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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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Is there anything in Genesis to suggest why the ancient Israelites were made to be slaves in Egypt?

Is there a reason provided in Genesis for the enslavement of the ancient Israelites for 400 years?: Genesis 15:13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a ...
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Does the definite article 'the', occur in front of the name of God in the Hebrew language?

Or is the an interpolation from the English translators of the bible? I'm no Hebrew expert but I'm curious to know how the name was written and read in Hebrew. Was it the YAHWEH or just YAHWEH? ...
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What was the reason Pharaoh went out to the river?

Exodus 8:20 reads, "And the Lord said to Moses, 'Rise early in the morning and stand before Pharaoh as he comes out to the water.' Then say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Let My people go, that they ...
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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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Why does Yhwh instruct Moses to leave him alone in Exodus 32:10?

In Exodus 32:10, after the LORD's brief monologue on the golden calf incident (vv. 7-9), speaking to Moses he says: וְעַתָּה הַנִּ֣יחָה לִּי וְיִֽחַר־אַפִּ֥י בָהֶם וַאֲכַלֵּ֑ם וְאֶֽעֱשֶׂה אוֹתְךָ ...
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Why was Abraham required to bring three year old offerings/sacrifices in Genesis 15:7?

(KJV) Genesis 15:7-9 And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. 8 And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I ...
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Is the “ark of the covenant” mentioned in Revelation 11:19 same as the “ark” mentioned in Exodus 25:10?

Is the ark of the covenant mentioned in Revelation 11:19 Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple. There were flashes of lightning, ...
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What deity was Reuel a priest of?

Exodus 2:16 introduces Reuel (who was later Moses's father-in-law) as "a priest of Midian" without specifying anything further about which deity he was priest of: Now a priest of Midian had seven ...
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Did the non-Israelite multitude cross the sea without the blood applied? Did this rabble instigate unbelief in God's provision?

Exodus 12:38, did the non-Israelite multitude (עֵ֥רֶב) cross the sea without the blood applied? Did this rabble (אֲסְפְּסֻף) in Numbers 11:14 instigate the unbelief in God's provision? Exodus 12:38 A ...
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What does “eating and drinking” signify in “meeting with God”? (Exodus 24:11)

In my thoughts, Exodus 24:9-11 might be speaking of what is termed Eucharist, Sacrament of the Lord's Supper or the Communion in NT. Christians cannot partake in the divinity of the trinity without ...
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Why is the genealogy of Moses placed in the middle of his life story?

The placement of the genealogy of Moses and Aaron, beginning at Exodus 6:14, appears to be a bit odd at first glance. One might expect it to be placed at Moses' birth or maybe his death, but instead ...
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What are 'the laws' in Exodus 18?

When Moses judged the people of Israel, we read in Exodus 18:20 about the laws: and you shall warn them about the statutes and the laws, and make them know the way in which they must walk and what ...
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What was written on the stone tablets?

The wikipedia page, and most other depictions of the tablets are that they are of the ten commandments. When I read Exodus, it seems at least to me a little less clear as to what exactly was written, ...
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Was Moses put in a basket in accordance with Pharaoh's new decree?

This is the chronology of events. First Pharaoh decrees to throw all boys in the Nile (Exodus 1:22) Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw ...
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What type of plant was the bush of Exodus 3:2?

What type of plant was the bush of Exodus 3:2? And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not ...
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Exodus 4:1 - Who were Moses' signs for?

According to the text of Exodus 3 & 4, were the signs listed in Exodus 4 given in response to Moses' concerns about Pharaoh, the elders of Israel, or both? Then Moses answered, "But behold, ...
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Why did Moses claim he was not eloquent when the Lord called him?

Ex 4:10: And Moses said unto the Lord, o my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue This was Moses ...
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Does Jesus make an allusion to Exodus 4:10 in Luke 6:46?

Jesus used the phrase "Lord Lord" 5 times. Two are used in parables and two, which deal with final judgment at the close of the Sermon on the Mount and this use in Luke: “Why do you call me ...
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Why does Hebrews 9:19 say the tabernacle was sprinkled with blood?

It is said after the people had made a covenant with God,Moses took the blood and sprinkled the book of the covenant,the people,as well as the tabernacle. Hebrews 9:19 NASB 19 For when every ...
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The lexicology of Pharaoh's heart

In the narrative of Exodus 4-14 (spanning from the time of Moses's initial assignment until the crossing of the Red Sea), there are three different verbs used to describe the action against and/or the ...
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Who is speaking to Moses in Exodus 24:1?

Exodus 24: (KJV) 1 And he said unto Moses, Come up unto the LORD, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship ye afar off. 2 And Moses alone shall come ...
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In light of Exodus 22:16-17, does a man who seduces a virgin become her husband ipso facto?

My question was inspired by this, which was closed for being "off-topic" yet nevertheless contained some interesting food for thought. Consider the following passage from Exodus. (Exodus 22:16-17, ...
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In Exodus 13:17, is the uncertainty of outcome part of the meaning of the Hebrew word 'peradventure'/'might' is serving as translation of?

Exodus 13:17 reads, in my Bible: And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said,...
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Does Exodus 34:12-17 suggest that erecting sacred structures to idols and eating their meals created a kind of political alliance?

[Exo 34:11-17 NLT] (11) But listen carefully to everything I command you today. Then I will go ahead of you and drive out the Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. (12) "...
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Why does Moses grill leavened bread on Yahweh's altar?

Continuing the response to the meta call for contradiction. In Exodus 34:25 we read this injunction: You will not slaughter the blood of my altar on leavened bread ... This injunction is repeated ...
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In Exodus 20:26 what does it mean “and you shall not go up by steps to my altar, that your nakedness be not exposed on it”?

