There have been so many attempts to show this is a Cannanite myth, and whenever I've tried to track things down, it's never been verified. This is true in this case as well. In the entire Ugaritic corpus "kid/goat" and "milk" do not occur in the same stanza or poem. Here is the portion of the poem supposedly containing the description of ...
In regards Tin'af (תִּֿנְאָֽ֑ף) "Adultery" in Leviticus 18:20, Sefer HaChinukh 35:1 reads:
To not reveal the nakedness of a man's wife: To not have intercourse with a man's wife, as it is stated (Exodus 20:13), "You shall not commit adultery." And the explanation comes that the undifferentiated expression, "adultery," indicates with a man's wife, ...
Homosexual sex is dealt with earlier separately in Leviticus 18:22
Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.
"You shall not commit adultery.
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5003: To commit adultery, to apostatize
The MS witnessed against itself, because the Isrealites didn't become slaves until after Joseph died and all his brothers, Exodus 1; 6,8 and Joseph was 30yrs old when he entered the Pharaoh's service, and came into command at the age of 39yr.Joseph died at the age of 110yrs. Which meant the Isrealites where under Josephs rule were NOT slaves for 71yrs. Moses ...
Is the initial "who am I" reaction in these narratives supposed to be taken positively as a sign of humility in the character? Or negatively as a sign of a lack of faith? Neither?
The best way to know if the response is positive, negative, or neutral is to look at the context and see the response of God. Humility is from the heart and only God ...
From the story-telling point of view, Moses and Gideon are prime examples of reluctant heroes. Today, we adore them in movies.
Vertically speaking, God wants to teach us some lessons:
He could use defective humans to achieve His goals.
Humble people will be exalted if you trust in God.
At the end of a story, God would be glorified, not people.
Is the ...
This question drives to the heart of the hermeneutic used by Jesus and the NT authors. It's answer is the solution to the seminary-ubiquitous question of "How did the New Testament authors use the Old Testament."
The authority to use the Old Testament the way they did came from Jesus. He taught that all the scriptures speak of him. (Lk 24:27, Joh 5:...
In scripture, pattern is prophecy. There is an idea which is recapitulated using various symbols, of which, the demurring is just one example.
Consider the common idea expressed by the following:
The one who is least is the greatest in the kingdom.
The one who is last is first.
The mustard seed is the least, which grows to be the great tree.
David was the ...
The Hebrew word תֵּבָה (tebah) occurs 28 times in the OT and simply means (literally), chest, box, coffin, etc. That is, a box-like container used to house and protect some contents that are (by definition) precious. See BDB meaning in appendix below.
Interestingly, the noun is only ever used to describe just two objects:
Noah's ark - the great ship, 26 ...
The slave either serves no more than seven years . . . .
. . . . or else, goes free in the year of Jubilee.
Whichever is the sooner.
I don't see any need to 'reconcile' anything.
The conditions are not contradictory.
This is simple language and God explained this Himself in the text but Trinity Christians want to find Jesus everywhere because Jesus doesn't claim to be God and denied this false charge in John 10.36 where he says, "How can you accuse me of Blasphemy (claiming to be God ?) when I only claimed to be the son of God who was purified and sent on my mission ...
All the people answered, "His blood is on us and on our children!"
These were the stupid words of the rebellious Jews. They are not binding to God. Another case in point can be found in the wilderness travel during Moses' time.
3 Why is the LORD bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and ...
The answer to this question hinges on the meaning of "children". In the Bible, "children" or "sons" (depending on the text in question) is used in two distinct ways:
Literal biological descendants (obviously), eg, Deut 24:16, Eze 18, etc.
Metaphoric descendants indicating people who have the the same attitudes and disposition
Is Matthew 27:25 binding?
All the people answered, "His blood is on us and on our children!"
What were the consequences of such a rejection of Jesus as the Messiah? Jesus said to the city of Jerusalem: “Your house [the temple] is abandoned to you.”
Matthew 23:37-38 (NASB)
Grieving over Jerusalem
37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills ...
I’m not sure it is “binding” in the sense that there is something happening between man and God (as there is in the OT verses you pulled out), since the cry in Matthew was from the people alone - we don’t know if God accepted/responded to their cry.
Here, the people are addressing Pilate and not God - it seems that this statement is more a reflection of ...
Moses had sent his wife, Zipporah, back to her father Jethro. in the land of Midian, after the incident involving circumcision at the inn, Exodus 4:24-26.
When Jethro comes to see Moses, Exodus 18:1-27, he brings Zipporah with him and her sons, by Moses.
At the time the genealogy in Exodus 6 is written, therefore, Moses has no wife or sons with him. Whether ...
ἐγώ εἰμι with predicates
The Fourth Gospel records Jesus saying ἐγώ εἰμι with a predicate twelve times (6:35, 6:48, 6:51, 8:12, 10:7, 10:9, 10:11, 10:14, 11:25, 14:6, 15:1, 15:5). These help demonstrate what language Jesus spoke because "Hebrew does not have a word for the present tense of the verb "to be." In other words, there is no Hebrew ...
David could not have worn the Ephod - he knew better than to do that.
The Ephod was a priestly garment to be worn by the priests (specifically the high priest) , not by kings. The two offices were separate.
When king Saul took upon himself the office of the priest and offered the burnt sacrifice instead of waiting for prophet Samuel, it cost him the throne (...
It has already been shown in detail how 'anî huʾ in Hebrew probably corresponds to ἐγώ εἰμι and that there is likely a link to Isa 43:10. Let me quote the GW (God's Word) translation:
I have chosen you as my servant so that you can know and believe in me and understand that I am the one [who did this].
The square brackets indicate implied information from ...
The NIV translation gives a clearer explanation of the meaning. Verse 3 relates to verse 2 where a thief who breaks in at night is caught, and if the thief is struck so that he dies, then there is no bloodguilt on the defender of the property. If it happens after sunrise and the thief is struck so that he dies, then the defender of the property is guilty ...
Has anyone seen God or not?
The answer is No.
In Exodus 33:11
So the Lord used to speak to Moses' face to face, just as a man speaks
to his friend. When Moses returned to the camp, his servant Joshua,
the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.
No one has seen God. The expression that Moses spoke to God "face to face" denotes an ...
This question is actually a very god question. To understand the answer, you need to understand the Hebraic concept of representation - a very important one to grasp.
Essentially.... if a ‘person’ or ‘entity’ representing a ‘higher’ or more authoritative ‘one’ is standing in front of you, it is as if that ‘higher’ person themselves is standing there. If they ...
Can God make a rock so big that even He can't lift it?
God is generally held to be omnipotent, and there's a classical logical paradox involving that omnipotence: can God make a rock so big even He can't lift it? If He can't make the rock, he's not omnipotent, but if He can't lift it, he's not omnipotent either. Personally, I believe that the logical answer ...
"Has anyone seen God or not?"
That depends upon what you think "God" means.
If you believe that the God of the Old Testament is the same person as the Father of the New Testament, you will find a glaring contradiction within a single chapter of the Bible.
John 1 begins with stating that Jesus is God.
Later in the same chapter he says &...
Absolutely and unequivocally yes. At Genesis 16:13 Hagar says, "Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, "Thou are a God who sees;" for she said, "Have I even remained alive here after seeing Him?"
So on what basis did Hagar come to that conclusion? Going back to verse 7, "Now the angel of the Lord found her by a ...