Skip to main content

Questions tagged [torah]

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".

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
3 votes
1 answer
37 views

Why did God use Azazel during the Day of Atonement? (Leviticus 16)

Some scholars believe that Azazel is a fallen angel (demon "the book of Enoch") who brought sin to mankind; then how could God used Azazel to take away mankind's sin again? “Aaron shall ...
Lark murry's user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
47 views

What points to Jesus in the Pentateuch? [closed]

A few years ago I came upon an idea that different things/persons points to Jesus in the Pentateuch. For example, in Genesis → Joseph; in Exodus → the Passover lamb; in Leviticus → goat for Azazel; ...
Hreceniuc's user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
25 views

Can σπέρματος in Gen 3:15 be used in the figurative sense?

According to Gottingen's eclectic edition of the LXX, Genesis 3:15 in the English translation says, "I will place enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he will ...
user59189's user avatar
  • 105
-1 votes
2 answers
63 views

Origin of Hermeneutics

What is the source and reasoning from Law of Moses that justifies the linguistic disassociation away from a Wordly language into a Spiritual language? (Definitions) Worldly: literal, predefined words, ...
Roamer 's user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
27 views

Unique(ish) Hebrew in the Pentateuch - does it tell us anything

There are various theories about the origins of the text of the Pentateuch, the most important one in scholarly terms being the Documentary Hypothesis. There are a couple of things that have come up ...
user11984586's user avatar
1 vote
2 answers
73 views

Where in the Torah does it claim male effeminacy as a sin?

1 Cor 6:9 says, "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of ...
user59189's user avatar
  • 105
0 votes
2 answers
48 views

Does hermeneutics refer to Hebrew text after,translation , or is exegesis and hermenutics always about original text of original language?

I am confused! Biblical text seems to be gloss or whitewash,of original Tora and Tanach text, in some cases! To do a proper study of the scripture at hand,should one convert the text of any bible ...
user61972's user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
75 views

Why is the frequency of the "Lord of Hosts" greater in the post-exilic prophets than in any other OT text?

While preparing a sermon on Haggai 2 this week, I realized that the designation "Lord of Hosts" occurs 0 times in the Torah, makes up less than a fraction of a percentage of text of the ...
Daniel Ockrin's user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
40 views

Where exactly was the bullock killed in Exodus 29:11?

Where exactly was the bullock killed in Exodus 29:11? And thou shalt kill the bullock before the Lord, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. So: was it between the door of the tent ...
jean-luc's user avatar
1 vote
2 answers
86 views

Owner of two oxen, fighting each other; later, both oxen die. Is the meat kosher?

Can an ox killed in a fight with another be made kosher? What about hunting deer, what is the proper way to kill it in a hunt, so as to keep it kosher? I know a strangled animal is not kosher for ...
user44949's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
38 views

Is there a technical term for paired verses for negative commandments (i.e. anything that says, "thou shalt not...")

In a previously answered question (How to understand Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13) explaining the correlation between Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, the top-rated answer from Bruce James explains that In ...
Ben Quist's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
70 views

Does Deuteronomy 33:19 show that sacrifices were allowed outside of the place of the Tabernacle?

18 And of Zebulun he said, Rejoice, Zebulun, in thy going out; and, Issachar, in thy tents. 19 They shall call the people unto the mountain; there they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness: for ...
Servant's user avatar
  • 447
2 votes
1 answer
138 views

In Lev. 19:18, why is it worded with רֵעַ, the word translated *neighbor* rather than the word שָׁכֵן

In Lev. 19:18, why is it worded with רֵעַ, the word translated neighbor, rather than the word שָׁכֵן? Both occur throughout the books of the Old Testament and aren't isolated to a particular period of ...
Perry Webb's user avatar
  • 20.3k
2 votes
1 answer
180 views

Discrepancy in Numbers 33:31 and Deuteronomy 10:6

In Deuteronomy 10:6, Moses recounts the journey of Israel as follows: (Now the children of Israel journeyed from the wells of Bene Jaakan to Moserah, where Aaron died, and where he was buried; and ...
Philip's user avatar
  • 1,287
1 vote
4 answers
974 views

In the Pentateuch are there any sacrifices specified for intentional sins against God?

As far as I can tell there was no offering that covered intentionally sinning against God. Burnt - express devotion to God Grain - express thanks Peace - to fulfil a vow, give thanks, or just because ...
Steven's user avatar
  • 365
5 votes
1 answer
873 views

Is There Some Sort Of Health Or Scientific Reason That Explains The Benefit Of Eating Animals With A Divided Hoofs? [closed]

And the Lord spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them, 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth. 3 ...
Servant's user avatar
  • 447
1 vote
2 answers
141 views

How can there be Babylonian ideas in the Samaritan Torah if the Samaritans were never exiled?

