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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When should names (people and places) be translated versus transliterated?

When should names be translated or transliterated? For example, why do translations say "En-Gedi" instead "Spring of the Young Goat". The same could be said for "Adam" whose name literally means "Man"....
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Isaiah14:12 truth of translation

Was Isaiah 14:12 not even about the devil, but just a king , when referencing the Torah but that early church council supplemented the devil for the king in the Christian bible based on motives of ...
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Owlam in Gen:6:4

I have looked at the Stack Exchange comments on Genesis 6:4 but have not found the following opinion expressed. Could someone schooled in Hebrew please comment on my use of the word "Owlam" (Strong's ...
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Why is 1 Kings 22:47-50 missing in the LXX?

1 Kings 22:47-50 which describes the death of Jehoshaphat is missing in the LXX. What could be the reason for having left out these verses?
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Is there any significance to why God cursed the Philistines with Hemorrhoids? (1 Sam. 5)

I was just reading through 1 Sam. 5 again, and for some reason this time, it struck me as weird. I had never considered just how weird God's curse of hemorrhoids was. Now, it's certainly probably not ...
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Did Moses allowed rape?

,,Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive ...
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Is “a thousand generations” declaration from God that Earthly World will last for at least 30000 years?

In Exodus 20:6 (in some translations), Deuteronomy 7:9 and 1Chronicles 16:15 the phrase "thousand generations" had mentioned, does this mean that the Earthly World will last for at least thirty ...
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Is there an Old Testament basis for Hebrews 10:3?

"But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year."- Hebrews 10:3. Is there justification within the Old Testament that the blood sacrificial system instituted by Yahweh simply taught ...
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Was Israel allowed to keep spoils of war that had been dedicated to idols? Deu 3:7

In the event that Israel was allowed to keep the booty (most cases) was there any restriction on what booty could be kept? Or was every up for grabs? “But all the livestock and the spoil of the ...
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Why is the name for God אֱלּוֹהִים (Elohim) plural? [closed]

If Old Testament Judaism was a monotheistic religion, and Yahweh wanted to distinguish the Hebrews from their neighboring countries' polytheistic religions, why is His name אֱלוֹהִים (Elohim) plural? ...
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What is the literary term used to describe the common Hebrew idiom in which the extremes are given to represent the whole?

Often in the Bible (particularly the Hebrew portions) a certain figure of speech is used in which two extremes are given to represent the whole. I can't remember what it is called. Examples include ...
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When did the Levites say to their father and mother “I have not seen him” as mentioned in Deuteronomy 33:9?

When did the Levites say to their father and mother "I have not seen him" as mentioned in Deuteronomy 33:9 ? And of Levi he said, Let thy Thummim and thy Urim be with thy holy one, whom thou didst ...
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How can Paul justify a following rock? 1 Cor 10:4

The Bereans were known for checking the Scriptures which would have been the OT (and possibly other writings outside of our OT) when it came to Paul’s claims If the Bereans were to check Paul in ...
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In Esther 2:8-18, what would Ahashuerus' “harem” been like during the time of Esther's confinement?

I'm trying to understand the nature of the Harem's during the time period of the Persian and Median empire. I'm Not trying to be uncouth/brash/offensive but was said Harem like some kind of sex ring? ...
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What is the difference between **power ( כֹּחַ )** and **might ( חַיִל )** in Zechariah 4:6?

What is the difference between power ( כֹּחַ ) and might ( חַיִל ) in Zechariah 4:6? I was studying the verse with interlinear bibleand got these words power - koach ( כֹּחַ ) which means --> a ...
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What is the best interpretation of the “finger of God” in the Old Testament?

The "finger of God" as used in the Old Testament seems to depict two diversely annotated acts of God. First, in Exodus 8:16–20, during the plagues of Egypt, it is used by the Egyptian priests to ...
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“beyond the River” phrase / term mentioned in Joshua , Samuel , Chronicles , Ezra & Nehemiah

I'm Not trying to be nitpicky or anything. However, I'm just curious. Which actual river is being referenced whenever the "beyond the River" phrase / term is mentioned in Joshua , Samuel , ...
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How come Judah took a wife for his son Er?

Genesis 38:6 reads: Then Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, and her name was Tamar. How come it was Judah who took a wife for his son? Is there any cultural explanation for this act?
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Rebekah's rash/brash/hasty willingness to bear curses become reality for her in Genesis 27:46

Genesis 26:34-35 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 34 When Esau was forty years old he [ae]married Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite; 35 ...
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( Chronicles 26:20-28) Differences/Similarities between treasures of the dedicated gifts and the treasures of the house of God

In order to get a better understanding of how finances/money that the ancient Israelites gave to government and/or religious institutes, I was trying to get a better understanding of what made up the ...
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(1 Kings 21:7) is Jezebel a wife that belittles/mistreats her husband or is she a wife who encourages King Ahab, her husband?

Could someone please provide their insight on how Jezebel treats Ahab? A specific verse that is interesting to me is 1 Kings 21:7. To elaborate, in 1 Kings 21:7, Jezebel's reaction to Ahab's ...
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Shimei's children( Shelomoth and Haziel and Haran ) as being part of the household of Ladan, Shimei's brother

1 Chronicles 23:7-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 7 Of the Gershonites were [d]Ladan and Shimei. 8 The sons of Ladan were Jehiel the first and Zetham and Joel, three. 9 The sons of Shimei ...
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Are there Bibles with each JEDP source set aside separately?

Are there any editions or translations of the Bible which set aside each source (J, E, P etc.) separately? I am aware that there is a 'Book of J', the oldest text, I'm just wondering if there are any ...
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Was Jashobeam, the son of a Hachmonite, chief of the thirty(30) or was it Abshai the brother of Joab?

