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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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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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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?

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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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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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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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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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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Did God command Hazael to tell a lie to Ben-Hadad in 2 Kings 8:10?

We often underestimate the levels of sarcasm and innuendo present in the Bible writers, often falsely attributing to them only simple speech and pious blessings. Life is and never was that simple. ...
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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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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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How can John 3:13-14 be reconciled with what happened to Enoch, Elijah and Jesus?

John 3:14 says: And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. What happened to Enoch, Elijah and Jesus? Jesus is easy. He is ...
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Who was a greater king: Hezekiah or Josiah?

King Hezekiah was always for doing the work of the Lord from day one of his reign., and the Lord said there was none like him before him or after. He was the Best, most Obedient King, who ever lived ...
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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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Ancient custom to change vassal king's name

There is quite a lot to be said about name and the changing of names in the ancient world, generally speaking. Quite a lot of philosophy and religious thinking, all mixed up. In order to understand ...
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How can we reconcile the supposed contradiction in the above texts in 2 Kings 15:30 & 2 Kings 17:1?

Jotham reigned for sixteen years, so twenty years after his reign began, is the same as the fourth year of his son Ahaz's reign. Benson Commentary 2 Kings 15:30. Hosea made a conspiracy against ...
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Why is the bloodshed of Jezreel to be avenged on the house of Jehu in Hosea 1:4?

The instructions given to Jehu was quite explicit "Thou shalt smite the house of Ahab thy master, that I may avenge the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the ...
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Was the shunammite woman sarcastic or ungrateful in 2 kings 4?

The background to this event is interesting The woman is described as a wealthy married woman in the village of Shunem. She had no child. This woman got permission from her husband to set up a guest ...
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