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Exodus is the second book of the Hebrew Bible, telling the story of the Israelites' slavery in Egypt, their deliverance, and their journey to Mount Sinai.

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How to reconcile biblical magic with the omnipotence of Yahweh?

In Exodus 7:10--14, Pharaoh's magicians are able to turn their staffs into snakes, although their snakes get eaten by Aaron's. From where do they derive this supernatural power? Are there other gods ...
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Which festival was Moses refering to in Exodus 10:9?

Exodus 10:9 NIV Moses answered, “We will go with our young and our old, with our sons and our daughters, and with our flocks and herds, because we are to celebrate a festival to the Lord.”
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What is the significance of the ingredients used in the anointing oil?

Scripture says in Exodus 30:22-25: 22 Moreover the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 23 “Also take for yourself quality spices—five hundred shekels of liquid myrrh, half as much sweet-smelling cinnamon (...
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Why were these things specifically instructed by God to be done by "the door" in Exodus 29?

There are several mentions of by "the door" in Exodus 29. 4 “And Aaron and his sons you shall bring to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and you shall wash them with water. 10 “You ...
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What is the correct translation of Exodus 17:16 about Amalek?

This passage has been difficult for translators with nearly every version rendering it differently and making notes of uncertainty. Different attempts at rendering the Hebrew words vary broadly. After ...
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Why were the Israelites deprived of eating meat when they had their own cattle and sheep in the desert?

When the Israelites left Egypt they were allowed to take their flocks and herds with them (Ex 12:32). They needed them for their sacrificial offerings - but they could only use those who were ...
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Exodus 14:23 - The Death of Pharaoh and the Singular Grammar Used

Exodus 14:23 And the Egyptians pursued and went after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. What is the grammatical reason for the plurality of ...
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The implications of "neighbor" and "resident alien" in Ex. 3:22

Exodus 3:21-22 21 I will even make the Egyptians so well-disposed toward this people that, when you go, you will not go empty-handed. Every woman will ask her neighbor and the resident alien in her ...
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"You shall not kill" vs capital punishment

During the dissemination of the Ten Commandments in Exodus, the 6th commandment says You shall not kill, but in Leviticus, Moses is given a list of rules to give to the people again, but this time ...
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Slavery and freedom

From moral justification view, this verse about slavery is concerning to me, not really about the slavery, it's about the wife and children of a few slave that are left behind when he's freed. It ...
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How did Aaron come out to meet Moses in the wilderness?

I've wondered this for a number of years, and have never heard or read an explanation for it. In Exodus 4, Moses is asking God to choose somebody else to send His message to Pharoah. Then in verse 14 ...
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What effect did the Mixed Multitude have on the destiny (fate) of the Israelites, if any?

Later in Hebrew history, after the Exile, the returning Jews "separated from Israel all the mixed multitude." (Nehemiah 13:3) But in the Exodus, at the beginning of the history of the Hebrew ...
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Couldn't the Jews eat their livestock in addition to eating the manna in the Exodus period?

The Jews were tired of eating the manna day by day (Numbers 11:6-9) which the Lord had given them (Exodus 16:31-35). Yet God instituted the offering of sacrifices at the tabernacle (Leviticus 1-7). If ...
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Exodus 12:36 Did the Egyptians obey because they favored the Israelites, or because God favored the Israelites?

Exodus 12:36 Comparing some different translations of this passage, half them read like "God made all the Egyptians like/be magically charmed by/look favorably upon the Israelites so much, that ...
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Why did Moses reappear before Pharaoh after saying he would not?

Why did Pharoah claim in Exodus 10:28 that he would kill Moses if Moses ever stood before him again; and then in vs. 29, Moses confirms that "You have spoken correctly, I shall never see your ...
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What was the number of Israelites that left Eygpt?

