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The following commentary from the Jewish Publication Society provides one suggested response to this very difficult question. Fox, Michael V. (2004). Ecclesiastes. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 52-53.


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Families in those days tended to be much larger, especially in regards to kings. David had many wives, each probably bearing multiple children. It would not be difficult in such a situation to see two important details: Due to having many children, David would not have been as intimate with all of his children. It's simply a matter of running a kingdom, ...


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They are all male names. You can check this through the use of Biblical encyclopedias and dictionaries that will list the uses of the name elsewhere in the Bible. A combination of Easton's Bible Dictionary and the ISBE would suffice. Examples of preliminary results for the first four names are as follows: Mattithaia, male: (1 Chronicles 25:3, 21) Shema, ...


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I'd always taken your first two examples to be showing the hot-headedness of young men. By the time someone is a father of a woman of marriable age one is likely to have calmed down somewhat and be more mature, not risking civil war or clan war to revenge one person. Having lived within a tribal culture in Africa for a few years, it was my experience that ...


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Jewish law interprets this as an enjoineder against using undue force in a confrontation. If the action were justified, there'd be no punishment. In addition, the Talmud considers 'cutting off the hand' as indicating the payment of a fine--one's hand seen as figuratively as the recipient of (financial) gain. In Jewish penal law there may be a death ...


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Matthew’s genealogy forms the preface to an extended account of Jesus’ nativity in which Mary plays the most prominent role. But Matthew’s genealogy cannot be taken “literally.” It has been edited to make a “theological” point, as virtually everyone has recognized since antiquity. But what point? Although not literally Mary’s genealogy, I believe that ...



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