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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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Did Elisha tell Hazael that Ben Hadad will recover in 2 Kings 8?

This is a case of ketiv and qere. The ketiv (written text) has לא which is usually a particle of negation: לך אמר לא חיה תחיה Go say, "You will surely not live." The qere (read version) ...
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Who is the son of the murderer in 2 Kings 6:32?

The "king" referenced in 2 Kings 6 is very unlikely to have been Ahab but rather his son, Joram, for the following reasons. Ahab had been killed in battle at Ramoth Gilead 1 Kings 22:34-37. The ...
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Why did Elisha curse 42 boys?

I found the explanation from Daniel Hoffman useful. Let me copy and paste his full article below. The text has rich insight so it is best to keep it in full. The link of his original article in ...
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Why did Elisha curse 42 boys?

The best answer I have found for this is linked below. Why I like it—it looks to the historical Jewish teachings of this Jewish passage (I think we as Christians do a terrible job acknowledging that ...
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Why did Elisha curse 42 boys?

All these answers are good. I'd like to add another point: Calling him "bald-head". Scripture implies, especially when we read I Corinthians 11, that hair is indicative of authority. Notice this takes ...
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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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Was Elisha a false prophet if his prophecy didn’t come to fulfillment?

The prophecy by Elisha (2 Kings 3) contained the following predictions: V17 - For the LORD says, ‘You will not see wind or rain, but the valley will be filled with water, and you will drink—you and ...
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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]

We might consider that some of the details in the account are vague and might, if considered in-depth, change our perspective. We do not know how old these youths were; they may have been into their ...
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Who misunderstood the servant girl's message in 2 Kings 5?

Source David Graeber was a renowned anthropologist with a deep understanding of middle eastern history, as well as other regions. His book 'On Kings' (written together with Marshall Sahlins) explores ...
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What was the lesson Elisha wanted to teach Joash using the arrows?

Scripture often uses an economy of words to communicate a story. We may wish more words had been used to clearly spell out each detail. The point of the story is that Jehoash turned to God when he was ...
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What was the lesson Elisha wanted to teach Joash using the arrows?

I don't think that Elisha set out to 'teach Joash a lesson' through the striking of the arrows. Rather, the way that Joash responded to Elisha and carried out his instructions revealed that he was ...
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What was the lesson Elisha wanted to teach Joash using the arrows?

2 Kings 13:14-19 reintroduce King Joash after his own death, so at this stage the narrative is thematic rather than chronological. Rachelle Gilmour (Juxtaposition and the Elisha Cycle, pages 199-201) ...
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What was the "death in the pot" in 2 Kings 4:38-41?

Rlb.USA asked: “Would the soup really have caused death? Was this a strange figure of speech that means something else?” And, “Is there a modern-day explanation on why adding flour absolves it's ...
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What is the meaning of Elijah's reply to Elisha in 1 Kings 19:20?

and he [Elisha] forsaketh the oxen, and runneth after Elijah, and saith, 'Let me give a kiss, I pray thee, to my father and to my mother, and I go after thee.' And he saith to him, 'Go, turn back, for ...
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Was the shunammite woman sarcastic or ungrateful in 2 kings 4?

I see it as grief induced. She had prayed for a son and been granted one, only to lose him. She may have felt that she would have preferred never to have had her child than to have had him and watch ...
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In 2 Kings 13:18, did Joash shoot three arrows or beat them against the ground by hand?

Great question. Though i am no expert in the field i am pretty sure that your first interpretation is the correct one. For this i have got two convincing reasons. First, i don't see how the term הך ...
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Who prophesied in 2 Kings 3:16-19, Elisha or the musician?

My seminary proff used to teach us to read a passage within the text style of the ancient middle east. The original first audience of 2 Kings Chapter 3 would definitely read that Elisha spoke the ...
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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 are often many details missing in Bible stories. We don’t know how many young people came out to mock Elisha. We don’t know everything they were saying and what their ultimate intent was. We ...
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Was Matthew trying to make a connection between Elisha and Jesus after the deaths of their respective precursors?

Herod Antipas was not alone in thinking that Jesus was a kind of second coming or resurrection of John the Baptist. 13 When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “...
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How can we tell what our gifting, calling and anointing are?

Spiritual anointing, calling and gifting are all integral to the work of the Holy Spirit in those called to be born again of the Spirit, from above. As there is a dearth of detail in the question, ...
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Why did Elisha curse 42 boys?

Elisha cursed the boys because he felt they should show respect to him as God's prophet. In other words, he was angry. A more interesting question implied by the OP is whether his curse was justified. ...
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Who spoke in 2 Kings 6:33?

Several versions disagree about who spoke 2 Kings 6:33. Here is a sample: NIV: the messenger came down to him. The king said, "This disaster is from the LORD ESV: the messenger came down to ...
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Who is the son of the murderer in 2 Kings 6:32?

Ahab was “the murderer” of the time. Poor or mistranslation is what’s causing this confusion. Looking at the same verse from 27 Bibles 2-Kings-6-32-from-27-Bibles one word causes a huge difference. ...
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Why does the king blame Elisha for the siege and famine of Samaria in 2 Kings 6:31?

The King was wicked and didn't want to repent and follow God with his whole heart.He kept blaming the prophet since he was an easier target.The famine wouldn't have happened if he had obeyed God(we ...
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Human sacrifice wins victory for losing side 2Kings 3

In the Septuagint, 2 Kings 3:27 is translated literally as follows (using English word order): "And he took his first-born son, whom he gave reign instead of him, and offered him as a whole burnt (...
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