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The second book of the Hebrew Bible, starting with Israel in Egyptian slavery and ending with the building of the tabernacle in the desert.

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Was YHWH targeting Egyptian gods or that's just Jack Chick's idiocy? [duplicate]

According to this tract of Jack Chick, the 10 Plagues were targeting/disgracing major Egyptian gods. The most glaring issue with this is: WHERE IS MAH BOI, SOBEK?! On a serious note, I'm unsure if ...
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Would the ancient Hebrew word/concept of adultery (תִנְאָף) have included homosexual sex?

Exodus 20 commands the people to not תִנְאָף, translated "commit adultery." What would have been included in their concept of this? Would a man having sex with another man have been ...
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Same term used for Noah's ark and Moses's basket

In Genesis 6:14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. The term used for "an ark" is tebah. This term is also ...
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How would a single author theory of the Pentateuch reconcile the different time of release of the Hebrew slave?

The law regarding the time of release of a Hebrew slave, and whether the slave should be let free empty handed or not, is treated differently in Exodus, Deuteronomy, and Leviticus: Exodus 21:2: ...
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Is Matthew 27:25 binding?

Matthew 27:25 All the people answered, "His blood is on us and on our children!" Exodus 20:5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, ...
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What is the significance of the parallels between Jacob and Moses?

Both have to flee their homes after they do something wrong and have people who want to kill them - see Genesis 27 & Exodus 2 Both then end up at wells in foreign lands, and help women when ...
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What's the significance of the omission of Moses' wife and sons in the genealogy in Exodus 6?

Moses' wife and sons are omitted from the genealogy, whereas Aaron's wife, sons and grandson are all included. What is the significance of this? Related but different question on the genealogy here - ...
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Has anyone seen God or not?

In Exodus 33:11 So the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses returned to the camp, his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart ...
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Does Exodus 20:14 (“thou shalt not commit adultery”) include bestiality?

Bestiality is forbidden in several verses of the Old Testament. For example: Exodus 22:19 Whosoever lieth with a beast shall surely be put to death. Leviticus 18:23 Neither shalt thou lie with any ...
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Was there something significant to the Israelites about the third miracle in Exodus 4:8?

God sends Moses to the Israelites to tell them that he is about to redeem them but Moses makes it clear that they might not believe him.Having perfomed the first two miracles it seems Moses goes on to ...
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How to understand John 4 in light of Exodus 17 and Numbers 20?

When Christ met the woman of Samaria he promised her that she will never thirst if she partook of the waters that he will give her. John 4:10-14 NIV 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God ...
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What evidence is there that boiling a kid in its mother's milk (Exodus 23:19) was a pagan practice?

In Exodus 23:19 (KJV), Jehovah tells the Israelites, "Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk." Searching online for a possible meaning, many suggestions are given, the most ...
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The Menorah - A Shammash?

Exodus 25:31-37 (KJV) 31 And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of ...
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What was the “testimony” that was given to Jehoiada?

2 Kings 11:9-12: The captains did according to all that Jehoiada the priest commanded, and they each brought his men who were to go off duty on the Sabbath, with those who were to come on duty on the ...
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Was Moses a powerful speaker? [duplicate]

Exodus 4:10 Moses said to the LORD, "Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue." ...
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What would the new occupiers eat if they didn't harvest for 4 years

Leviticus 19:23-25 stated that the Israelites when they newly occupy their land should dedicate the proceeds of planting for 3 years. They can only start eating it in the fifth year. To my knowledge, ...
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Did God change his mind concerning visiting the sins of the fathers onto the sons in Jeremiah 31?

God had given instructions to Moses that he will visit the sins of the fathers onto the children Exodus 20:5 NIV 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a ...
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Can we conclude that the mandate to keep a literal seventh day Sabbath is obsolete from Exodus 31:12-17, Hebrews 8 and Hebrews 4? [closed]

I will present 3 passages from Scripture and what I understand from each one. 1) Exodus 31:12-17 (NIV) 12 Then the Lord said to Moses, 13 “Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths. This ...
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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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why did Moses tell the Israelites not to go near a woman?

Exodus 19:15 And he said to the people, “Be ready for the third day; do not go near a woman.” What would happen if a man did?
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Tent of meeting vs tabernacle

Exodus 33:7 Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the "tent of meeting." Anyone inquiring of the LORD would go to the tent of meeting ...
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How did they keep warm on the Sabbath day?

Exodus 35:3 Do not light a fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath day. How did they keep warm on the Sabbath day?
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Exodus 22 Wasn't it a case of rape?

Exodus 22:16 “If a man seduces a virgin who is not engaged to anyone and has sex with her, he must pay the customary bride price and marry her. 17But if her father refuses to let him marry her, the ...
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What exactly is the mercy seat?

English Standard Version Exodus 25:20 The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, their faces one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces ...
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Is ESV translation of “opposite that mountain” in Exodus 34:3 justified?

Exodus 34:3 New International Version No one is to come with you or be seen anywhere on the mountain; not even the flocks and herds may graze in front of the mountain." in front of אֶל־ (’el-) ...
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Is there a chronological issue in Exodus 17,18 and 19?

In Exodus 17 we meet the Israelites camped at Rephidim after leaving the wilderness of sin Exodus 17:1 NASB 17 Then all the congregation of the sons of Israel journeyed by [a]stages from the ...
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Was ox more valuable than sheep?

Exodus 22:1 "Whoever steals an ox or a sheep and slaughters it or sells it must pay back five head of cattle for the ox and four sheep for the sheep. Why this difference? Was ox more valuable ...
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Which translation for Exodus 22:3 is correct, ESV or NIV?

