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Is a literary convention being used in Daniel 12:4?

I have thought of this for a while and was wondering what literary convention does the following reflect, and why was it used? Daniel 12:4 - "But you, Daniel, keep the words secret and the book ...
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(Psalm 45:2) Is Ancient Hebrew's translation of “fairer” used as a figure of speech for a person's character, personality, inner spirit, etc.,?

Could someone please check if the Ancient Hebrew translation of the word "fairer" is meant to be used as a figure of speech in Ancient Hebrew that indicates a person's character, personality,...
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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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In Philemon 11, is Paul making a pun from Onesimus' name?

Given the name Onesimus means "profitable or useful" and Paul writes in vrs 11: [Onesimus,] who once was unprofitable to thee, but now is profitable to thee and to me: Is Paul making a pun with ...
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Other than as a memory aid what is the alleged hermeneutical significance of chiastic structure?

Whether or not chiasmus is something intended by an author or whether it is simply serendipity is a question about which there is no settled opinion. People disagree. Some see it everywhere and are ...
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In Genesis 9:20-24 why is Ham, the second born, referred to as the “younger son”?

Genesis 9:20-24 NKJV And Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard. Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the ...
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Canaan is the servant, but who are the other “Servants” that Noah was referring to in Gen 9:25?

When Noah said in Gen 9:25: "A curse on the Canaanites, a servant of servants shall he be to his brethren" The first servant in the statement is clearly Canaan. Who are the other servants? Is ...
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How is Japheth is enlarged if confined to the tents of Shem? Gen 9:27

In this passage, Noah explicitly states that Japheth will have no dwelling place of his own. Genesis:9.27 May God enlarge Japheth, And may he dwell in the tents of Shem;.... Note: Japheth will ...
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What is the purpose of the long and repetitious lists in Daniel 3?

In Daniel 3, the author seems to go out of the way to multiply words. In verse two he names a long list of groups of people: He then summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, ...
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Were "the thieves” who reviled Jesus on the cross only one person?

I recently ran across this answer on C.SE reconciling Luke’s account of the repentant thief on the cross (Luke 23:40) with Mark’s statement - also present in Matthew - that both thieves reviled Jesus (...
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Why is the Bible so repetitive?

Some pieces of the Bible are repeated (several times even) without changes. Let's look at the book of Leviticus, especially chapters 13-16, which concerns laws about leprosy, mold, and bodily ...
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What is the literary purpose of not naming the king in 2 Kings 5-7?

Throughout the rest of Kings it seems perfectly normal for the narrator to give the name of any particular king (e.g. Ahab), even when that particular king is wicked (e.g. Ahab). But in 2 Kings 5-7, ...
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What is the function of the sandwich stories in Mark?

I was reading an introduction to Mark and the author notes that Mark is fond of using so-called "sandwich-stories" where he begins to tell one story, and then interupts it to tell another story before ...
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Is Saul's insult intended to be incoherent?

Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said to him, “You son of a perverse, rebellious woman, do I not know that you have chosen the son of Jesse to your own shame, and to the shame of ...