In the Torah, the first five books of the bible, there are various narratives that bear strong resemblance to various Babylonians myths. Notably the story of creation, Adam and Eve, and the flood all ...
Tyler Durden's user avatar
1 vote
2 answers
39 views

Deutoronomy 22:23,25 LXX translation

In Brenton Septuagint, the translation of the same word in hebrew - מאורשה, is different between verse 23 and verse 25: “And if there be a young damsel espoused to a man...” (Deuteronomy 22:23, ...
Kapandaria's user avatar
2 votes
0 answers
37 views

Why the emphasis of unblemished offerings only in Numbers 28:31 [closed]

After reminding Israel of the offerings they had to do on a daily, monthly, and annual basis in Numbers 28, it's only in verse 31 that the author mentions the quality of offerings needed: "Be ...
Philip's user avatar
  • 1,287
1 vote
2 answers
100 views

What does ‘defiled’ mean in Mark 7:5?

In Mark 7:5, we see the accusation that Jesus and His disciples eat food with defiled hands: “So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the ...
ellied's user avatar
  • 664
1 vote
1 answer
114 views

Did Jesus make a parallel to the Shema (Deut. 6:4-6) in John 14:6-11?

Did Jesus make a parallel to the Shema (Deut. 6:4-6) in John 14:6-11? There is considerable evidence that John makes parallels to the Pentateuch in his gospel. John 1:1 and Genesis 1:1 in the ...
Perry Webb's user avatar
  • 20.3k
2 votes
2 answers
2k views

When was Deuteronomy written?

I am interested in the theories on when Deuteronomy was composed, and how it relates chronologically to Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers. As discussed elsewhere on this site, some consider ...
Hold To The Rod's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
253 views

Why does a woman become unclean after many days of her discharge in Leviticus 15:25?

A woman with a discharge of blood besides her monthly period is said to become unclean after a number of days of her flow Leviticus 15:25 NIV “‘When a woman has a discharge of blood for many days at ...
collen ndhlovu's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
116 views

Why was the tabernacle dedication in Numbers 7 set up like that?

The dedication process in Numbers 7 is quite interesting, hence why I'm curious about it. How come it was set up in such a way that all the tribe leaders had to give those items beginning in Numbers 7:...
Philip's user avatar
  • 1,287
1 vote
1 answer
174 views

Why were there offerings at the end of the Nazirite vow in Numbers 6:13-21?

These set of verses record a ritual for ending a person's Nazirite vow: 13 ‘Now this is the law of the Nazirite: When the days of his separation are fulfilled, he shall be brought to the door of the ...
Philip's user avatar
  • 1,287
3 votes
1 answer
48 views

Israelite naming conventions per Numbers 1:15

I came across this person's name while I was studying Numbers 1:15 and found it so odd they were named as such: "...from Naphtali, Ahira the son of Enan.” Per Strong's concordance, Ahira means &...
Philip's user avatar
  • 1,287
2 votes
2 answers
64 views

Need help clarifying Leviticus 27:22

Leviticus 27:22 reads: And if a man dedicates to the Lord a field which he has bought, which is not the field of his possession... How can a field which a person bought not be their possession, as ...
Philip's user avatar
  • 1,287
4 votes
3 answers
657 views

Why is the wording of Deut. 5:12–16, 21 different from Exodus 20:8–12, 17?

Why is the wording of Deut. 5:12–16, 21 different from Exodus 20:8–12, 17? Given the fact that the wording for the fourth and tenth commandments differs in Deuteronomy, how shall we explain this if ...
Perry Webb's user avatar
  • 20.3k
1 vote
2 answers
119 views

Is there a contradiction in the Bible related to death penalty? [closed]

I'm curious with the fact that the sixth commandment says, that one can't kill the other, this is (Exodus 20:13): 13 “You shall not murder. However, in the bible, there are many moments where this ...
João Víctor Melo's user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
141 views

How do you compute the selling prices in Leviticus 25:14-16?

I'm studying the Jubilee year and came across these verses that confuse me regarding sale prices during that period: "And if you sell anything to your neighbor or buy from your neighbor’s hand, ...
Philip's user avatar
  • 1,287
1 vote
2 answers
101 views

How do you reconcile Exodus 27:21 and Leviticus 24:3?

These verses say: "In the tabernacle of meeting, outside the veil which is before the Testimony, Aaron and his sons shall tend it from evening until morning before the Lord. It shall be a ...
Philip's user avatar
  • 1,287
4 votes
3 answers
74 views

Why couldn't newborn animals be offered with their parents?

According to Leviticus 22:28: Whether it is a cow or ewe, do not kill both her and her young on the same day. Why couldn't animals be offered together with their parents on the same day?
Philip's user avatar
  • 1,287
4 votes
1 answer
209 views

How come newborn animals could only be sacrificed on the eighth day?

According to Leviticus 22:27, this was the rule for offering newborn animals: “When a bull or a sheep or a goat is born, it shall be seven days with its mother; and from the eighth day and thereafter ...
Philip's user avatar
  • 1,287
1 vote
2 answers
100 views

Why did Moses tell the entire Israel God's priest-only commands in Leviticus 21?