What does God mean ''and you shall not go up by steps to my altar, that your nakedness be not exposed on it''? Should this verse be taken literally? Exodus 20:26 And you shall not go up by steps ...
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What happened to the manslayer in Exodus 21 before the appointment of the cities of refuge?

God promises to appoint cities of refuge for those who accidentally killed their brethren. Exodus 21:12-13 NASB [12]"He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death. [13]But if ...
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Were the waters parted instantly?

On the one hand we have the Exodus 14 account that reads “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the ...
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Numbers 23:19 Says God doesn't repent, Exodus 32:14 Says He repented?

Numbers 23:19 (KJV) God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? ...
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Who was blotted out of which book in Exodus 32:33?

After God led the Israelites out of Egypt, and the Israelites subsequently worshiped the golden calf for leading them out of Egypt, Moses went before the Lord, simultaneously outraged and concerned: ...
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In Exodus 3:2-4 does God stand beside the angel in the burning bush?

I am reading in the book of Exodus chapter 3 (KJV) about the angel of the Lord appearing to Moses in the burning bush.It is written, Exodus 3:2 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a ...
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Is There A Thematic Link Between Exodus 3:15 and Psalm 2?

A long time ago, I was reading in Exodus and came to 3:15, which speaks of the Lord's Name and also His memorial, and the thought occurred to me - Most people (including myself up to this point) ...
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In Exodus 20:2 why does the LORD call Egypt “the house of slaves”?

I have always been inclined to read this "the land of your enslavement" however it struck me that there might be more to it, if taken literally. JPS Exodus 20:2 I am the LORD thy God, who ...
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What kind of oil did Jacob use to anoint the pillar in Genesis 28:18?

When Jacob runs away from his brother he comes to Luz where he has an encounter with God at night.In the morning he takes oil and consecrates the stone he had used as a pillow. Genesis 28:18 NASB ...
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Does Exodus 20:3 and 20:4 explain two commandments? [closed]

Does the pattern suggests that v. 4 begins a new clause, there being no connection, conjunction, etc., which would "bind" it to the preceding. Exodus 20:3-4 NKJV 3 “You shall have no other gods ...
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Why does the Bible change the spelling of fear Exodus 20:20

The reason for my question is not to find out which is a verb and which is a noun. It’s to find out if the placement of letters, is as claimed purely coincidental or in fact deliberate. The question ...
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Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?

Responding the the meta call for contradiction In Exodus 6:2 we find the following quote: And God spoke to Moses and said to him I am Yahweh. And I showed to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as El-...
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Why do some translators include the phrase 'this shall be/seen' in Exodus 16:8?

Most translators seem to add some different phrases in this text which somehow was never in the Hebrew text. וַיֹּאמֶר מֹשֶׁה, בְּתֵת יְהוָה לָכֶם בָּעֶרֶב בָּשָׂר לֶאֱכֹל וְלֶחֶם בַּבֹּקֶר ...
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Exodus 28: 17-20 The usage of gems

This is the first time posting on here so sorry if I posted this wrong. A few months back i finished reading Exodus. And I was very inspired by the usage of the Gems in the priest garments. When I ...
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Is the “glory” that is spoken about in Exodus 40:34-35 a light that appeared in the Holy of holies?

In the book The School of Christ by T Austin Sparks I read the following Looking backward at that tabernacle or that temple of old where the Shekinah glory was found, we mark that that light, ...
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Why was the punishment of refusal to enter Canaan seemingly more severe than that of the golden calf?

After having heard an adverse report from the ten spies all the fighting men of Israel refused to enter Canaan and possess it.God condenmed all these men to death in a period of forty years. Numbers ...
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How does Moses opt to use הָ֣אֱלֹהִ֔ים for judges in Exodus 21:6?

Exodus 21:6 KJV 6 Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an awl; and he shall ...
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Sandals and Holy Ground

In Exodus 3, Moses is commanded to take off his shoes because he is standing on holy ground, yet before him is appearing an Angel of the LORD, not God himself (in contrast to Exodus 19 an onward where ...
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Exode 20:4, Exode 20:4 … … [closed]

Honestly, Let us take a thing, whoever it is, which is necessarily either in the sky, on the earth, or in the waters under the earth. To display a picture of N on a screen, does not make a ...
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Why did God specifically target the firstborn in the 10th plague (Exodus 12:29-36)?

What was so special about the firstborn of Egypt that God decided to kill them, to bring judgement on Pharaoh and Egypt for their sins against the Israelites? Why not just kill anybody who supported ...
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In Hebrews 12:18 what does the author mean by “for you have not come to what could be touched”?

At Mount Sinai the Jews were forbidden to so much as touch the mountain: [Exo 19:12-13, 21-24 ESV] (12) And you shall set limits for the people all around, saying, 'Take care not to go up into the ...
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In Exodus 32:20, why did Moses make the Israelites drink the ground calf & water mixture?

The English translation of Exodus 32:20 according to the King James Version states, And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon ...
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What does Exodus 35:5 say about giving willingly?

Exodus 35:5 NIV From what you have, take an offering for the LORD. Everyone who is willing is to bring to the LORD an offering of gold, silver and bronze My English is limited, but it seems to me ...
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Why does Deuteronomy 29:5-6 say they ate no bread for forty years?

Deuteronomy 29:5-6 NASB 5 I have led you forty years in the wilderness; your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandal has not worn out on your foot. 6 You have not eaten bread, nor have ...
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Bricks without straw

In Exodus 5:11, Pharaoh tells Moses that the Israelites will now have to gather their own straw to make bricks. So who was gathering the straw before? In other words, whose time was worth less than ...

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