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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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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Did God's sovereignty put Deut. 12:5 in place so that, 40 years after Christ's sacrificial death, sacrifices under the Law of Moses ceased?

The Jews in the first century and even today interpret Deut. 12:5 to mean 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 ...
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Is Joseph the son of Jacob or Heli?

In Matthew 1:16 Joseph is said to be the son of Jacob. "Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary" In Luke 3:23 Joseph is said to be the son of Heli. "the son of Heli" Which ...
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Does Psalm 18:21 verse's use of term "Not wickedly" mean that he did Not intentionally,Not purposely or Not deliberately depart from God?

The second part of the Psalm 18:21 verse in most bible translations uses the term "Not wickedly" is interesting. To elaborate, Psalm 18:21 is interesting because it seems like when the Psalm 18 author ...
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Storehouses of snow and hail? - Job 38:22

Job 38:22 ESV, Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, or have you seen the storehouses of the hail, What are these storehouses of snow and/or hail? There doesn't appear to be any special ...
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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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What is "the Lord's Day" in Revelation 1:10?

The phrase, the Lord's day, found in Revelation chapter one, occurs only once in the New Testament. What grounds do we have to determine what day John was speaking about (the day his readers would ...
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Were Israelite Sukkot סֻּכּ֗וֹת “Booths” in Leviticus 23:42-43 simply Ohalim אֹהָלִים “Tents”? - based on Balaam’s observations in Numbers 24:5?

When Balaam raised his eyes and saw Israel dwelling according to its tribes, and the spirit of God rested upon him - Did God confirm through Balaam that Sukkot were good “Tents”? [Bamidbar | Numbers ...
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Daniel 11:30 - Romans?

I am reading through A New English Translation of the Septuagint, currently in the Book of Daniel, where two different versions, the Old Greek and Theodotion, are given. The Old Greek NETS version of ...
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Who is the Master craftsman?

Who is the master craftsman in Proverbs 8:30? John1:1-14 Refers to the Word being in the beginning, and that everything was made through Him. But the context of Proverbs 8 refers to wisdom as a women. ...
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Would the Judeans in Babylonian exile have learnt to write “Cush” to mean Mesopotamia?

When did the cuneiform literature use the term “Cush” to refer to all or part of Mesopotamia, as happens in Genesis, if ever? Why does this matter? In the Pentateuch, “Cush” seems only to refer to ...
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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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How do Jewish scholars differ from Christian scholars in their approach to the Tanakh?

What are the characteristic differences between how Jewish scholarship approaches the text of the Tanakh (Old Testament) and that of Christian scholars? If their approach was the same I assume they ...
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Could the book of Daniel been deliberately archaised

There is this book Dating the Old Testament by NASA contractor Craig Davis, that goes through each book of the Old Testament to look at the the evidence of when each book was written. For Daniel he ...
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In Numbers 15:34, Why was a מִשְׁמָר Guard allowed to work on the Sabbath Day?

While בַּמִּדְבָּ֑ר In-the-Desert [Bamidbar] or "Numbers" chapter 15 verses 33-34, we notice Guards are permitted to work (provide security) on the Sabbath. "[34] They put him under-...
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NASB 2020 Translation choice in Exodus 39:5

I have just finished reading the five books of Moses in NASB 2020, believe or not, this following part was actually the strangest bit to me. Anyone who studied the original languages, could you please ...
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Should translations pay more attention to the antithetical parallelism of Prov. 3:34?

אִם־לַלֵּצִ֥ים‬ הֽוּא־יָלִ֑יץ וְ֝לַעֲנָיִ֗ים‬ יִתֶּן־חֵֽן׃ (Prov. 3:34, MT) Does it better fit the antithetical parallelism of the poetry of this verse to translate the verse: Although He will turn ...
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Do women and children belong to "assembly of Israel?"

The verse in question is Joshua 8:35. There was not a word of all that Moses commanded that Joshua did not read before all the assembly of Israel, and the women, and the little ones, and the ...
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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 or רָעַע break? תְּ֭רֹעֵם has multiple homonyms, three based on the root רָעָה and two off the root רָעַע. Two of these five make sense,...
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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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(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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Does God order that infants be dashed to pieces in Hosea 13:16?

Three days ago I got into an argument with my Atheist friend, who said that God orders that infants be dashed to pieces and that every women with child shall be ripped open, does God order this to ...
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Is there a justification for a "prophetic waw consecutive imperfect" as suggested somewhat, by Net bible in Isaiah 9:6 as not "and he was called"?

Is there a justification for a "prophetic waw consecutive imperfect" as suggested somewhat, by NET Bible in Isaiah 9:6 as not "and he was called"? i.e. Sometimes Isaiah 9:6 is ...
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Was Mal’ak of YHVH מַלְאַ֣ךְ יְהֹוָ֗ה definitive in [2 Kings 19:35], “an angel” (MT) or “the angel” (KJV)?

KJV translates the title “ἄγγελος κυρίου“ from LXX as a definitive title “the angel of the Lord”, although the Hebrew text excludes a definitive “Ha-” הַ for this מַלְאַ֣ךְ Mal’ak. [2 Kings 19:35, KJV]...
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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 16:28-31 28 Then Samson called to the Lord and said, “O Lord [o]God, ...
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Should I start with the Old or New Testament? [closed]

I am incredibly new to Christianity and I have only recently got myself a Bible and wondered if you could give me some advice - what canon should I read first, the Old Testament or New Testament? I ...
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Why did Kohanim in 1 Kings 8:9 discard Ark of the Covenant inventory of Hebrews 9:4?

The NT author of Hebrews 9:4 recounts items in the Ark of the Covenant, while at the desert tabernacle. [Hebrews 9:4] "Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round ...
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How does the right hand and forehead for the mark of the beast correlate to the hand and forehead for the Shema?

How does the right hand and forehead for the mark of the beast correlate to the hand and forehead for the Shema? Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Isa 63:9 - Afflicted or not afflicted?

The NASB is fairly typical of Isa 63:9 which says: In all their affliction He was afflicted ... This is a good representation of the Hebrew according to the MT. However, I note that only a few ...
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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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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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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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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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Is there room to recontextualize the Genesis 3 serpent?

"The root chash is the basis of terms such as nachash and lachash, which pertain to different types of divination." (Frankiel, 173) According to Gesenius and Robinson, Nun is interchangeable with ...
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Why are "Judah" and "Israel" distinguished in many verses?

Even though Judah is one of the tribes of Israel (Exo. 31:2), why, then, are Judah and Israel often distinguished when they occur in the same verse? For example, in Jer. 30:4 (KJV), it is written, ...
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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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