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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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Does (Psalm 112:7) Old Testament Hebrew mean "Bad News" Or "Evil Tidings"? All "Evil Tidings" is "Bad News" but Not all "Bad News is "Evil Tidings"

All "Evil Tidings" is obviously "Bad News" but Not all "Bad News" is "Evil Tidings" Psalm 112:7 (NASB 1995) He will Not fear evil tidings; His heart is ...
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What do we know about tower of Peniel in Judges 8?

The text is: He also pulled down the tower of Peniel and killed the men of the town. - Judges 8:17
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What is the imagery in Psalm 19:5?

Psalm 19:5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. What does this signify? Is it romantic/sexual?
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What kind of harm is Naomi concerned about for Ruth?

Following Ruth gleaning the field and being seen favorable in Boaz's eyes, Ruth 2:22 (NIV) says: Naomi said to Ruth her daughter-in-law, “It will be good for you, my daughter, to go with the women ...
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How does the symbol of dust modify the poor in 2 Samuel 2:8?

In 1 Samuel 2:8, the scripture says: He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth ...
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Hebrew words for "sister" & "bride" interchangeable? "sister" can mean "friend"? [closed]

Paul M. Conner, O.P., Celibate Love p. 23 (PDF p. 27), claims: In Hebrew the terms "sister" and "bride" do not always have literal application. Often they are interchangeable. ...
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What is the difference between מִשְׁבָּר (billows or waves) and גַּל (waves, heap) in Jonah 2:3

As pointed, מִשְׁבָּר (billows or waves) and גַּל (waves, heap) in Jonah 2:3, they seem to have the same meaning according to the lexicon and also their usage. Is it indicating an emphasis or is there ...
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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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How does Isaiah's Idiom "Like-a Drop From-a Bucket" (כְּמַ֣ר מִדְּלִ֔י) symbolize Nations (גּוֹיִם֙)?

We read a poetic simile from the prophet Yeshayahu "Ke-Mar Mi-Deliy" in Isaiah 40:15 [MT] : "Behold the nations are like a drop from a bucket" (הֵ֚ן גּוֹיִם֙ כְּמַ֣ר מִדְּלִ֔י). How does ...
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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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How did Jacob's blessing on Simeon can to pass

Jacob prophesied that Levi and Simeon will be scattered among the Israelites, it happened to Levi. Are there biblical evidences that Simeonites were scattered too? Reference: Genesis 49:7 A curse on ...
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Who are the "Shepherds Like-My Heart" (רֹעִ֖ים כְּלִבִּ֑י) recounted by the prophet Yirmiyahu in Jeremiah 3:15?

In Jeremiah 3:15, the prophet Yirmiyahu begins declaring the Word of YHVH (דְבַר־יְהֹוָה֙) in past tense first-person singular : I gave (נָֽתַתִּ֥י) See Ivri conjugation of "Natati" (...
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Who are "The Fallen" (Ha-Nofelim, הַנֹּֽפְלִ֑ים) God supports in Psalm 145:14?

In Psalm 145:14, we are told God supports all The-Fallen. Tehillim / Psalms 145:14 [MT] YHVH supports for-all The-Fallen ( סוֹמֵ֣ךְ יְ֖הֹוָה לְכָל־הַנֹּֽפְלִ֑ים ) Who are "The Fallen" (Ha-...
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What is the "Horn" (Qeren, קֶ֨רֶן) God raised in Psalm 148:14?

In Psalm 148, we are told in verse 14 that God raised a Horn for His people. Tehillim / Psalms 148:14 [MT] "And He raised [a] Horn for His people" ( וַיָּ֚רֶם קֶ֨רֶן לְעַמּ֡וֹ ) What is ...
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(Romans 8:38-39) Recipients are believers feeling guilty about sins Vs (Isaiah 59:1-3) Recipients are God's people who willingly sin

I'm trying compare and contrast Romans 8:38-39 to Isaiah 59:1-3 when it comes to what could separate us from God and/or Love of God. Please Correct me if my following evaluation/assessment is Wrong. ...
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Does Micah 6:8 refer to Jeremiah 9:24 based on the words חֶ֛סֶד מִשְׁפָּ֥ט וּצְדָקָ֖ה ? If so, what does it imply?

