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What is the origin of the Kenites?

In Genesis 15:19, Kenites were first mentioned, where did they came after the global flood since the only survivors were 4 couples?
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Reconcile Psalm 69's imprecatory/cursing nature against The Gospels forgiving nature in the historical account of the Jesus Christ’s crucifixion

Related Postings: In light of Proverbs 24:17 , how would we go about justifying or reasoning Psalm 54:5-7 claim of being satisfied with enemies' destruction? ( Romans 12:14 "14 Bless those ...
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The issue of "Luke's" identity [closed]

Mr. Harfield: You posted the info below on Quoro, and I wanted to address your comment. I researched your name on the computer & observe that you are on several website platforms and have made a ...
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How historically accurate is the book of Esther? Can we relate its narrative and characters to any historical character?

I am aware that biblical accounts and secular history are not always easy to reconcile, and can often contradict each other at first sight. When this happens, the reaction is usually to defend either ...
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Deeper understanding of ( Isaiah 52:15 ) Thus He will sprinkle many nations,

Isaiah 52:13-15 and Isaiah 53:1-3 New American Standard Bible 1995 The Exalted Servant 13 Behold, My servant will prosper, He will be high and lifted up and [a]greatly exalted. 14 Just as many were ...
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Deeper contextual understanding of Isaiah 51:22 "...The chalice of My anger; You will never drink it again....."

Isaiah 51:14-23 New American Standard Bible 1995 14 The [a]exile will soon be set free, and will not die in the dungeon, nor will his bread be lacking. 15 For I am the Lord your God, who stirs up the ...
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Deeper understanding of Isaiah 50:10 “walks in darkness” phrasing?

Related Posting: 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? Isaiah 50 New American ...
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Did any Early Christian exegesis interpret Ezekiel 29:3 to mean 'pharaoh made himself'?

In Latin Vulgate Old Testament Bible: Ezekiel 29:3 Speak, and say: Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I come against thee, Pharao king of Egypt, thou great dragon that liest in the midst of thy rivers, ...
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The Canaanite in Gen 12:6

The Bible says 'And the Canaanite was in the land' in Gen 12:6. Is this referring to a specific person or this is just a linguistic error in translation that is meant to refer to the group of people.
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Deeper contextual understanding of Isaiah 49:8 declaration that the Israelites will "inherit the desolate heritages"

Isaiah 49:7-9 NASB 1995 7 Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel and its Holy One, To the despised One, To the One abhorred by the nation, To the Servant of rulers, “Kings will see and arise, ...
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Deeper understanding as to why Isaiah 49:3's reference to "My Servant, Israel" fits in the larger context of Isaiah 49's Messianic prophetic account

Related Posting: In Isaiah 49 is the servant the messiah or is he Israel? Isaiah 49 New American Standard Bible 1995 Salvation Reaches to the End of the Earth 49 Listen to Me, O islands, And pay ...
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Is Jesus specifically talking about giving to our Enemies? Matthew 5:23

"38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him ...
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Psalm 125:3 Why would the righteous ever use "scepter of wickedness"..."to do wrong"?

Psalm 125:3 seems strange because the bible reader could wonder why the righteous would ever use the "scepter of wickedness"..."to do wrong". Please read on to find out why I find ...
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Why did King David think his census was sinful? [duplicate]

King David entrusted Joab to "number Israel and Juda" (2 Sam. 24:1), then (v. 10): David's heart struck him, after the people were numbered: and David said to the Lord: I have sinned very ...
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Acts 1:9-12: Is Jesus' ascent to Heaven literal sky or something else?

Acts 1:9-12 tells us that Jesus ascended into Heaven: Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked ...
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Biblical authors, Ancient Jewish/Hebrew and/or Early Christians Vs 21st Century Modern view when it comes to the interpretation of "idols"/"idolatry"

A lot of the Old Testament bible verses/passages use the terms "idol(s)"/"idolatry" within the context of -physical "carved image", (Exodus 20:3–6) -physical materials ...
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Was the child in Isaiah 9:6 born during Isaiah's time? Were the victories in Isaiah 9:2-5 achieved militarily?

