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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 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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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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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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Psalm 110:7 what does "he shall drink of the brook in the way" mean?

Psalm 110:7 "He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head." It seems almost out of place considering the Psalm seems to be talking about God. So what does it mean? ...
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Why would God test Adam's obedience?

I need help putting different Bible verses together so I can understand them consistently. Please follow my logic here: The Bible says that God created the world (Gen 1). Lord Jesus said that the ...
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Sandals and Holy Ground

In Exodus 3, Moses is commanded to take off his shoes because he is standing on holy ground, yet before him is appearing an Angel of the LORD, not God himself (in contrast to Exodus 19 an onward where ...
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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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Is a married rape victim to be put to death according to Deuteronomy 22:22?

Deuteronomy 22:22 states: If a man is found lying with the wife of another man, both of them shall die, the man who lay with the woman, and the woman. So you shall purge the evil from Israel. (...
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Why did God use Azazel during the Day of Atonement? (Leviticus 16)

Some scholars believe that Azazel is a fallen angel (demon "the book of Enoch") who brought sin to mankind; then how could God used Azazel to take away mankind's sin again? “Aaron shall ...
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Who were the mixed multitude in Exodus 12:38?

It says in Exodus 12:38: "A mixed multitude went up with them also, and flocks and herds—a great deal of livestock." Do any Scriptural or other sources say what this mixed multitude was composed ...
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Does God condone or command that Jephthah sacrifice his daughter? (Judges 11:34-39)

I was reading through Judges yesterday and I came across Judges 11:39-40, where Jephthah makes a promise unto God that if he is successful in warfare he will sacrifice the first thing that comes from ...
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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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Does Isaiah 43:5 refer to the Philippines? Can you also provide details supporting that Isaiah 46:11 refer to Cyrus of Persia?

There are a number of religious groups here that say Isaiah 43:5 and 46:11 refer to the Philippines and a "filipino preacher". There are assumptions that mizrach and James Moffat's ...
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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 does the Septuagint us ph for the name Philistines?

Reading the ever-surprising Timeline of the name Palestine, I noticed that the Egyptian, Assyrian, and biblical Hebrew have a "P" as the first consonant of the names equivalent to Peleshet/...
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Are the Sea peoples referenced anywhere in the bible? [closed]

To better understand this question. And why i feel this is a good, rational question, i will spend a little time below, copying and pasting everything i can find regarding the Sea peoples. When one ...
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What is the correct translation of Exodus 17:16 about Amalek?

This passage has been difficult for translators with nearly every version rendering it differently and making notes of uncertainty. Different attempts at rendering the Hebrew words vary broadly. After ...
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Where is the location of the "Red Sea" crossing depicted in the events of Exodus? (Exodus 14)

Modern Documentaries There seems to be a rash of video documentaries about finding the location of the Red Sea crossing by the Israelites in the story depicted in the book of Exodus. With the ...
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What is the significance of the bovine sacrificial animal being referred to as ' heifer ' in the OT?

Old Testament refers to cow, especially that meant as a sacrificial offering as ' heifer'. A heifer is a cow in the making in that it has not borne a calf. Did God want his people to spare cows with ...
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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 Ladan and Shimei. 8 The sons of Ladan were Jehiel the first and Zetham and Joel, three. 9 The sons of Shimei were ...
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Is the devil a cherub or seraphim?

The look 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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(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? 1 Chronicles 1:34-42 (NASB) 34 Abraham ...
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Heb 1:1-2 Didn't he also speak to us through His Angels?

Given the topics covered in Hebrews chapter 1, when, in verse one, it says "Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the..." I expected the following word to be '...
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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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Where is Luke 24:47 referenced in the Old Testament? [duplicate]

According to Luke 24:47. Jesus says "it is written" that "...repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name" Where, in the Old Testament, the allusion that ...
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Should the word 'satan' be left untranslated, merely be transliterated and left to the traditional connotations?