Exodus 22:3 English Standard Version but if the sun has risen on him, there shall be bloodguilt for him. He shall surely pay. If he has nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft. New ...
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How to reconcile Exodus 22:11 and Matthew 5:34 on taking oath?

Exodus 22:11 the issue between them will be settled by the taking of an oath before the LORD that the neighbor did not lay hands on the other person's property. The owner is to accept this, and no ...
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Did Moses take them to the rock at Horeb for water and back to Rephidim?

It is said they came to Rephidim which is between the wilderness of sin and Sinai and complained about water.Moses took them to Horeb which somehow seems to be same as Sinai and gave them water from ...
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The leprous hand of Moses

When Moses first encounters God he is given the ability to turn his hand leprous and back as a sign (Ex 4:6, 7),like turning his staff into a snake (Ex 4:3, 4), that he can prove to Pharaoh that he ...
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“Thousands” or “the thousandth generation” in Exodus 20:6?

Exodus 20:6 declares God's mercy to "thousands" or to "the thousandth generation" -- see Bible Gateway for a list of the various translations. From what I can see, early versions ...
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Why were God's reactions so different in Exodus 4:24-26 and Joshua 5:2 concerning circumcision?

Exodus 4:24 At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses and was about to kill him. 25But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it. “Surely you are ...
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Does “Your Glory” (Khevodekha, כְּבֹדֶֽךָ) in Shemot (Exodus) 33:18 simply refer to the Smoke - hovering over Mount Horeb and the Ark?

Does "Your Glory" (Khevodekha, כְּבֹדֶֽךָ) in Shemot (Exodus) 33:18 simply refer to the Smoke - hovering over Mount Horeb and the Ark?
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Leaving houses before morning

At Exodus 12 God commands Jews Passover statutes by Moses and at one place he says that no one should leave house until morning: 22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that ...
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If God is no respecter of persons, how to explain Exodus 11:7?

Exodus 11:7 But among the Israelites not a dog will bark at any person or animal. Then you will know that the LORD makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel. I often hear on Christian radio ...
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Can the Ten Commandments be interpreted as declarative?

There is a variation in how John 14:15 is translated: "If you love me, you will keep my commandments." ESV “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments." NASB “If you love me, keep ...
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Translation of Exodus 3:12

I realise that this is very improbable but I thought that I might as well ask it. Exodus 3:12: He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you ...
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Why were the Sabbath breakers not punished in Exodus 16:27-28?

Exodus 16:27 NIV 27 Nevertheless, some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather it, but they found none. 28 Then the Lord said to Moses, “How long will you[c] refuse to keep my commands and ...
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What does it mean socially to be a free woman in Israel?

In Exodus 21:11, a female slave could go free if she is not provided for by her husband/master. And if he does not do these three for her, then she shall go out free, without paying money. Aside ...
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What is the correct date the Israelites arrived at Sinai?

After leaving Egypt, the Israelites traveled to Mount Sinai. Exodus 19:1 records their arrival: בחדש השלישי לצאת בני־ישראל מארץ מצרים ביום הזה באו מדבר סיני Apparently this date can be understood ...
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How did the 10 Commandments become the 10 Commandments?

Exodus 20-31 document all the laws God established towards the Israelites on Mt. Sinai through Moses. From my memory and understanding of Hebrew literature, there weren't any chapter divisions. The ...
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What/where is the “mountain of Your inheritance” in Exodus 15:17?

What/where is the "mountain of Your inheritance" in Exodus 15:17? "You will bring them in and plant them in the mountain of Your inheritance..."
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Why did the Israelites leave in battle ranks in Exodus 13:18?

Exodus 13:18 says: "So God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea. And the children of Israel went up in orderly ranks out of the land of Egypt." The Hebrew term for ...
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Exodus 7:22; 8:7 why did not the Egyptian Magicians try to antagonize the effect of Moses' miracles?

Exodus 7:22 DRB: And the magicians of the Egyptians with their enchantments did in like manner: and Pharao's heart was hardened, neither did he hear them, as the Lord had commanded. Exodus 8:7 ...
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Who were the mixed multitude in Exodus 12:38?

It says in Exodus 12:38: "A mixed multitude went up with them also, and flocks and herds—a great deal of livestock." Do any Scriptural or other sources say what this mixed multitude was composed ...
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Is Jesus' “I am” statement in John 8:58 equivalent to God's “I am” statement in Exodus 3:14?

Is Jesus' "I am" statement in John 8:58 equivalent to God's "I am" in Exodus 3:14? What is the meaning of "I am" in John 8:58 and what is the meaning of "I am" in Exodus 3:14?
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Exodus 9:12, How is it accepted that the LORD hardens the heart of Pharaoh, then Punishes him for that?

Exodus 9:12 (DRB): And the Lord hardened Pharao's heart, and he hearkened not unto them, as the Lord had spoken to Moses. I was little surprised, How the LORD punishes Pharaoh for the hardness of ...
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Did Abraham really see God? [duplicate]

It says in Genesis God appeared to Abraham but other places no one has seen God Genesis 12:7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your [a]descendants I will give this land.” And there he ...
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Genesis 27:25, “of my Son's game” or “of your game”?

The matter here in Genesis 27:25 is like that of Exodus 33:19 (the two LORDs). Look here . Genesis 27:25 (ESV): Then he said, “Bring it near to me, that I may eat of my son’s game and bless you.” ...

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