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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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:...
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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 ...
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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 &...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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To which extent Torah laws were 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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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....
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How did the 10 Commandments become the 10 Commandments?

Exodus 20-31 document all the laws God established towards the Israelites on Mt. Sinai through Moses. From my memory and understanding of Hebrew literature, there weren't any chapter divisions. The ...
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In Acts 7:38 Moses spoke to the angel on Mt Sinai and received oracles from the angel

“This is the one (Moses) who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our fathers. He received living oracles to give to us.” ‭‭Acts‬ ‭7:38‬ ...
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What/where is the "mountain of Your inheritance" in Exodus 15:17?

What/where is the "mountain of Your inheritance" in Exodus 15:17? "You will bring them in and plant them in the mountain of Your inheritance..."
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Why did the Israelites leave in battle ranks in Exodus 13:18?

Exodus 13:18 says: "So God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea. And the children of Israel went up in orderly ranks out of the land of Egypt." The Hebrew term for ...
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Exodus 9:12, How is it accepted that the LORD hardens the heart of Pharaoh, then Punishes him for that?

Exodus 9:12 (DRB): And the Lord hardened Pharao's heart, and he hearkened not unto them, as the Lord had spoken to Moses. I was little surprised, How the LORD punishes Pharaoh for the hardness of ...
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Did Jesus challenge the Principles and Teachings of King Solomon and those of the Prophets before him? [closed]

During Jesus's epoch,the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem followed mainly the Principles of the Book of Torah(Laws of Moses) and other Prophets that came after him.During that period,Caiaphas,a High Priest ...
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What was the reason Pharaoh went out to the river?

Exodus 8:20 reads, "And the Lord said to Moses, 'Rise early in the morning and stand before Pharaoh as he comes out to the water.' Then say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Let My people go, that they ...
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Why was it important to mention Moses' & Aaron's age in Exodus 7:7?

In Exodus 7:7, the author mentions the ages of Moses & Aaron when they spoke to Pharaoh: And Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three years old when they spoke to Pharaoh. Why was ...
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Does Leviticus 23 Contradict the Rabbinical Sunset Reckoning of Calendar Days?

1. Question: If a "Jewish Calendar Day" is from Sunset to Sunset, and if the 10th is Yom Kippur, then does Leviticus 23 create a contradiction by excluding the daytime portion of the 10th? ...
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Was Paul referring to the Torah in 2 Timothy 3:15?

What is Paul referring to when he says "scripture"? Is he referring to the torah?
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Why is there no היא in the Torah?

On an intriguing statement from a friend, I started looking for the feminine pronoun for she היא in the Tanakh. One thing I noticed was that I couldn't find it in the Torah. I did find it fairly ...
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How does the phrase "Only God is good" in Mark 10:18 demonstrate that the use of θεός in respect to Jesus does not violate the Shema?

Mark 10:17-18 (CEV): As Jesus was walking down a road, a man ran up to him. He knelt down, and asked, "Good teacher, what can I do to have eternal life?" Jesus replied, "Why do you ...
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Are there Bibles with each JEDP source set aside separately?

Are there any editions or translations of the Bible which set aside each source (J, E, P etc.) separately? I am aware that there is a 'Book of J', the oldest text, I'm just wondering if there are any ...
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Why are cousins not mentioned in relation to Leviticus 18:6?

Leviticus 18:6 ‘None of you shall approach anyone who is near of kin to him, to uncover his nakedness: I am the Lord. (NKJV) Is sexual intercourse between cousins included on this passage? If it is, ...
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What does Exodus 35:5 say about giving willingly?

Exodus 35:5 NIV From what you have, take an offering for the LORD. Everyone who is willing is to bring to the LORD an offering of gold, silver and bronze My English is limited, but it seems to me ...
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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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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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