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How did the Israelites follow God's directive in Joshua Chapter 7?

Joshua Chapter 7 tells the story of the Israelite attack on Ai being repelled due to Achan's sin, and the ensuing process of bringing Achan to justice. However, the story is somewhat confusing. In ...
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What is the purpose of the minor judges in the narrative?

After Gideon dies in Judges 8, we're given two short stories at the start of Judges 10: After Abimelech there arose to save Israel Tola the son of Puah, son of Dodo, a man of Issachar, and he lived ...
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Exo 32:20: Was it part of a Mosaic atonement ritual to drink water mixed with the ashes of the golden calf?

In Deuteronomy 9:21, Moses said " I took your sin, the calf you had made" By saying this, Moses indicates that the calf is sin objectified. Exodus 32:20 (NKJV) Then he took the calf which ...
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Based on the wording of his prayers, did Jonah die inside the fish? Jonah 2:6

Jonah 2:6 (NKJV) I went down to the moorings of the mountains; The earth with its bars closed behind me forever... All scripture is inspired. On that premise, I believe that Jonah's prayer ...
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Why were “Milk Cows” specifically required in making appeasement for the ark? 1 Samuel 6:7

1-Samuel 6:7 (NKJV) "Now therefore, make a new cart, take two milk cows which have never been yoked, and hitch the cows to the cart; and take their calves home away from them. 1-Samuel 6:...
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Were some other animals cursed in an implied way according to the phrasing used in Gen 3:14?

There were no unclean animals in the garden of Eden. This is why the phrase "You are cursed more than all cattle" strikes me. Genesis 3:14 (NKJV) So the LORD God said to the serpent: "Because ...
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Why was Reuben described as being “unstable as water” Gen 49:4?

Unstable as water thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father's bed then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch (Gen 49:4) Throughout Jacobs prophecy in Gen 49, he describes his ...
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How long did Noah take building the ark?

I've always heard (sermons, etc.) that Noah took 100 years building the ark. Recently, however, I studied the ark in the Bible, and I am unable to find any place in the Old Testament or the New where ...
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Why do brothers take care of women in the Old Testament?

In the Old Testament, there are several instances where when it comes to taking care of a young woman, usually with regard to who she will marry, it is the brothers of the girl that make an effort to ...
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The two “two camps” in Genesis 32

In Genesis 32:1-2 there is a short and unusual little story between Jacob's previous encounter with Laban and his encounter with Esau. Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him. And when ...
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Why does the genealogy in Luke come after Jesus' baptism?

Matthew begins his gospel with a genealogy of Jesus, right before then introducing the birth narrative. Luke, however, waits until after the story is somewhat underway before presenting his genealogy ...