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

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Did the second census in Numbers 26:29,44 include women?

In the following texts it seems some women were also mentioned among clans of Israel in the second census Numbers 26:29 NKJV 33 Now Zelophehad the son of Hepher had no sons, but daughters; and the ...
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What does it mean to be “of Israel” based on Romans 9:6?

In the Letter to the Romans, we are told by the apostle Paul: Romans 9:6: "But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel..." ...
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The Land of Israel Joshua 21:43-45

I was reading Joshua 21:43-45 Joshua 21:43(A)Thus the Lord gave to Israel all the land that he swore to give to their fathers. And they took possession of it, and they settled there. 44 (B)And the ...
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How were the elect elected in Romans 11:7?

Romans 11:7 (ESV): 7 What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened, How were the elect of Israel elected? Why were the rest not elected?
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How Did Moses Build The Bronze Serpent and How Long Did It Take For Him To Do It?

How Did Moses Build The Bronze Serpent and How Long Did It Take For Him To Do It? Numbers 21:1-9 And when king Arad the Canaanite, which dwelt in the south, heard tell that Israel came by the way of ...
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What is the relationship between Ezekiel’s vision of Jerusalem and the 12 Tribes with the vision in Revelation 7 and the 144,000 from the 12 Tribes?

Recently I was asked why the tribe of Dan was not mentioned in Revelation chapter 7. During the course of my research I came across a suggestion that there was a link between Ezekiel’s vision of ...
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What is the meaning behind Psalm 114:2

Psalm 114 is recited by Jews at Passover, commemorating the departure of God's people from Egypt. This year (2021) it falls on the evening of Sunday 28 March. Verse 1 recalls God's great redemptive ...
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In Ezekiel 23 what acts of prostitution did Israel commit while she was a youth in Egypt?

According to the narrative in Ezekiel 23 it is said Israel began her prostitution in Egypt whilst still a youth,she is symbolized as two sisters Oholah and Oholibah which seems to refer to Jerusalem ...
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Was the commandment to keep the Sabbath holy created at Mount Sinai and given to the Israelites only?

Exodus 31:12-17 (NIV) reads: 12 Then the Lord said to Moses, 13 “Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may ...
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What is the meaning of the Hebrew word Israel - Struggle or Prince? Any scholarly resources on this? cf. Genesis 32:28

The Hebrew word Israel gets translated Struggle and Prince i.e. Gen 32:28. Are there any good scholarly resources that can help clarify which meaning is more accurate?
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What were the terms of the covenant of brotherhood between Israel and Tyre?

Reference to 1 Kings 5:12. Since nations had no relations of blood, by virtue of a treaty, they had a relationship of brotherhood. Hence, Tyre and Israel were brothers. Reference to Amos 1:6, Tyre ...
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Regarding [Exodus 4:22] , [Deuteronomy 14:1], [Hosea 11:1], does Salvation refer to “Yisrael” in [John 3:18]? [closed]

Regarding [Exodus 4:22] , [Deuteronomy 14:1], [Hosea 11:1], does the anointed Salvation (ישׁוּעָ) refer to "Yisrael" (יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל) in [John 3:18]?
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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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Jacob's blessing on Zebulon, how did it come to pass

Jacob blessed his children in Genesis 49, specifically he mentioned Zebulon will have it border at Sidon, a Haven for ships. Genesis 49:13 (ESV) Zebulun shall dwell at the shore of the sea; he shall ...
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Trying to understand the meaning/purpose when it comes to Psalm 45 use of the word “daughter”

Hebrews 1:5-9 (NASB) 5 For to which of the angels did He ever say, “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You”? And again, “I will be a Father to Him And He shall be a Son to Me”? ........................
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How to understand the borders of Israel in `Numbers 34`

In the Book of Numbers, Chapter 34, the borders of Israel's inheritance, the land of Canaan, are described. I'm a bit confused about these descriptions. For instance, in verse 8 the northern border ...
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Who committed adultery with stones and with stocks in Jeremiah 3:9?

Jeremiah 3:8-9 NIV 8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared ...
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What is the meaning of “strike my hands together” in Ezekiel 22:13?

Eze 22:13 I will surely strike my hands together at the unjust gain you have made and at the blood you have shed in your midst. What is the meaning of "strike my hands together"? What does God want ...
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Why did the captive Jews refuse to sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?

As I focus on Psalm 137:4; the part of the psalm which relates to where the Jews declined to singing the Lord’s song in their land of captivity; I am still pondering over why those captive Jews said: ...
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The seventy rooms (of pictures) in the temple in Ezekiel 8:11-13?

As I read through Ezekiel Chapter 8, I took notice of the "seventy men of the elders of the house of Israel" mentioned in verse 11 and what they were doing in the dark. "11 And before them stood ...
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Why was Jacob's family segregated into large tents?

In Genesis 31:33, when Laban went to look for his stolen teraphim, the author notes: And Laban went into Jacob’s tent, into Leah’s tent, and into the two maids’ tents, but he did not find them. ...
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In Romans 11:26, how is “all” understood by those who believe Israel refers to physical Israel?

For those who believe “all Israel will be saved” in Romans 11:26 refers to physical, blood line descendants of Jacob, how do they understand the word “all”? In the abolute sense of every single ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Why was the punishment of refusal to enter Canaan seemingly more severe than that of the golden calf?

After having heard an adverse report from the ten spies all the fighting men of Israel refused to enter Canaan and possess it.God condenmed all these men to death in a period of forty years. Numbers ...
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Micah 5:7, meaning of “among”

Then the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many peoples like dew from the Lord, like showers on the grass, which delay not for a man nor wait for the children of man. --...
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Where in the Bible does it say what is the extent of the Promised Land

I've recently been exposed to the idea that the land originally promised to the Israelites encompassed a lot of territory that was never conquered by the tribes that followed Joshua into the promised ...
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Could Abimelech be regarded as the first king of Israel?

After Gideon had helped deliver the Israelites from the hand of the Midianites they requested that he rule over them,but he declined. Judges 8:22 NASB 22 Then the men of Israel said to Gideon, “...
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Why is the tribe of Simeon missing from Deuteronomy 33:1-29?

When Moses is about to die he blesses all the tribes except the tribe of Simeon which is somehow left out Deuteronomy 33:1-29 NASB 7 And this regarding Judah; so he said, “May Reuben live and ...
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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 encamp ...
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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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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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Jacob blessing Pharaoh twice

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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Who is Christ referring to when he says, “I [am] was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel?” (Matthew 15:24)

Also, what do you think he is saying, exactly?
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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 ...