Questions tagged [hebrew-bible]

The Hebrew Bible (Biblia Hebraica) refers to the Jewish Tanakh. Questions about specific texts should only be tagged with the name of the text. This tag is reserved for questions related to a collection of texts within the Hebrew Bible rather than only one individual text within this collection.

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Is devil a cherub or seraphim?

The looks of the devil is confusing. In Revelation 20:2, He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; the devil is described as an ...
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Why did King David not drink הֲדַ֣ם הָאֲנָשִׁים “The-Blood of The-Men” in [1 Chronicles 11:19]?

1 Chronicles 11:19 documents David's respectful response to three mighty men who brought him water from Bethlehem : [1 Chronicles 11:19] For he said, “God forbid that I should do this! Can I drink ...
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Why does Nehemiah 1:5 in the NIV translate הַבְּרִית֙ וָחֶ֔סֶד “HaB'rit va-Chesed” as “[His] Covenant [of Love]”?

In Nehemiah 1:5 of the NIV Bible, we read a phrase : "[who] keeps [His] Covenant [of love]". Is וָחֶ֔סֶד "va-Chesed" really describing the type of Covenant? Why does Nehemiah 1:5 ...
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How should we translate אֵלַ֛י in Job 42:7?

most translations translate "of/about me" for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. (in Job 42:7, ESV) for you have not spoken the truth about Me as did My ...
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Are there any other books contemporary to the Old Testament early books? [closed]

Are there any other books written in the Hebrew contemporary to the books from Genesis to the Second Chronicles and the book of Job, or all these books is all we have?
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What verses can I use to prove the Trinity? [closed]

My grandad's currently a Jehovah's Witness and we recently got into a three hour debate on the Trinity, but I am struggling to point to the absolute verses which prove the trinity, what verses can I ...
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The Role of Angels at Mt Sinai

There is already an existing question (Reference) that asks about the ‘angel’ that Stephen says spoke with Moses on Mt Sinai. The accepted answer included.... “The angel of the Lord that Stephen talks ...
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How would Christians answer Dan Barker? [closed]

Yesterday I came across an article by Dan Barker titled: "the top 10 worst Old Testament verses" in his article Mr. Barker, an Evangelical turned Atheist quoted many verses to prove his ...
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Guides to Academic Commentaries [closed]

When beginning to (self) study a new book I find myself spending quite a bit of time searching around my library sampling commentaries in my library as well as searching for reviews to try and get a ...
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Zechariah’s vision: one or two donkeys?

Jesus Enters Jerusalem - Gustave Doré 1832-1883 Triumphal Entry of the Messiah in Jerusalem This is Zachariah’s famous vision/prophecy: Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem!...
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Is removal from the Tree of Life in Gen. 3:22 Adam and Eve's death?

Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” (Gen. 3:22, ...
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In Gen. 3:5 is יֹדְעֵ֖י ט֥וֹב וָרָֽע experiential knowledge rather than intellectual knowledge?

In Gen. 3:5 is יֹדְעֵ֖י ט֥וֹב וָרָֽע (knowing good and evil) experiential knowledge rather than intellectual knowledge? Up to that time Adam and Eve only knew obedience. There was only one tree they ...
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Why does God order the murder of men, women and children in Ezekiel 9:6-7? [closed]

Three days ago I was doing a bible study with my friend and I came across Ezekiel 9:6-7, where God orders the slaughter of men, women and children, as a somewhat new Christian I was obviously ...
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Can you please recommend the most trustworthy sources of the King James Bible and New King James Bible, to order them online? [closed]

Please do not take offense as I am new to it all, but after doing a bit of research, in my opinion the KJV is the most accurate, non manipulated translation of the bible, and the NKJV was recommended ...
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What is a charmer in Deuteronomy 18:11?

Deuteronomy 18:11 or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, What is a charmer in Deuteronomy 18:11?
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Why does the Septuagint remove “Amen” from Nehemiah 8:6?

Truly Truly the Greek Septuagint forgot an αμην "Amen"? - In the Hebrew Tanakh the phrase "Truly Truly" can be found in [Nehemiah 8:6]. Nehemiah 8:6 "And Ezra blessed YHVH, ...
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Are there any non-NT examples, from the Koine Greek, of an author using the phrase “truly, truly?” [closed]

I've read different interpretations of the significance of Jesus' use of "truly, truly," in the Gospels. From the very pious and serious, to an argument that Jesus is basically cracking ...
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סוֹף פָּסוּק‎ Sof pasuq cantillation mark [closed]

What's the earliest evidence of the סוֹף פָּסוּק‎ [Sof pasuq] cantillation mark? Did I correctly identify the sof pasuq right of my yellow highlights (the two dots vertical dots that look like a colon ...
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Does Jesus give license to break or to validate non canonical Scriptures?