In Numbers 1, a census is recorded with the number of people being 603,550. A second census recorded in Numbers 26(after the 40 year period)with the number of people being 601,730. This was only the ...
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Interpretation of Exodus 20:13: Scope of Prohibition Against Killing

Exodus 20:13 is famously rendered in many English translations as either "You shall not murder" or "You shall not kill." This variation in translation leads to questions ...
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Why did they put pomegranates on the priestly garments? (Exodus)

Exodus 28:33-35 NKJV 33 And upon its hem you shall make pomegranates of blue, purple, and scarlet, all around its hem, and bells of gold between them all around: 34 a golden bell and a pomegranate, a ...
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Were you allowed to "not" work on other days other than the Sabbath?

Exodus 31:14-15 NKJV You shall keep the Sabbath, therefore, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off ...
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Why was "doing good" on the Sabbath not included in Exodus by God?

Exodus 31:14-15 NKJV 14 You shall keep the Sabbath, therefore, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut ...
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Why was it called the breastplate of judgement? (Exodus 28:15)

Exodus 28:15-21 NKJV The Breastplate 15 “You shall make the breastplate of judgment. Artistically woven according to the workmanship of the ephod you shall make it: of gold, blue, purple, and scarlet ...
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Why was the altar of sacrifice expected to always be ablaze?

Leviticus 6:12-13 New King James Version 12 And the fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it; it shall not be put out. And the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt ...
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Exodus 19:13 - come near or go up on the mountain?

Is the meaning of the Hebrew text closer to "go up on the mountain" (e.g. NRSV) or "come near the mountain" (e.g. NKJV)?
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What are the limits and what counts as "other gods" as referred to in Exodus 23:13?

Let me quote Exodus 23:13 NKJV 13 “And in all that I have said to you, be circumspect and make no mention of the name of other gods, nor let it be heard from your mouth. My question comes with a few....
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Who were the Canaanites?

Why did God send his angel of death in Exodus 23:23 to kill people that already lived on the chosen land for the chosen ones? Ex 23:23 (ESV) - “When my angel goes before you and brings you to the ...
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What is the range of meaning of ganab (steal) as used in Exodus 20:15 and projected into a modern context?

It is fairly common to see Exodus 20:15 ("Thou shalt not steal") cited as Biblical support for the idea that copying creative works without permission is theft, or, in other words, the claim ...
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If Pharaoh's magicians had actually conjured up real snakes, why could they not bring forth simple lice?

Exodus 8:16,17,18,19 16 And the LORD said unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch out thy rod, and smite the dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt. 17 And they did so;...
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Why take him from the altar to die?

I don't see it clearly explained in the Bible. In Exodus 21:14 it reads in the NKJV: 14 “But if a man acts with premeditation against his neighbor, to kill him by treachery, you shall take him from ...
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Exodus 33 vs Exodus 40

In Exodus 33, Moses could enter the tent of meeting, and subsequently see God's glory. Exodus 33:7-11 7 Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it at a distance outside the camp. He called it the ...
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Is the rod/staff: Yahweh’s, Moses’ or Aaron’s?

So, in my previous Why did God stop using Aaron and his rod?, RHPclass79 said: A rod, God's rod, Moses' and Aaron's rod are all the same. It is also the rod that budded and was later put in the Arc ...
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Why did God stop using Aaron and his rod? (Exodus 7-8)

From what I can tell, Aaron's rod is only used in three places while in Egypt. First when his rod turned into a serpent. (Exodus 7:8-13 NKJV) Aaron’s Miraculous Rod 8 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and ...
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Does everyone born of a woman start with their name in God's Book of Life?

Ex 32:33 And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book. Does everyone born of a woman start with their name in God's Book of Life?
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Exodus 11:7 - What is the meaning of, "Against none of the children of Israel shall a dog move its tongue"?

Exodus 11:7 NKJV 7 But against none of the children of Israel shall a dog move its tongue, against man or beast, that you may know that the Lord does make a difference between the Egyptians and ...
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How should the phrase "God remembered" be interpreted?

