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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
2
votes
1answer
171 views

Were the 10 plagues really sent as a counter to the Egyptian gods?

In Exodus 7:14-12:51, God sends 10 plagues to Egypt. Some resources I've found online say that these plagues were jabs at the ineffectiveness of the Egyptian gods. Basically, it was a contest of ...
2
votes
1answer
445 views

What is the treasury of the Lord?

This is the verse in question: "But all the silver and gold, and vessels of bronze and iron, are [a]consecrated to the Lord; they [b]shall come into the treasury of the Lord.”- Joshua 6:19 What ...
0
votes
3answers
771 views

Is "idleness is the devil's workshop" a Bible verse? [closed]

If not, is there a verse that similarly encapsulates this notion?
1
vote
2answers
128 views

What was the reason Pharaoh went out to the river?

Exodus 8:20 reads, "And the Lord said to Moses, 'Rise early in the morning and stand before Pharaoh as he comes out to the water.' Then say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Let My people go, that they ...
1
vote
2answers
77 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
93 views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
851 views

"Stealing the word" in Jeremiah 23:30. What does the prophet mean by this?

What does the phrase "stealing the word" really mean as used in Jeremiah 23:30? Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, declares the Lord, who steal my words from one another. (ESV)
0
votes
1answer
936 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
712 views

Textual Criticism of 2 Samuel 23:8 and 1 Chronicles 11:11

2 Samuel 23:8 אלה שמות הגברים אשר לדוד ישב בשבת תחכמני ראש השלשי הוא עדינו העצנו על־שמנה מאות חלל בפעם אחד ס These are the names of David’s mighty warriors: Josheb-Basshebeth, a Tahkemonite, ...
2
votes
0answers
126 views

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? ...
1
vote
1answer
320 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
167 views

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 ...
8
votes
5answers
311 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
89 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
885 views

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? ...
4
votes
2answers
955 views

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 ...
12
votes
5answers
16k views

What does "milk and honey" refer to?

Beginning in Exodus 3:8*, the land promised to the Israelites is often described as "flowing with milk and honey": I have come down to deliver them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them ...
2
votes
1answer
475 views

"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 , ...
1
vote
1answer
116 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
51 views

( 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 ...
2
votes
1answer
498 views

(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 ...
0
votes
0answers
41 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
108 views

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 ...
-3
votes
1answer
4k views

Is Cain really the father of all vampires as he is cursed to drink his brother's blood, which may assimilate the essential feature of vampires. [closed]

I was every now and then accumulating the description that Cain is the father of all vampires as I constantly read various tales though some of them are not really strictly quoted from the ...
2
votes
2answers
179 views

Are there any published works on the development of "satan/Satan" in the Hebrew Bible to the New Testament? [closed]

I was wondering if anyone knew of any published works (books or papers) that study the development of the hebrew word satan and particularly how it came to be associated in some places with the New ...
2
votes
1answer
617 views

How do those who argue the Hebrew Bible does not have a concept of the afterlife support that claim?

I was going over some old lecture notes from Christine Hayes - Introduction to the Old Testament recently. I noticed in Lecture 2 she makes this claim: No life after death in the Bible either [...
0
votes
1answer
77 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
256 views

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 (...
1
vote
0answers
135 views

(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, ...
0
votes
1answer
85 views

(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, ...
0
votes
3answers
843 views

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 ...
36
votes
8answers
12k views

Why is the Septuagint (LXX) significant?

What is the LXX and why is it so noteworthy that there is a Greek translation of the OT? Wouldn't it be better to directly reference manuscripts in the original languages?
2
votes
2answers
219 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
263 views

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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
76 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
68 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
68 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
453 views

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 old man in ...
1
vote
1answer
166 views

(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 ...
0
votes
1answer
83 views

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, ...
1
vote
1answer
119 views

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 ...
7
votes
3answers
6k views

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 ...
9
votes
7answers
17k views

Was Haman an Agagite?

Esther 3:1 says After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with him. Wikipedia says &...
1
vote
2answers
163 views

‘In’ or ‘On’ the earth (Hebrew) - Genesis 6:5

It interesting to observe בארץ being translated by different English (and non English) translations as either in the earth or on the earth. This is not limited to this verse by any means. “The ...
6
votes
5answers
1k views

How do you reconcile Nehemiah 13:1-3 with the fact that King David's great-grandmother was Moabite?

In Nehemiah 13:1–3 the Jews returning to Jerusalem separated themselves from people with mixed decent, including Ammonites and Moabites:  On that day they read from the Book of Moses in the hearing ...
3
votes
3answers
560 views

What is shekhar?

«And the nesekh (libation offering) thereof shall be the fourth-hin for the one keves: baKodesh (i.e., the Mizbe'ach) shalt thou cause the nesekh shekhar to be poured out unto Hashem.» ‭‭Bamidbar‬ ‭...
10
votes
4answers
12k views

What is meant by "as numerous as the stars of the sky"?

The Bible in a few places references the stars as a large number. Genesis 22:17, Deut 1:10, Deut 28:62 all make statements referring to the Nation of Israel being as "numerous as the stars of the sky"....
6
votes
1answer
107 views

Is "Ish-bosheth" a modified form of "Eshbaal?"

A professor of mine made an interesting claim in class today with regard to 2 Samuel 2:8: But Abner the son of Ner, commander of Saul's army, had taken Ish-bosheth the son of Saul and brought him ...
2
votes
1answer
87 views

Visible and Invisible God - Judges 6:22,23

I’m sorry if this is splitting hairs but this question is about the trinity or not. Gideon has a visitation from an angel. He proceeds to bring him a sacrifice “Please do not depart from here ...