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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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What was the lesson Elisha wanted to teach Joash using the arrows?

Before anything, though, I must say that no, king Joash would not know that he must strike the ground five or six times. But, he really should have did that. All verse emphasis mine. First of all, we ...
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How can John 3:13-14 be reconciled with what happened to Enoch, Elijah and Jesus?

The Idea in Brief According to the Hebrew Bible, there are at least two people who have ascended into heaven: Enoch and Elijah. In the Christian New Testament, Jesus made the emphatic statement that ...
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Where was Elijah's hair?

וַיֹּאמְרוּ אֵלָיו אִישׁ בַּ֣עַל שֵׂעָ֔ר וְאֵזוֹר עוֹר אָזוּר בְּמָתְנָיו The Hebrew of interest here is baʿal śēʿār, a "lord of hair". This falls into the use of baʿal described in HALOT 4, s.v. ...
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Did God lose a fight to another deity?

The New American Bible, in note 4 to 2 Kings chapter 3, does initially attribute this triumph to the god Chemosh. However, the New American Bible then suggests an alternative, monotheistic ...
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What was the "book of the law" that Hilkiah found in 2 Kings 22:8?

The “Book of the Law” is a common phrase that refers to the book of Deuteronomy as an expansion of the Moral Law, or Covenant Law based around the 10 Commandments. “Book of the Law” is referenced in ...
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How did Elijah send a letter to King Jehoram, if Elijah had already been taken to heaven?

This question is an exact replica of the same question on Got Questions. The answer is - also - on Got Questions, after the question. So I have just copied the answer to here : Jehoram is anointed ...
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How is mere mocking of Elisha by young lads deserving of them being torn up by she bears? 2 kings 2:23,24 [NASB]

There’s a lot more to the Elisha case than meets the eye. First, they weren’t children in the sense we think of children. There was no classification of ‘teenagers’ way back then. The youths who ...
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Why is the bloodshed of Jezreel to be avenged on the house of Jehu in Hosea 1:4?

16So Jehu rode in a chariot, and went to Jezreel; for Joram lay there. And Ahaziah king of Judah was come down to see Joram. 17And there stood a watchman on the tower in Jezreel, and he spied the ...
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Who is the keeper of the wardrobe in 2 Kings 22 - does the Hebrew text resolve the ambiguity?

It would be the son of Harhas. This is an example of apposition of two noun phrases, "the son of Harhas" and "the keeper of garments", where both adopt the same form, are placed ...
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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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Are these two raids or one continuous siege in 2 kings 25?

It is clear that this is a single protracted seige with the "ninth year of his reign" of 2 Kings 25:1 refers to Zedekiah. The immediate context is 2 Kings 24:20 (last bit of last verse of preceding ...
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In 2 Kings 8:11 was it Hazael or Elisha who settled his countanance stedfastly?

This is a more complicated question than the binary alternative posed by OP's title question would suggest. In fact, the KJV here does a good job of reflecting an ambiguity in the Hebrew that almost ...
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Why is the bloodshed of Jezreel to be avenged on the house of Jehu in Hosea 1:4?

Excellent question. The problem is further confounded by the fact that in 2 Kings 10:30 Jehu is even rewarded for his action in Jezreel, so how can Jehu be both rewarded and punished for the same act?...
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Was it the action of the two captains that caused the death of the hundred soldiers in 2 Kings 1?

The real intent of king Ahaziah was to defy Elijah, considering him only a man, and not a ‘man of God’, really. The first two captains tried to fulfill this kingly purpose along with all their ...
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What was the usage of the “dove dung” mentioned in 2 Kings 6:25?

There is some uncertainty as to whether this actually means "dove's dung" or not (More on this below). I am inclined to accept as is because Josephus reports that in one of the Roman sieges,...
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What was the usage of the “dove dung” mentioned in 2 Kings 6:25?

First off, keep in mind that dove's dung was pretty common in the olden days as they raised doves in columbaria. Doves were common since they were used as sacrifices, among other purposes. A natural ...
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In 2 Kings 2:9 what does it mean for Elisha to want "a double portion" from Elijah?

In Keil and Delitzsch's Commentary,(2 Kings 2) The request of Elisha is evidently based upon Deu 21:17, where בּ פּי־שׁנים denotes the double portion which the first-born received in (of) the ...
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Did Jehoahaz and Jehoash's reign overlap?

Synchronisms between the reigns of the northern and southern kingdoms (Israel and Judah) are all affected by an apparent discrepancy of a few years. The case of Joash’s 23rd year is particularly ...
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How can John 3:13-14 be reconciled with what happened to Enoch, Elijah and Jesus?

There is no problem here. Jesus is speaking to Nicodemus. Jesus knows that Nicodemus has great knowledge of the scriptures. Jesus pulls from Proverbs 30:4 to speak of the lack of understanding ...
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Is 2 Kings 23:25 intended to be literal, King Josiah even better than King David?

Note that when it comes to literal versus figurative use of language, it does not matter what the language is. In other words, there is nothing inherent in the Hebrew language versus the English ...
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Did God lose a fight to another deity?

The Douay-Rheims Bible - slightly older than the KJV, renders the passage as such: 2Ki 3:27 Then he took his eldest son, that should have reigned in his stead, and offered him for a burnt offering ...
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Did God lose a fight to another deity?

Consider the facts and the context. The king of Moab restores 200,000 sheep to king Ahab of Israel. After king Ahab of Israel dies, the shepherd king of Moab annuls his allegiance. Ahab's son, the ...
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Why do Isaiah 37 and 2 Kings 19 contain the same verses?

The events recorded in the 19th Chapter of 2 Kings and the 37th Chapter of Isaiah occurred in the year 700 BC and were recorded by the Isaiah in approximately 650 BC. The writings of a Prophet with ...
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Are the 24 elders of Revelation Past Kings of Judah and Israel?

Cases for a 'kingly' identification There are 24 kings linked using a single phrase, and 24 'elders'. Therefore there may be a correlation between the two. They elders have 'crowns' and are sat on '...
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What or whom does "them" reference in 2 Kings 17:22?

The Book of Kings was written in Judah during the monolatrous period of the late monarchy and is consistently critical of the monarchy during the early monarchy. Each king of the former northern ...
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