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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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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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In a calling narrative, is the initial demurring to be viewed positively?

The calling narratives of Moses and Gideon both follow a similar pattern that involves the called person initially demurring to the calling. In Exodus 3:10-11 we read: "So now, go. I am sending ...
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What is the “book of the wars” mentioned in Numbers 21:14?

Numbers 21:14 (NKJV) 14 Therefore it is said in the Book of the Wars of the LORD: “Waheb in Suphah, The brooks of the Arnon, Could the book of wars be the one Moses wrote & recited to Joshua ...
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Why must a Hebrew slave who has to work six years only be released after the seventh year?

In Jeremiah 34:14, we read that a Hebrew slave which has served six years must be let go at the end of the seventh year: Jer 34:14: מִקֵּץ שֶׁבַע שָׁנִים תְּֽשַׁלְּחוּ אִישׁ אֶת־אָחִיו הָעִבְרִי ...
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Laws About Slavery In Exodus

Does Exodus 21:2-11 imply that God is instituting slavery? Here's the text below: 2 “If you buy a Hebrew servant, he is to serve you for six years. But in the seventh year, he shall go free, ...
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Exo. 2:2: “…that he was good, and she hid him three months…”

I have a question concerning a phrase in Exo. 2:2. Hebrew text: וַתַּהַר הָאִשָּׁה וַתֵּלֶד בֵּן וַתֵּרֶא אֹתוֹ כִּי טוֹב הוּא וַתִּצְפְּנֵהוּ שְׁלֹשָׁה יְרָחִים English translation: And the ...
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What was the significance that Moses broke the first set of the 10 commandment tablets?

Exodus 32:19 New International Version When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot ...
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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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Why does God instruct Moses to tell Pharaoh that they are going into the wilderness for three days in Exodus 3:18?

Exodus 3:18 NASB 18 They will [l]pay heed to what you say; and you with the elders of Israel will come to the king of Egypt and you will say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with ...
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Did Zimri deliberately bring Cozbi into the Israeli camp in Numbers 25?

Numbers 25:1,4-5 NASB [1]While Israel remained at Shittim, the people began to play the harlot with the daughters of Moab. [4]The Lord said to Moses, "Take all the leaders of the people and ...
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How can we understand the word God אלהים (H430)in exodus 7:1?

Exodus 7:1 (NKJV) 1 So the LORD said to Moses: “See, I have made you as God to Pharaoh, and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet. In what context was the author of exodus using this noun?
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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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How was the Tabernacle built?

Starting about three months ago (I don't remember exactly) I have tried to understand how the Tabernacle was built as described in Exodus 26. No matter how I try to fit the curtains more or less ...
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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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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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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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By the end of Judges (Judges 21:25) who comprised the Israelites?

This question is solely about the peoples in the document sets, not archaeological claims. Apologies if this is a bad fit: I checked the site tour; this seems to be an exegesis request in relation to ...
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Why does the Prophet Jeremiah say God gave no command respecting sacrifices in Jeremiah 7:22?

Jeremiah 7:22 (KJV) 22 For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices: But in Exodus the ...
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Was there rain and thunder when they crossed the Red Sea as alluded in Psalms 77:15-20?

This Psalm seems to point out that there was rain and thunderstorm during the night they crossed the Red sea Psalms 77:15-20 NASB 15You have by Your [j]power redeemed Your people, The sons of ...
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Where is the Wilderness of Sin and what is its significance

In Exodus 16:1, the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, and in Exodus 17:1 the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin. We are told this is between Elim and Sinai and ...
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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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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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What did Pharaoh mean by “sin” and “righteous”?

After the seventh plague in the Exodus story, Pharaoh responds (9:27): חָטָאתִי הַפָּ֑עַם יְהוָה הַצַּדִּ֔יק וַאֲנִי וְעַמִּ֖י הָרְשָׁעִים This time I have sinned; the LORD is in the right, and ...
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Who was Moses supposed to say sent him, “Ehieh” or “Yahweh”

Continuing the response to the meta call for contradiction. In Exodus 3:13-14, Moses is talking to God: And Moses said to God, "Here I come to the sons of Israel, and I told them, the God of ...
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What does “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live” mean?

What does the Bible mean by saying in Exodus 22:18 (KJV) Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. What exactly is the Bible instructing?
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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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Why is “Mitzrayim” translated “Egypt”? [closed]

I stumbled across this book trailer in my Facebook feed. The author says that the Israelites were never slaves in Egypt but Mitzrayim. So according to him Mitzrayim and Egypt are different lands. ...
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Why the leaven prohibition in Exodus 23:18 and Leviticus 2:11?

We find many times in the OT that leaven or anything containing leaven is not to be served to God. For example, Leviticus 2:11 exhorts the Israelites: No meat offering, which ye shall bring unto ...
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How should one read “Ark of the Covenant” in Exodus 25:22?

"There I will meet with you; and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony, I will speak to you about all that I will give you in ...
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About Exodus 20:3-5

Could someone please explain Exodus 20:3-5 and how are they related? 3 You shall have no other gods before Me. 4 You shall not make for yourself a carved image - any likeness of anything that is in ...
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In its original context did Exodus 21:22-23 have any applicability to abortion?

Exodus 21:22-23 (NIV): If people are fighting and hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands ...
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Is there a contradiction between exodus 9:1-7 & exodus 9:17-23 since all the egyptian cattle died in the 5th plague?

EXODUS 9:1 Then the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. 2 For if thou refuse to let them go, ...
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Is tola'at sheni a knit?

The Hebrew phrase תוֹלַעַת שָׁנִי appears throughout Exodus, and it usually occurs paired with "Shesh Mashzar", but I suppose someone can know the answer to one question without knowing the answer ...
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Does Leviticus 23:6 contradict Exodus 12:18-19?

[Exodus 12:18-19 NLT] (18) The bread you eat must be made without yeast from the evening of the fourteenth day of the first month until the evening of the twenty-first day of that month. (19) During ...
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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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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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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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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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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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In Exodus 32:6, what was the nature of the pagan revelry of the Israelites?

What sort of "revelry" did they indulge in while Moses was up on the mountain getting the 10 Commandments? (Exodus 32:6) And they rose up early the next day and offered burnt offerings and brought ...
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The proper reading of Exodus 31:17

This is a follow up question to a question i've asked a few months ago. In the linked question (and until recently) i have assumed that Exodus 31:17 is to be taken as a complete sentence, It ...
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Who were the priests the LORD was referring to prior to the giving of the Law and the ordination of Aaron? (Exodus 19:22-24)

The events of Exodus 19 onward occurred during the first Pentecost. These events took place about 50 days after the first Passover in Egypt. There were no ordained priests in Israel yet. The only ...
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In Exodus 21:24, does “Eye for eye…hand for hand…foot for foot” still apply if the perpetrator was one-eyed, -handed, or -footed?

In Exodus 21:24, it is written, 24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, KJV, 1769 כד עַיִן תַּחַת עַיִן שֵׁן תַּחַת שֵׁן יָד תַּחַת יָד רֶגֶל תַּחַת רָגֶל Does the Law of ...
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What is the meaning of “Sorceress” in Exodus 22:18?

As I was reading my Bible completely through from the beginning I ran across this verse in Exodus 22:18: You should not suffer a sorceress to live. Up to this point, other than God's wonders, and ...
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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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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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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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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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