If the child in Isaiah 9:6 was not born during Isaiah's time, who achieved the victories mentioned in Isaiah 9:2-5? Were these victories achieved militarily? 2 The people walking in darkness have ...
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Bible (Judges 16) silence or lack of info on Delilah's physical beauty says that deceptive pretentiousness & greed are Not based on good looks [closed]

Judges 16:4-22 NASB95 4 After this it came about that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah. 5 The lords of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, “Entice him, and ...
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( Ephesians 5:26-27 ) Christian husbands take initiative to "cleansing" wives via "washing of water with the word"

https://www.bibelwissenschaft.de/en/bible/NA28/EPH.5 Epheser 5:25-28 25Οἱ ἄνδρες, ἀγαπᾶτε τὰς γυναῖκας, καθὼς καὶ ὁ Χριστὸς ἠγάπησεν τὴν > ἐκκλησίαν καὶ ἑαυτὸν παρέδωκεν ὑπὲρ αὐτῆς, 26ἵνα αὐτὴν ...
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Isaiah 41:1 use of the terms "coastlands" and "islands" a reference to heathen nations as in any nation Other Than the chosen nation of Israel

Isaiah 41:1 NASB 1995 “Coastlands, listen to Me in silence, And let the peoples gain new strength; Let them come forward, then let them speak; Let us come together for judgment. Isaiah 41:1 NKJV “...
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Could 1 Peter 4:6 referencing the nekrois be connected in some way with the tradition narrated in the Pastor of Hermas III.9.16?

1 Peter 4:6 ESV For this is why the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does. The section ...
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Deeper contextual understanding can the bible reader get from Isaiah 34:5 claim that The Lord's sword is "satiated in heaven"

Isaiah 34:5-6 NASB95 5 For My sword is satiated in heaven, Behold it shall descend for judgment upon Edom And upon the people whom I have devoted to destruction. 6 The sword of the Lord is filled ...
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Isaiah 33:15(d) "He who stops his ears from hearing about bloodshed" modern 21st century English translation issue

In most of the English translations of Isaiah 33:15, when it comes to Isaiah 33:15 (d) Isaiah 33:15 (d) He who stops his ears from hearing about bloodshed it seems like there might have been a ...
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(Song of Solomon 2:15) "Catch the foxes for us, The little foxes" association with false/foolish prophets based on Ezekiel 13:3-4

Song of Solomon 2:14-16 NASB 1995 14 “O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, In the secret place of the steep pathway, Let me see your form, Let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet, And your ...
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Was the Suffering Servant actually King Zedekiah? Isaiah 52:13-53:12

@Dick Harfield, in a article titled A New Look at a Servant Song suggests that Isaiah (or Second Isaiah) was speaking of King Zedekiah. This goes against both traditional Christian interpretations ...
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Implications of "... so that they might have some charge to bring against him" (John 8:6) [closed]

Some background - I'm a former Jewish Torah learner, who listens to the [audio] books of the Gospels and tries to comprehend the historical Jesus. A recurring motive that caught my attention was the ...
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Exegesis - Paraclete as the antichrist or Satan?

Premise While the Paraclete mentioned in john is of perennial interest to many, to my knowledge, scholarship does not carry out serious discussions on the identity of the Plaraclete. The Early Church ...
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In biblical geneaological lists can the term בן denote descendant?

This is more of a general question on the scholarly consensus of what the Hebrew term בן can denote (specifically in a genealogical list context). I noticed a few times in Chronicles where בן couldn't ...
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What is Sarah's "pleasure" in Genesis 18:12?

In Genesis 18:12, Sarah says the following (NKJV, emphasis added): “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” What does Sarah mean by having pleasure? Most directly, ...
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Ezekiel 20:31 - Narrative congruence

Ezekiel 20:31 For when ye offer your gifts, when ye make your sons to pass through the fire, ye pollute yourselves with all your idols, even unto this day: and shall I be enquired of by you, O house ...
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Are the Isaiah 16:2 's "daughters of Moab" reference the same as the "outcasts" in Isaiah 16:3 & Isaiah 16:4?

Just a follow-up question spawned out of (Isa 16:4) Are the refugees Moabites Or Israelites? ( & contextual consequences of choosing each translation & conjunctional phrases involved)? Isaiah ...
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(Isa 16:4) Are the refugees Moabites Or Israelites? ( & contextual consequences of choosing each translation & conjunctional phrases involved)?