I've read this phrase before in Genesis 8:1 NKJV where it says: 8 Then God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind to pass over ...
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Since the Israelites had flocks and herds & a very large number of livestock in Chapter 12 of Exodus, why did they complain of hunger in Chapter 16?

Not one of my commentaries addresses this matter and my pastor doesn't know. Exodus 12:37, 38 NASB 37 Now the sons of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot,...
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Was God tired while creating the universe?

Exodus 31:17 (ESV) reads: It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. I ...
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What is the only way to see God and live?

Exodus 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live." For clarification, this is the LORD speaking to Moses (KJV) and since all capitalization is used ...
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Where exactly was the bullock killed in Exodus 29:11?

Where exactly was the bullock killed in Exodus 29:11? And thou shalt kill the bullock before the Lord, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. So: was it between the door of the tent ...
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Where is the location of the "Red Sea" crossing depicted in the events of Exodus? (Exodus 14)

Modern Documentaries There seems to be a rash of video documentaries about finding the location of the Red Sea crossing by the Israelites in the story depicted in the book of Exodus. With the ...
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Why can't I read the phrase ויולך יהוה את־הים in Exodus 14:21 as "And God walked in the Sea"?

Why can't I read the phrase ויולך יהוה את־הים in Exodus 14:21 as "And God walked in the Sea"? ויט משה את־ידו על־הים ויולך יהוה את־הים ברוח קדים עזה כל־הלילה וישם את־הים לחרבה ויבקעו המים׃ ...
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Moses tells God to relent

In Exodus 32:12 (NIV), Moses told God "Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people." Other translations say that Moses told God to repent or to change his ...
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When and for How Long was Israel Enslaved by the Egyptians?

This post is somewhat related to Do We Know with Reasonable Certainty Where Goshen was Located? According to (D-R) Exod. 12:40, And the abode of the children of Israel that they made in Egypt, was ...
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Is the cup in Luke 22:42 God's wrath we see in other Scriptures or the cup of Redemption we see in Exodus?

Matthew 26:27-29 Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins....
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Would God have voiced all of the commandments and statutes if the children of Israel never became terrified in Exodus 20:18-19? [closed]

God spoke the 10 commandments to Israel (Ex 20:1). Then: Ex 20:18, 19 - When all the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sounding of the ram’s horn, and the mountain enveloped in smoke, ...
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What is the meaning of placing a sign on the chest?

A priest wears on his chest a breastplate, and inscribed on it are the precious gemstones of the twelve tribes of Israel. In the visions of John called the book of revelation one wears on his chest ...
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What is the significance of the Lord repeating his name, "The Lord, The Lord" in Exodus 34:6?

In Exodus 34, the Lord proclaims his name to Moses. I take this to mean that God is giving definition to his name and declaring who he is. He begins with a repeat of his name, "The Lord, the Lord....
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What did the Israelites do with the foreign children in Deuteronomy 20:14?

This question is also related to Leviticus 25:44-46 and exodus 21:4. Could foreign children be born into slavery in Israel (like the children of Hebrew servants), or would they be made slaves if their ...
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Why in the Old Testament does God get corrected by Moses?

I was reading through the Exodus story and I couldn't help but notice that in Exodus 32:9-14 God is angry with the Israelites. He tells Moses, "Now leave me alone so my anger may burn against ...
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Is the Sabbath a distinct covenant according to Exodus 31:16?

Exodus 31:12-18 (ESV): And the LORD said to Moses, 13 “You are to speak to the people of Israel and say, ‘Above all you shall keep my Sabbaths, for this is a sign between me and you throughout your ...
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What is the meaning of the word translated as "steal" in the commandment "thou shalt not steal"? (Exodus 20:15)

This question is prompted by a question in which "software piracy" and copyright issues come up. (See: What's Christians take on pirating authors books, software, movies etc?) Some suppose ...
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