In a certain context Jesus speaking to the religious leaders makes the following remark “-and Scripture cannot be broken—” ‭‭John‬ ‭10:35‬ ‭ The NT has texts that are used either to support doctrine ...
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Did Adam & Eve's children had to procreate among their own blood?

According to my understanding of the Bible, the world was empty of humans before Adam and Eve. Does it mean that their offspring had to procreate among themselves in order to populate the earth? Why ...
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What does הֵיכַ֥ל mean in 1 Sam. 1:9?

Many translations including the JPS Tanakh translate הֵיכַ֥ל as temple, although the temple wasn't built until Solomon's time. Some translate it tabernacle although that is not a usual word for ...
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What part of the tabernacle did Hannah pray in 1 Samuel 1:1-20?

Herod's temple had court of women. Where did Hannah go to pray in the tabernacle in Shiloh?
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Did the Greek Septuagint ignore the Hebrew name change of Mikayehu מִיכָֽיְהוּ to Mikah מִיכָ֔ה in Judges 17:4-5?

Did the Greek Septuagint ignore the Hebrew name change of Mikayehu מִיכָֽיְהוּ to Mikah מִיכָ֔ה in Judges 17:4-5? When we read "Judges" / שֹֽׁפְטִ֑ים Shoftim 17:4-5 in the Tanakh, we notice ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase in Jonah 4:10b “… IN A SON OF A NIGHT and perished IN A SON OF A NIGHT.” (literal translation from Hebrew)

This is a literal translation of the phrase שֶׁבִּן־לַ֥יְלָה הָיָ֖ה וּבִן־לַ֥יְלָה אָבָֽד in Jonah 4:10b. What is the meaning of the phrase, "son in a night" and "perish in a night.&...
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How should עֹ֥ז be translated in Psalm 8:3?

Modern translations translate עֹ֥ז as strength. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. (Psalm 8:2, ESV) ...
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Could criminals repent?

According to the OT, an individual who violated the Mosaic law could only be put to death based on the testimony of 2-3 credible witnesses (Deuteronomy 17:6). Could the witnesses and maybe the court ...
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Why is a clean house still cursed after הִסְגִּ֣יר quarantine - in Leviticus 14?

In Leviticus / Vayikra 14, we read that a priest can declare a plastered house clean after the home owner's quarantine. - Yet the clean house still requires a ritual atonement. Why is a clean house ...
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Why was the priestly age requirement lowered from 30 years (Bamidbar 4:25) to 25 years (Bamidbar 8:24)?

In Numbers 4:35, God requires a 30-year-old (Sheloshim Shanah) as the youngest to serve in His Ohel Mo'ed. Bamidbar 4:35 "From the age of שְׁלשִׁ֤ים thirty שָׁנָה֙ years and upward, until the age ...
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What was the purpose of the Old Testament prophecies whose contents were not recorded for posterity?

Some examples are: 1) Numbers 11:23-30 (NIV): 23 The Lord answered Moses, “Is the Lord’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.” 24 So Moses went out and ...
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1 Samuel 16:1-13 was David anointed in the horn because of his purpose?

1 Sam 16:13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power. Samuel then went to Ramah. Was ...
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Why do Sarah and Abraham doubt they will have children in Genesis 17 and 18 when their forefathers conceived at older ages?

We are told in Genesis 21:5 that Abraham was 100 when Isaac was born. In Genesis 17:17 Abraham doubts that a child could be born to someone of 100 years old. But we are also told that Adam was 130 ...
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Does (Psalm 112:7) Old Testament Hebrew mean “Bad News” Or “Evil Tidings”? All “Evil Tidings” is “Bad News” but Not all “Bad News is ”Evil Tidings"

All "Evil Tidings" is obviously "Bad News" but Not all "Bad News" is "Evil Tidings" Psalm 112:7 (NASB 1995) He will Not fear evil tidings; His heart is ...
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What do we know about tower of Peniel in Judges 8?

The text is: He also pulled down the tower of Peniel and killed the men of the town. - Judges 8:17
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What is the imagery in Psalm 19:5?

Psalm 19:5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. What does this signify? Is it romantic/sexual?
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What kind of harm is Naomi concerned about for Ruth?

Following Ruth gleaning the field and being seen favorable in Boaz's eyes, Ruth 2:22 (NIV) says: Naomi said to Ruth her daughter-in-law, “It will be good for you, my daughter, to go with the women ...
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How does the symbol of dust modify the poor in 2 Samuel 2:8?

