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What was the significance that Moses broke the first set of the 10 commandment tablets?

We clearly see the act of breaking the Holy Tablets makes no sense, this is why the ancient commentators provide speculative commentary, it is the hermeneutics approach of midrashic exposition, which ...
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What does St. Paul mean by the phrase “the ministry of death” in 2 Cor 3: 7-8?

2 Cor 3:7 refer to the 2nd time, God wrote on two tablets of stone His ten commandments. When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets, his face was radiant because he had spoken with the ...
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What does St. Paul mean by the phrase “the ministry of death” in 2 Cor 3: 7-8?

The Ministry of Death is referring to the 10 Commandments. This is what is understood as being the Law of Sin and Death. The 10 commandments are The Holy Spirit Standard by which God expects us to ...
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Why are female slaves not set free as males in Exodus 21:7?

In ancient time, the Israelite female did not own a land, which meant her fate depended on a man host. If her father sold her as servant or slave, it was meant to be either the owner or his son's wife,...
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Exodus 21:20-21 slaves law

We may have a better view if we read Exodus 21:20-21 and 21:26-27 (NIV) together. 20 “Anyone who beats their male or female slave with a rod must be punished if the slave dies as a direct result, 21 ...
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Why does Paul say they were baptized in the sea and not in the river in 1 Corinthians 10:2?

Was there something symbolic about the sea or the events that took place there that led the apostle to refer to the sea over the river? First, Moses never crossed the Jordan river. He died in ...
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Why does Paul say they were baptized in the sea and not in the river in 1 Corinthians 10:2?

The generation of adults that left Egypt were baptized in the sea, but did not make it to the promised land. In contrast, the generation born in the wilderness plus minors who left Egypt crossed the ...
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Is "kill" a valid translation for Exodus 20:13 (Thou shalt not kill)?

Everyone looks at "kill" vs "murder" but misses the critical "thou" at the beginning of the verse. It is not your right as an individual to decide to cause death. We must ...
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Was Moses a thief in stealing the gold of the Egyptians before fleeing?

Just as a side note, Deuteronomy 15 says: 12 And if thy brother, an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free ...
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Was Moses a thief in stealing the gold of the Egyptians before fleeing?

We are not told this in order to imitate it. And we can --- if we must -- have a good opinion or a bad one. I chose to think that since no blame is attached, what Moses did was good
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Was Moses a thief in stealing the gold of the Egyptians before fleeing?

There seem to be two relevant Hebrew words used in both those passages of scripture. Consulting the book below, this is what I gleaned under the word SPOIL: "5. To snatch away - natsal. Exodus ...
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Was Moses a thief in stealing the gold of the Egyptians before fleeing?

There are two questions that I will address separately. You shall not "kill" The verb used in Ex 20:13 is רָצַח (ratsach) which means, here, to murder, to kill illegally. The commandment ...
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What did Jesus likely say in John 8:58?

Let's assemble the clues to understanding John 8:58. 1. The grammar of the statement itself. The grammar is ambiguous and much debated, but contemporary translators are unanimous that this involves ...
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At John 5:18, did Jesus break the Sabbath?

The equality topic shown in the context was that Jesus was claiming the same right as his Father (my Father is working) to heal/ do good on the Sabbath. John 7:22-23 shows that the forefathers of the ...
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Exodus 21:20-21 slaves law

The question boils down to what is the principle behind the Law. Note the following commentaries: The topic "Beating" in the Insight on the Scriptures A Hebrew slave owner was permitted to ...
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At John 5:18, did Jesus break the Sabbath?

Matthew 12:11-12 says (NIV): He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a person than ...
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At John 5:18, did Jesus break the Sabbath?

Here is a backdrop to this statement of Jesus breaking the Sabbath. The heart of God is being revealed through the work of Jesus on a Sabbath day. The very word the Jews used of Jesus "breaking&...
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At John 5:18, did Jesus break the Sabbath?

Jesus did not violate Sabbath by healing the sick and eating on the Sabbath according to the law. He proved it by arguing that Sabbath is made for man, not man for the Sabbath. Works like rescuing ...
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At John 5:18, did Jesus break the Sabbath?

The Pharisees had rules that were much stricter than God's rules. They interpreted "work" to include almost every physical activity. Even today, orthodox Jews consider turning on a light ...
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At John 5:18, did Jesus break the Sabbath?

I would beg to differ with the premise of the question that the Jews leveled two charges against Jesus (in John 5) of: breaking the Sabbath claiming equality with God. It is certainly true that the ...
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At John 5:18, did Jesus break the Sabbath?

Based on Exodus 31:14-15, Jesus did not violate Shabbat in [John 5] - However, Jesus did violate Shabbat rules of "Pikuach Nefesh" in [John 5] by healing a patient without terminal illness. *...
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How does Hebrews 11:29 say it was by faith they crossed the red sea?

The answer is found in Exodus chapter 14. From verse 10 the instant cause of their fear is shown: "And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the ...
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How does Hebrews 11:29 say it was by faith they crossed the red sea?

The scriptures present us with two extremes: to live by faith trusting in God for results to live by works trusting in one's own efforts for results The facts are these when the Israelites left ...
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