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Dec
31
answered Where does the extra information about Melchizedek come from in Hebrews 7?
Dec
31
comment What's the importance of Melchizedek from a Hebrew Bible-only point of view?
Not really, @NiclasNilsson; see my edited answer.
Dec
31
revised What's the importance of Melchizedek from a Hebrew Bible-only point of view?
Rearranged answer according to OP’s addition of Psalms to his question
Dec
30
answered What do women do when they're “ministering” in front of God's tabernacle?
Dec
30
comment Did Avraham marry Hagar? Did Ya'akov marry Zilpah?
Marrying a barren wife’s maidservant for children was well-established ANE practice; your question is dependent on what the status of this relationship was. The Biblical text is ambiguous, so I don’t think it’s possible to answer you question from there, but ANE scholars might know this from other sources.
Dec
30
answered Was only the woman to be scourged in Leviticus 19:20?
Dec
30
answered What's the importance of Melchizedek from a Hebrew Bible-only point of view?
Dec
16
revised Why was Abishag the Shunammite important?
Slight edit for clarity
Oct
8
comment Should 1 Kings 19:3 read that Elijah “saw” or “was afraid”?
Deliberate ambiguity is actually fairly common in Scripture; and you know it’s deliberate because there are alternate words available for either meaning.
Oct
8
answered Land of Moriah or Mount Moriah?
Oct
6
comment Why does the Septuagint contain non-Tanakh books?
The Septuagint proper comprises only the first five books of the Torah; the rest is an accretion of translations from various sources. So any religious book popular enough to exist in Greek translation—or any that were written in Greek—would have ended up in the general “Septuagint”.
Oct
6
revised Synthesizing Differing Translations of Proverbs 18:24
edited body
Aug
14
comment Why does Psalm 103:8 use the dual form of אַפַּ֣יִם (anger)?
Cf. also Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch ad loc., who translates אף as a panting desire or yearning; אֶרֶךְ אַפַּיִם then means “He long desires [repentance]”, similar in meaning but not identical to “long-suffering”=“long of patience”.
Aug
14
comment Should 1 Kings 19:3 read that Elijah “saw” or “was afraid”?
Are you suggesting that the author intended ambiguity, or that the question cannot be answered?
Jul
28
revised Who are eunuchs of their mother's womb?
retag
Jul
15
awarded  Custodian
Jul
15
reviewed Close How many people were killed by violence in the old testament?
Jul
15
reviewed Reviewed Is the REB translation of Ex 11:1, comparing to a rejected bride, supported in the original language?
Jul
15
reviewed Satisfactory Are men (brethren) really men or are they human?
Jul
15
reviewed Satisfactory Is Paul speaking with sarcasm in Acts 24:21?