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Are the Ten Commandments directed toward a masculine audience?

The article is absolutely wrong to infer anything about the intended gender of the audience by the gender of the verbs alone, for the simple reason that in Hebrew, all written and oral addresses to ...
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Did David not defile himself by taking back Michal in 2 Samuel 3?

Looking at the texts of Deuteronomy 24 and Jeremiah 3, I'd suggest the key aspect of these verses are divorce: "...her first husband, who divorced her, is not allowed to marry her again after ...
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Should we put God to test or not?

The two scriptures (Deut. 6:16 and Malachi 3:10) should be read differently because the original Hebrew words for "test" are different in the two verses. In the King James version, the words ...
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Deut 34: "And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died:" Was this prophetic or just a coincidence?

Moses' life was divided into three providential periods of 40 years each. The first was his 40-years in Pharaoh's palace; the second was his 40 years of exile in Midian; and the third was his 40 years ...
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Why did God bless Abraham's marriage with Sarah if she was his sister and incestuous relationships are categorically prohibited in Scripture?

There are two matters here: Marrying siblings was not always a problem but became a problem (as we now know) because of biological problems. Adam and Eve's children must have (almost) all married ...
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Why does Deuteronomy 29:5-6 say they ate no bread for forty years?

The manna is called לֶחֶם, which can mean bread, but also refers to any meal: for example, the daily sacrifice of meat is also לֶחֶם (Numbers 28:2). So when the manna is called לֶחֶם (Exodus 16:4, etc....
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Why so many different translations of Deuteronomy 32:8?

The Septuagint reads differently here than the Masoretic. The Masoretic (BHS) reads: When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, When He separated the children of men, He set the ...
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Did God resurrect Moses?

No, Moses and Elijah weren't resurrected so that Peter, James, and John could see them. We already know this because John 3:13 tells us that "no man hath ascended up to heaven". Look at how Matthew ...
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Does God condone rape in Deuteronomy 22:28-29?

No, this command does not condone rape. In fact, this act was meant to protect women. Let’s examine the specific context surrounding this verse. Stating in verse 23, we see that the next couple verses ...
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Humankind divided up among the gods?

The most complete scholarly discussion of the "Sons of God," comes from Michael S. Heiser, scholar in residence at Logos Bible Software. He is a biblical languages scholar and also makes a compelling ...
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If the Exodus and conquest of Canaan took place around 1446 BC, why are there so many references to iron in that period's writing?

The iron age does not refer to the invention of iron smelting. As Wikipedia says: It is defined by archaeological convention, and the mere presence of cast or wrought iron is not sufficient to ...
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Should we put God to test or not?

Do not try the LORD your God, as you did at Massah. (Deut. 6:16, JPS) לֹ֣א תְנַסּ֔וּ אֶת־יְהוָ֖ה אֱלֹהֵיכֶ֑ם כַּאֲשֶׁ֥ר נִסִּיתֶ֖ם בַּמַּסָּֽה׃ (Deut. 6:16, BHS) Bring the full tithe into the ...
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Why did God bless Abraham's marriage with Sarah if she was his sister and incestuous relationships are categorically prohibited in Scripture?

Technically, Sarah was Abraham’s HALF-sister, according to Genesis 20:12: Besides, she is indeed my sister, the daughter of my father though not the daughter of my mother, and she became my wife. ...
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Are the Ten Commandments directed toward a masculine audience?

The last of the traditional Ten Commandments says in Exodus 20:17 (NKJV): “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female ...
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How is the Shema interpreted by those who think Israel had henotheistic beliefs?

In the article Hebrew Henotheism: Challenging the notion of Biblical Monotheism, the case is made that the Shema was to be understood relationally with Israel. The 1985 edition of the Jewish ...
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Why is the 5th book of the Bible called Deuteronomy?

The English "Deuteronomy" is derived from the book's name in the Septuagint: "Deuteronomion", meaning "Second Law". The Hebrew name for the book is "Devarim", or “[the] words", the book's opening ...
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Does Deuteronomy 18:18 relate to Jesus?

According to at least one witnesses account... some of the Jews in the 1st century CE believed Jesus Christ was "the prophet" God spoke to Moses about in Deuteronomy 18. (Deuteronomy 18:18) I will ...
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How do we reconcile Deuteronomy 22:5 with John 7:24?

The judgment, Deuteronomy 2:5, was already given by God to Moses. That decreed judgment is to be carried out. Enforcing God's judgment is not personally judging. There is no contradiction here. If ...
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What does "the assembly of the LORD" refer to?

The Tanakh translates בִּקְהַ֖ל יְהוָֽה in Deuteronomy 23 as "congregation of the LORD." Bernard M. Levinson's commentary in the JPS Study Bible states: The congregation of the LORD (v.2) served ...
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Why is the tribe of Simeon missing from Deuteronomy 33:1-29?

Moses died circa 1406 B.C. In order to understand why Simeon is not mentioned in Deuteronomy, we must go back in time to when Jacob, the father of the twelve sons who were the progenitors of the ...
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Did David not defile himself by taking back Michal in 2 Samuel 3?

Scripture comments after Michal despised David for his exuberance at the bringing in of the ark (2 Samuel 6:20-23) : Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death. [2 ...
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Contradictory Dietary Laws in Deuteronomy Ch. 12 & 14

When the Israelites entered the land of Canaan, they were commanded to dispossess the nations dwelling therein and eliminate traces of their worship by destroying their altars, breaking their sacred ...
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Apparently a DOUBLE contradiction: Can this be explained?

Deuteronomy says you are not to cut yourself or your hair "for the dead". Deuteronomy is talking about acts indicating a state of mourning. It is the mourning that God doesn't like in his ...
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In what significant ways would the Prophet that was to come be similar to Moses? Deut 18:15

Similarity Moses Jesus Descendant of Jacob Exodus 2:1-2 Matthew 1:1-16; Luke 3:23-38 Hunted by a king at birth Exodus 1:15-2:10 Matthew 2:13-23 Son of a king (adopted) Exodus 2:10 Matthew 1:18-25, ...
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Deuteronomy 28:48 mentions a "yoke of iron" when was this fulfilled?

Figurative Language and Parallelism The prophecy in Deuteronomy 28 contains both literal and figurative language to express the future experience of Israel. Taking a slightly expanded context, vv.47-...
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When did the Levites say to their father and mother "I have not seen him" as mentioned in Deuteronomy 33:9?

The tribe of Levi was headed up by Aaron, and one of his grandsons was Phinehas. It might be the faithfulness of this grandson that seems to be the point of the verses in question. Numbers 25:7-13 ...
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Deuteronomy 23:3 Why were Ruth's descendants allowed in the Temple

Note that while Israel was chosen as the instrument to tell and show the world of God’s saving grace, salvation was always available to all people. Indeed, the Old Testament contains many examples of ...
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