The word 'satan' is being used and heard as if it were a name. How could it be rendered in a way not distracting from its actual meaning of opposition and enmity? The texts where this is an issue are ...
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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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On Why Joseph Specifically Chose Simeon to be the Hostage in Gen. 42?

As a follow-up to When Did Israel First Expect Deliverance from Egypt?, I would like to add: In Gen 42:25, we read (regarding Joseph)--- And taking Simeon, and binding him in their presence, he ...
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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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(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 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, Uzziel, Jerimoth and Iri. They were heads ...
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Were the waters parted instantly?

On the one hand, we have the Exodus 14 account that reads: ‭‭Exodus‬ ‭14:21 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,...
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Did God command the making of graven images, in Exodus and Numbers?

Exodus 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: ...
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How long was the weeping of Tammuz?

In the book of Ezekiel, it describes women weeping for the god, Tammuz, in the Temple. I've heard that supposedly the weeping lasted for only a couple of days, while others say it lasted for the month ...
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In Psalm 2:9 is the verb תְּ֭רֹעֵם from the root רָעָה shepherd or רָעַע break?

In Psalm 2:9 is the verb תְּ֭רֹעֵם from the root רָעָה shepherd (basis for translation of LXX) or רָעַע break (MT Masora)? תְּ֭רֹעֵם has multiple homonyms, three based on the root רָעָה and two off ...
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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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Why was Israel allowed to take spoil from Ai, but not Jericho?

Before Israel conquered Jericho, the Lord commanded them in Joshua 6:18–19: "And you, by all means abstain from the accursed things, lest you become accursed when you take of the accursed things,...
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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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Are there any published compendia of alleged distortions in the Masoretic Text?

From time to time the point is made that the Masoretes may have deliberately distorted some of their readings of the Hebrew in order to refute Christological interpretations of the Old Testament. A ...
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Resting in Genesis 2:2 (ESV) and the concept of Tikkun

The English Standard Version (ESV) of Genesis 2:2 states: "And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.&...
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Scholarly sources for numeric symbolism in the Old and New Testaments?

I'm wondering if anyone knows a good scholarly/academic source for the study of numbers and their significance in the Old and New Testaments? I often come across remarks about the Hebrew and/or ...
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Psalm 69:28 What is the “book of the living”?

It appears this is an evidentiary registry, but who or what qualifies a person to be added and consequently remain registered? “Let them be blotted out of the book of the living; let them not be ...
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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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Who was the Man Jacob wrestled with at Peniel?

The Bible tells of a tale where Jacob wrestled with a Man and he prevailed. And because of this he was named Israel. Scripture refers to him as both Man and God respectively. Genesis 32:24 And Jacob ...
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Who is he and what is the name of his son? Proverbs 30:4

“Who has ascended to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what ...
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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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JESUS and the Old Covenant [closed]

This is my first question. I’m not trying to rock the boat. I believe what the New Covenant says about God’s name. The New Covenant says there is ONE NAME. The New Covenant doesn’t say there are two, ...
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Does Job 38:13-14 say that God sees the earth "as a clay seal"?

Is G d seeing the earth as one big clay/wax seal or is He being misleading to suggest that it looks this way or is He just operating within the cosmology of those alive then despite it conflicting ...
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What kind of sanctification/purifying was done in Joshua 3:5?

What or how exactly did all Israel purify/consecrate themselves according to Joshua 3:5? "And Joshua said to the people, 'sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.'&...
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Does hermeneutics refer to Hebrew text after,translation , or is exegesis and hermenutics always about original text of original language?

I am confused! Biblical text seems to be gloss or whitewash,of original Tora and Tanach text, in some cases! To do a proper study of the scripture at hand,should one convert the text of any bible ...
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How many mighty warriors did David have? 37 or 53?

2 Samuel 23 was likely recorded at the end of David's reign and it records 37 mighty men and guards 2 Samuel 23:1 (NKJV): "Now these are the last words of David..." 2 Samuel 23:39 (NKJV): ...

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