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Did Ruth uncover Boaz' feet, or something else?

Ruth instigates her right to remarriage to Boaz as the next of kin by uncovering his feet. This imagery of foot uncovering (in the context of the kinsman-redeemer) comes from the Law of Moses - ...
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Was Ba'al relieving himself?

The original question contained a link to the interesting article by Rendsburg 1988: http://jewishstudies.rutgers.edu/docman/rendsburg/64-the-mock-of-baal-in-1-kings-18-27/file Has anyone else looked ...
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Was Ba'al relieving himself?

Background And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and ...
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In Matthew 12:34 what did Jesus mean when he called the Pharisees "a brood of vipers"?

After Jesus becomes harsh and gets the scribes' and Pharisees' attention, Matthew 12:34 (NASB) “You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that ...
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In Proverbs 30:20 what is so evil about a woman wiping her mouth after she eats?

The idea of the verses 18-20 speaks about things that won't leave any "tracks" after they act: the eagle in the sky, the snake on the rocks, the ship in the water and relations between man and woman ( ...
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How can the Holy Spirit be a person if He (or it) can be 'poured out' according to Acts 2:17?

This argument about the Holy Spirit being "pourable" is specious because it is based on an idiom with which we are unfamiliar. Note the following that discusses other people being "...
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"... where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched" - Is Jesus' description of Hell (Gehenna) literal or figurative?

Is Jesus' description of Gehenna (Hell) literal or figurative? This is an admittedly difficult subject because we do not recognize our wretchedness before God. The reason that animal sacrifices were ...
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What is the meaning of "heap burning coals on his head"?

Psalm 140:9-11 provides one possible answer, since there appears the same parallel of coals falling upon the head. Most English translations group verses 9-11 as one paragraph; the LXX and Masoretic ...
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Why does Luke 9 speak of Jesus “setting his face” to go to Jerusalem?

Another answer addressed the issue of Samaritan rejection of one traveling to Jerusalem, so I will attempt to address your other question: Why does this use "his face" instead of simply "him"? ...
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"... where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched" - Is Jesus' description of Hell (Gehenna) literal or figurative?

God revealed himself in literal fire a number of times. He appeared in a burning bush to Moses, Exodus 3:1-6. Fire came out of the tabernacle from before the Lord and consumed upon the altar the burnt ...
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Are the spirits of the dead conscious according to Isaiah 14:9-11?

Whether the dead are conscious or not is not the subject of Isa 14. It is a prime example of personification of inanimate objects that is common in the Bible. Indeed, "sheol" itself is ...
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In the New Testament, What is the Origin of "Believe In" and "Believe Into"?

I will answer your “Question 1”, as this is not addressed in the earlier question. In Classical Greek πιστεύω means “trust, put faith in, rely on” and takes an object in the dative or accusative; it ...
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When shall we see "face to face"? 1 Corinthians 13:12

When shall we see Jesus "face to face"? The simplest direct answer is found in Rev 22:3, 4 - No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be within the city, ...
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What did Satan mean, when he replied to God, "Skin for Skin"?

Since Satan, the accuser, does not want to believe in Job's blamelessness, he seeks to depreciate or impugn Job's character by saying in effect, "Job's so-called blamelessness is attributable to a ...
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Do Proverbs 6:16 and Proverbs 30:18 contain a figure of speech?

With above sentences the writer (not sure if this is Agur or the son of Jakeh) is talking about the 7th and 4th item. For example: 3 things amazes him and there is even a 4th thing that amazes him ...
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Is a euphemism the correct understanding of the word יָד in Isa 57:8?

The Idea in Brief The word “hand” in Is 57:8 appears to be euphemistic reference for the aroused anatomy of the male phallus. (The double-entendre also appears evident in Song of Solomon 5:4 and Song ...
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What does it mean to "seek God's face" (2 Chronicles 7:14)?

In Exodus, it is written that “the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend” (Ex 33:11). But in the same passage (Ex 33:20), God tells Moses, “You cannot see My ...
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Does God literally have a right hand?

In all the references quoted by the OP, the word "hand" is NOT in the text. There are many places where this idea is present. Possibly the most complete is in Rev 5:1 which has the phrase (...
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In Matthew 12:34 what did Jesus mean when he called the Pharisees "a brood of vipers"?

Throughout the Old and New Testaments, there was a strong connection between serpents, evil and the underworld and this connection extended into most other mesopotamian cultures as well. Because of ...
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What is the meaning of "heap burning coals on his head"?

His Kingdom Prophecy lists a couple of interesting interpretations. for example, they quote Kenneth Samuel Wuest (1893-1962): In Bible times an oriental needed to keep his hearth fire going all ...
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What is the meaning of "He is to thee a covering of the eyes"(Gen. 20:16)?

There are only 4 instances of kə·sūṯ (Strong's H3682) in the Old Testament: Genesis 20:16, Job 24:7, Job 26:6 and Job 31:19, each of which is associated with "covering" nakedness. Adding to that the "...
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Do Idioms Used in the Crucifixion Narrative Resolve the "3 Day/3 Night" Objections?

Consider understanding: a) Judges 19: 4-5, and the difference between the Hebrew text and the Greek text (LXX). His father-in-law, the girl’s father, persuaded him to stay with him for three days, ...
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Are Jesus' words about calling someone a fool a contradiction?

The exhortations regarding 'Raca' and 'fool' are bracketed by two conditions. Firstly, Jesus says in verse 22, 'whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause ...' This is a matter between ...
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What is the nature of the "voice" John 10:27 is talking about?

In a sense, Scripture preserves for us the voice of God. God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2 in these last days has spoken to us in His ...
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What does it mean to "seek God's face" (2 Chronicles 7:14)?

'Seeking God’s face' means to approach him in prayer, confess your wrong, and beg for forgiveness Confession brings relief: Psalm 32:3-5 (NASB) 3 When I kept silent about my sin, my [a]body wasted ...
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Who anointed Jesus (and with what): the Spirit of the Lord or the Lord? Luke 4:18

The verb in Luke 4:18 translated "anointed" is χρίω (chrió), from which we get the official title of Jesus, "Christ" = anointed one, or, Messiah in Hebrew. The five uses of this ...
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