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The legal codes and specific laws of the Bible.

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Was Achan's theft in Joshua 7 more grave than an unsolved murder in Deuteronomy 21?

We are told that when Achan stole an accursed thing every effort was made to weed out the culprit.Everyone one was brought forward tribe by tribe, clan by clan,family by family and man by man until ...
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What does from Sabbath to Sabbath mean in Isaiah 66:23?

Isaiah 66:23 23 “And it shall be from new moon to new moon And from sabbath to sabbath, All [m]mankind will come to bow down before Me,” says the Lord. Does this mean that mankind will come ...
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Was Moses saying righteousness could be attained by careful observation of the law in Deuteronomy 6:25?

Deuteronomy 6:25 NASB 25 It will be righteousness for us if we [a]are careful to observe all this commandment before the Lord our God, just as He commanded us. Was Moses saying that if children of ...
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Background on Joshua 5:10-11

Why were there no celebrations of the Passover while Israel wandered for 40 years in the wilderness?
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Was it the fathers or sons of the rebels who were being addressed by Moses in Deuteronomy 11:1-7?

When they came into the wilderness of Arabah Moses addresses the descendants of the rebels.Most of the things he makes reference to were actually seen and experienced by the rebels rather than their ...
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Was the instruction to build the ark given after the destruction of the two tablets of stone as alluded in Deuteronomy 10:1-2?

Deuteronomy 10 New American Standard Bible (NASB) The Tablets Rewritten Deutoronomy 10:1-2 NASB 10 “At that time the Lord said to me, ‘Cut out for yourself two tablets of stone like the former ...
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What kind of oil did Jacob use to anoint the pillar in Genesis 28:18?

When Jacob runs away from his brother he comes to Luz where he has an encounter with God at night.In the morning he takes oil and consecrates the stone he had used as a pillow. Genesis 28:18 NASB ...
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In Numbers 30 did the vow of a married woman stand without the knowledge of the husband?

Numbers 30 describes the law of the vows which are taken by both married and unmarried woman.The law describes how a father or husband are able to nullify a vow taken by either a daughter or wife....
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Is unclean ακαθαρτος / ακαθαρτον in the NT the same as in the OT LXX of the Law (Pentateuch)?

In reading the New Testament Epistles the words rooted in ακαθαρτ translated 'unclean' in the KJV are listed among sinful actions: Ephesians 5:5  For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean ...
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How does Moses opt to use הָ֣אֱלֹהִ֔ים for judges in Exodus 21:6?

Exodus 21:6 KJV 6 Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an awl; and he shall ...
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Is Deuteronomy 33:8-11 an allusion to Exodus 32:25-27?

Deuteronomy 33:8-11 NASB 8 Of Levi he said,“Let Your Thummim and Your Urim belong to [h]Your godly man, Whom You proved at Massah, With whom You contended at the waters of Meribah; 9 Who ...
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Understanding the conditions that would allow accused manslayer to return to his hometown (Joshua 20)

Joshua 20 deals with sanctuary cities for those who have unintentionally kills someone. However, I'm trying to get a better understanding of what Joshua 20:6 is stating. NASB Joshua 20:4-6 4 ...
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Was it Joshua or Levites who were to recite the blessings and curses?

When they were about to cross the Jordan Moses instructs the Israelites that the Levites shall recite to the people the blessings and the curses at mount Gerizim and Ebal respectively Deuteronomy 27:...
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If we “died to the law” & “disannulling of the commandment” took place the why is Paul quoting “ Deuteronomy 17:7 ” in “1 Corinthians 5:13”?

If we are become dead to the law as said in Romans 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is ...
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How is leprosy like snow?

צָרַעַת, traditionally translated as leprosy, (perhaps skin disease is more accurate) is compared to snow in three locations: Exodus 4:6 (ESV) 6 Again, the Lord said to him, "Put your hand inside ...
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Does the expression “Commandments of God” in Revelation 14:12 refer to the ten commandments on stone tablets given to Moses?

