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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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How big were the stone tablets?

In Exodus 34:4 we read And Moses cut two stone tablets like the first ones, and he started early in the morning, and he went up to Mount Sinai, as Yahweh had commanded him, and he took in his hand ...
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Did Moses present himself at the highest peak of the mount?

In Exodus 34:2 we read And be ready for the morning, and go up in the morning to Mount Sinai and present yourself to me there on the top of the mountain. Does it mean at the highest peak of the ...
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Usage of an uncommon Hebrew word for “shone” in Exodus

In Exodus 34:29 (KJV): And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin ...
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What is “onycha”?

In Exodus 30:34 (NASB), Then the Lord said to Moses, “Take for yourself spices—stacte, onycha, and galbanum, spices and pure frankincense; there shall be an equal part of each. In BPT09 that's being ...
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“they do not incur guilt and die”

In Exodus 28:42-43 (NASB) 42 You shall make for them linen undergarments to cover their bare flesh; they shall reach from the waist even to the thighs. 43 And they shall be on Aaron and on his sons ...
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“take away the guilt of the holy things”

In Exodus 28:38 (NASB) It shall be on Aaron’s forehead, and Aaron shall take away the guilt of the holy things which the sons of Israel consecrate, regarding all their holy gifts; and it shall always ...
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“you have been shown on the mountain”

In Exodus 26:30 (NASB) 30 Then you shall erect the tabernacle according to its plan which you have been shown on the mountain. What is "the mountain"?
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Is the order of items in categories relevant?

In Exodus 25:3-7 (NASB) 3 This is the contribution which you are to take from them: gold, silver, and bronze, 4 violet, purple, and scarlet material, fine linen, goat hair, 5 rams’ skins dyed red, ...
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“forty days and forty nights”

In Exodus 24:18 (NASB) Then Moses entered the midst of the cloud as he went up to the mountain; and Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights. According to those who support ...
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“And Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord”

In Exodus 24:4 (NASB) And Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord. (...) What are "the words of the Lord"?
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What's the significance of the number 70?

In Exodus 24:1 (NASB) Then He said to Moses, “Come up to the Lord, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and you shall worship at a distance. This triggered Genesis 46:...
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Moses initial group of leaders Exodus 18:21

In Exodus 18:21 we read 21 And you will select from all the people men of ability, fearers of God, trustworthy men, haters of dishonest gain, and you will appoint such men over them as commanders of ...
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Who were the priests?

In Exodus 19:22 (NASB) Also have the priests who approach the Lord consecrate themselves, or else the Lord will break out against them. Who were the priests?
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Who produced the sound?

In Exodus 19:13 (NASB) (...) When the ram’s horn sounds a long blast, they shall come up to the mountain.” Who produced the trumpet sound?
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What's the right translation in Exodus 9:23-24: fire or lightning?

Exodus 9:23-24 NIV reads When Moses stretched out his staff toward the sky, the Lord sent thunder and hail, and lightning flashed down to the ground. So the Lord rained hail on the land of Egypt; 24 ...
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What happened to the jar and the full omer of manna?

In Exodus 16:33 (NASB) 33 And Moses said to Aaron, “Take a jar and put a full omer of manna in it, and place it before the Lord to be kept safe throughout your generations.” 34 As the Lord commanded ...
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Is this the commonly known Red Sea?

In Exodus 13:18 (NASB) Therefore God led the people around by way of the wilderness to the Red Sea; and the sons of Israel went up in battle formation from the land of Egypt. Does this passage ...
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How many people left Egypt?

In Exodus 12:37 (NASB) Now the sons of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, aside from children. then in Numbers 1:46 (NASB) So all the numbered men of ...
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Firstborn killed by a band of destroying angels?

In Exodus 12:23 (NASB) For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians; but when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and will not allow ...
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Exodus 40 difference between “thou” and “he”, and the official position of Moses

My questions are in Exodus 40, from verses 2-15 the word "thou" is used and from verses 19-30 the word "he" is used is there a important distinction? Also, Moses seems to be ...
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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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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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Different words to describe the “rod serpent”

In Exodus 4:3 (KJV) And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. Serpent comes from the word nachash and the outline of ...
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“Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth” moment? [closed]

In Exodus 4:23 (NASB) So I said to you, ‘Let My son go so that he may serve Me’; but you have refused to let him go. Behold, I am going to kill your son, your firstborn.”’” In Matthew 5:38-39 (NASB) ...
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Is Exodus 4:20 and Exodus 4:21 in the right order?

In Exodus 4:20 (NASB) So Moses took his wife and his sons and mounted them on a donkey, and returned to the land of Egypt. Moses also took the staff of God in his hand. then the very next verse in ...
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Moses's wife and sons' and trips

In Exodus 4:20 (NASB) So Moses took his wife and his sons and mounted them on a donkey, and returned to the land of Egypt. Moses also took the staff of God in his hand. and in Exodus 18:2-5 (NASB) ...
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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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Is the Sabbath part of the “special days and months and seasons and years” Paul is referring to in Galatians 4:10?

Galatians 4:8-11 (NIV) says: 8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. 9 But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are ...
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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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