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Why were Artaxerxes and Nebuchadnezzar called "king of kings"?

It would be akin to any Jewish scholar acclaiming one renowned Rabbi as being "Rabbi of Rabbis". Or, of historians comparing the track-record of the most famous of conquerors and declaring ...
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Why were Artaxerxes and Nebuchadnezzar called "king of kings"?

They were emperors. They ruled over rulers of nations. Thus, they were the king of kings. However, this form is the superlative in Hebrew: (i) The absolute superlative, which manifests the ...
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Ecclesiastes 1:12

אֲנִי קֹהֶלֶת הָיִיתִי מֶלֶךְ עַל יִשְׂרָאֵל בִּירוּשָׁלִָם׃ You are reading a lot into a Qatal verb that just isn't there. First, not even in English is it the case that saying "I was X" ...
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Is the monarchy part of God's plan?

Deuteronomy 17:14-20 is a perfect proof of the Lord's omniscience, where the Lord set out the instruction when the Israelites asked for a king. Samuel should have learned about it. It needs to clarify ...
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What did Israel believe were the advantages of the monarchy system?

In the immediate context of 1 Samuel 8, the people were concerned about Samuel being prepared to die and without an heir to act in his place. 4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and ...
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What did Israel believe were the advantages of the monarchy system?

The apparent advantage would be having a leader that they could see and touch. The Israelites, when one reads closely, did not exactly have a resounding faith in God,and it shows in at a few different ...
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2 Kings 13:21 - וַיֵּלֶךְ - who went?

According to Brown-Driver-Briggs, הָלַךְ indicates any kind of movement; to go or to come which can include walking. It is used to describe the movement of people and things and even the growth of ...
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God commanded Elijah to anoint Hazael king over Aram, but why would Hazael, a foreigner & non-believer, recognize the authority of Eliajh?

Hazael certainly was a pagan. Elijah was, indeed told by God to go to Damascus to anoint Hazael, then he anointed Elisha as prophet in his stead. Next, Ben-Hadad, king of Syria, besieged Samaria. A ...
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Haggai 2:21-23 fulfilled, failed or a future event?

Most understand the prophecies of Hag 2 to be Messianic. Hag 2:1-9 is about the future glory of the temple being then built (V9) because it would be graced the personal presence of the Messiah ...
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Does Acts 12:21-23 prohibit worship of Kings?

By this we can infer that worship should go to God alone, and not to mere mortals. In this specific instance, King Herod accepted the praise of the people that he spoke as "a god". However, ...
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Does Acts 12:21-23 prohibit worship of Kings?

The sudden judgement and destruction of Herod recorded in Acts 12:23 has the reason explicitly recorded: because Herod did not give praise to God Thus, any praise to a king had to be on the basis ...
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Did King Hezekiah do something wrong in showing off his wealth to emissaries from Babylonia in II Kings 20?

It wasn't Hezekiah directly, it was Manasseh. 2Kings21:10-12, 'The Lord spoke, 'because of Manasseh, I am bringing calamity on Israel.'' I feel that showing off his material goods got Babylon ...
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Did God repent of the evil he had declared against Ahab in 1 Kings 21?

In Eze 18 we have the principle of freedom of moral choice declared quite clearly. The wicked can turn from their wicked ways and be saved: V21-23 - But if the wicked man turns from all the sins he ...
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Was King Joash supposed to repair the temple?

The relationship between Joash (also called Jehoash) and the priesthood, was an especially complicated one. I suggest that the priests lost trust in him because he had begun to adopt some of Athaliah'...
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1 Kings 20:42 - How would have Ahab known that God wanted the Syrian king dead?

This chapter spans parts of two years of on-going war between Syria and Israel, and the verses you quote (13 and 28) apply to previous situations, not the one in verse 42, which you ask a question ...
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In What Sense did King Ahab "Serve Ba'al"? 2 Kings 10:18

He did actually serve in many instances without supporting his wife Jezebel,it is said he built an altar for baal at Samaria KJV 1 Kings 16 : 30 - 33 And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of ...
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Does “before there reigned any king over the children of Israel” (Gen 36:31) not show evidence of being written after the start of Israel’s monarchy?

If one assumes that the Pentateuch was composed in, say, the time of Ezra, as some liberal scholars do, then this might well be what would be expected, albeit it would have been a “slip.” “Aha!” they ...
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Haggai 2:21-23 fulfilled, failed or a future event?

This prophecy was fulfilled. 520-515 BC Zerubbabel built the Second Temple in Jerusalem. The Second Temple (see Ezra 1 to 6) was a shadow of its former glory but, hundreds of years later, Herod would ...
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Haggai 2:21-23 fulfilled, failed or a future event?

This was for the future. There is only one person ever chosen to be God’s Signet ring Zerubbabel. There is only one place in the Bible that God’s Signet ring will be used. Revelations 7:2-3. An Angel ...
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Haggai 2:21-23 fulfilled, failed or a future event?

The prophecy was not fulfilled. It clearly pertains to a historical person, Zerubbabel, a descendant of King David in whom both Haggai and Zechariah held great hope. Zerubbabel did apparently rebuild ...
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Haggai 2:21-23 fulfilled, failed or a future event?

A little late here but one possible early fulfillment of this prophecy could be seen in the actions of Darius to fund the reconstruction of the temple and the return of the gold and silver articles to ...
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Haggai 2:21-23 fulfilled, failed or a future event?

It must be Messianic. I am not going to comment on verses 21 and 22. But verse 23 seems to be a reversal of the curse of Jeconiah (Jehoiachin). 24 As I live, saith the LORD, though Coniah the son of ...
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Evidence that Shallum is king Jehoahaz?

Let's review these verses 2 Kings 23:30b And the people of the land took Jehoahaz son of Josiah and anointed him and made him king in place of his father. 2 Kings 23:31 Jehoahaz was twenty-three ...
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God commanded Elijah to anoint Hazael king over Aram, but why would Hazael, a foreigner & non-believer, recognize the authority of Eliajh?

In the ancient world, people believed in many Gods - Chapter Twenty shows the Amarites think Israel have gods of the hills, and indeed chapter twenty shows that it is greater than what they supposed (...
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Did Solomon have 40k or 4k horses/stallls?

A simple evaluation of the texts and a practical understanding of what the texts describe could make for a very realistic understanding... The words and and for are also two different words. Horses ...
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Did Solomon have 40k or 4k horses/stallls?

LXX and Chron both have 4,000. (c.f. 3 Kingdoms 10.29). Given that 40K seems too high and there is both a variant text and a second witness to 4K, I'd guess this is a scribal error in the MT 1 Ki and ...
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What were the terms of the covenant of brotherhood between Israel and Tyre?

The "treaty" בְּרִית (berith) = "Covenant", or agreement of 1 Kings 12:5 between King Solomon and King Hiram is actually spelled out (not necessarily fully) in 1 Kings 12. The ...
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2 Kings 13:21 - וַיֵּלֶךְ - who went?

A few commentaries or lexicons state that הָלַךְ in this or other verses can serve to illustrate the event. HALOT: “הלך illustrates the event.”1 Keil: “וַיֵּלֶךְ only serves as the picturesque ...
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