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Why is "sacrificing children to Molek" part of the section discussing unlawful sexual relations?

Introduction It seems that the confusion may arise from the presumption that chapter's primary concern is sexual practices; it is not. It is easy to see how this confusion might arise however. As ...
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Is the second of the Ten Commandments redundant?

Since the Ten Commandments (or in Hebrew Ten Statements) are situated in a long passage in both Exodus (cap. 20) and Deutronomy (cap. 5) but not delimited or numbered (that is, separated in the text ...
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What does it mean to "Weep for Tammuz"?

Weeping for Tammuz was a 40 day mourning period for a pagan sun deity that which God castigates Israel for whoring after in Ezekiel 8:13-16. Today this period of mourning is called Lent. The ...
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Is it clear from the text that Aaron was lying about the golden calf coming out of the fire?

The Pulpit commentary puts this succinctly in its comments on Ex 32:24 - Verse 24. - There came out this calf. Aaron speaks as if he had prepared no mould, but simply thrown the gold into the hot ...
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Is the second of the Ten Commandments redundant?

Many have suggested that the second commandment is redundant for exactly the reasons stated by the OP. However, there is a good reason for the second commandment. One of the greatest characteristics ...
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Can 'face of his father' refer to human sacrifice in Gen. 11:28?

"upon the face of" is quintessential Hebrew idiom for "in the presence of". Thus, it helpfully translated by most modern versions (or a slight variation), eg, NIV: While his ...
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Is it clear from the text that Aaron was lying about the golden calf coming out of the fire?

[Exodus 32] clearly explains Aaron (“Aharon”, אַהֲרֹן) was willing to help mold the calf statue, as restated in verse 35 : (הָ-עֵ֔גֶל) “the-calf” (אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה אַהֲרֹן) “that Aharon made”. Did Aaron ...
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Who Was Jonathan the Grandson of Moses (or Manasseh) in Judges 18:30?

Undisputed Facts: Here is what is definitely known - Both Greek (LXX - see Rahlfs) and Hebrew manuscripts are divided between the reading "son of Manasseh" and "son of Moses". The ...
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In Exodus 32:6, what was the nature of the pagan revelry of the Israelites?

According to both Jewish and Christian sources, they committed idolatry. 1 Corinthians 10:7 And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, ...
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What does it mean to "Weep for Tammuz"?

Tammuz was a pagan god or idol that the women were weeping for on the north side of the temple. According to T.Jacobson page 100 in Toward the Image of Tammuz and Other Essays, the myth was that ...
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Revelation 21:8; DRB; what is the precise meaning of Idolatry?

Christians believe there is only one true God, who alone is to be worshipped. But just believing in the reality of this God is not worship. "Even the demons believe there is one God - and shudder&...
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Is the second of the Ten Commandments redundant?

It isn't redundant. The first commandment requires that people regard only God as god. But people can believe God is their only god and still attribute supernatural qualities to physical objects, ...
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'God' or 'gods' in 1 Kings 12:28 and Exodus 32:4?

This one is actually pretty easy to settle grammatically, without appeal to tradition or theology (and I won't attempt to give a theological explanation at all here). Grammatically, these are ...
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'God' or 'gods' in 1 Kings 12:28 and Exodus 32:4?

It's a mistake to assume Biblical Hebrew follows English grammar (or even modern Hebrew grammar) when it comes to singular and plural, as there are other uses of the plural form besides counting: To ...
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"Knowledge of God" in Romans 1:28

It is significant that Paul expands on his argument about belief in God in Rom 1 by stating in Rom 2: 14 Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature what the law requires, they are a ...
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Why did Rachel steal her father's idols? (Genesis 31:19)

Benson's commentary reviews 2 of the more common theories: The Hebrew calls them [the images] teraphim. Some think they were only little representations of the ancestors of the family in statue or ...
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Why did Rachel steal her father's idols? (Genesis 31:19)

The "household idols/gods/images" are known in Hebrew as teraphim. In the topic "Teraphim" in the Insight on the Scriptures, gives us a more detailed explanation: The findings of ...
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What does the word 'idols' mean in 1 John 5:21 and what exactly is idolatry?

The question asks about idols in the context of 1 John, rather than for a broader opinion about idolatry. And we will find that the author of 1 John has a very specific purpose of mentioning idols at ...
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How should we contextualize Paul's "Jesus is accursed" in I Co 12:3?

“Ἀνάθεμα Ἰησοῦς” - While Paul’s use of Ἀνάθεμα in Galatians 1:8 is clearly connected to the LXX translation of חֵרֶם (eg. Leviticus 27:28: a devoted thing to destruction), in 1 Corinthians 12:3 this ...
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In Acts 7:43, what are "the tabernacle of Moloch" and "the star of Remphan"?

Stephen had been taken before the Sanhedrin to answer the charges against him. He was teaching what Jesus had taught - that the temple would be destroyed and the laws of Moses changed. Acts. 6:14-15,...
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Why is "sacrificing children to Molek" part of the section discussing unlawful sexual relations?

The scripture in question is not translated, "sacrifice" in all translations of the bible (see Biblehub parallel versions). For example, in the KJV: 21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass ...
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Why didn't Jacob burn or destroy the items in Genesis 35:4?

According to various commentaries it would seem Jacob hid them under the oak tree and also out of sight so that the position of them was unknown to the people In a way hiding them out of sight of the ...
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Exodus 20:4 order prohibiting making idols in the likeness heavenly aspects w/ Tabernacle(Exodus 25:18-) & Solomon's Temple(2 Chronicles 3:11)

There were lots of things in the sanctuary and later, the temple, that were images of things in heaven and on earth such as: 1 Kings 7:18, 20 - pomegranates V19, 22 - lilies V25 - bulls V29 - ...
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Did the author of Genesis intend for Rachel's death in childbirth to be understood as a punishment?

In case this has escaped the notice of men, women have been dying in childbirth for centuries. It is far less likely in wealthy nations these days, yet in poor countries, many poor women continue to ...
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Revelation 21:8; DRB; what is the precise meaning of Idolatry?

Strictly, an idolater is a person who worships an image of something as a god. However, the Bible forbids worship anything or anyone other the the One true God; this includes animals, angels, demons ...
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Deuteronomy 4:15 - No form, not male nor female

There are two main points here. First, the way God describes himself to his people (Israel) which impacts directly on his command that no image is to be attempted, as any kind of visual aid to worship....
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