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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 ...


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Eight times, God utters 'Let there be' or 'be there ...', expressing no more than a statement that something should exist. 'Be there light', and so on. Genesis 1:3 (light), 1:6 (firmament/divide waters), 1:9 (waters gather/dry), 1:11 (earth bring forth), 1:14 (luminaries), 1:20 (creatures out of water), 1:24 (creatures out of earth), 1:26 (man). (Notice that ...


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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 divination. According to Barnes (as per comments in Gen 44:5) and the Cambridge Commentary, such "hydromancy" was common for ancient rulers. However, Joseph ...


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The difference is rather simple - the total family of Jacob was 70 people. Joseph had two children + Jacob himself were obviously four people. Therefore, we have: (a) 66 people other than Joseph's family and Jacob + (b) four people of Joseph's family + Jacob = 70 people in total. Note the difference in the carefully worded sentences: (a) all the people who ...


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But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. [Genesis 2:17 KJV] The only prohibitive command was not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the ...


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The answer to that can be found in Hebrews 11:17-19 17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and the one who had received the promises was offering up his only son; 18 it was he to whom it was said, “Through Isaac your descendants shall be named.” 19 He considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also ...


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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 Joseph asked them “Don’t you know that a man like me can find things out by divination?” (NIV) What Joseph said to his brothers was intended to suggest that his ...


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Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” (Genesis 2:18) [ESV] ויאמר יהוה אלהים לא־טוב היות האדם לבדו אעשה־לו עזר כנגדו "Helper" is עזר, one who helps; other than Genesis 2:18, 20, it is never used to refer to only a woman or wife. The term is used 21 times and 16 are in reference ...


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While Nigel did answer the question, this is how I would organize the answer: The Hebrew language has many anthropomorphisms; in the language, but not necessarily in the concepts or theology. Here are some examples. In the face of means in the presents of. פָּנֶה … n.m. … face … 2. a. = presence, person, of י׳ Ex 33:14, 15, בְּפָנָיו … (BDB, 1977 p. 815-6) ...


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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? [Bereishit 37:25] * יִשְׁמְעֵאלִ֔ים Yishmaelim = "Ishmaelites". [2] What does Yehudah immediately suggest to his brothers? [Bereishit 37:27] "Come, ...


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Yes, Zoar was one of the five "cities of the plain" mentioned in Gen 14, along with Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim. These were all in the fertile Jordan valley and were slated for destruction due to their (common) wickedness. And it happened that in the days of Amraphel, the king of Shinar, Arioch, the king of Ellasar, Kedorlaomer, the king of ...


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The "war in heaven" would be unlike anything that we would be accustomed to seeing and is probably (at least in part) symbolic language. However, as far as timing of this war in heaven is concerned, we should note the following: Rev 12:9 says, "But the dragon was not strong enough, and no longer was any place found in heaven for him and his ...


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We are not told how much time was involved, nor do we know where Joseph was stationed, so we do not know how much distance was involved. However, if we assume a sample trip equivalent to the distance from Beersheba to Cairo A distance of about 300 km (about 200 miles) A travel distance of about 30 km (about 20 miles) per day at walking pace with camels or ...


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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 household. 7 He shall then take the two goats and present them before the LORD at the doorway of the tent of meeting. 8 Aaron shall cast lots for the two goats, one lot ...


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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 of Goshen" (Gen. 45:10; Josh. 10:41), or simply "Goshen" (Gen. 47:27) and "the land of Rameses" (47:11; cf. Ex. 12:37). In this region ...


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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 of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance. Gen 43:34 - When portions were served to them from Joseph's table, Benjamin's portion was five times ...


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The Hebrew word translated "bless" is simply בָרַךְ (barak) and in almost all cases is just a series of well-wishes for a person. Indeed, the LXX translates this word as εὐλογέω (eulogeo) which is literally, "good words", or, "good thoughts". The word occurs frequently in the OT, eg, Gen 1:22, 28, 2:3, 5:2, 9:1, 26, 12:2, 14:19,...


