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Questions tagged [israel]

Questions about the family of Jacob (b'nei Yisrael, children of Israel) and/or the biblical nation of Israel.

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Why did the Israelites lose the battles to the Benjamites after receiving the green light from God?

In Judges 20:18,23. The men of Israel enquired and sought counsel from the Lord to fight with the Benjamites because of their wickedness towards the concubine of the Levite(Judges 19:25-26,20:4). The ...
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Human sacrifice wins victory for losing side 2Kings 3

I’d ask you read the whole chapter to get context Essentially Israel asks Judah and Edom to join in a conquest of Moab because Moab stopped paying their tributes to Israel. They get a prophetic ...
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Were the innocent spared in Deuteronomy 13:15?

Deuteronomy 13:15: You shall surely put the inhabitants of that city to the sword, devoting it to destruction, all who are in it and its cattle, with the edge of the sword. Some scholars interpret ...
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Why are there 12 tribes of Israel and not 13?

Why are we are told that there are 12 tribes of Israel when there are, in fact, 13 tribes! Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh? ...
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By the end of Judges (Judges 21:25) who comprised the Israelites?

This question is solely about the peoples in the document sets, not archaeological claims. Apologies if this is a bad fit: I checked the site tour; this seems to be an exegesis request in relation to ...
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In Luke 21:24 is Jesus describing the dispersion of “the twelve tribes of Israel”, the 10 “lost” tribes or the remaining 3 tribes?

KJV Luk 21:20  And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.  Luk 21:21  Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let ...
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In Romans 11:25 what is “the fullness of the Gentiles”?

Romans 11:25 KJV For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness ...
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Did Jesus recover the lost tribes of Israel?

According to Encylopaedia Brittanica all of the tribes of Israel except Benjamin, Judah and Levi have been "lost to history", assimilated into other peoples and no longer have a Jewish identity: ......
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In Romans 9:6 what is the promise that Paul is assuring the Romans did not fail?

Paul has just made grandiose claims about the indomitable purposes of God in the life of the believer: KJV Rom 8:31  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against ...
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Why was Aaron not punished for making the golden calf? (Exodus 32:1-4)

Exodus 32:1-4 (NRSV) The Golden Calf 1" When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered around Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make gods for us, who ...
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In Isaiah 49 is the servant the messiah or is he Israel?

On the one hand he seems to be speaking of Israel but in the next breath it seems that the servant is the messiah who gathers in the remnant of Israel: NIV Isaiah 49: 1Listen to me, you islands; ...
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Why did God give instructions about the arrangement of the Israelite tribal camps?

Numbers 2 consists entirely of God giving commandments as to how the Israelite camp should be arranged. From the NIV: On the east, toward the sunrise, the divisions of the camp of Judah are to ...
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Why did Jesus say to the Canaanite woman “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” in Matthew 15:24

I am a first time reader of the Bible. I'm reading chapters from old and new each night and have started to feel at times the Bible was written solely for the children of Israel. If as stated in one ...
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Luke 7:9 -Was Jesus, when speaking of “Israel” referring to a people group simply connected by faith or was He referring to a nation called Israel?

Luke 7:2-10, a centurion’s slave, who was highly regarded by him, was sick and about to die. When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders asking Him to come and save the life of his slave. ...
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Is Psalm 149:4 past, present, future or gnomic?

Psalm 149:4 asserts: the LORD is pleased with his People (ie: the Jews) the LORD makes his People an object of admiration by rescuing them International Standard Version Psalm 149:4 For the LORD ...
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In Revelation 21:12, are the names of individual tribes or different ways to name all of the tribes?

The twelve tribes of Israel are listed in several places in Scripture. Invariably the names on a later list differ from the earlier list. For instance, Simeon is absent in Deuteronomy 33 and Dan is ...
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Baal~Peor worship at Shittim

Numbers 25:1-9 (KJV) And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people ...
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Was the son in Deuteronomy 21:20 an adult or a child?

20 `This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey us, he is a glutton and a drunkard. Deuteronomy 21:20 This son deserved death by stoning. I always wondered if he was a child or an ...
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Do the words “Israel” and “Jews” have a different meaning in the Gospels?

In my reading of the Gospels, I have not noticed any derogatory or sectarian statements using the word "Israel", such as in: Matthew 10:6 ... but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. ...
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In Romans 11:16, what is Paul's argument?

The imagery in Romans 11 is mostly about grafting but Paul pulls in a figure about sourdough: ISV Rom 11:16 If the first part of the dough is holy, so is the whole batch. If the root is holy, so ...
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What would “bless” mean in this context of Genesis 47?

So in this very short exchange between Jacob and Pharaoh, I'm just simply curious about what is meant by this word blessed. Should I interpret this as just a courteous greeting or take it as Jacob ...
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Why does Judges 18:1 say that Dan had no inheritance?