In Leviticus 21:1, God instructs Moses to give only the priesthood a specific set of commands: And the Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them... However, at ...
Philip's user avatar
  • 1,287
3 votes
2 answers
324 views

Why the differing punishments for sexual sin in Leviticus 20:14, 20, and 21?

In Leviticus 20:14, 20, and 21, the Lord gives varying punishments for sexual sins: 14 If a man marries a woman and her mother, it is wickedness. They shall be burned with fire, both he and they, ...
Philip's user avatar
  • 1,287
1 vote
1 answer
86 views

What is the meaning of "the life of all flesh"?

In Leviticus 17:14, the Lord says this about animal blood: for it is the life of all flesh. Its blood sustains its life. Therefore I said to the children of Israel, ‘You shall not eat the blood of ...
Philip's user avatar
  • 1,287
2 votes
2 answers
431 views

Why cover animal blood in dust?

The Lord commanded Israel in Leviticus 17:13 to do the following with blood from hunted animals: “Whatever man of the children of Israel, or of the strangers who dwell among you, who hunts and ...
Philip's user avatar
  • 1,287
1 vote
1 answer
344 views

Rabbinic changes in the Septuagint - facts or fables?

The Talmud in Megillah.9a describes the process of the translation of the OT to Greek, aka the Septuagint. It lists a number of changes that the Jewish sages deliberately implemented in the Septuagint ...
Al Berko's user avatar
  • 157
2 votes
4 answers
140 views

If Peter is released from keeping the Torah [Romans 7:6], Why does 1 Peter 1:14-16 uphold (Leviticus 11:45 & Leviticus 19:2)?

Why does the Apostle Peter add in [1 Peter 1:14-16] that all should be: As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who ...
חִידָה's user avatar
  • 8,415
0 votes
0 answers
73 views

Is Peter’s assertion in Acts 4:12, upon the saving “Name”, tied to understanding the unique nature of “Joshua” in the Pentateuch?

Note,it is important to discern the precise form. Exodus 17:9, “יהושע” is the first occurrence, but Numbers 13:8,16, demonstrates the compound design of this name. Names in the Bible are important and ...
Billy Bob's user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
127 views

James 2:10 pertains to breaking the law as viewed from a holistic perspective,& also has Nothing to say about degrees of severity of different sins

James 2:8-13 8 If, however, you are fulfilling the [a]royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. 9 But if you show partiality, you are ...
user1338998's user avatar
  • 3,520
1 vote
1 answer
177 views

How did Yahshua/Jesus observe the Sabbath? [closed]

Peace, Blessings, and Divine Love. Being how Christ was ethnically a Hebrew, being an Israelite from the tribe of Judah, he observed the teachings/laws of Moses. Numerous times he was able to ...
יהודה's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
49 views

Were the rules/prohibitions in the Torah fully or partially applied in Israel's history? [closed]

Going through the Torah, there are a large number of laws prescribed by the Lord through Moses. But I've been wondering why we don't hear much about enforcement of these rules in the period after the ...
BykerHero's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
96 views

In Numbers 30:15 - Does the Husband become "sinful" when revoking His wife's prohibitions?

In [Numbers 30], a punishment appears to be enforced upon an Israeli Husband who revokes his wife's vows to God. The Torah offers a merciful condition for a wife whose prohibitions [vows to God for ...
חִידָה's user avatar
  • 8,415
17 votes
6 answers
7k views

Was Leviticus 18:22 only prohibiting homosexuality that involved pagan rituals?

I have heard some progressive Christians claim that Leviticus 18:22 was only condemning homosexual activities for idolatrous rituals. I know that 1 Corinthians 6:9 and 1 Timothy 1:10 was using the ...
Jamie Fong's user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
596 views

Does Leviticus 23:6 contradict Exodus 12:18-19?

[Exodus 12:18-19 NLT] (18) The bread you eat must be made without yeast from the evening of the fourteenth day of the first month until the evening of the twenty-first day of that month. (19) During ...
Ruminator's user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
309 views

To what extent were Torah laws known before Sinai?

After reading Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy a question arises. For instance, in Genesis 32:33 (NASB) Therefore, to this day the sons of Israel do not eat the tendon of the hip ...
Tiago Martins Peres's user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
108 views

Does God speak in poetry in Genesis 1?

I am learning to read and speak Hebrew with the goal of being able to read the Torah, and am reading Genesis 1 (https://biblehub.com/interlinear/genesis/1.htm). I am reading in Hebrew what God is ...
user7289's user avatar
  • 297
1 vote
1 answer
152 views

How are ancient Hebrew texts deciphered? [closed]

Someone is telling me that the Bible is inaccurate for the reason that ancient Hebrew (specifically the dialect of Hebrew that the Torah was written in) is a lost language and nobody knows anything ...
matt's user avatar
  • 11
3 votes
2 answers
201 views

Orthodox Jews take Deut. 12:5 to refer to the temple in Jerusalem. How should we?

Orthodox Jews take Deut. 12:5 to refer to the temple in Jerusalem. But you shall seek the place that the LORD your God will choose out of all your tribes to put his name and make his habitation there....
Perry Webb's user avatar
  • 20.3k