Questions tagged [hebrew]

The language in which the Jewish Scriptures (Tanakh) -- or the "Old Testament" in Christian Bibles -- were written.

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Hebrew vs. Greek Concepts of Eternity [on hold]

There was a related question asked (user3715 asked Mar 17 '14 at 12:31), but it doesn't quite hit my quandary. Are the concepts of eternity in Hebrew and Greek different? It seems as though God ...
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Was Isaiah loved 'from the pit', Isaiah 38:17?

I noticed that the KJV gives Isaiah 38:17 as : ... thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption ... [KJV] in which the addition, in italics, changes the meaning ...
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Origin of Pleonastic Phrasology in the Bible

I noticed a phraseology in the King James Version of the bible that is strange to a modern English speaker. It involves two forms of the same word in close proximity in a sentence. Before posting this ...
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What is the proper translation of the Hebrew word רוּחַ (ruach) in Genesis 3:8?

I recently discovered during the initial stage of study of the word “spirit” that the Hebrew word רוּחַ (ruach) in Genesis 3:8 is translated into English as “cool.” 8 And they heard the voice of ...
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Is there a contradiction between 1 Samuel 15:29 and 1 Samuel 15:35?

The same verb root נ-ח-ם conjugated in binyan Nifʿal, referring to the same subject (i.e., God), occurs in both 1 Sam. 15:29 and 1 Sam. 15:35, the first occurrence being a negation, while the second ...
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What is the power of Christ (2 Cor 12:9)

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon ...
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What is the meaning of Isaiah 45:7?

In Isaiah 45:7, it is written that God forms light, creates darkness, makes peace, and creates evil. 7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these ...
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Who were before and afterwards, the mighty men or the sons of God? Genesis 6:4

What I am not asking I am not asking who the giants are, nor, who the sons of God are. Nor am I asking what the event was that marks the before and afterwards. Question In view of this passage ...
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Is Jeremiah 18:2 grammatically incorrect?

This may seem like an insignificant question but I was wondering why the Hebrew "וְשָׁ֖מָּה" which is feminine appears in Jeremiah 18:2 to refer to "בֵּ֣ית" which is masculine: קוּם וְיָרַדְתָּ ...
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What are the “these things” referred to in 1 Timothy 4:15?

What are the "these things" referred to in 1 Timothy 4:15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. ? Is this the same word used in ...
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Why is favour said to be “found” in the Bible?

Why is favour said to be “found,” although people were not searching for it? Why does it not instead say, “favour found Noah” in Genesis 6:8? 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. NKJV, ©...
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Are the words “broken” & “contrite” in Psalm 51:17 used as the attributes of Christ any where in the scripture?

Are the words "broken" & "contrite" in Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. used as the attributes of Christ ...
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Gad's contextual name meaning and background

I'm studying Genesis 30 right now and am having trouble with Gad's name meaning. Why was he named after a "troop" or "fortune"? Which really is it? What is the significance of this in relation to ...
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Etymology of the name Mary?

Why does Strongs 4813 say "מרים [miryâm] \meer-yawm'\" is From 4805; rebelliously; {Mirjam} the name of two Israelitesses: - Miriam when St. Jerome writes (Liber de Nominibus Hebraicis col. 886): ...
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Does the narrator of Numbers assert that the Anakim come from the Nephilim?

The Nephilim are named only in two verses in the Bible, in Genesis 6:4 and Numbers 13:33. Numbers 13:33 says that the Anakim come from the Nephilim, but different translations render this in a variety ...
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Why does Manoah's wife alter the angel's words in Judges 13: 5-7?

When the angel speaks to the wife of Manoah, he says : For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: ...
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Why did St. Jerome use “virago” in Gen. 2:23?

Why did St. Jerome use virago ("a man-like woman") to translate אשה in Gen. 2:23, when the LXX uses γυνή (woman)? And Adam said: This now is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be ...
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Should Job 22:23-25 be understood as a sequential list?

I'm a 2nd year undergrad Bible student so I haven't been able to take Hebrew so I don't know how to interpret this- don't be afraid to give me details however, I am still nerdy and like to use ...
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How were Paleo-Hebrew words in the Greek Septuagint fragments treated?

In certain old fragments of the Greek Septuagint the name of YHWH alone is written in paleo-Hebrew letters. I’m a novice at Greek, but isn’t it necessary for all proper nouns and names to be written ...
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What does “brit am” in Isaiah 42:6 mean?

Does "brit am" in Isaiah 42:6 mean "a covenant of a people" or "a covenant people"? Or are both translations viable? [Isa 42:6 NASB] (6) "I am the LORD, I have called You in righteousness, I will ...
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In Genesis 27:19 what is the meaning of “that your soul may bless me”?

When Jacob responds to Isaac's call in Genesis 27:19 [NKJV], he says these words: “...I am Esau your firstborn; I have done just as you told me; please arise, sit and eat of my game, that your ...
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Deuteronomy 6:4 is “the LORD our God is one” the same as “we only worship one LORD”?

Can Deuteronomy 6:4 be translated or interpreted to mean "we only worship one LORD"? Deut 6:4 (ASV) Hear, O Israel: Jehovah our God is one Jehovah: Deut 6:4 Clarke's (Hebrew) שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל ...
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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 brought ...
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Did Jesus add to the words of Moses from Deuteronomy 6:5?