Judges 18:1 says that Dan had no inheritance but Joshua 19:40-48 indicates otherwise. What am I missing? Judges 18:1 ESV In those days there was no king in Israel. And in those days the tribe of ...
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Why was there great indignation against Israel while fighting against Moab

2 Kings 3:27 says Then he took his oldest son that should have reigned in his stead, and offered him for a burnt offering on the wall. And there was great indignation against Israel: and they ...
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Who's who in Hosea 12:12-13, and what is the typology?

Hosea 12:12-13 (KJV) states: And Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep. And by a prophet the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt, and by ...
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What is the Covenant of Peace in Ezekiel?

Ezek. 34:25 וכרתי להם ברית שלום וְהשבתי חיה־רעה מן־הארץ וישבו במדבר לבטח וישנו ביערים׃ Ezek. 37:26 וכרתי להם ברית שלום ברית עולם יהיה אותם ונתתים והרביתי אותם ונתתי את־מקדשי בתוכם לעולם׃ ...
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Was 20 (Numbers 32:11, Deuteronomy 1:39) the age from which God would consider an Israelite accountable for his sins?

Numbers 32:11 “Surely none of the men who came up from Egypt, from twenty years old and above, shall see the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, because they have not wholly followed ...
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Assyrian Invasions of Israel

Previous to the fall of Samaria, Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria made several excursions into Israel. The biblical records mention three: The first was against Menahem (2 Kings 15:19-20) but he was ‘...
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Jeremiah 21 King Nebuchadnezzar same as in Daniel?

Jeremiah 21:2 says that King Nebuchadnezzar is attacking Israel. Is this the same Nebuchadnezzar that places Daniel in a high government position? I know that many kings had the same names at that ...
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Sacrifice of the first-born son leads to fury

2 Kings 3:24-27 24 But when the Moabites came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and fought them until they fled. And the Israelites invaded the land and slaughtered the Moabites. 25 ...
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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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What is the name of Joseph's Tribe

In the list of 12 Jewish tribes, which corresponds to Joseph? Out of the 12 tribe names, nothing is similar to the name Joseph. For example, in 1 Chronicles 12:23-39 the divisions in David's forces ...
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After Israel repeatedly sinned, why is it said, “He has not observed iniquity in Jacob” (Num 23:21)?

Num 23:21 says, “He has not observed iniquity in Jacob, Nor has He seen wickedness in Israel. The Lord his God is with him," How can this be said about Israel, after all the times they rebelled ...
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Why is Jacob renamed Israel twice?

Why does Jacob get renamed to Israel on two separate occasions? The first time Jacob is renamed Israel is by the "angel/divine being" when they finish "fighting". This is in Genesis 32:25. The ...
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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"....
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Why is the tribe of Dan missing from Revelation 7:5-8?

We have been studying the book of Revelation and it was noted that the tribe of Dan was missing from the list of tribes of Israel listed in Revelation 7:5-8. Is there any biblical explanation why Dan ...
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When did separation between Israel and Judah happen? [closed]

Before the First Book of Kings there was only one nation - Israel named after Jacob (whose other name was Israel and who was called the Father of Israel). But in the Second Book of Kings it is not ...
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What does a mustard seed grow into?

Jesus said, “How shall we picture the kingdom of God, or by what parable shall we present it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that ...
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How often does the Bible use “God of Jacob” versus “God of Israel”? [closed]

The Bible uses both "God of ...Jacob" and "God of Israel". How often does it say each version? Is there a place I can look up the actual references?
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Is the name Israel intended to be ambiguous?

Jacob is renamed Israel by God as explained in this passage: Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the break of dawn. When he saw that he had not prevailed against him, he ...
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Water seen as blood for Moabites but not for Israelites?

I have question regarding this miracle performed during the time of Prophet Elisha II Kings 3 : 20-23 says: 20 And it came to pass in the morning, when the meat offering was offered, ...
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Why is Israel referred to with a male pronoun in Jeremiah 31:10?

“Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, and declare it in the coastlands far away; say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock.’ —...
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The significance of the designations of families who will mourn in Zechariah 12

As the prophet Zechariah proclaims the greatness of Jerusalem's mourning, he says: 12“All Israel will mourn, each clan by itself, and with the husbands separate from their wives. The clan of David ...
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Jacob's name is Israel. So why is he still called Jacob?

When born, Jacob is given the name "Jacob" meaning, "trickster, supplanter, heel grabber." After he wrestles at Jabbok, he is renamed "Israel" meaning "strives with God." However, after this ...
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“Back in ships to Egypt” in Deut. 28

At the end of the curses for disobedience in Deuteronomy 28, verse 68 says: And the Lord will bring you back in ships to Egypt, a journey that I promised that you should never make again; and there ...