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Dinah, Jacob’s only daughter, born by Leah, was a virgin. She went out to see the daughters of the land. In Gen. 34:2-3, the narrator then uses a series of vav-consecutives to describe a sequence of events. And Shechem, the son of Hamor: v. 2: וַיַּרְא אֹתָהּ ("saw her") וַיִּקַּח אֹתָהּ ("took her") וַיִּשְׁכַּב אֹתָהּ ("lay with her," i.e. "had ...


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Jews reject the argument that Cain's sacrifice was insufficient because it did not involve blood, and they have some good arguments. Leviticus clearly spells out various "grain offerings," and there is even one example of a "sin offering" where the poor people were allowed to offer grain instead of an animal sacrifice. (See Lev. 5:11-13.) The traditional ...


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I have a line of thought on this that leads to a conclusion that Lamech would have had what he considered divine insight into an expectation that his son, Noah, was likely destined to play a role of rescuer in the plans of God. Two of the antediluvian fathers listed in Gen.5 are said to have "walked with God". This is seemingly always taken by commentators ...


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This issue is addressed in detail in Richard Bauckham's commentary onmJude and II Peter, published by Thomas Nelson in its Word Biblical Commentary series. The literary link that you hypothesize is "The Book of Enoch," which is a very real work, and which is still accepted as canon by the Ethiopian Coptic Church. You can find the full text of the book of ...


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Because the writer of the Exodus passage believed it, and the writer of the Genesis passages believed differently. While scholars continue to debate its exact shape, source criticism – in Documentary, Supplementary, Fragmentary, or other form – continues to be among the most helpful tools for examining apparent inconsistencies of exactly this sort in the ...


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The Cosmic Temple Among others, both John Walton (Genesis 1 as Ancient Cosmology) and G.K. Beale (The Temple and the Church's Mission) argue that the cosmos and Eden are constructed in Genesis 1-2 in terminology fitting of a temple. Beale in an article titled, "Eden, The Temple, And The Church's Mission In The New Creation", elaborates at least nine points ...


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Gen 18:1 would indicate that this is a theophany. Genesis 18:1 Then the LORD (יהוה)appeared to him by the terebinth trees of Mamre, as he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day. יהוה is Yahweh (Jehovah) see for example: יְהֹוָה Jehovah, pr. name of the supreme God (הָאֱלֹהִים) amongst the Hebrews. [Gesenius, W., & ...


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Restatement of the Question: Why was Abel's sacrifice considered 'greater', 'more', or 'above' Cain's? Was it because they were different types of sacrifice, or was there something else at work? Historically, there is a great amount of speculation regarding this passage, but this answer is constrained to Scripture only : Answer 1: Because Cain ...


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"So that..." Isaac is putting a condition of receiving a meal before he will give the blessing. What isn't so clear from the text is his reasons why. However there does appear to be some ceremony involved in the proceedings. Ceremonial language Four times in this passage we read "my soul (person) my bless you" or "your soul (person) may bless me." ch ...


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The Hebrew נֶפֶשׁ sometimes functions like a personal pronoun when pronominal suffixes are appended to it. It could also be used as emphasis, like a reflexive pronoun. Therefore, in Gen. 27:4, the Hebrew phrase בַּעֲבוּר תְּבָרֶכְךָ נַפְשִׁי בְּטֶרֶם אָמוּת could simply be translated as "so that I may bless you before I die" or even "so that I myself may ...


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Taken from here: Finally, the distinction between דָּם‎ blood and דָּמִים‎ requires to be specially noticed. The singular is always used when the blood is regarded as an organic unity, hence also of menstrual blood, and the blood of sacrifices (collected in the basin and then sprinkled), and in Nu 2324 of the blood gushing from wounds. On the ...


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It appears there are other references to Noah's sons which indicate that they were not triplets. Genesis 10:21 Also to Shem, the father of all the children of Eber, and the older brother of Japheth, children were born. Genesis 9:24 So Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done to him. These verses seem to clearly indicate ...


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It is not that he was going to die the next hour but, as Rashi 1 mentions: Rabbi Joshua ben Korchah said: If a person reaches the age of [the death of] his parents, he should worry five years beforehand and five years afterwards, and Isaac was one hundred and twenty-three years old. He said, "Perhaps I will reach the age of [the death of] my mother, and ...


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I would like to suggest the following answer to your question. It comes from all the information in the Bible on this incident, not just those parts pointed out to us about Jacob and Rebekkah's deception. Why delay a blessing by asking for food? I would like to suggest that there were more deceptions involved in this story, than the ones plainly pointed ...


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The writer of Hebrews analyses why Abel's sacrifice was accepted and Cain's wasn't. Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks. The difference between the two sacrifices was that Abel brought ...


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Yes, and Yes (though marriage doesn't figure in either passage). Jude wrote that those among the saints who are perverting the gospel have been designated for condemnation (v.4), and he gave three examples of groups who have already faced that end: those who were saved from Egypt but did not believe (v.5); angels who had sex with human women (v.6); and ...


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The problem verse is not John 3:13-14. At the time this conversation was supposed to have taken place the OT saints were still supposedly waiting in sheol to be saved because Jesus had not yet died and released them. Thus, the problem verse is actually 2 K 2:11 which specifically says the whirlwind took Elijah into "heaven" (shamayim). Jesus also speaks of ...


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It seems likely that Jacob would have given the tithe to God as a burnt offering. In the modern world, we are accustomed to thinking of tithes in terms of currency, but in the ancient Near East, the tithe came from the produce of the land: You shall tithe all the yield of your seed that comes from the field year by year. And before the LORD your God, in ...


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To summarise: On the one hand we have the evidence of Stephen's speech and the vuv consecutive (or consecutive preterite) וַיֹּאמֶר of Genesis 12:1. On the other hand, we have the arithmetic demonstrating that Abram left Haran before his father died. If one wishes to reconcile these, it is really very simple. The vuv consecutive is in some versions ...


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This was always a fascinating thing for me, the creation of light. Gen 1:3 (KJV) And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. The best explanation for me of what light is, is what we now call the electromagnetic spectrum. At this stage only the ability for the existence of light was made, there was no energy to to make darkness or light, ...



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