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Location: The location of Mount Horeb, which most understand to be the same as Mount Sinai (see Deut 4:10, 4:15, etc), is unclear. There are many traditions about the location of Mount Sinai, some of which are probably more hospitable than others. The location offered by Open Bible is but one of many. Sheep: None of the candidate locations appears to be ...


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The question is really an issue of what kind of cosmology the authors of the various biblical books assume in the course of their writing. When we read the Hebrew scriptures, the few books that have anything to say on the subject never explicitly say 'the earth is flat'. But if we can determine the overall shape of the cosmos as the different writers ...


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This sermon by Brett Mahlen (which I strongly recommend and exhort you to listen to) has an excellent discussion of this, and is the basis of my answer. Where Were They? Admah and Zeboiim were the little towns outside of Sodom and Gomorroh, which were burned up with the larger cities when the sulfury fire of God fell from heaven in judgment on them ...


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The greek is "βηθανιαν οπου ην λαζαρος" - which just means "Bethany, where Lazarus was". As for the location of the dinner, the fact that Martha (Lazarus' sister) was serving suggests that it was at her house - which might have also been Lazarus' house. The argument that Lazarus is the beloved disciple is interesting (particularly since he appears after ...


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According to many Rabbis, Meroz is a planet from which heavenly beings inhabit like the JUDGES 5:20 REFERENCES: 5:20 From the sky the stars fought. From their courses, they fought against Sisera. 5:23 'Curse Meroz,' said the angel of Yahweh. 'Curse bitterly its inhabitants, because they didn't come to help Yahweh, to help Yahweh against the ...


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The context seems to indicate a local population, that is, within view if the battle near the Jezreel valley. That would probably rule out Simeon, the southernmost tribe, Judah which was south of Jerusalem, and Levy who was without a specific geographic inheritance except for the six designated cities of refuge, none of which are near the Jezreel valley to ...


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"Teman" is OT for "south". In Hab 3:3 the context is description of God's awesome power. So "teman" is used here as a short form of "storms of the south", the powerful "sharav" (Heb.) or "chamsin" (Ar.) blasts of hot southern wind that the Land of Israel is known for. See Zach 9:14 and Psalms 70:26. As a general geographic location "teman" appears in Josh ...


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Addendum to Kazark: There is an alliteration in the Hebrew. Each of the first four lines starts with the letter aleph. Each of the last words in each line have an aleph, in the first syllable of "Ephraim" and "Adamah" (lines 1 and 3), and in the last syllable of "Israel" and "Zeboiim" (lines 2 and 4). This would not work with "Sodom" and "Gamorrah". As the ...


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like the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the Valley of Megiddon: Hadadrimmon has no connection to the Valley of Megiddon. These are, rather, two cases of mourning. [The first is] like the mourning of Ahab the son of Omri, who was slain by Hadadrimmon the son of Tabrimmon in Ramoth Gilead, as it is stated (I Kings 22:36): “A cry passed through the ...


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These two mountains of brass are the backdrops of the scene of which the four chariots ‘come out’ from. The chariots themselves I take the arguably most commonly held view: the four winds represents angels directing the four monarchies that overturned the known world starting with the Babylonian, Persian, Greek and then the Roman empire. The question before ...


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The NET Bible notes: Beth Aven means “house of wickedness” in Hebrew; it is a polemic reference to “Bethel,” which means “house of God.” Cf. CEV “at sinful Bethel.” Bethel was also a worship center established by Jeroboam for the people of the Northern Kingdom. Hosea seems to be referring to the same place where a golden calf was worshiped, sacrifices ...


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Background The NET Bible notes on Genesis 21:30: The name Beer Sheba (בְּאֵר שָׁבַע, bÿ’er shava’) means “well of the oath” or “well of the seven.” Both the verb “to swear” and the number “seven” have been used throughout the account. Now they are drawn in as part of the explanation of the significance of the name. Genesis 26:33 actually says that the ...


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The first two valleys use the word "emek". The names appear to be purely symbolic in context though the Jehosaphat valley might be associated with a historical event connected with the king of the same name, see Wikipedia. Most of the traditional commentators say that the valleys in 4:12 and 4:14 (Yehoshaphat and "Decision") are the same valley. The name in ...


