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

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Relative particle

Relative particle in Hebrew is "asher" meaning "who", "whom", "which", what". Some examples: min haadamah asher ererah yahweh because of the ground which ...
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What is Jeremiah 31:34a speaking about when promising a cessation of men teaching one another?

Jeremiah 31:34 promises some sort of cessation of religious teaching under this covenant made with Israel: וְלֹא יְלַמְּדוּ עוֹד אִישׁ אֶת־רֵעֵהוּ וְאִישׁ אֶת־אָחִיו לֵאמֹר דְּעוּ אֶת־יְהֹוָה כִּי־...
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When Jesus read from the Scroll of Isaiah, did he translate it into Aramaic?

What language did Jesus speak when he read Isaiah 61:1,2? Would Aramaic be spoken in the synagogue? Luke 4:16-19 New International Version 16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on ...
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How does the NIV translation of Psalm 42:4 arrive at the phrase "under the protection of the Mighty One"?

In Psalm 42:4, the NIV translates the phrase כִּי אֶעֱבֹר בַּסָּךְ, אֶדַּדֵּם עַד-בֵּית אֱלֹהִים as "how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One" while the ...
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Philippians 3:5—Paul’s description of his advantages “in the flesh"

I’m seeking an understanding of the list in Philippians 3:3-6 ESV, especially vv 5-6 3 For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in ...
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When Jesus said "I am the way". Did he refer to halakha?

When Jesus said "יֵשׁוּעַ אָנֹכִי הַדֶּרֶךְ". Did he refer to הֲלָכָה? John 14:6 ESV Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through ...
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Why do many English translations substitute “Merab” for “Michal” in 2 Samuel 21:8?

The Hebrew says: וְאֶת־חֲמֵ֗שֶׁת בְּנֵי֙ מִיכַ֣ל בַּת־שָׁא֔וּל אֲשֶׁ֥ר יָלְדָ֛ה לְעַדְרִיאֵ֥ל בֶּן־בַּרְזִלַּ֖י הַמְּחֹלָתִֽי My translation: and the five sons that Michal daughter of Shaul bore to ...
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According to the Hebrew Gospels of Matt 26:28, Mark 14:24 and Luke 22:19-20, was Jesus’ blood shed FOR many or BECAUSE OF many?

According to the Hebrew Gospels of Matthew 26:28, Mark 14:24 and Luke 22:19-20, was Jesus’ blood shed for many or because of many? The Greek uses peri and huper, and Aramaic S7191 D'aaKhLaaPH and ...
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Why is Isaiah 9:6 translated in the future tense

In different translations of Isaiah 9:6 we see (emphasis mine): ESV: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called ...
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Exodus 12:36 Did the Egyptians obey because they favored the Israelites, or because God favored the Israelites?

Exodus 12:36 Comparing some different translations of this passage, half them read like "God made all the Egyptians like/be magically charmed by/look favorably upon the Israelites so much, that ...
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What is the connection between Y-H-V-H's battle with the dragon and creation in Psalms 74?

Psalms 74:13-17 recounts a series of victories of Y-H-V-H. The first couplet documents victories in battle against both the Canaanite chaos sea snake [1] and the sea monster Leviathan [2]: אַתָּ֤ה ...
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What is the "language of Canaan" in Isaiah 19:18?

Isaiah 19:18 says that בַּיּ֣וֹם הַה֡וּא יִהְיוּ֩ חָמֵ֨שׁ עָרִ֜ים בְּאֶ֣רֶץ מִצְרַ֗יִם מְדַבְּרוֹת֙ שְׂפַ֣ת כְּנַ֔עַן In that day there will be five cities in the land of Egypt speaking the language ...
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Determining whether certain words are singular or plural

Regarding the Daniel 8:26 verse, is the evening and morning in singular or in plural, in the original Hebrew? If you could attach evidence, that would be appreciated immensely.
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Help identifying this Hebrew word: "lesh," meaning "narcissistic"?

