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Parallels between Ruth and Elisha?

Frankly, I also searched for but couldn’t find much of others addressing the parallels of Ruth and Elisha. Walfish was almost always the writer. What I did find were mostly studies of one book that ...
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How is it fair for God to punish the prophet for listening to the prophet who deceived him?

How is it fair for God to punish the [younger] prophet for listening to the prophet who deceived him? Answer: It is irrelevant what the older prophet told the younger. In this scenario, the man of God ...
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Was Ba'al relieving himself?

The original question contained a link to the interesting article by Rendsburg 1988: http://jewishstudies.rutgers.edu/docman/rendsburg/64-the-mock-of-baal-in-1-kings-18-27/file Has anyone else looked ...
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Significance of Solomon's 666 talents of gold?

I don't think it's too much of a coincidence. If we look back at the law for kings in Deuteronomy 17, It prohibits the king from multiplying horses and chariots, wives, and wealth. This is exactly ...
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Was Ba'al relieving himself?

Background And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and ...
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Why the close parallels between the story of Elijah raising the widow’s son, in 1 Kings 17:10-24, and Jesus raising the widow’s son in Luke 7:11-16?

1 Kings 17:23 = Lk 7:15 καὶ ἔδωκεν αὐτὸν τῇ μητρὶ αὐτοῦ The wording in Lk 7:15 agrees word for word with 1 Kings 17:23 (LXX). I think it is very likely that the author of Luke had the LXX version of ...
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How long was the drought caused by Elijah's prayers?

There are three ways to reconcile the two passages. First, the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year. In the third year could mean at some time during the third year. For example, ...
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Is the 480 years mentioned in 1 Kings 6 accurate?

As noted in the question, Paul's reciting of the history of the nation includes periods of time which when added together total 573 years: Led by God in the wilderness 40 years Given to judges ...
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Did the sea hold 2000 or 3000 baths?

Here is a comparison of the pointed and unpointed text of 1 Kings: וְעָבְיֹו טֶפַח וּשְׂפָתֹו כְּמַעֲשֵׂה שְׂפַת־כֹּוס פֶּרַח שֹׁושָׁן אַלְפַּיִם בַּת יָכִֽיל ועביו טפח ושפתו כמעשה שפת-כוס פרח ...
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Did Ahab mislead Jehoshaphat in 1 Kings 22:29?

I do not think that any lying or deception was involved here at all. After-all, everyone was aware of all the facts and Ahab did not provide and misleading information; nor did he with hold any. The ...
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Wouldn't a relative of Naboth inherit his vineyard after he dies?

Do you think his relatives didn't know what happened? Would you want be the relative to take possession and be the next in line to be stoned? Stoning occurred in public. His relatives would know ...
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Is it correct to assume Elisha was ploughing his own field?

Oxen were very expensive in biblical times. Few farmers owned even a single team of them. In ancient documents from elsewhere in the Near East, there are records of farmers renting them from wealthy ...
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Does 1st Kings say that pi = 3?

Let us take a look at all the measures (of time, length, surface, and volume) involved in 1 Kings 6-7, describing the construction of Solomon's Temple : 1 Kings 6:1  In the four hundred and ...
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How did Solomon manage to sacrifice 144000 animals?

If we imagine that the people did most of the killing and that the priest's only sprinkled from each on to the altar then a sacrifice every four seconds is quite possible. The large number indicates ...
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Did Ahab mislead Jehoshaphat in 1 Kings 22:29?

Apology: My Bible study took a couple of hours, by which time Dottard had posted his answer (which I think is very good). I had prepared my answer in a story-telling format, then hesitated to post it, ...
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1 Kings 20:35, 37-40 Isn't God telling the prophet to lie a violation of the commandment you shall not lie

The incident quoted by the OP is not the only case. Lying, or spreading what is untrue, or bearing false witness, are acts forbidden by the ninth commandment (Ex 20:16) and many other places (Lev 19:...
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1 Kings 19 Has Elijah fasted forty days and forty nights?

Great observation. It is presumed that this is the case. Consider the parallel with Moses, who did not eat for 40 days (Exodus 34:28; on Mt Sinai, the same mountain as Elijah), and then Jesus, who ...
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Parallels between Ruth and Elisha?

I found some interesting conenctions between the two: Both Ruth and Elisha are forceful and determined. Ruth "clung" to Naomi ("At this they wept aloud again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law ...
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When does it all start to go wrong for Solomon?

The change is even more gradual than that. The narrative is intended to show Solomon very slowly becoming corrupted due to his power and wealth. For example: at the end of 1 Kings 6 it says he took ...
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Which "house of the forest of Lebanon" had gold "shields" & "vessels" (1 Kg 10:17, 21)?

1 Kings 7:1-7 seems to come down in favor of (2), and v.8 to argue against (3). The reference to shields bears out the IVP Bible Background Commentary - O T's comment that, "Like other palace ...
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Why is it significant for the author to point out that no iron tools were used on the site of Solomon's temple? (1 Kings 6:7)

This is because the stone was already honed from the quarry from which it was taken so it did not require to be chizzeled or hammered at the building sight. It only required to be put in position. ...
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If David wanted Joab killed, why did he leave it to Solomon instead of doing it himself?

When men war side by side in life or death battle, a lifelong brotherhood is formed. That brotherhood can cover a multitude of sins; Uriah's murder, the census, even the ugly reality of taking life in ...
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Why did Ahab call the king of Syria his brother?

The word "brother" is commonly used in peace treaties. Here are some Hittite-Egyptian examples (not exactly contemporary, but still useful): Treaty between the Hittites and Egypt (1280 BCE) (ANET p. ...
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How can we reconcile the suppossed contradiction 1 Kings 7 & 2 Chronicles 2?

1. I Kings 7:13. he, son of a woman, a widow, of the tribe of Naphtali [Young's Literal] son of a woman, a widow, he, of the tribe of Naphtali [Green's Literal] A 'widow of the tribe of Naphtali' is ...
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What are the lameds in the scribal annotations in the Aleppo Codex?

The annotation can be found here on the left page, to the right of the rightmost column, near the top. This column is a couple words into 1 Kings 18:27 : I see that I remembered it wrong: it's just ...
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Building temple in I Kings 6

Gold, like lead, can be fashioned with wooden tools. Lead flashings on roofs are still, to this day, fashioned with the same wooden tools used in Roman times. I have done it myself when I did an ...
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Why does the KJV translate בָּאֲפֵ֖ר as ashes in 1 Kings 20:38

The root אפר, vocalized with a "tzeirei" vowel ('ey' sound, looks like ..) under the aleph, means ashes. Here, it's vocalized with a 'patach' ('ah' sound, looks like _ ) under the aleph and ...
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