Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday announced that he
will reestablish a regular Bible study group at his official residence
in Jerusalem. The group will be open to Bible researchers, government
officials and invited guests.
Netanyahu made the announcement on the 30-day anniversary of the
passing of his father-in-law, Shmuel Ben-Artzi, who was a respected
Israeli poet and Bible teacher. Ben-Artzi used to attend the regular
Bible studies hosted by Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben Gurion.
“Ben-Gurion understood that the Book of Books is our mandate for our
country,” Netanyahu said. “He viewed the Bible as the wondrous story of
the Jewish people, the unique spiritual, cultural and historic heritage
of our people, and also as one of the cornerstones of all of human
The father of Netanyahu’s Likud Party, Menachem Begin, also used to
host regular Bible studies at the prime minister’s residence. Netanyahu
said he wanted to reinstate that practice in order to encourage love of
the Bible among government officials, and by extension, the nation.
Source: israel today Magazine