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Idol - Anything that is worshiped instead of the true God. In Bible times, idols were often statues of false gods made of wood, stone, or metal. Idolatry is the worship of idols.

Idumaea - Another name for the city of Edom, meaning "red". Located south of the Dead Sea and west of Arabah; home of Herod the Great. Some early followers of Jesus came from Idumaea (Mark 3:8).

Immanuel - the name of the Messiah as prophesied by Isaiah, often represented in Christian exegesis as being Jesus Christ (Isa. 7:14).

Impaling - Inserting a sharpened stake between the rib cage of a living victim, putting the stake into the ground so it stood erect, and leaving the victim hanging until the stake pierced a vital organ causing the victim to die. Impaling was one of the methods that the Assyrians used to torture their captives.

Insula - A family household arrangement common in Capernaum and Korazin, where many rooms -residences for various family members- were built around a central courtyard.

Israel - A name meaning "he struggles with God". God gave this name to Jacob, after he fought with an angle of God. The 12 tribes of the nation of Israel are from the family of Jacob (Israel). A member of the nation of Israel is called an Israelite.

Ixthus - Early Christian believers often used the "fish" symbol. This may be because Jesus called his disciples to be "fishers of men" (Matt. 4:19). Or, perhaps the Greek word for fish, ixthus, was an acrostic for Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior:

i-first letter in the Greek word for "Jesus"
x-first letter in the Greek word for "Christ"
th-first letter in the Greek word for "God"
u-first letter in the Greek word for "son"
s-first letter in the Greek word for "savior"

 
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