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Israelite covenant: everlasting or obsolete?

Olam The word translated as "forever" can be interpreted "long time, period, duration, farthest reaches of time, age". There does not exist a word in Hebrew that unambiguously ...
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1 Chronicles 21, 1-2: David's numbering of Israel: is it a sin?

The key to answering this question is found in 1 Chron 21:3 (= 2 Sam 24:3) - But Joab replied, “May the LORD multiply His troops a hundred times over. My lord the king, are they not all servants of ...
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In 1 Chron 17:5 why does God say He moved from 'Tent to Tent & from tabernacle to tabernacle' since from Exodus 25:40 He had one unique tent?

There is little help for discerning the Chronicler's understanding of the phrase highlighted by OP. But, there are some observations to draw on: The Text The key verse cited has a parallel in Samuel:...
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Does the grammatical context of 1 Chronicles 29:10 allow for it to be declaring that God is our Father?

So we have ambiguity between two possible compositions in 1 Chron. 29:10: [God of [Israel our father]] or [[God of Israel] our father] Grammatically and semantically both are plausible. Are both ...
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Understanding 1 Chr. 17:21 (2 Sam. 7:23) & Ams. 9:7, "What other nation have you redeemed?"

A literal translation of those three verses is interesting. Young's Literal Translation does not use the word 'redeemed' in 1 Chron. 17:21; he says 'ransomed'. However, in 2 Sam. 7:23 he uses the ...
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1 Chronicles 21, 1-2: David's numbering of Israel: is it a sin?

NOTE: The same story is told in 2nd Samuel 24 (it's nearly identical, but I figure I'd mention it anyway). Taking the census is David ceasing to trust in God's ability to protect him and Israel, and ...
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Why does 1 Chronicles 23 not mention Korah son of Izhar?

Because it's not entirely a genealogy Korah also appears in 1 Chron 6:38, so it is unlikely this his rebellion in Numbers 16 was the cause of him being omitted from a later chapter in 1 Chron. The ...
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Trying to understand 1st Chronicles 23:21-23 lawful marriage or no?

This is a marriage between first cousins, and it does not violate the prohibitions of Leviticus 18 Merari is the great-grandfather of the people who are getting married. Mahli is the grandfather. ...
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1 Chronicles 21, 1-2: David's numbering of Israel: is it a sin?

"When you tke the census of the people of Israel, then each shall give a ransom for himself to the Lord when you number them" Exodus ch30 v11 I suggest that David's operation neglected to ...
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(1 Chronicles 1) Why is Seir ancestorial lineage Missing from amongst the Adamic lineal descendants lineage description?

1 Chronicles (written circa 400 B.C.) Chapters 1 to 9:34 – Genealogy of the Nation of Israel Chapter 1 – God’s people from Adam to Jacob (= Israel) 1:1-34 – Founding Ancestors from Adam to Noah’s sons ...
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Was Jashobeam, the son of a Hachmonite, chief of the thirty(30) or was it Abshai the brother of Joab?

The NASB translation notes that the sentence Abshai the brother of Joab was chief of the thirty comes from the Syriac. In the MT there is no contradiction between these two verses: Jashobeam is chief ...
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Why is Elkanah said to be an Ephraimite?

They are the indeed the same. Just as this is the same Elkanah from Exodus 6:24. He is not listed as from the tribe of Ephraim in 1 Samuel 1. He is listed only as an Ephraimite (or Ephrathite as some ...
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Why did God not punish David as well in the incident of Uzza in 1 Chronicle 13:7-10?

There are multiple reasons why God would not have "punished" David for this. The primary answer is that David did not touch the ark. The death of Uzza is explicitly tied to that fact in 1 Chr 13:10 (...
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Can differences in the line of Zerubbabel in the genealogies of Jesus in Matthew & Luke be reconciled with each other and with 1 Chronicles 3:17-24?

The New Testament genealogies of Jesus contain many puzzles, of which the family surrounding Salathiel (Shealtiel) is just one: Matthew, in agreement with 1 Chronicles 3:17, says that Salathiel was ...
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David's son(s) Eliphelet

This same observation has been made before about Elishama/Elishua in these same verses (see KJV). If there's a story here, we can't really know what it is from the text. Options may include: it's ...
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David's census of Israel

To find the answer to this puzzle, one has to pay very close attention to the wording in the two accounts and in the rules for conducting the Census. Exodus 30:11-16 says: 11 Then Jehovah said to ...
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What is so scary about a spear like a weaver's rod?

The whole description of the spear was intended to convey the following: the iron head weighted 600 shekels (about 7 kg or 16 lb) - more than an ordinary man's spear would weigh the shaft or the ...
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Why did King David not drink הֲדַ֣ם הָאֲנָשִׁים "The-Blood of The-Men" in [1 Chronicles 11:19]?

David understood and believed in the God-given principle of the sanctity of life. God's law stated that "the life is in the blood", which was why God required the blood of killed animals to ...
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What does "Solomon sitting on the throne of Jehovah" mean? 1 Chronicles 29:23

To me, it seems this is just a short version of what in the previous chapter David calls "the throne of the kingdom of Jehovah over Israel": and of all my sons (for Jehovah hath given me ...
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What does "Solomon sitting on the throne of Jehovah" mean? 1 Chronicles 29:23

Of course not; Solomon was a man on earth, who succeeded his earthly father, king David, to take over the rule of the earthly nation of Israel after David's death. Solomon only ever sat on a literal ...
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Did David choose the pestilence in 1 Chronicles 21:13?

There may be an important clue in the Exodus law about census (Exodus ch30 vv11-16). The first key point is that the census must be accompanied by the payment of a "ransom", at a fixed rate ...
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Did David choose the pestilence in 1 Chronicles 21:13?

Yes, David chose the pestilence--the only one of the three options that had been specified as being "of the Lord." Look carefully at the options. Either three years' famine; or three ...
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How many mighty warriors did David have? 37 or 53?

Isn't it possible that the group was in flux and did not have carefully defined boundaries? That's what any student of history would expect. Then the Chronicler could be including former members of ...
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Missing or incorrect genealogy information for Samuel?

TL:DR - Hebrew genealogies are sometimes exact, but sometimes they are a less exact line of succession with a theological purpose. Differences in purpose can account for the differences in similar ...
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How to handle the verb in 1 Chronicles 28:19?

The Targum Chronicles seems to clarify the Hebrew. Targum Chronicles (I) 28:19 כולא בכתבא מן ידא דייי הוה עלי לאסתכלא בכל עבידת צורתא׃ The term in bold is the Aramaic ethpaal infinitive, which ...
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Can differences in the line of Zerubbabel in the genealogies of Jesus in Matthew & Luke be reconciled with each other and with 1 Chronicles 3:17-24?

One thing to consider is that the Zerubbabel in Chronicles is not the same as the Zerubbabel in the New Testament. Chronicles lists Zerubbabel as the son of Pedaiah and Nephew of Salathiel, son of ...
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Why is Elkanah said to be an Ephraimite?

The Levites were granted inheritance among the children of Israel so Elkanah, the father of Samuel, could be both a Levite (by birth) and an Ephraimite (by location of neighbourhood). However Robert ...
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Why does the number of Israelites not tally in 2 Samuel 24:9 & 1 Chronicles 21:5?

The description in Samuel is of 'the inspection of the people . . .800,000 men of valour, drawing sword.' [Young's Literal] or 'the mustering of the people . . . 800,000 mighty men, drawing sword.' [...
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