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I do not think the meaning of the name Shechem has any bearing on the text. The name seems to come from its shape in the hills surrounding it. Rather the 'history' and 'location' of the city among the poeople holds the answer. First, the road to Shechem from Bethel was like a highway, or main road that robbers would use to attack people: And they said, ...


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Verse 11: ביּום ההוא  יגדל המספּד בירוּשלם  כמספּד הדדרמון  בבקעת מגדון In that day will become big the-lament in Jerusalem, like/as/akin-to haddadrimmon lament, in valley of megedon. ביּום ההוא In-day of the-that (i.e. in that day) יגדל המספּד will-grow-big/will-increase the-lament כמספּד הדדרמון like haddadrimmon lament בבקעת מגדון in-valley ...


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The bronze mountains represent the entrance or gateway to the presence of God and in particular are reminsicent of the two great bronze pillars of Solomon's temple. Context of the Canon Mountains Mountains are used often as symbols throughout the Hebrew Bible. Their use is not uniform, but there are identifiable symbolic themes. Mountains may represent ...


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I offer two possibilities here. Option 1 Before we tackle the mountains we need to ask: what are the four chariots (with their four colors of horses)? Rashi sees here references to the four powerful kingdoms of Babylon, Media, Greece, and Edom. The mountains are bronze (or copper or brass) to signify strength and hardness: and the mountains were ...


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At issue is the ambiguity of the phrase: To the churches of Galatia: —Galatians 1:2b (ESV) Galatia could refer to a Roman province (left) or to a region settled by migrating Celts, which was designated a client kingdom of Rome (right). The text of the letter shows that Paul had been with them recently: I am astonished that you are so ...


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Jacob blesses his sons in Genesis 49. The two who got the best blessings were Joseph and Judah. Recall that Joseph had been Jacob's favorite. Also, Joseph saved them all. Judah was the fourth oldest, but Reuben, Simeon, and Levi had all made Jacob mad. Reuben slept with Jacob's concubine (Genesis 35:22). Simeon and Levi exterminated a city and were a ...


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Possible scenario 1 While Moshe walked to the Middia from Egypt, he noted the places full of grass. Since he was a shepherd, he went to the places he saw because the nearest fields were occupied already. Possible scenario 2 Moshe had a good Egyptian education (including religious), and in the Middia he was in the fellowship of the priest. So it's no ...


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All theories I've seen of the path(s) of the children of Israel post-Exodus pass through the modern Negev. However, since the various promises in b'reishit do not come with modern map coordinates, it's pretty much unanswerable whether, as a result, they were spending their time in 'promised' territory. For that matter, it's not at all clear what parts of ...


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I have read several commentaries on this portion of scripture and see it causes a lot of confusion because the most probable meaning is that it is not associated with the first coming of Messiah but the second coming. Originally I may have fell into the 'destruction of Jerusalem' trap because Jesus spoke about the destruction of Jerusalem while sitting on ...


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Two mountains would make me think first of Gerizim and Ebal, where the Levites pronounced the blessings and curses, respectively, of Torah upon the people of Israel. These were pronouncements of God's blessings if Israel and Israelites kept covenant, and cursing if they did not (Paul refers to this in Gal 3:10). I have not studied Zechariah in any depth, but ...


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Clearly this mourning was apocalyptic and referred to the national mourning the spiritual Jerusalem would engage in upon the birth of the church during Messianic days. Even ancient references in the Talmud interpret Zechariah 12:10,12 as applied to the Messiah (according to Alfred Edresheim the Jewish historian in his book, The Life and Times of Jesus the ...


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I apologize for the length of this one but your question demands a thorough answer. Who is the man? From the immediate context his is only what it says, 'a man'. He is a man who has a 'special interest'. He is a man provisioning for the miraculous visionary, prophetic and thus mysterious future expansion of Israel. In the immediate context this vision is ...


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Ho 6:9 And as troops of robbers wait for a man, [so] the company of priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit lewdness. -AV Shechem - means 'shoulder'. The thigh is consent of the will(life) related to the foot/walk. The shoulder refers to 'consent of works'. But it also refers to the lewdness of Simeon and Levi in killing en masse at ...


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Can't improve on Jon Ericson's splendid answer, but would like to make some comments on the parallel passage Amos 5:5: Do not seek Bethel, do not go to Gilgal, do not journey to Beersheba. For Gilgal will surely go into exile, and Bethel will be reduced to nothing. (NIV) This page mentions much the same thing as what Jon is saying. Interestingly, ...



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