(Remotely Related: Are the Isaiah 16:2 's "daughters of Moab" reference the same as the "outcasts" in Isaiah 16:3 & Isaiah 16:4? ) It may seem that this posting has too ...
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Leviticus 20:5 - Septuagint variant analyzed

For convenience, here is the passage (KJV, LXX): Leviticus 20:5 Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit ...
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Destruction of Jerusalem Prophecy

In Luke 19:41 Jesus speaks about the destruction of ALL Jerusalem. In verse 44, Jesus says that "they will not leave one stone upon another". This prophecy sounds similar to others regarding ...
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KJV & NKJV translate Isaiah 9:1(b) by stating affliction/oppression becomes worse but NASB1995 & ESV translate that it becomes more glorious

Isaiah 9:1 New American Standard Bible 1995 9 [a]But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but ...
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Son of theos vs son of kyrios

I'm hesitant to speak in absolute terms about this, but perhaps it can be generally agreed upon that in many cases where we see Χριστὸς we tend not to see κυριος as a relational lexicon to describe ...
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Why does Revelation 19:18 mention commanders on horses when this future prophecy is likely to not have actual horses? [closed]

The text: “Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, “Come, assemble for the great supper of God, so that you may ...
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Is Ephesians 6:5-9 inapplicable with modern Christians who don’t have a “slave”?

Paul says: “Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ; not by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, ...
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Was there a Biblical change of day when Jesus sat and ate the Passover, and was there a change of day when Joseph came to the cross the first time? [duplicate]

If there was a Biblical change of day when Jesus sat and ate the Passover, and there was a change of day when Joseph came to the cross (the first time), this would show major differences between what ...
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Was the stone at the tomb of Jesus square shaped? [closed]

Archeologist Amos Kloner claims that it isn't historically probable that Jesus' tomb had a circle shaped rock blocking it. Kloner argues that we don't find many circle shaped rocks blocking tombs ...
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Is "God is light" more than metaphor in 1 John 1:5?

1 John 1:5 states that God is light - but Genesis 1:3 describes God creating light. Obviously God cannot create himself; nor does his nature change. I see a few options here, and I'm wondering which, ...
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Is the trial of Jesus before the Sanhedrin too illegal to be true?

The story that we have in the gospels of Mark and Matthew (Mark 14:53-65; Matthew 26:57-68) of the Trial of Jesus before the Sanhedrin seems to contradict many passages in the Mishna in the tractate ...
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Job 38 :32 - hapax legomenon "Mazzaroth" - impact on interpretation

The message of the Job 38:32 rhetorical flourish is plain to see: God appears to be pointing out the narrow confines of Job's knowledge and ability. However, the manner/angle in which God communicates ...
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Any patristic sources on 1 Timothy 2:11-12 that address whether the context is the church?

1 Timothy 2:11-12 has been variously understood. One view I recently heard is that it teaches women to be silent not only in church, as is the case in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35, but also in secular ...
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How do we reconcile Matthew 6:14-15 with 1 John 2:1?

The verses in dispute: “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your ...
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What was the pre-Christian interpretation of Psalm 2:7?

What was the common interpretation among the Jews Psalm 2:7, before the birth of Jesus? I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father. How would ...
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Would Proverbs 26:18-19 be relevant to scenario cases that involve bullying/hazing/ragging?

Closely related posting: Does Proverbs 26:18-19 condemn tricking people for a joke? Proverbs 26:18-19 New American Standard Bible 1995 18 Like a madman who throws Firebrands, arrows and death, 19 So ...
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Could someone please give an elaborate explanation as to how Wisdom, knowledge & understanding are different and/or overlap in Proverbs 24:3-5?

( reference: https://www.gotquestions.org/wisdom-knowledge.html ) Proverbs 24:3-5 New American Standard Bible 1995 3 By wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established; 4 And by ...
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(Proverbs 23:1-3) what does Not desiring deceptive food have anything to do with behaving while dining with important leaders?

(Proverbs 23:1-3) New American Standard Bible 1995 1 When you sit down to dine with a ruler, Consider carefully [a]what is before you, 2 And put a knife to your throat If you are a man of great ...
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Textual Variants of John 19:26-27 (Entrustment of Mary)

Are there any known historical variants, interpolations, or alternate interpretations regarding the Entrustment of Mary in John 19:26-27? Specifically the four bold words in verse 26 below? John 19 [...
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