One doesn't see the connection in the English translations. These three Hebrew words חֶ֛סֶד מִשְׁפָּ֥ט וּצְדָקָ֖ה are the same in these two verse, except צְדָקָ֖ה is in its plural form in Micah 6:5, ...
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μονογενῆ, should John 3:16 be translated with "one-of-a-kind" or "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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Orthodox Jews take Deut. 12:5 to refer to the temple in Jerusalem. How should we?

Orthodox Jews take Deut. 12:5 to refer to 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 name and make his habitation there....
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What is the meaning of “And who is their father?” in 1 Samuel 10:12?

1 Samuel 10:9 As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart, and all these signs were fulfilled that day. 10When he and his servant arrived at Gibeah, a procession of prophets met him; the ...
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Did Moses write Deuteronomy 33:4?

Deuteronomy 33:1 This is the blessing that Moses the man of God pronounced on the Israelites before his death. 2He said: “The Lord came from Sinai and dawned over them from Seir; he shone forth from ...
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What does Proverbs 23:10 mean regarding the prohibited entry in "Fields of Orphans"?

In the Ivri (עִבְרִי) / Hebrew (ἑβραιου) text of Proverbs 23:10, we find a strange warning. Proverbs 23:10 [MT "Do not remove an ancient boundary, and do not enter the fields of the orphans" ...
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Some Isaiah 61:8 translations use phrase "burnt offering" as opposed to "wrong"/"wrongdoing". Therefore, what does Hebrew WLC version say?

It's big difference if some bible translations say: the burnt offering as opposed to wrong/wrongdoing Could some please read and evaluate the corresponding Hebrew WLC version, and give and elaborate ...
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When the woman was caught in adultery in John 8 vs 3, why is the man not mentioned?

In John 8 vs 3, a woman was made to stand before Jesus after being caught in an act of adultery but there is no mention of the man. Why is that?
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BDB under אֹ֣הֶל uses the structure of Ex. 39:32 to support מִשְׁכַּ֖ן and אֹ֣הֶל מוֹעֵ֑ד refers to separate terms. How does Hebrew support this?

Reference ( אֹ֣הֶל, BDB, 1977 ed., p.14): וַתֵּ֕כֶל כָּל־עֲבֹדַ֕ת מִשְׁכַּ֖ן אֹ֣הֶל מוֹעֵ֑ד , (Ex 39:32, BHSa). Ex 39:32; 40:2, 6, 29, cf. 1 Ch 6:17 (BDB) all have the same structure, and BDB ...
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Does the hebrew bible have a way to indicate a woman that is a wife rather than a concubine?

Does the hebrew bible have a way to indicate a woman that is of higher status partner(wife) rather than a concubine? For example, there's the word Pilegesh (concubine) Nashim, is plural of Isha , so ...
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How should we view/interpret Jacob's initiative involving the rolling of the stone from the mouth of the well?

Genesis 29:7-9 seems to indicate that the shepherds of Haran had the traditional practice/technique of watering the flock of sheep by waiting until all the sheep flock gather together, and then (...
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What is the meaning behind Deuteronomy 32:8-10? [duplicate]

When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when He divided the sons of man, He set the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the sons of God. But the LORD’s portion is His ...
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Why did Lot run from Zoar? [duplicate]

Now Lot went up out of Zoar and settled in the hills with his two daughters, for he was afraid to stay in Zoar; so he lived in a cave with his two daughters. (Genesis 19:30 NRSV) If God had given him ...
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Would Jacob's vow in Genesis 28:20-22 also be a vow that "demostrates piety toward God"?

In light of @dottard interesting posted response( https://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/a/49820/19810 ) ----------------------------Excerpt of @dottard interesting posted response---------------------...
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Is the promise made through Moses the same promise Peter and John speak of?

Were Peter and John referencing the passage in Exodus19:5,6 with regards to a kingly/royal/kingdom of priests and a holy nation. “Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, ...
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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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Was Mesalim King of Kish, the same person as Moses king of Kush? [closed]

Mesilim Mesilim Mesilim (Sumerian: 𒈨𒁲),[3] also spelled Mesalim (c. 2600 BC), was lugal (king) of the Sumerian city-state of Kish. Though his name is missing from the Sumerian king list, Mesilim ...
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Are the Sea peoples referenced anywhere in the bible?

