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The Idea in Brief As was in the case of Balaam, who was not able to bring magical powers to bear on the people of God, the dark power instead lay in tempting and dissuading people from the Lord through idolatry and immorality, which is how Balaam brought the Israelites out from under the protection of the Lord (Numbers 22-25). In the end, Balaam had ...


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As OP notes, the names "Oholah" and "Oholibah" in Ezekiel 23:4 are identified as the capitals of the Northern Kingdom of Israel (Samaria) and the Southern Kingdom of Judah (Jerusalem) respectively. Typically commentators associate these obviously symbolic names with the Hebrew ʾōhel "tent". The Hebrew Names Again as noted by OP, these names are typically ...


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Analogy of Oholah and Oholibah There is some disagreement as to the actual significance of the meaning of the names but there is no disagreement as to the fact that they to be understood figuratively. Rashi, commenting on this passage calls them "nicknames". He further states, Samaria is the one I nickname Oholah, for from the beginning she became a ...


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The JPS Tanakh translation (1985) of these verses is: And you, O mortal, set your face against the women of your people, who prophesy out of their own imagination. Prophesy against them and say: Thus said the Lord GOD: Woe to those who sew pads(a) on their arm-joints and make bonnets(a) for the head of every person, in order to entrap! Can you hunt down ...



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