I am trying to track down a Hebrew word mentioned by Rabbi Rami Shapiro in his book The Divine Feminine in Biblical Wisdom Literature: There are two types of people according to Proverbs: those who ...
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A Firmament explanation

Can someone explain to me about the firmament. I know it is the heavens above but, that would mean no one could go beyond that. No outer space as we were taught in school. Correct! Gen 1:6-8 - Then ...
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What does the psalmist mean in Psalm 38:3-4?

In verse 3, when he says ... nor any health in my bones because of my sin... the hebrew word for "health", used there, is "shalom". Is he talking about peace in his spiritual (...
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The gender of the Hebrew word Spirit in Hebrew English Interlinear

Every resource I've come accross that coments on the gender of the Hebrew word for Spirit mentions that it is generally female in gender. For example 'The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old ...
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How is heart to be understood in Rom. 10:10

The Old Testament makes a distinction at times, it seems between heart as center of thoughts (modern mind) and kidneys as center of emotions(also Revelation 2:23 makes the distinction). However, I’m ...
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In Psalm 77:10, is Asaph grieving that God's right hand has changed, or is he grieving for the past years of deliverance by God's right hand?

Most translations like the NASB render it as: Then I said, “It is my grief, that the right hand of the Most High has changed.” But does the Hebrew actually say: Then I said, “I grieve for the years ...
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Why seriously different translations of Deuteronomy 20:19?

I notice Deuteronomy 20:19 has quite a few different translations. An underlying reason is given in Why so many different translations of Deuteronomy 32:8? as differences in Masoretic and Septuagint ...
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Why is "was" inserted into English translations of Genesis 2:9?

Almost all the English translations of Genesis 2:9 make a break between the trees for food and the other two trees, often inserting "was." Compare the translations from KJV and NKJV, which ...
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Is there any linguistic precedent / justification for conflating elohim and bene'elohim?

The Hebrew terms elohim ("God") and bene'elohim ("Sons of God") both seem to have a wide range of uses in the Bible (for example, elohim can be an alternate name for Yahweh or ...
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Does the Hebrew help decide which Tithe Amos referred to in translating it in the original? (Amos 4:4)

King James vs Revised Standard Amos 4:4 reads in the KJV: Come to Bethel and transgress; at Gilgal multiply your transgressions, and bring your sacrifices every morning, and your tithes after three ...
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Why sometimes long vowels are not written?

For example, David can be written in this way: דוד and this: דויד So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David (דויד) walked, then I will lengthen[c] your ...
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What is the significance of the Hebrew word 'chamas' as used in Habakkuk 2:17?

That word occurs 36 times in the Old Testament, and six times in the prophecy of Habakkuk (1:2; 1:3; 1:9; 2:8; 2:17 twice). Here is a quote from a Hebrew scholar in his book about Habakkuk’s writing: ...
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the role of hebrew accents in Ps.27:13

why are there so many accents around this word 'lule לוּלֵא' in Ps27:13? And how do these change the meaning or feeling of the word?
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Leviticus 10:10 Profane or Common?

The verse is generally translated as "the holy and the profane" or "the holy and the common". Profane has a very negative connotation while common is more neutral (to a person ...
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Unique(ish) Hebrew in the Pentateuch - does it tell us anything

There are various theories about the origins of the text of the Pentateuch, the most important one in scholarly terms being the Documentary Hypothesis. There are a couple of things that have come up ...
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Precious or difficult?

"יָ֭קָר (yaqar) in Psalm 116:15 is translated to the KJV as "precious", the verse reading: Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. But the Hebrew Bible, quoting ...
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Why does Ruth say she 'keeps close to the young men' when Boaz said 'young women'?

In Ruth 2:8, Boaz instructs Ruth to keep close to the young women. Furthermore, he warns the young men not to touch her (2:9) nor rebuke her (2:16). Yet when Ruth reports Boaz's speech to Naomi, she ...
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Grammar question

Because of the fragrance of your good ointments, Your name is ointment poured forth; Therefore the virgins love you (Song of Solomon 1:3) The word for "ointment poured forth" is שֶׁ֖מֶן (...
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How do we know what "animal" words are referring to in Hebrew?

Other than context, is there any way to determine what animals words like מִקְנֶה and בְּהֵמָה are referring to? (For example, are the meanings of these words given in dictionaries like BDB ...
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How are trees and vines distinguished in the OT/Hebrew/antiquity?

