Sanballat the Horonite

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    of the head and beard. Fasting was often added to prayer so the individual could concentrate wholly on the issue at hand, at the expense of physical needs (Walton, 472). In contrast, the initiative of rebuilding the wall was not pleasant before Sanballat eyes, a Samaritan leader and one of the Jews’ enemies, as he said: “Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of rubbish and burned ones at that?” (The Wheaton Standard Bible, Neh. 4.2). This phrase may refer to the ancient Near Eastern idea that

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