In 1 Samuel 2:8, the scripture says: He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth ...
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Hebrew words for “sister” & “bride” interchangeable? “sister” can mean “friend”? [closed]

Paul M. Conner, O.P., Celibate Love p. 23 (PDF p. 27), claims: In Hebrew the terms "sister" and "bride" do not always have literal application. Often they are interchangeable. ...
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What is the difference between מִשְׁבָּר (billows or waves) and גַּל (waves, heap) in Jonah 2:3

As pointed, מִשְׁבָּר (billows or waves) and גַּל (waves, heap) in Jonah 2:3, they seem to have the same meaning according to the lexicon and also their usage. Is it indicating an emphasis or is there ...
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Why do English bibles change “Yearn for Purity” (נַשְּׁקוּ בַר) in Psalm 2:12 to “Kiss the Son” or “Kiss his Son”?

We read in Tehillim 2:12 [MT], "Yearn for Purity, lest He be angry and your-way will perish when suddenly His-wrath will kindle. Happy [are] all who take refuge in-Him" (נַשְּׁקוּ בַ֡ר פֶּן ...
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How does Isaiah's Idiom “Like-a Drop From-a Bucket” (כְּמַ֣ר מִדְּלִ֔י) symbolize Nations (גּוֹיִם֙)?

We read a poetic simile from the prophet Yeshayahu "Ke-Mar Mi-Deliy" in Isaiah 40:15 [MT] : "Behold the nations are like a drop from a bucket" (הֵ֚ן גּוֹיִם֙ כְּמַ֣ר מִדְּלִ֔י). How does ...
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What are the 7 Pillars of Wisdom's House?

In Mishlei / Proverbs 9, we are told Chakmot (חָכְמוֹת) resides in a House built on 7 Pillars. Proverbs 9 [1] Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars. (חָכְמוֹת בָּנְתָ֣ה בֵיתָ֑הּ ...
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(NASB 1995) Psalm 19:13b (acquitted of great transgression) Vs (NASB 2020) Psalm 19:13b (blameless of great wrongdoing) What does Hebrew say?

NASB 2020 updated translation was just released. I was searching online to see the differences between NASB 1995 and NASB 2020. I just came across Psalm 19:13b which was translated differently. As we ...
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How did Jacob's blessing on Simeon can to pass

Jacob prophesied that Levi and Simeon will be scattered among the Israelites, it happened to Levi. Are there biblical evidences that Simeonites were scattered too? Reference: Genesis 49:7 A curse on ...
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Who are the “Shepherds Like-My Heart” (רֹעִ֖ים כְּלִבִּ֑י) recounted by the prophet Yirmiyahu in Jeremiah 3:15?

In Jeremiah 3:15, the prophet Yirmiyahu begins declaring the Word of YHVH (דְבַר־יְהֹוָה֙) in past tense first-person singular : I gave (נָֽתַתִּ֥י) See Ivri conjugation of "Natati" (...
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Who are “The Fallen” (Ha-Nofelim, הַנֹּֽפְלִ֑ים) God supports in Psalm 145:14?

In Psalm 145:14, we are told God supports all The-Fallen. Tehillim / Psalms 145:14 [MT] YHVH supports for-all The-Fallen ( סוֹמֵ֣ךְ יְ֖הֹוָה לְכָל־הַנֹּֽפְלִ֑ים ) Who are "The Fallen" (Ha-...
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What is the “Horn” (Qeren, קֶ֨רֶן) God raised in Psalm 148:14?

In Psalm 148, we are told in verse 14 that God raised a Horn for His people. Tehillim / Psalms 148:14 [MT] "And He raised [a] Horn for His people" ( וַיָּ֚רֶם קֶ֨רֶן לְעַמּ֡וֹ ) What is ...
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(Romans 8:38-39) Recipients are believers feeling guilty about sins Vs (Isaiah 59:1-3) Recipients are God's people who willingly sin

I'm trying compare and contrast Romans 8:38-39 to Isaiah 59:1-3 when it comes to what could separate us from God and/or Love of God. Please Correct me if my following evaluation/assessment is Wrong. ...
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Does Micah 6:8 refer to Jeremiah 9:24 based on the words חֶ֛סֶד מִשְׁפָּ֥ט וּצְדָקָ֖ה ? If so, what does it imply?

One doesn't see the connection in the English translations. These three Hebrew words חֶ֛סֶד מִשְׁפָּ֥ט וּצְדָקָ֖ה are the same in these two verse, except צְדָקָ֖ה is in its plural form in Micah 6:5, ...
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(John 3:16) Greek: Only Begotten

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only (μονογενῆ) Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life." My question resides in the greek term ...
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Orthodox Jews take Deut. 12:5 to refer to the temple in Jerusalem. How should we?

Orthodox Jews take Deut. 12:5 to refer to the temple in Jerusalem. But you shall seek the place that the LORD your God will choose out of all your tribes to put his name and make his habitation there....

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