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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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Why do scholars think Abraham came from Ur in Mesopotamia?

Most scholars still think that Abraham came from Ur in southern Mesopotamia / Sumer. This seems strange for a number of reasons, including: -The Ur in Mesopotamia is NOT beyond (East of) the Euphrates,...
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Why did Phinehas's wife name her child after a historical event?

In 1 Samuel chapter 4, KJV we read: 21 "And [Phinehas's wife] named the child I-chabod, saying The glory is departed from Israel: because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father in ...
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(Proverbs 17:19 b) "raises his door" Vs "makes his door high"/"exalts his gate"

(Closely Related Posting: In Proverbs 17:19, what does "makes his door high" mean? ) 17:19 Hebrew OT: Westminster Leningrad Codex אֹ֣הֵֽב פֶּ֭שַׁע אֹהֵ֣ב מַצָּ֑ה מַגְבִּ֥יהַּ פִּ֝תְחֹ֗ו ...
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Does Numbers 5:27 involve an induced miscarriage/abortion?

Recently, I have come across Numbers 5:27 being used to show that abortion is not wrong and, in fact, even was advocated to test against a woman committing adultery through a certain type of drink. In ...
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(Proverbs 17:16) "fools" setting a "price" on "wisdom" when they have "No sense" and/or they have "No heart" for it (Multiple /layered meanings)

( Related Postings: Psalm 37:4 & Psalm 20:4 "...grant you your heart’s desire..." and "...give you the desires of your heart..." "dual-natured layers of meaning" ) ...
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Does God condone rape in Deuteronomy 22:28-29?

In Deuteronomy 22:28-29 it speaks of a woman who is forced into sex and it says that the women must then marry her husband, in this verse does God condone the act of rape? Deuteronomy 22:28-29 says: ...
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Psalm 11:5 does God’s soul hate the wicked, or does the wicked hate his own soul?

In Psalm 11:5, most English translations say something to the effect of “God’s soul hates the wicked” (NASB) The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked, And the one who loves violence His soul hates....
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Can the Hebrew word בְּהֵמָה refer to both wild and domestic animals at the same time?

In Genesis 6:20 we read that God told Noah to keep three categories of animals Flying creatures Animals Creeping things What confuses me is the word בְּהֵמָה translated as "animals." ...
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In Jeremiah 13:17 what does Jeremiah mean by “My soul will weep”?

Q: so in Jeremiah 13:17 is Jeremiah being literal, figurative(as if He is grieved), or metaphorical when he says “my soul will weep”??? Hear and give ear: Do not be proud, For the Lord has spoken. ...
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Would it be correct to say that Bible's Philemon makes a case for abrogation/abolishing of slavery?( or is that a stretch?)

In United States Of America, slavery( and also racial segregation) was a painful part of history. Therefore, Would it be correct to say that Bible's Philemon makes a case for abrogation/abolishing of ...
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Psalms 48:1; 145:3; translations didn't mention "great is the Lord"?

Psalms 48:1; DRB; 48 Unto the end, a psalm for the sons of Core. Psalms 48:1; KJV; 48 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Psalms ...
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Meaning of "food" and "drink" in Colossians 2:16

After Paul discusses Jesus abolishing the handwriting of requirements that were against us, he writes in Colossians 2:16-17 (NKJV, emphasis mine): So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or ...
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What evidence is used to support the claim that Isaiah was written before the reign of King Cyrus?

I'm studying the book of Isaiah at the moment and have been trying to understand the prophecy of the reign of Cyrus from Isaiah 45-52. Here's a sample that refers to him: Cyrus, God’s Instrument Thus ...
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Isn’t Elohim in Bible plural in all cases

Elohim is recognized as being in plural form when talking about false gods… However when talking about the Hebrew God, I have read that Elohim is thought to be referring to God in singular form. Is ...
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Plural Hebrew numbers multiple vs. tens [closed]

From what I can see, in order to make a Hebrew number tenfold, you make it plural. שֶׁבַע (H7651) sheh'-bah is the word for seven. שִׁבְעִים (H7657) shib-eem' is seventy. שִׁבְעָתַיִם (H7659) shib-aw-...
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Is the resurrection taught in the Old Testament?

Luke 20:27 (NKJV) says: Then some of the Sadducees, who deny that there is a resurrection, came to Him and asked Him, It says they didn't believe in the resurrection. Is this true? Is the ...
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What were “the garments of her [Tamar’s] widowhood” (Gen 38:19)?

