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The Torah, or five books of Moses consists of the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy; the designation "Pentateuch" comes from the Greek πεντάτευχος, "five scrolls".

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What was the [theoretical] reward for perfect obedience to the Law of Moses? [closed]

We often hear it said that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is rewarded with eternal life in heaven. For example, in What Must I Do to Be Saved? (A Devotional), James R. Anderson wrote,1 [John 20:31]...
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In Leviticus 15:8 why are husband and wife unclean temporarily after emission of semen?

We see in Leviticus 15:18 where the man and woman are unclean until evening after a man lies with a woman and there is an emission of semen. Why does this make them unclean? [Lev 15:8 KJV] 8 And ...
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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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In Romans 7:9 what does Paul mean by “I died”?

Is Paul suggesting that Adam did not directly bring death on all men but instead each person dies only when they sin by interacting with the Torah? ESV Romans 7: 7What then shall we say? That ...
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In Proverbs 1:8 is it “mother's law” or “mother's instruction”?

Could the word ‘torah’ be more universal in use as law/teaching/instruction or could this use in proverbs mean that the mother also taught the Law? I guess what I am trying to ascertain is whether ...
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Did the disciples, the priests ,David with his men, and Yeshua (Jesus) sin by transgressing the Torah?

Matt 12:1-8, At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath, and His disciples became hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat. But when the Pharisees saw this, they ...
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Why is the “Four Author Theory” of the Pentateuch so popular? [closed]

Deuteronomy 31:9 9 Then Moses wrote this Torah, and gave it to the priests, the descendants of Levi, who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and to all the elders of Israel. Deuteronomy 31:...
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What is the specific “Law” referred to in Romans 7?

Romans 7:7-8 (NASB) says, 7 "What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known ...
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Did Jesus practice eisegesis?

Eisegesis can be defined as reading new meaning into scripture which was not originally intended by the author or understood by the audience. Usually in a newer or more modern context. Eisegesis can ...
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Are the last three books laws of the Pentateuch related?

There are verses in these last books that seem to expand on each others laws. I think the best example is verses like Leviticus 20:9 and Deuteronomy 21:18–21,where they both talk about the punishment ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “the priests the Levites” (הַכֹּהֲנִים הַלְוִיִּם)?

In Deu. 17:9, it is written, 9 “And you shall come to the priests, the Levites, and to the judge there in those days, and inquire of them; they shall pronounce upon you the sentence of judgment. ...
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Does Exodus 15:26 promise supernatural healing or that obedience to the Torah would bring health?

Does Exodus 15:26 promise supernatural healing or that obedience to the Torah would bring health? Exo 15:26 He said, "If you will carefully obey the LORD your God, do what is right in his eyes, ...
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In Colossians 2:20-23, is the author of Colossians saying that precepts from the Torah are of human origin?

In Colossians 2:20-23, is the author of Colossians saying that precepts from the Torah are of human origin?: ISV Col 2:20 If you have died with the Messiah to the basic principles of the world,...
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John 7:22 - Why Did Moses Give the Commandment of Circumcision?

1. Greek Syntax Questions: Looking at the Greek Syntax - what is the reason Moses "gave circumcision"? What does the text, its context, and the syntax of the passage indicate? 2. The Text: In John ...
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In Leviticus 7:21 does “abominable” mean that pigs and rats are “disgusting and repulsive” or in some sense “spiritually horrible”?

In Leviticus 7:21 does "abominable" mean that pigs and rats are "disgusting and repulsive" or in some sense "spiritually horrible" or "idolatrous"?: Lev 7:21 Moreover the soul that shall touch any ...
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How could Moses have written the first five books of the Bible?

Deuteronomy 34:5 says Moses died, but the book then continues for several more verses. NASB, Deuteronomy 34:5 - So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the ...
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Why is Moses referred to in the third person in Pentateuch, according to conservative commentators?

Since Moses is regarded as the author of the Pentateuch, it seems odd that he is so often referred to in the third person, which naturally gives the impression that Moses is not narrating. This ...
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In Exodus 21:24, does “Eye for eye…hand for hand…foot for foot” still apply if the perpetrator was one-eyed, -handed, or -footed?

In Exodus 21:24, it is written, 24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, KJV, 1769 כד עַיִן תַּחַת עַיִן שֵׁן תַּחַת שֵׁן יָד תַּחַת יָד רֶגֶל תַּחַת רָגֶל Does the Law ...
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How prominent are bible scholars that think that the “simplest reading” of some possibly polytheistic verses are the correct interpretation? [closed]

Some verses in the Torah seem to contradict a purely monotheistic interpretation. For example, deuteronomy 32:8 When the Most High gave nations as their inheritance, when he separated the human ...
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Does the Hebrew word “olam“ mean “forever” in Leviticus 23:41?

