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a kingdom with which the patriarchs and Israel had many interactions.

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Was Potiphar, being a captain of an Egyptian guard, likely a eunuch?

In Genesis, we read the infamous story of Joseph and Potiphar's wife. Potiphar's wife (who is named Zuleikha, at least according Sefer HaYashar) repeatedly makes sexual advances on Joseph, and as we ...
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"Death angel" or "destroyer" or "destruction" in Exodus 12:23?

In Exodus 12, the Israelites were instructed to put blood on their doors, to protect them from the death of the firstborn that the Egyptians would suffer. In most of Exodus 12, it sounds as though ...
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Is the "four hundred years" the equivalent of the "four generations" in the Gen. 15:13-16 prophecy?

Gen. 15:13 Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. ...
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"Back in ships to Egypt" in Deut. 28

At the end of the curses for disobedience in Deuteronomy 28, verse 68 says: And the Lord will bring you back in ships to Egypt, a journey that I promised that you should never make again; and there ...
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Why did the Egyptians view shepherds as detestable and why did they refuse to eat with the Hebrews?

Why would the Egyptians refuse to eat with the Hebrew people? The first mention of this is in Genesis 43:32 when Joseph’s brothers first come to Egypt. The Egyptians could not eat with Joseph (a ...
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Did Pharaoh drown with his army? Exodus 14

It is often assumed that the Pharaoh of the Exodus was drowned with his army. This has affected attempts to identify the specific Pharaoh of the Exodus. However, is such a claim true? I see a few ...
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Did Pharoah have free will?

Pharoah starts by hardening his own heart, but then God hardens it (here is the list of verses). Did God remove Pharoah's free will?
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Can the Exodus conflict be read as a conflict between God and the god(s) of Egypt?

In the ancient Egyptian religion, the Pharaoh is the son of Ra. Regarding this particular god and others in Egypt, we read the following in the Book of Exodus. Exodus 12:12 (NASB) 12 For I will ...
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Jacob blessing Pharaoh twice

So in this very short exchange between Jacob and Pharaoh, I'm just simply curious about what is meant by this word blessed. Should I interpret this as just a courteous greeting or take it as Jacob ...
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How did Egyptians practice divination using silver cups?

I've been wondering how silver cups could have been used to practice divination. It was practiced in Egypt according to the following passage. Gen 44:5 Isn’t this the cup my master drinks from and ...
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The Pharaoh of the Exodus

Is there any textual evidence in Hebrew Bible or Christian New Testament that would identify the Pharaoh involved with Moses and the Exodus? Is there any textual evidence that would also correspond ...
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When Was Zechariah 10:10 Fulfilled?

I would love for someone to help me answer this question. The prophet Zechariah prophesied after the exile from Babylon and when the Jews were rebuilding the temple. Zechariah mentions that Jews from ...
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Could God be ok with some types of divination?

In Genesis 44:5 (NASB) Is this not that from which my lord drinks, and which he indeed uses for divination? (...) and in Genesis 44:15 (NASB) Joseph said to them, “What is this thing that you have ...
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Who is the Pharaoh of Ezekiel?

Numerous times in the Book of Ezekiel a Pharaoh is mentioned. Which Pharaoh(s) is/are Ezekiel talking about? Here are some examples of what I am talking about: Ezekiel 29:2-3 - "Son of man, set ...
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When was Egypt uninhabited for 40 years?

Ezekiel 29:10-11 (NLT - emphasis added): I am now the enemy of both you and your river. I will make the land of Egypt a totally desolate wasteland, from Migdol to Aswan, as far south as the border of ...
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Where is Goshen?

In Genesis 45:10 (NASB) For you shall live in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me (...) Where is Goshen?
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What does Eden represent in Ezekiel 31?

In comparing Egypt to Assyria in Ezekiel 31, Eden is used in the metaphor. Ezekiel 31:8-9: The cedars in God's garden could not match [Assyria]; The cypresses could not compare with its boughs, And ...
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Who was Pharaoh in Joseph's time?

In Genesis 40:2 Pharaoh was furious with his two officials, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker. Who was the Pharaoh? Note: similar question was asked about the Pharaoh of Ezekiel's time and an ...
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Was Joseph sold to Potiphar by Midianites or Ishmaelites?

In Genesis 37:36 (NASB) Meanwhile, the Midianites sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, Pharaoh’s officer, the captain of the bodyguard. In Genesis 39:1 (NASB) Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt; and ...
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What sacrificial animals would be detestable to the Egyptians?

In Exodus 8:26 (NIV) But Moses said, "That would not be right. The sacrifices we offer the LORD our God would be detestable to the Egyptians. And if we offer sacrifices that are detestable in ...
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Why take five men to the Pharaoh?

In Genesis 47:2 (NASB) And he took five men from among his brothers and presented them to Pharaoh. Why would Joseph take five men?
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Do the Mari or Armana documents substantiate the Exodus account of wandering in the desert?

I heard a verbal account of a historic source called the Mari documents that appear to be letters written from Egypt to Vassal Kings warning of the Habiru people—unreliable wandering gypsies who are a ...
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Can history shed any light on the "secret arts" of the Egyptian magicians who turned their staffs into serpents?