After deceiving Judah, pretending to be a (veiled) prostitute, in order to get children from the family she had married into, Tamar puts back on her widow’s habit. Simple question: does anyone know ...
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Why was the tabernacle dedication in Numbers 7 set up like that?

The dedication process in Numbers 7 is quite interesting, hence why I'm curious about it. How come it was set up in such a way that all the tribe leaders had to give those items beginning in Numbers 7:...
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Did Terah’s family (which Abraham came from) worship the Lord?

If Terah and his family lived in "Ur of the Chaldees" (Genesis 11:26), does that mean he followed the religion of the Chaldeans? Later, they moved to Haran (v. 31). Might that mean that they ...
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Why were there offerings at the end of the Nazirite vow in Numbers 6:13-21?

These set of verses record a ritual for ending a person's Nazirite vow: 13 ‘Now this is the law of the Nazirite: When the days of his separation are fulfilled, he shall be brought to the door of the ...
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Why did Jacob prefer Joseph and give him a "coat of many colors" (Genesis 37)?

As the KJV has it (though others dispute the translation particularly of כְּתֹ֥נֶת פַּסִּֽים, "coat of many colors"; see this question), Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, ...
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What are the origins of the different elements present in the setting of the parable of Lazarus and the rich man (Luke 16:19-31)?

Luke 16:19-31 (ESV): 19 “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, ...
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Does “before there reigned any king over the children of Israel” (Gen 36:31) not show evidence of being written after the start of Israel’s monarchy?

The remark that Edom had kings "before there reigned any king over the children of Israel" (Genesis 36:31) might be used by critics to suggest that the author knew of kings presently in ...
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Who were the Horites (Genesis 36:20)?

Seir is identified as a "Horite" at Genesis 36:20. Who, then, were the Horites?
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Why did Esau prosper before Israel (Genesis 36 and Deteronomy 2)?

Jacob was promised the land of Canaan for a possession; yet his brother Esau came into his own kingdom long before, according to Genesis 36 and Deuteronomy 2, despite the word given to Rebekah, "...
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Was Anah—the parent of Aholibamah, wife of Esau—a man or woman (Gen 36:20)? And, if a man, was he Seir’s son or grandson?

Anah is called "daughter of Zibeon" at Genesis 36:2 and 14, but multiple masculine forms are used to describe this person in 36:24; and in the next verse, Aholibamah is listed among "...
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Why did Esau move out of Canaan (Genesis 36:6-8)?

Esau had been murderously enraged at Jacob (Genesis 27:41-42) and, upon learning on his brother's return to Canaan, rushed to meet him with 400 men (32:6, 33:1), a move that could have been aggressive ...
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Why is Zibeon called a “Hivite” and not “Horite” at Gen 36:2? Was this not the son of “Seir the Horite” (36:20)?

Esau's wife Aholibamah is said to be "the daughter of Anah the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite" (Gen 36:2). It is easy to fail to notice that a Zibeon is listed further down in the chapter as ...
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How can we trust the Hebrew Bible to be accurate when the oldest MSS go back only to about the tenth century C.E.?

The oldest complete MSS of the Hebrew Bible is from about the tenth century C.E.? We have portions of manuscripts from the years between 200 B.C.E. and 200 C.E.(the Dead Sea scrolls) but nothing like ...
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Is the root chosen for translation in Isaiah 14:12 for helel הילל wrong in most translations and lexicons?

Isaiah 14:12 NET "Look how you have fallen from the sky, O shining one, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the ground, O conqueror of the nations!" Every Lexicon, Dictionary, and ...
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Why are there two toledoths in Genesis 36?

Genesis 36:1 begins: Now these are the generations of Esau, who is Edom. Nine verses later (36:9), we read again: And these are the generations of Esau the father of the Edomites in mount Seir Why ...
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Reconciling Deuteronomy 32:5-9 with 2 Peter 2:1

We seem to have another theme of being "bought" in Deuteronomy 32 as opposed to being bought by the blood of Jesus. I am aware of the other question on this site for 2 Peter 2:1, yet this ...
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How is the adjective תַּחְתִּיִּ֛ם functioning independently in Genesis 6:16

In Genesis 6:16 we read,"...side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories..." (KJV) The word, second, third are both ordinal numbers but the word lower is an adjective which is not ...
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How and why does the Lord appear again to Jacob in Beth-el (Gen 35:9-13)?