Does the expression Commandments of God in Revelation 14:12 Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.( ESV ) refer to the ...
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Does לַגֵּ֨ר refer to a proselyte in Deuteronomy 14:21?

דברים 14:21 Hebrew OT: Westminster Leningrad Codex לֹ֣א תֹאכְל֣וּ כָל־נְ֠בֵלָה לַגֵּ֨ר אֲשֶׁר־בִּשְׁעָרֶ֜יךָ תִּתְּנֶ֣נָּה וַאֲכָלָ֗הּ אֹ֤ו מָכֹר֙ לְנָכְרִ֔י כִּ֣י עַ֤ם קָדֹושׁ֙ אַתָּ֔ה לַיהוָ֖ה ...
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What does it mean to offer the tithe to the dead in Deuteronomy 26:14?

Deuteronomy 26 NASB 14 I have not eaten of it [h]while mourning, nor have I removed any of it while I was unclean, nor offered any of it to the dead. I have listened to the voice of the Lord my God;...
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What does Deuteronomy 23:2 mean? [duplicate]

A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the LORD. — Deuteronomy 23:2 What does "even to his tenth ...
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In Hebrew 9:8 what does the author refer to when he speaks of the “outer court”?

Hebrews 9:8 NASB 8 The Holy Spirit is signifying this, that the way into the holy place has not yet been disclosed while the [i]outer tabernacle is still standing, Earlier on the author had made ...
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Numbers 18 states that Levites have No inheritance among the sons of Israel, but Deuteronomy 18 says Levites could sell their estates

Numbers 18:23-24 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 23 Only the Levites shall perform the service of the tent of meeting, and they shall bear their iniquity; it shall be a perpetual statute ...
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Were the golden bells intended for Aaron or the people in Exodus 28:33-35?

Exodus 34 NASB 33 You shall make on its hem pomegranates of blue and purple and scarlet material, all around on its hem, and bells of gold between them all around: 34 a golden bell and a ...
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What significance does ‘God’s law’ have in Romans 8:7,if any, with regards to those who set their mind, on the things of the Spirit?

The passage starts off with drawing a distinction between the law “For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬ And ...
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Did Jesus abolish tithing in the temple when He overthrew the money changer's tables?

And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves Matthew 21:12 Is ...
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Is divorce acceptable in the case of adultery?

Matthew 5:32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced ...
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How did Zipporah know that circumcision was the cause of the death threat in Exodus 4:25?

Exodus 4:24-25 NASB [24]Now it came about at the lodging place on the way that the Lord met him and sought to put him to death. [25]Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son's foreskin and ...
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Why does KJV use censers not firepans/trays in 2 Chronicles 4:22?

KJV 2 Chronicles 4 22 And the snuffers, and the basons, and the spoons, and the censers, of pure gold: and the entry of the house, the inner doors thereof for the most holy place, and the doors of ...
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In Numbers 30:8 and Numbers 30:15 why does annulling vows seem to have different consequences?

Numbers 30:8 and Numbers 30:12 states that the woman in question who makes the vow will Not be held against her if her husband annuls said vow. Numbers 30:15 states that the husband will bear the ...
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In 1 Corinthians 9:9;13 why does Paul quote the Torah for justifying fiscal support from the church?

All quotes from the NASB In canvassing for fiscal support from the church the apostle Paul quotes the Torah to buttress his narrative 1 Corinthians 9:9-10 [9]For it is written in the Law of ...
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Leviticus & Numbers offerings as holistic and comparing to a typical Western world's meal

Would it be correct to compare sacrifices in the Bible books to Leviticus and Numbers to a typical meal( more specifically a meal in Western culture)? For example, Let's analyze Numbers 28. ...
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What happened to the manslayer in Exodus 21 before the appointment of the cities of refuge?

God promises to appoint cities of refuge for those who accidentally killed their brethren. Exodus 21:12-13 NASB [12]"He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death. [13]But if ...
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Exegesis of Numbers 28 ( specifically Numbers 28:8 ) lamb offered at twilight and the grain offering and the drink offering

Numbers 28 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Laws for Offerings 1 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Command the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall [a]be careful to ...
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Does Malachi 3:10 suggest that they did bring part of the tithe?

