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Teraphim: more than mere ‘idols’ The most that can be said with certainty is that teraphim were cultic objects, distinguished in Hebrew vocabulary from carved and molded idols, of significant value and meaning in Israelite religion and lore. They were probably made in human form to represent a household god or deceased ancestors. Like the more familiar ...


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The person who talked about their worth had it right. The idols in this time period were basically the will. If you were in possession of someone's idols, it meant you inherited their estate. It was a purely mercenary action.


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The medieval Jewish teacher Bahya ben Asher stated “the plain meaning” is that the Torah uses the names Jacob and Israel interchangeably. But, he adds: “From a more rational or scientific point of view we may detect a distinct pattern in the Torah sometimes choosing to refer to Yaakov by his original name and sometimes by his additional name. The ...


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The question is to two words. This answer addresses only (et). As noted in the first answer that (et) is the untranslatable mark of the accusative case. Strong’s Concordance says it is apparently a contraction of (#226) in the demonstrative sense of entity; properly self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, ...


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If the focus is on a blessing which comes from the LORD, what is done in creation should serve as a starting point on which to build understanding: And G-d blessed them, saying: 'Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth'. (Genesis 1:22 JPS) It is possible G-d was kneeling but the ones receiving the ...


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A general principle for interpretation of Scripture is that Scripture interprets Scripture. If this initial word is tracked throughout it is seen to mean firstfruits, first, or chief. So a translation that renders this "In the beginning period..." however grammatically correct fails to convey the essential meaning of the word as it implies what is described ...


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Yes, though ‘Jerusalem’ is not a Hebrew word we can properly parse because it’s a transliteration of an older Semitic word. As a city name Jerusalem predates the Hebrew language by at least a millennium; its first known appearance is in Egyptian execration texts in the 20th century BCE. According to Yisrael Shalem, the exact pronunciation of the hieroglyph ...


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None of the answers have brought this up, so here's what I believe it means. And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. ...


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OP's source that describes these particles as "unknown word(s)" is highly misleading. אֶת־ = ʾet is a Hebrew particle used to mark the definite direct object of a transitive verb; וְאֵ֥ת = wəʾet is the conjunction waw "and" (a.k.a. vav) followed by אֶת. Their usage in Genesis 1:1 is typical of the thousands of ocurrences found in the Hebrew Bible. ...


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At the heart of the question is: Were these 'Trees' actual trees, and if not, what is the significance of them? Since there is no tree in nature that can give one "life", nor is there a tree that in itself can confer knowledge. Augustine, in City of God(XII:20) says, the tree of life is the holy of holies, Christ; the tree of the knowledge of good ...


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According to Leon R. Kass, author of The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis, it was not until they had eaten of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, that Adam and Eve became aware that their destiny was to die. Once they had become aware of this, God knew they would seek immortality by eating of the Tree of Life. By eating the fruit of the first tree, ...


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Question Restatement: What is a reasonable inference that can be made as to why Noah chose a Raven and a Dove to send from the Ark to let him know the state the "World" was in? Argument: To argue that either bird was "conscious" of their purpose--is absurd, and a gross manipulation of the text, which is absent any any indication of conscious ...


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The renaming of Jacob in both Genesis 32 and 35 is a doublet; the editors of Genesis have preserved two versions of how Jacob received the name 'Israel'. It has long been recognized that Genesis was comprised of multiple sources, sometimes including alternate traditions of the same stories. This falls under the realm of the Documentary Hypothesis. Michael ...


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Did God allow the meat as aliment to make human life shorter, after the flood? There is a view called "canopy theory" in which it is speculated that people before the flood could not see the stars. This is the "waters above" that were allowed to fall to earth during the flood. Genesis 2:5-6 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and ...


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No AFAIK. Also if meat-eating was the cause, why don't vegetarians live hundreds of years? On the contrary they have to plan their diet very carefully in order to avoid deficiency diseases. Therefore I believe that meat-eating was allowed because vegetables could no longer provide the necessary nutrients for some reason.


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If you believe each day was a 24-hour day, there is no conflict with the natural world of today since plants can survive one 24-hour day without sunlight. The question speaks to the conflict between what all men know (that the sun is essential to life) and what God did (create plants before the sun). In effect God is placing greater importance on the ...



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