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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Should we understand וְאֵ֖ת הַכּוֹכָבִֽים in genesis 1:16 to be an object over which the lesser light was to rule? [duplicate]

In Genesis 1:16b we find that God made two great luminaries, then in b part we find that the lesser light was to dominate or rule over the night which is followed by the waw conjunction and the ...
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Was manna physical or spiritual?

The Bible says God gave the children of Israel manna in the desert for forty years, six days a week. “Now the house of Israel called its name manna. It was like coriander seed, white, and the taste ...
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What are the main Differences between KJV and Duoay-Rheims (DRB) / douay-rheims vs kjv / Differences between KJV and DRB Douay-Rheims Version (DRV)

Douay-Rheims Bible: I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel. This is correct, since evil cheat the ...
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What does the name Phinehas mean? [closed]

In Hebraic culture, names have significant meanings. When given a name it represents an array of scenario including but not limited to the essence of one's character (https://www.aish.com/jl/l/b/...
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The funerary custom of burning corpses

It seemed to be a matter of great ignonimy to be burnt upon one’s death or burnt to death:1 “From this it may be concluded that the burning of the human body was looked upon with horror.”2 Footnotes  ...
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Why did the Elders tell King Ahab not to agree to Ben-Haddad, King of Syria second command?

1 Kings 20:4 And the king of Israel answered and said, “My lord, O king, just as you say, I and all that I have are yours.” 1 Kings 20:7-8 7 So the king of Israel called all the elders of the land, ...
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Free Will in the Old Testament [closed]

I'm trying to understand how the old testament understands the nature of Human Will. I don't see any direct references to free will. By free will, I mean that individual humans are the capable of ...
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What are the literary device(s) used in Psalm 44 to express God's Victories as He battles?

I might just be asking something that's quite obvious, but I just wanted more insight and clarity. When the Israelites battled against their foes at Beth-horon, God did drop large stones/hailstones on ...
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Textual varient in Ex. 20:3

Exodus 20:3 לֹא-יִהְיֶה לְךָ אֱלֹהִים אֲחֵרִים, עַל-פָּנָי יִהְיֶֽה verb qal imperfect 3rd person masculine singular Ed:BHS has been faithful to L (the Leningrad Codex) where there might be a ...
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( Psalm 40:5 ) Does "And Your thoughts toward us;" mean that God is Specifically thinking about us?

Psalm 40:5 (NASB) Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders which You have done, And Your thoughts toward us; There is none to compare with You. If I would declare and speak of them, They would be too ...
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Why did God LOVE Solomon over all the more legitimate sons of David, before He was Born?

When David was old and Adonijah his son proclaimed himself King, Nathan the Prophet rushed to Bathsheba and gave her wisdom to go in to the King and save her life and the life of her son Solomon – and ...
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What/where is the "mountain of Your inheritance" in Exodus 15:17?

What/where is the "mountain of Your inheritance" in Exodus 15:17? "You will bring them in and plant them in the mountain of Your inheritance..."
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God’s wrath and jealousy vs the fruits of the spirit

As NT believers we are delivered from God’s wrath thanks to Jesus. Nevertheless throughout the OT we can read about God’s wrath and jealousy for His people Isreal. This wrath and jealousy is always ...
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What are the benefits of "walking among these that stand by" in Zechariah 3:7?

What are the benefits of "walking among these that stand by" in Zechariah 3:7 King James Version (KJV) 7 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, ...
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Genesis 4:15, "whosoever" or "anyone"?

Genesis 4:15 (DRB): And the Lord said to him: No, it shall not be so: but whosoever shall kill Cain, shall be punished sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, that whosoever found him should ...
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Exodus 7:22; 8:7 why did not the Egyptian Magicians try to antagonize the effect of Moses' miracles?

Exodus 7:22 DRB: And the magicians of the Egyptians with their enchantments did in like manner: and Pharao's heart was hardened, neither did he hear them, as the Lord had commanded. Exodus 8:7 ...
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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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