In what form does the Lord appear to Jacob at Beth-el (Gen 35:9-13)? Was it similar to the form in which he appeared in Gen 32 (assuming the wrestler was, indeed, God)? Regardless, why does he appear ...
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Why was “the terror of God...upon the cities that were round about” Jacob's traveling family (Genesis 35:5)?

In order to perform a sacrifice, the Jacob and clan had to depart Shechem and travel to Beth-el. We read: "And they journeyed: and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them,...
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For what purpose did Jacob prepare his entire family to sacrifice at Beth-el, and in the way he did (Genesis 35:2-4)?

In Genesis 35:2-4, we read (KJV): Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments: And let us ...
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Why did the Lord command Jacob to go to Bethel (Genesis 35:1), and why to "dwell" there?

What exactly is going on in this verse in which God commands Jacob as follows (Genesis 35:1)? Why is God making this command: why Beth-el, and why just at that moment in the story? Arise, go up to ...
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What were the consequences of Reuben’s incest with Bilhah (Genesis 35:22)? And why is it mentioned here, seemingly out of place?

Most of Genesis 35 concerns movement first toward Beth-el and the sacrifice Jacob planned there, and then on toward Mamre where Jacob’s aged father Isaac lived. Then amid these various details, as it ...
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Akkadian Prophecies and Daniel [closed]

There are currently five Babylonian cuneiform “ex eventu” texts known as the Akkadian Prophecies. They are dated as old as 1st millennium BC (I think) but the youngest one dates to the early 3rd ...
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Did the author of Genesis intend for Rachel's death in childbirth to be understood as a punishment?

Rachel's death in childbirth, recounted in Genesis 35:16-19, follows her theft of her father Laban's "gods" (teraphim, Gen 31:19), which Jacob, years later, finally buried under an "oak&...
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Evidence for the unity of Daniel [duplicate]

I understand that the book of Daniel is comprised of two languages: Aramaic from chapter 2:4 to 7:25, the narrative part, and Hebrew in chapters 8 to 12, the prophetic and apocalyptic part. I ...
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Is there some prophetic significance to the location of Benjamin’s birth, his names, and the manner of his birth (Genesis 35:16-19)?

This question is about the four verses concerning the birth of Benjamin and death of Rachel: 16 And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed,...
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Analyze , & expound upon whether Hebrew translation of Isaiah 26:3a added emphasis on "steadfast"/"mind on" being on God or Does Not

Sorry if I sound nit-picky. Some English translations for Isaiah 26:3a add the emphasis the person being "steadfast"/"mind on" -God -while others do Not Therefore, could someone ...
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Why would Deborah’s death be recorded, and not that of Rebekah herself (Genesis 35:8)? And why was she buried beneath a terebinth?

In the "chapter of three deaths" (Deborah, Rachel, and Isaac), there is this brief and enigmatic verse: "But Deborah, Rebekah's nurse died, and she was buried beneath Bethel under an ...
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Is Phil. 2:10-11 referring to Exodus 20:4-5 and Deut. 5:8-9?

Note the numbers in square brackets. 4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven [1] above, or that is in the earth [2] beneath, or that is in the ...
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2 Chronicles 22:2; 2 Chronicles 21:20; was Ahaziah two years when he reigned, or there are two Ahaziahs?

2 Chronicles 22:2; 2 Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Athaliah the daughter of Omri. 2 Chronicles 21:20; ...
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Is it fair to say that deceit is a trait of Abraham's family? Did the Lord ever approve of their lying? [closed]

Abram deceived Pharaoh and Abimelech about Sarai’s identity (claiming she was his sister: Gen 12 and 20). Isaac deceived the second Abimelech about Rebekah’s identity (Gen 26). Rebekah and Jacob ...
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Why do the sons of Jacob "deceitfully" agree to intermarry with the Hivites after circumcision (Genesis 34:13-17)?

The Israelites could have simply refused the Hivites' suggestion that the tribes be combined, demanded Dinah back, and made other plans to exact justice from the Hivite prince, Shechem. Why did they ...
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Why does Jacob defer to his sons in the incidents at Shechem (Genesis 34:5, etc.)?

When one thinks of the idea of a "patriarch," one thinks of a sort of family absolute monarch, whose wives and children all obey. Jacob does not act that way in the interaction with the ...
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Who were the Hivites, mentioned at Genesis 34:2?

The inhabitants of Shechem, who were slaughtered by Simeon and Levi in Genesis 34, are described as "Hivites." Who were they?
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