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The Hebrew root אֶלֶף (elef) means 1,000 as a cardinal number, but multiple scholars have acknowledged it is also used to mean a large group or clan. As noted by Richard Freund: Linguists have studied this word and decided that the word elef may have only meant in its original, historical usage, a 'legion', a 'clan', or a 'group'...the book of Numbers, ...


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As Author of both [Exodus 15.3] & [Numbers 23.19], the Israelite prophet Moshe affirms the non-Israeli prophet Balaam's descriptions of YHVH God's essence in [Bamidbar בַּמִּדְבָּר | Number 23.19] : "God [is] not a [Man]" ( לֹא אִישׁ אֵל ) ... "nor a [Son of Adam]" ( וּבֶן־אָדָם ). -- Why? -- Thankfully unlike Ish & Ben-Adam, our ...


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Ex 15:3 - The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name. this can be regarded as either a metaphor or an anthropomorphism of which there are many in Scripture. God is portrayed as getting sad, glad, mad, and even bad ("I create good and bad"), with hands and face (Eze 1) and much else. God even has regrets!! All this illustrates the limitations ...


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In the JPS Commentary Sarna takes Exodus 15:3 as a metaphor. This seems obvious and is the best way to reconcile these two passages. When Jesus said he is the door of the sheep, he didn't mean a literal door. That's another example of a metaphor. the Warrior This divine epithet responds to 14:14, “The Lord will battle for you” and to verse 25, “the ...


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The key to understanding Num 11:29 is actually V27 and the way the verb נָבָא (naba = to prophesy) is used. Num 11:25-27 - people prophesied when the Holy Spirit came upon them 1 Sam 10:5, 6, 10, 11, 13 - people prophesied when the Holy Spirit came upon them 1 Sam 18:10, 19:20, 21, 23, 25 - Saul prophesied (against his will) to stop him killing David when ...


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