Metals

Answer the four following questions.

Fourth Contestant- Fire

Answer the four following questions.

Fifth Contestant- Water

Answer the four following questions.

Sixth Contestant- Deserts

Answer the four following questions.

On the Topic of the Land of Israel