Exodus 7:11-12 (ESV): 11 Then Pharaoh summoned the wise men and the sorcerers, and they, the magicians of Egypt, also did the same by their secret arts. 12 For each man cast down his staff, and they ...
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Why God Punished Egypt as per Jeremiah 46?

Why God Punished Egypt. Is it because they killed good king Josiah. If he was a good king, God never allows that to happen. Also as per verse 26 it says, "But later on, people will live in Egypt ...
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Parallels between story of Abraham handing his wife Sara over to the Pharaoh (Gen 12) and Israel then spending 400 years slavery in Egypt [closed]

In my study of the books of Genesis and Exodus, I have noted what appear to be clear parallels between the events which take place between Abraham and his wife Sara and the future events which take ...
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Time span between Genesis 15:13 and Genesis 46:6

Is it possible, on the basis of the text, to establish the approximate time span between God's prophesy to Abraham about his descendants' being mistreated in Egypt: "And he said unto Abram, Know ...
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Israelites drinking smelly water

In Exodus 7:21 (NASB) Then the fish that were in the Nile died, and the Nile stank, so that the Egyptians could not drink water from the Nile. And the blood was through all the land of Egypt. Does ...
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Did Egypt have prisons not belonging to the Pharaoh?

“And Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined, and he was there in prison.” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭39:20‬ ‭ Was it possible that Joseph could have ...
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What does the name Phinehas mean? [closed]

In Hebraic culture, names have significant meanings. When given a name it represents an array of scenario including but not limited to the essence of one's character (https://www.aish.com/jl/l/b/...
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Did the Israelites appoint a leader to take them back to slavery as alluded in Nehemiah 9:17?

Nehemiah 9:17 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 17 “They refused to listen, And did not remember Your wondrous deeds which You had performed among them; So they became stubborn and ...
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Did God take the Samaritans out of Egypt (2 Kings 17:36)?

The origin of the Samaritans, as described in the book of Kings, is a group of people brought from Mesopotamia to Samaria by the Assyrians: The king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Cuthah, ...
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Why was Necho of Egypt following God's commands?

From 2 Chronicles 35 (NIV): 20 After all this, when Josiah had set the temple in order, Necho king of Egypt went up to fight at Carchemish on the Euphrates, and Josiah marched out to meet him in ...
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Where did the water come from for the magicians to perform like Moses in Exodus 7:22?

We are told that Moses turned all the water in Egypt into blood Exodus 7:19 (NKJV) 19 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Take your rod and stretch out your hand over the waters of ...
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Was Ezekiel's prophecy referring to only Egypt or does it imply that Africa (the land of Ham) will become the lowest of the Kingdoms? Ezekiel 29:14

Egypt is still relevant today contrary to what we should expect going by Ezekiel's prophecy. Ezekiel 29:14 "I will bring back the captives of Egypt and cause them to return to the land of ...
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Plagues on you and your servants and your people

In Exodus 9:14 (NASB) For this time I am going to send all My plagues on you and your servants and your people, so that you may know that there is no one like Me in all the earth. Does that mean the ...
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Are the Sea peoples referenced anywhere in the bible?

To better understand this question. And why i feel this is a good, rational question, i will spend a little time below, copying and pasting everything i can find regarding the Sea peoples. When one ...
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In Matthew 14 Jesus walks on the water. What are the similarities between this account and the ancient Egyptian writings about Horus?

In Matthew 14 Jesus walks on the water. What are the similarities and differences between this account and the ancient Egyptian writings about Horus from Pyramid texts in 25th Century BC? For example,...
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Why was it important to mention Moses' & Aaron's age in Exodus 7:7?

In Exodus 7:7, the author mentions the ages of Moses & Aaron when they spoke to Pharaoh: And Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three years old when they spoke to Pharaoh. Why was ...
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In what ways was Pharaoh "troubling the waters with his feet and fouling the rivers" Ezekiel 32:2

Ezekiel 32:2 (NKJV) "Son of man, take up a lamentation for Pharaoh king of Egypt, and say to him: 'You are like a young lion among the nations, And you are like a monster in the seas, Bursting ...
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Was Mesalim King of Kish, the same person as Moses king of Kush? [closed]

Mesilim Mesilim Mesilim (Sumerian: 𒈨𒁲),[3] also spelled Mesalim (c. 2600 BC), was lugal (king) of the Sumerian city-state of Kish. Though his name is missing from the Sumerian king list, Mesilim ...
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In Psalm 68:31 How come Princes come out from Egypt when Ezekiel 30:13 says "There shall no longer be princes from Egypt"?

According to Ezekiel 29:15; Egypt will be the basest of the nations never again to rise above the power of its neighbors. Modern Egypt doesn't meet this criteria so I guess that this prophecy ...
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Time of Israel's sojourning until the Exodus: Septuagint vs Hebrew Bible translations Exodus 12:40 [duplicate]

Many scholars have debated the 430 year period Israel sojourned in Egypt mentioned in Ex 12:40 and attempted to figure out how it is possible that Israel spent 430 years in Egypt while it is contrary ...
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"I will diminish them" Ezekiel 29:15. How was Egypt diminished by God after the Chaldean period?

Genesis 10:13-14 NKJV Mizraim begot Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim, Pathrusim, and Casluhim (from whom came the Philistines and Caphtorim) According to this passage, the ancient Egyptians ...
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