I'm not sure if this is to do with Hebrew being translated to Greek, but when looking at "The greatest commandment" Deuteronomy 6:5 says: "And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, ...
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In Amos 2:13 what is the meaning of the pressed cart?

Young's Literal has this: [Amo 2:13 YLT] (13) Lo, I am pressing you under, As the full cart doth press for itself a sheaf. However, there are many takes on this verse on BibleHub. What is Amos 2:...
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What do the words “meek & lowly” in Matthew 11:29 mean and how to achieve it?

What do the words "meek & lowly" in Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.( KJV ). mean? Is any of ...
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Shouldn’t it read her tent? Genesis 9:21

In this verse the translators say that the tent belonged to Noah, ‘his tent’ but doesn't the feminine possessive suffix indicate that it should be her tent, as in his wife’s tent? “He drank of the ...
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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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In Zechariah 10:4, does 'noges' have negative connotations?

In Zechariah 10:4 all of the noges ֵ(נוֹגֵש) were mentioned to come from/exit from Judah. In most translations it is rendered with a neutral term, "ruler." However, other usages in the Hebrew Bible ...
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Why so many different translations of Deuteronomy 32:8?

Deuteronomy 32:8 has an unusually high number of different translations, and the differences aren't subtle. What is the reason for this diversity? KJV: When the most High divided to the nations ...
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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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Anyone know why Σιλωάμ in John 9:7 has the μ at the end

Anyone know why Σιλωάμ in John 9:7 has the μ at the end. The Hebrew New Testament (Bible Society of Israel) has הַשִּׁלּוֹחַ (apparently qal passive participle) with no ending m sound from the Hebrew ...
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Deut 11: commanded to love?

Deut 11:1 starts off "Therefore you shall love the Lord your God". Verse 13 says: "And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the Lord your God ..."....
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“Strange god” or just “stranger”

My question is regarding the translation of the Heb. זָר which basically means an alien or a stranger. However, it is used in Isa 43:12 to refer to strange gods: אָנֹכִי הִגַּדְתִּי וְהֹושַׁעְתִּי ...
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“I give” in Isaiah 43:3

I came across this quite confusing construction in Isaiah 43:3. The ESV reads, For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in ...
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A question about the Hebrew words translated 'righteousness' in Jeremiah 33:15/16

In Jeremiah 33:15 : ... the Branch of righteousness [KJV] the Hebrew word used is tsedaqah, so Young's Analytical Concordance informs me. In Jeremiah 33:16 : ... the Lord our righteousness [...
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Is the Hebrew noun תַּחַת translated as as the preposition “under” in Gen. 1:7 a correct translation?

The word תַּחַת is used both as a common noun (Num. 33: 26, 27) as well as a proper noun (1 Ch. 6:4) in the Bible. in Genesis 1:7 however the difficulty I am having is that the word תַּחַת (noun) ...
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Who are the dogs in Philippians 3:2 and Revelation 22:15?

Deuteronomy 23:18 says Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the LORD thy God. (...
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Explanation of the Hebrew word אֲשֶׁר

I checked up the BDB lexicon and some softwares to study the usage of the word אֲשֶׁר in Bible. However in my level its seem so complex and I am unable to understand properly. Can anyone please tell ...
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What is the correct English translation from Greek and meaning of Hebrews 1:6?

What is the correct English translation from Greek and meaning of Hebrews 1:6 ? A few translations are: ( AKJV ) And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And ...
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How do we know that gârash H1644 can mean ‘divorced’?

Gârash generally means driven out, but in the case of a woman, it is commonly translated ‘divorced’. Why is it not translated ‘driven out’, ‘sent away’, ‘separated from her husband’? eg Lev 21:7 (...
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Does the root meaning of the word “Hebrew” used in Genesis 14:13 mean “pass over”?

Does the root meaning of the word "Hebrew" used in Genesis 14:13 And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of ...
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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 does the LXX occcassionally have “fear God” instead of “fear the Lord” in Proverbs?

The fear of the LORD (YHVH) is found throughout Proverbs. In the KJV, the exact phrase occurs 14 times; twice it is feareth the LORD; once fear the LORD and once fear thou the LORD. What I find ...
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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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What does “revocalization” mean in Bible footnotes?

For instance, the ESV adds a note to Proverbs 30:1 in regards to "I am weary, O God, and worn out.": Revocalization; Hebrew The man declares to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal" What is "revocalization" ...
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Is Leviticus 16:2 an explanation or instruction?

The Lord said to Moses: “Tell your brother Aaron that he is not to come whenever he chooses into the Most Holy Place behind the curtain in front of the atonement cover on the ark, or else he will ...
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Is there a difference between “night” (לַיְלָה) and “evening” (עֶרֶב) in Hebrew?

In Genesis 1:5, it is written, 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. NKJV, ©1982 ה וַיִּקְרָא אֱלֹהִים לָאוֹר יוֹם ...
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Can the Hebrew word qara (קָרָא) mean to rename?

We see in Genesis 1:5 that God called the light as day and darkness as night. The Hebrew word used to translate this word is קָרָא. We see however that God was renaming something that already had a ...
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Did Jesus make alcoholic wine or grape juice?

I heard someone giving a talk on alcohol and Christianity. One thing that stood out was when they said that the word used for 'wine' at the wedding in Cana (John chapter 2) meant grape juice. When ...