In modern botanical taxonomy, trees and vines are clearly distinguished, and most people wouldn't confuse them if shown examples. However, in antiquity, it seems like the word "vine" ...
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Are "Almighty God" and its variations a poor translation? [duplicate]

I do not speak any ancient languages. I have no relevant scholarly credentials. I do know how to read and use a dictionary. I have read the whole Bible. When God is referred to as "God Almighty&...
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Why does God inform mankind that animals are to eat green plants in Genesis 1:30? Does this imply that instinctively they were eating something else

Animals eat based on instinct, so naturally that would be eating plants. But man has to be told they should eat plants. Can one infer they already were eating each other, and if so, and clearly not ...
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Is Jonah's prophecy five or six words long?

It appears to me that most scholars commenting on the length of Jonah's prophecy in Jonah 3:4 say that it is five words long in Hebrew. The Hebrew וְ isn't counted as a word in this context, and that ...
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Is forever literal in Isaiah 9:7?

Isaiah 9:7 (ESV) (emphasis mine): Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and ...
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Is the ESV's rendering of Proverbs 14:1 at odds with the common rendering from other translations?

Proverbs 14:1 (ESV): The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down. Meanwhile in other versions (For example, NASB and NKJV respectively) The wise woman builds ...
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Plural ending -im with proper names

Muslim apologists claim that the word mahmadim from Song of Solomon 5:16 is name of Muhammad, although it is just a Hebrew word meaning precious and pleasant and it comes in other verses too. I have ...
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What is the meaning of "wə-han" in Genesis 24:16

In Genesis 24:16 Rebekah is called "wə-han-na-‘ă-rā" or וְהַֽנַּעֲרָ֗. I know the meaning of na-‘ă-rā is maiden but i was unable to find the significance of wə-han and what that modifier (...
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When Genesis 1:1 says God created heavens... So what exactly comes in heavens. Sky,space and where God is. All this God created at that time.?

Genesis 1:1 says God created the heavens and the earth. So what comes in heavens (the sky, space and God's place) or the heaven of God where He is now .. that place was existed before creation.. ...
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How should way·yō·mer be translated into English?

way·yō·mer is translated in Genesis 1 as "And God said" or "Then God said". I was hoping someone would have some insight as to which is correct. Is there a future tense ("then&...
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On what textual basis, according to the Aramaic, would the translators have used the term "gained access" in the NWT at Daniel 7:13?

The phrase is: אָתֵה הֲוָה וְעַד־עַתִּיק יוֹמַיָּא The word in question, as far as I can tell, is: אָתֵה Other translations, of course, say something like "he came to the Ancient of Days," ...
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How come, in the Hebrew, words are repeated twice, but not translated?

My question specifically concerns Daniel 9:24 where H6588 is doubled and H2856, (when using a Bible tool, but not on Blue Letter Bible). I wonder if the point of the author is being missed. I have ...
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Are those who see the Messiah or a Messiah making a covenant in Daniel 9:27 using sound hermeneutics?

I struggle when I see learned theologians affirming the Messiah or a Messiah is the one making a covenant in verse 27. It seems it is just the eagerness to debunk a key factor for those who embrace ...
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Does the Hebrew name 'Jacob' (יַעֲקֹב) mean 'God supplants'?

In the New American Standard, Genesis 25: 26 reads And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when ...
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Is this Hebrew reading without vocalization dots correct for Leviticus 12:4?

I read from Isaac Oliver's quote in Gentilizing Luke’s ‘Most’ Jewish ‘Moment’: Reassessing the Circumcision, Purification, and Redemption of Jesus p.8 footnote: Without the vocalization, the ...
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Was God tired while creating the universe?

Exodus 31:17 (ESV) reads: It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. I ...
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What is the true meaning of "śûaḥ" (meditate?) in Genesis 24:63?

It seems there is very little on the meaning of this word, and it's only used once in the Bible. The translation comes out as "Meditate" but it seems like a guess. I haven't even found ...
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What is the only way to see God and live?

Exodus 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live." For clarification, this is the LORD speaking to Moses (KJV) and since all capitalization is used ...
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