Several passages refer to keeping a feast as a statute forever. For instance, Exodus 12:14 reads: “This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord; throughout ...
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Num. 15:36 in light of Deu. 31:28 & 31:30 - “All the congregation of Israel”

In Deu. 31:28, it is written, Gather unto me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, that I may speak these words in their ears, and call heaven and earth to record against them. (KJV) ...
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Were Jesus' disciples gleaning?

In an incident recorded in all three synoptic gospels (Matt 12:1, Mark 2:23, Luke 6:1), Jesus and his disciples walk through grain fields on the Sabbath and raise the ire of the Pharisees by plucking ...
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Exo. 29:1 - Difference between לֶחֶם מַצּוֹת, חַלֹּת מַצֹּת, and רְקִיקֵי מַצּוֹת?

In Exo. 29:2, the Hebrew text states, וְלֶחֶם מַצּוֹת וְחַלֹּת מַצֹּת בְּלוּלֹת בַּשֶּׁמֶן וּרְקִיקֵי מַצּוֹת מְשֻׁחִים בַּשָּׁמֶן סֹלֶת חִטִּים תַּעֲשֶׂה אֹתָם What is the difference between the ...
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What is the new covenant made with Jews/Israel in Jeremiah 31:31

Jeremiah 31 verses 31-33, talks about a new covenant forged explicitly with Jews/Israel and only with Jews/Israel, and none other. I'm quoting the passage in Hebrew and providing the phrase literal ...
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Calculating months and weeks in the Mosaic Law

Is the Law of Moses based on the lunar calendar? According to Genesis 8:3-4 the ark of Noah rested on Mount Ararat "on the 17th day of the seventh month." Genesis 8:3-4 (NASB) 3 and the water ...
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Does Paul believe that God sandbagged the Jews with a law they couldn't keep?

In Galatians 3:10, Paul says: "For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed be every one who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, and do ...
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Did Elijah break the Torah by encountering ravens and/or failing to appear at Jerusalem?

Elijah is fed by "ravens" (1Ki 17:1-7), an unclean animal (Lev 11, Deut 14). Assuming he did not touch the ravens, but that the ravens had simply brought him the food - would that be against the law, ...
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In Numbers 19 - What is Third day and Seventh day referring to?

In this verse: 11“Whoever touches a human corpse will be unclean for seven days. 12They must purify themselves with the water on the third day and on the seventh day; then they will be clean. ...
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Difference between dedicating a person vs a house in leviticus 27?

It seems straightforward that if a house is dedicated then it can only be brought back by paying the set value plus 20%, but I'm a bit confused about what the passage is saying about dedicating people....
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Calculation of date from Genesis 7:11

Does Genesis 7:11 say: A) the floodwaters burst open in the 17th day, the second month of the 600th year of Noah's life, or B) the floodwaters burst open in the 17th day, the second month in the ...
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What's the importance of Melchizedek from a Hebrew Bible-only point of view?

In Genesis 14, there is a man named Melchizedek, but not very much is said about him: 17 After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom came out ...
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Are the five books of Psalms somehow related to the Pentateuch?

On another question, Mike Bull suggests that there is a link between the five fold structure of the Psalms and that of Torah. I know he is not the only one to have suggested this before, but I'm ...
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Do Deuteronomy 4:35 and 39 preclude henotheism?

I thought the Jewish God wasn't originally monotheistic. YHWH demands that Israelites worship him because he's jealous, not because the other gods do not exist. Yet I saw Deuteronomy 4:35 and 39: ...
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When was the Torah written or compiled?

Some say the Torah was written much later, most likely during the Babylonian exile. However, the Torah couldn’t possibly have been written after the split between Israel and Judah. They each got ...
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David's sons served as priests?

2 Samuel 8:18 says: "...and David's sons were priests." How could David's sons be priests if he was a Judahite and priests were Levites?
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How are concubines different than wives?

In the Hebrew Bible, a marriage ceremony is never actually described. Priests and their attendants (Kohanim and Levites) are responsible for work in the sanctuary, such as sacrifices and offerings, ...
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Interpreting Numbers 15:37-39 commandement about tzitzit

These commandments conveyed by God to Moses concern the "tzitzit", the fringes worn by men. Why does this pertain only to men? In these passages it says "speak to the children of Israel", not "speak ...
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Did God make an idol?

In the Decalogue God forbids the making and or worshiping of images in the form of anything in the created order. And God spoke all these words: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of ...
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Where did the idea that the law was administered through angels come from?

The idea that the law was given through angels seems common enough in the first century literature: Galatians 3:19 Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring ...
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What is the connection between manna and living on the Word of God?

In Deuteronomy 8, Moses gives the theology of manna: And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know ...
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What exactly does מִכְנָס (miknac) mean?

Researching a related question, I came across passages like: You shall also make for them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; they shall extend from the hips to the thighs.—Exodus 28:42 (...
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Why does Adonai instruct us to not prepare a goat in its mother's milk?

In the Pentateuch there are at least three repetitions of the following prohibition: Exodus 23:19b (ESV) You shall not boil a young goat in its mother's milk. Exodus 34:26b (ESV) You ...