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There are two indications that the "days" of Gen 1 are literal 24-hour days: The regular repetition of formula, "and there was evening and morning, the nth day". The use of the specific numeral associated with the word "day", first day, second day, third day, etc. The latter point needs further comment. The Hebrew word "...


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In Genesis 44:5 (NASB) Is this not that from which my lord drinks, and which he indeed uses for divination? (...) and in Genesis 44:15 (NASB) Joseph said to them, “What is this thing that you have done? Do you not know that a man who is like me can indeed practice divination?” While Genesis 44:5 isn't that clear, Joseph later on seems to indicate that he ...


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Jacob was a smooth man, a plain man dwelling in tents. Esau was a hairy man, a hunter, a man of the field. And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents. [Genesis 25:27 KJV] And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man: [Genesis 27:...


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As @Dottard and @NigelJ point out in the comments to your question, we are not told. Yet I found this quote extracted from The Unger's Bible Dictionary under the term LE'AH worth posting as an answer She probably died in Canaan, as she is not mentioned in the migration to Egypt (Genesis 46:6), and was burried in Hebron (Genesis 49:31).


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The verb here comes from the root ראה which means "to see, to appear" with the connotation of "to comprehend, to understand". See the TDOT entry(1): Everyday Usage. a. Unlike other verbs referring to visual perception, rāʾâ denotes the experience of seeing as a totality, in which sensation and perception merge. The experience of the ...


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In Genesis 2:18, God spoke to Adam specifically and to mankind in general at the beginning of human history. The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him." 1 Corinthians 7, the context is the last days. 29 What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have ...


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It might help to compare the creation verbs used in Genesis 1: Strong's # Hebrew Transliteration Meaning Verses H1254 בָּרָא bara' to create the essence from nothing 1, 21, 27 H1961 הָיְתָ֥ה hayah to transform or to have become 2, 3, 5, 6–9, 11, 13–15, 19, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 H335 יָצַר yatsar to form or shape 2:7 H6213 וַיַּעַשׂ `asah to complete 7, 11, ...


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We are not told the name of the servant here. Abraham had previous employed Eliezer of Damascus (Gen 15:2, 4) but whether this same man was still his chief steward is not known. It is entirely possible that Eliezer of Damascus was still the chief steward of Abraham's household - he had been very well regarded as, in the absence of Ishmael and Isaac was ...


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It is highly unlikely that it's the same person, 75 years later. According to the JPS commentary on the Tanakh: This is a fairly common ancient West Semitic personal name. It appears as ʾabmlk in the Ugaritic texts and as abimilki, king of Tyre, in the El-Amarna correspondence (second half 14th cent. B.C.E.). It also appears as an Israelite name that means “...


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Did Jesus intend to reference the Esau/Jacob reunion story, and if so why? Jesus did not intend to reference the Esau / Jacob reunion story in His parable. Every similarity is not a reference. The Prodigal Son is better titled "The Love of the Father" because the whole point of the story is that the father (God) looks for and offers forgiveness ...


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The actual blessing pronounced by Isaac is recorded in Gen 27:27-29. It is referenced as a single past event in V33, 25, 36, 37. The solution here is as per some of the standard commentaries: The Cambridge Commentary simply says: blessed] Anticipating Genesis 27:26-29. Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament arrives at a similar ...


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The same Joseph also did the following 5's. Genesis 43:34 When portions were served to them from Joseph's table, Benjamin's portion was five times as much as anyone else's. So they feasted and drank freely with him. Genesis 45:22 To each of them he gave new clothing, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred shekels of silver and five sets of clothes. ...


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There are two quite separate matters here that, while related, MUST be held quite distinct: A. Abraham finding favor with God The whole purpose of God's visit with Abraham in Gen 18 was to promise Abraham essentially two things: A son (Isaac) through whom would be traced the human lineage of the promised Messiah A (promised) land for Abraham's descendants ...


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