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Moses' manufacture of the "bronze serpent" - what bronze?

The (relatively) small amount of bronze needed to make that serpent/snake (or נְחַשׁ נְחֹשֶׁת nĕḥaš nĕḥōšet) in the story of Num 21:4-9,1 even if it was as large as the monument now on Mount Nebo in ...
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Hebrews 11:23 “By faith Moses, when he was born”?

Hebrews 11:23 simply says that, "By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden..." It doesn't say, "By Moses's faith, when he was born, was hidden..." It simply asserts that ...
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Same term used for Noah's ark and Moses's basket

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 ...
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Did Moses have a second wife?

This is a question that has caused problems with commentators and interpreters for centuries. Speaking most strictly, Cush and Midia are not the same place. Midia was on the Arabian peninsula (in the ...
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Why does Deuteronomy 29:5-6 say they ate no bread for forty years?

The manna is called לֶחֶם, which can mean bread, but also refers to any meal: for example, the daily sacrifice of meat is also לֶחֶם (Numbers 28:2). So when the manna is called לֶחֶם (Exodus 16:4, etc....
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Did God resurrect Moses?

No, Moses and Elijah weren't resurrected so that Peter, James, and John could see them. We already know this because John 3:13 tells us that "no man hath ascended up to heaven". Look at how Matthew ...
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Exo. 4:16 - "And you shall be to him for [an] elohim" (וְאַתָּה תִּהְיֶה לֹּו לֵאלֹהִים)

Of course, אֱלֹהִים ʾĕlōhîm has a much broader semantic range than YHWH, as implied by the way the question is framed. They are by no means synonymous. The entry in Brown-Driver-Briggs lists a number ...
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Where does Moses say the things which Paul attributes to him in Acts 26:22-23?

First, "Moses and the prophets", or sometimes, "the Law of Moses and the prophets", is a common hendiadys meaning what we now call the OT Hebrew scriptures. John 1:45, Luke 16:29, ...
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Hebrews 11:23 “By faith Moses, when he was born”?

The passage makes a little more sense in Greek: Πίστει Μωϋσῆς γεννηθεις ἐκρύβη τρίμηνον υπο τῶν πατέρων αὐτοῦ The passive γεννηθεις could be rendered "having been born" (e.g. here); it isn't ...
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Why does Moses change Hosea's name to Joshua?

While there is nothing explicit given regarding the change, the significance appears to lie in the meanings themselves. However, this topic is possibly the most important onomastic study of all time. ...
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In Exodus 2-4 who was Moses' father-in-law?

It was not uncommon for people in the Bible to go under multiple monikers. Abram was also known as Abrham (Gen 17:5), Sarah was also known as Sarai (Genesis 17:15), Jacob was also known as Israel (...
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How could Moses have written the first five books of the Bible?

The New Bible Dictionary states: For centuries both Judaism and Christianity accepted without question the biblical tradition that Moses wrote the Pentateuch. Ben-Sira (Ecclus. 24:23), Philo (...
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THE burning bush: why the definite article?

Although the Hebrew article is frequently used in a manner that is similar to the English definite article, there are certain contexts where this parallel breaks down. One such case when the Hebrew ...
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Why is the tribe of Simeon missing from Deuteronomy 33:1-29?

Moses died circa 1406 B.C. In order to understand why Simeon is not mentioned in Deuteronomy, we must go back in time to when Jacob, the father of the twelve sons who were the progenitors of the ...
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Why did the Mosaic law prohibit the killing of an ox or sheep and its young on the same day in Leviticus 22:28?

Lev 22:28 is one of the many examples of humane animal treatment enshrined in the Ceremonial law. Note the comments of these commentators: Ellicott: (28) Not kill it and her young both in one day.—...
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In Exodus 34:33, did Moses speak with the Israelites veiled or unveiled?

So, in Exodus 34:33, did Moshe speak to the Israelites with a veil upon his face or without a veil upon his face? I think the short answer is "yes".* The longer answer follows. * That is: yes ...
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What exactly did Moses do wrong at Meribah?

Restating the problem The traditional interpretation is well-known that Moses struck the rock rather than speaking to it. The OP himself is well aware of this tradition but is hesitant to accept, ...
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What exactly did Moses do wrong at Meribah?

Numbers 20:7-13 (DRB) 7 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 8 Take the rod, and assemble the people together, thou and Aaron thy brother, and speak to the rock before them, and it shall yield waters. ...
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Baal~Peor worship at Shittim

This is a great question. Numbers 25:4 (KJV) And the LORD said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the LORD against the sun, that the fierce anger of the LORD may ...
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To what dispute is Jude 1:9 referring regarding the body of Moses?

According to the Footnotes on the NIV at BibleGateway Jude 1:9 Jude is alluding to the Jewish Testament of Moses The text of this book, also known as the Assumption of Moses or Ascension of Moses, ...
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What happened to the jar and the full omer of manna?

There are two questions that arise from Ex 16:33 - 1. What does "before the Testimony" mean? The "Ark of the Covenant” (Num 10:33, 14:44, Deut 10:8, 31:9, 25, 26, Josh 3:3, 6, 8, 11, ...
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Could criminals repent?

Can a Criminal repent and live? - Yes. The Murderer of Uriah the Hittite repented and was forgiven in 2 Samuel 12:13. 2 Samuel 12:13 | NIV : "Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the ...
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Where does Moses say the things which Paul attributes to him in Acts 26:22-23?

We could render Paul's statement to mean: Moses said all these things & the prophets said all these things OR Between Moses & the prophets all these things were said The former cannot be ...
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Why did Moses order female virgins to be kept alive but all others killed in Numbers 31:17-18?

The general rules for the treatment of human captives were laid out in Deut.20:10-17a: When you march up to attack a city [far from the ‘promised land’], make its people an offer of peace. If ...
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Why does Moses change Hosea's name to Joshua?

Hosea means "salvation". Moses changed his name to Joshua because it means " Jehovah is salvation". Moses in Numbers 20 when he was told by Jehovah to speak to the rock and water would come out for ...
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