Could someone please explain why the bible verses contradict when it comes to associating the title of "chief of the thirty" to 2 different people? 1 Chronicles 11:11 New American Standard Bible (...
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(1 Chronicles 7:15-17) “Machir took a wife for Huppim and Shuppim” then does it mean that Machir was arranged a marriage for Huppim & Shuppim?

1 Chronicles 7:6-19 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Descendants of Benjamin 6 The sons of Benjamin were three: Bela and Becher and Jediael. 7 The sons of Bela were five: Ezbon, Uzzi, ...
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(1 Chronicles 3:21) verse “…the sons of Rephaiah, the sons of Arnan, the sons of Obadiah, the sons of Shecaniah…”. Unclear?

From my perspective, the (1 Chronicles 3:21) verse is Unclear. I'm confused as who are the sons referenced when said verse mentions "...the sons of Rephaiah, the sons of Arnan, the sons of Obadiah, ...
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(1 Chronicles 1) Why is Seir ancestorial lineage Missing from amongst the Adamic lineal descendants lineage description?

--Why does Seir's name Abruptly show up as the various Adamic lineal descendants lineage are being described? In other words, who are the ancestors of Seir? --Also, are there any other people who ...
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Did Abram have to make Hagar a concubine in order to utilize her to produce an heir (on Sarah's behalf)?

I have seen the Code of Hammurabi regulations on the maidservant/concubine/wife relationship which seems to suggest that they are all three very different concepts. The wife has precedence and the ...
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What does “my name is with him” mean in Exodus 23:21?

Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. 21Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon ...
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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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Did King Saul cunningly calculate that Michal's arrogance & spiteful nature would be a snare to David? (1 Samuel 18:20-21) & (2 Samuel 6:16-20)

Please bare in mind that in this question, I wanted to take into account 2 Samuel 6:16-20 that shows Michal's arrogance & spiteful nature. (2 Samuel 6:16-20) New American Standard Bible (NASB) ...
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Are Israel's treaties with sinful nations always condemned?

I was reading Hosea 12:1 and was wondering what to make of it when God lists the treaty with Assyria among Ephraim's sins. "Ephraim feeds on wind, And pursues the east wind continually; He multiplies ...
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In Psalm 139:17: רֵעֶיךָ: „thoughts” or „friends”?

In Psalm 139:17, most of the Eglish versions would go like this: Psalm 139:17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God! (NIV) For the Hebrew: Psalm 139:17 וְלִי מַה־יָּקְרוּ רֵעֶיךָ אֵל מֶה ...
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Can someone explain the Biblical calendar in layman language?

As a Christian, I've read most of the Bible and though there's still more books and chapters to go, I've always struggled in understanding the calendar system that the Israelites used in the Old ...
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1 Samuel 2:33-34 Prophesy about Eli's descendants seem to be Only Partially accurate(and in some ways contradicts) was acutally happens in the future

1 Samuel 2:31-34 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 31 Behold, the days are coming when I will break your [q]strength and the [r]strength of your father’s house so that there will not be an ...
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(Judges 21:20-22 ) Understanding if the men of Shiloh are innocent or guilty since their women were caught by men of tribe of Benjamin

Judges 21:15-25 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 15 And the people were sorry for Benjamin because the Lord had made a breach in the tribes of Israel. 16 Then the elders of the congregation ...
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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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Is the following analysis of Judges 19 & 20 Levite's intentions, character, behaviour & actions correct?

Despite the fact that the violent rape of the Levite's concubine was certainly horrific and wrong, the Levite himself has his own flaws: Judges 19 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 2 But his ...
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Did the Hebrews spend time in Egypt for 400 or 430 years?

I know this seems like an old question but here's the contradiction I'm struggling with: 400 years "Then the LORD said to Abram, "Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a ...
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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 word “salvation” ever used in the New Testament 'justification' sense in the Old Testament?

I've always found that in the Old Testament, 'salvation' refers more or less exclusively to temporal salvation, and not necessarily justification, whereas of course in the New Testament, it more often ...
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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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Understanding Samson's feelings to avenge the Philistines, and understanding the nature of God's justice and fairness

I'm trying to understand why God accepted Samson's prayer request to avenge the Philistines for gouging out his eyes. Judges 18:28-31 28 Then Samson called to the Lord and said, “O Lord [o]God, ...
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When Jesus asked for a miracle to be kept secret, was he fulfilling any specific scriptures?

There's is an example of Jesus speaking in parables and his disciples ask him why he is speaking in parables, and Jesus says it is to fulfill a particular scripture (Matthew 13:10-17, Isaiah 6:9-10). ...
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KJV 47 scribes reasoning for translating from the MT & Textus Receptus over other translations?

I hope this question is allowed (hermeneutical approaches?). Is there any information regarding the reasoning of the scribes that translated the 1611 KJB why they chose one text over another? They ...
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Were the waters parted instantly?

On the one hand we have the Exodus 14 account that reads “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the ...
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Does the KJV mistranslate Exodus 4:20?

Exodus 4:20 KJV 20 And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt: and Moses took the rod of God in his hand. Is "sons" plural a ...
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What are God's voice, charge, commandments, statutes & laws that Abraham kept?

What are God's voice, charge, commandments, statutes & laws that Abraham obeyed & kept Genesis 26:4-6 and I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy ...
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Waters above the heavens true or false - Psalm 148:4

I realize there is a similar question In Psalm 148:4 are the waters above the highest heaven? But I’d like to revisit this verse and ask a different question or pose the question differently ...
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Is Jesus claiming to be God with his statement in Luke 21:33?

Is Jesus claiming to be God with his statement in Luke 21:33? What Jesus said in Luke 21:33 sounds like claiming to be God: Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away. (...