Malachi 3:10 NKJV 10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of ...
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In Matthew 23:23 is tithing a lighter commandment?

Matthew 2323 NASB 23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and ...
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How does Romans 4:15b relate to its context?

Precisely what does Romans 4:15b (bolded below) mean, and how does it relate to its immediate context? 13 For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not ...
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Did the Jews eventually emulate the ritual of cutting themselves during mourning for the dead in Jeremiah 16:5-6?

Moses had initial warned the Jewish people about cutting themselves when mourning for the dead. KJV Leviticus 19 28 Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks ...
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1 Corinthians 9:9: concerning the topic of oxen or for the sake of oxen?

Translations seem split on whether Paul is considering (rhetorically) whether the commandment in Mosaic Law concerns the topic of oxen or is for the sake of oxen: For it is written in the Law of ...
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Are we missing something in John 10:34?

In John 10:34, why does Jesus say "is it not written in your Law," instead of "is it not written in the Law?" Is Jesus questioning that Psalms 82:6 is not divinely inspired, but instead may have been ...
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Was it only the cases involving a death sentence that required two or three witnesses in Numbers 35 and deutoronomy 17?

Numbers 35 NASB [30]'If anyone kills a person, the murderer shall be put to death at the evidence of witnesses, but no person shall be put to death on the testimony of one witness. Deuteronomy 17:...
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In Deutoronomy 21 was atonement made for the city closest to the murder or the whole Israel nation?

After a man is found murdered the elders of the closest city to where the body was found are said to be the one that made atonement Deuteronomy 21 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Expiation of a ...
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Leviticus 5 “..it is hidden from him, and then he comes to know it..” exegesis

Leviticus 5 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 2 Or if a person touches any unclean thing, whether a carcass of an unclean beast or the carcass of unclean cattle or a carcass of unclean ...
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What was the significance of witnesses being the first to act against the offender in Deutoronomy 17:7?

Deuteronomy 17:6-7 [6]On the evidence of two witnesses or three witnesses, he who is to die shall be put to death; he shall not be put to death on the evidence of one witness. [7]The hand of the ...
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Is the foreigner/ Gentile absolved from the law pertaining to 'unclean animals' in Deutoronomy 14:21?

Deuteronomy 14 NASB [21]"You shall not eat anything which dies of itself. You may give it to the alien who is in your town, so that he may eat it, or you may sell it to a foreigner, for you are a ...
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Why were the elders of Israel uncertain about the man picking sticks on the Sabbath in Numbers 15:32-34?

Numbers 15:32-34 Nasb Now while the sons of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering wood on the sabbath day. 33 Those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moses and Aaron ...
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What does the“unclean and clean” refer to in Deutoronomy 12:15?

Deutoronomy 12:15 NASB 15 “However, you may slaughter and eat meat within any of your gates, [g]whatever you desire, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you; the ...
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Are the both works of Ephesians 2:8-10 works of the Torah?

Eph 2:8-10  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus ...
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Are the swarming things in Leviticus 11:29-38 the only creatures that defile other articles besides human beings?

After describing about five groups of unclean animals/creatures in Leviticus 11 it seems only the swarming creatures have the effect of defiling other vessels like stoves,ovens and pots besides human ...
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What is the most probable meaning of Leviticus 20:20?

Leviticus 20:20 NASB 20 If there is a man who lies with his uncle’s wife he has uncovered his uncle’s nakedness; they will bear their sin. They will die childless Does this refer to the following: ...
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Is it a written law or an oral law that Peter says is violated when a Jew associates with a non-Jew?

"You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation, (Acts 10:28 ESV) Can someone offer a citation from Torah or other Jewish works that may have ...
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How was atonement made for eating and touching an “unclean carcass” without shedding of blood in Leviticus 11:39-40?

Leviticus 11:39-40 NASB 39 ‘Also if one of the animals dies which you have for food, the one who touches its carcass becomes unclean until evening. 40 He too, who eats some of its carcass shall ...