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Jan
16
comment Could the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” mean “tree of intelligence”?
So you don’t interpret the Tree in the way the original poster is considering. But that doesn’t answer the OP’s question: Is this a plausible explanation?
Jan
16
comment Could the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” mean “tree of intelligence”?
Note that in Biblical Hebrew, the usual form is “from ‹one small thing› to ‹another small thing›”. Example: Genesis 14:23, “from a thread to a shoelace”.
Jan
8
comment Was or wasn’t Shem’s son Arphaxad born on the ark?
Note that Shem was not necessarily the oldest of Noah’s sons.
Jan
7
awarded  Custodian
Jan
7
reviewed Leave Open When was Jesus's body 'broken'?
Jan
7
reviewed Close What is the context in Mark and Luke as regards the buying and preparing of the spices?
Jan
6
awarded  Informed
Jan
6
awarded  Custodian
Jan
6
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Are the five books of Psalms somehow related to the Pentateuch?
Jan
1
comment Where does the extra information about Melchizedek come from in Hebrews 7?
There is reference in Scripture to people blessing God, which would seem to negate your logic.
Dec
31
revised What's the importance of Melchizedek from a Hebrew Bible-only point of view?
Rolled back the highlighting of Hebrew words
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.