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The word translated 'heads' in the KJV is רֹאשׁ and like most words it has a wide semantic range, it can mean 'head' as in a part of the body, but it can also refer to 'a head' as in a leader or chief (among other things), see for example: Exodus 6:14 These are the heads of their fathers' houses: The sons of Reuben, the firstborn of Israel, were ...


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Another consideration is that this passage may, in part, have been a test for Moses. Consider John 6:5-7. Jesus asks a question of Philip, though the question is a test. Jesus knew the answer ahead of time, and essentially presented Philip with a question to determine Philip's state of soul. It seems Christ was trying to teach Philip his own ...



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