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Was Potiphar, being a captain of an Egyptian guard, likely a eunuch?

I regret that I do not have access to the article by Johnston, but I understand his gist from Susan’s answer. First of all, the argument that “research has failed to turn up any evidence for the use ...
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Was Potiphar, being a captain of an Egyptian guard, likely a eunuch?

The word used to describe Potiphar's relationship with Pharaoh (37:36, 39:1) is sārı̂s, which is indeed commonly glossed "eunuch" (e.g. BDB; cf. LXX εὐνοῦχος). However, to my knowledge no major ...
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Why did the Egyptians view shepherds as detestable and why did they refuse to eat with the Hebrews?

Is there some link between the Egyptians refusing to eat with the Hebrews and the fact they were shepherds? - Yes. Khnum (𓎸𓅱𓀭) Sacrifice of rams, sheep & goats was detestable to the Egyptians, ...
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Who is the Pharaoh of Ezekiel?

The pharaoh was Apries, who ruled from 589 to 570 BCE and was known as Pharaoh Hophra in Jeremiah 44:30. Peter C. Craigie (Ezekiel, page 220) explains that Hophra sent an army to assist King Zedekiah ...
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Why did the Egyptians view shepherds as detestable and why did they refuse to eat with the Hebrews?

The Bible does not give obvious answers, but clues. Genesis 46:34 & 47:3 need to be taken together. First, Joseph tells his brothers to tell Pharaoh they herd cattle, but they actually tell him ...
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Could God be ok with some types of divination?

Joseph was pretending (as a ruse) to make himself look like a typical pagan ruler so as not to raise the suspicions of his brothers. Of course he would claim that he used the special cup for ...
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Could God be ok with some types of divination?

In Genesis 44:5 Joseph told his steward to go after his brothers and charge them with stealing “the cup his master drinks from and also uses for divination.” When Joseph’s brothers were brought back ...
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Could God be ok with some types of divination?

Absolutely. He even commands it. Leviticus 16:6-10 NASB 6 Then Aaron shall offer the bull as the [i]sin offering, which is for himself, so that he may make atonement for himself and for his ...
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Was Joseph sold to Potiphar by Midianites or Ishmaelites?

In Gen 37 we have a classic example of ancient trading of slaves who were traded a common property. V28 says that the brothers sold Joseph to Midianite/Ishmaelite traders for 20 shekels of silver:- ...
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Why take five men to the Pharaoh?

For some inexplicable reason, the number "five" is a recurring theme in the story of Joseph. Here is a sample: Gen 41:34 - Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners over the land to take a fifth ...
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Israelites drinking smelly water

The Hebrews dwelt in Goshen and probably drank from a different river, either a tributary or a distributary of the Nile, rather than from the Nile itself. If from a tributary, then that water would ...
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Why did the Egyptians mourn Jacob for 70 days? (Genesis 50:3)

The scene portrayed in Genesis is one on a par with the mourning of Pharaohs: 1 Joseph flung himself upon his father and wept over him as he kissed him. 2 Then Joseph ordered the physicians in his ...
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Was Joseph sold to Potiphar by Midianites or Ishmaelites?

The Ishmaelites (members of the Midianite merchants [caravan from Gilead]) saved Joseph & sold Joseph to Potiphar. [1] Once Yosef was in the pit, his brothers had a meal & saw [who] coming? [...
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"Death angel" or "destroyer" or "destruction" in Exodus 12:23?

Background ‘For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute ...
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Where is Goshen?

According to The New Ungers Bible Dictionary under the term GO'SHEN page 492 and 493 A northeastern section of the Egyptian Delta region usually called "the land of Goshen," "country ...
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Plagues on you and your servants and your people

For at least three of the 10 plagues of Egypt, the Israelites did not experience anything: Plague 5: Ex 9:4, 6 - no Israelite effect Plague 7: Ex 9:26 - no Israelite effect Plague 9: Ex 10:33 - no ...
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Did Egypt have prisons not belonging to the Pharaoh?

Genesis 39:20 says that Potiphar put Joseph into the prison where the king’s prisoners were confined. The NIV Study Bible makes this comment: Potiphar put Joseph in the “house of the captain of the ...
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What sacrificial animals would be detestable to the Egyptians?

Sacrifice of rams, sheep & goats was detestable to the Egyptians, because Egyptians worshiped a false ram-idol named Khnum thought to be the creator of humanity by molding humans from clay. In ...
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Was Genesis 12:14–20, in error applying the title " Pharʹaoh", to the king of Egypt?

Three points by way of answer. First, if it isn't until circa 1210 B.C. that discovery has been made of a king / ruler of Egypt being called Pharaoh, that does not prove the title was not used prior ...
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Why did the Egyptians mourn Jacob for 70 days? (Genesis 50:3)

Ellicott offers this explanation: (3) Forty days.—Herodotus (ii. 86) describes the process of embalming as occupying seventy days, but he was speaking of what he saw at Thebes, whereas Memphis was ...
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Where did the water come from for the magicians to perform like Moses in Exodus 7:22?

Really, the question revolves around the word כל. If we believe this term has always an absolute acceptation (meaning) this could trigger the paradox 'collen ndhlovu' enhances. But, Are we obliged to ...
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What does Eden represent in Ezekiel 31?

Prophetic literature is full of poetic and figurative language that is not to be taken literally. The metaphor that Ezekiel is using here to describe Assyria (the greatness and then the fall) is that ...
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What does the name Phinehas mean?

Pinchas is understood to be from the Egyptian name pʾ-nḥśy meaning "the Nubian". Sources: BDB (Brown, Driver, Briggs; A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament): Egypt. Pe-nehasi, ...
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