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Are the Ten Commandments directed toward a masculine audience?

The article is absolutely wrong to infer anything about the intended gender of the audience by the gender of the verbs alone, for the simple reason that in Hebrew, all written and oral addresses to ...
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What does "before me" in Exodus 20:3 mean?

Exodus 20:3 לֹֽ֣א יִהְיֶֽה־ לְךָ֛֩ אֱלֹהִ֥֨ים אֲחֵרִ֖֜ים עַל־ פָּנָֽ֗יַ* Literally: Not|shall-you-have|to-yourselves|gods|other|before|the-face-[of-me] Thus, Thou shalt not have other gods ...
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Did Jesus write on stone in John 8:6?

The short answer: No This answer is supported by two facts that tend to indicate that Jesus wrote in soil: location and word usage. First, in John 8:2-3, the text states: Early in the morning he ...
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Are the Ten Commandments directed toward a masculine audience?

The last of the traditional Ten Commandments says in Exodus 20:17 (NKJV): “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female ...
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Is Paul talking about the 10 commandments or the entire Mosaic Law in Romans 13:8-10?

The entire Torah consists of several parts such as - Largely historical sections like most of Genesis and parts of exodus The giving of the Moral law (Ex 19-23) and its expanded meaning (much of ...
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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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Did the Commandment "You shall not commit adultery" Originally Refer to Miscegenation?

Others have answered regarding the Greek of the Septuagint. However, since this is from Exodus, the Hebrew should also be considered. The Hebrew word used in Exodus 20:14 is na'aph, the root of which ...
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Why did the Israelites lose the battles to the Benjamites after receiving the green light from God?

After reading commentaries for Judges 20:21, most notably Benson's commentary, I came to this theory: The children of Israel assumed that God wanted them to go up and fight against their brothers the ...
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10 Commandments: Ketubah or Suzerain

Both the Rabbis and many Christian interpreters have look to Sinai as a (part) of a marriage between God and Israel. On the other hand, other interpreters have viewed the format of the 10 ...
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1 Kings 20:35, 37-40 Isn't God telling the prophet to lie a violation of the commandment you shall not lie

The incident quoted by the OP is not the only case. Lying, or spreading what is untrue, or bearing false witness, are acts forbidden by the ninth commandment (Ex 20:16) and many other places (Lev 19:...
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Were myths considered to be a violation of the second commandment?

According to Scripture, mythological deities are either idols (Psalm 96:5, Hebrew text) or demons (Psalm 95:5 LXX). Justin Martyr, a 2nd century Church Father, wrote extensively on Greek mythology in ...
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Does the expression "Commandments of God" in Revelation 14:12 refer to the ten commandments on stone tablets given to Moses?

There are three passages in the Old Testament which make specific reference to the Ten Commandments: And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink ...
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Exode 20:4, Exode 20:4 … …

This is a problem with many critics of the Bible, they take one verse in there and try to create a whole theology around it. You need to understand that when the Torah was originally written in Hebrew,...
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Is Jesus implying that He expects his disciples to be Sabbath-keepers in Matthew 24:20?

The context of the scriptures is very key. Matt. chap. 24 & 25 is a discussion centered around the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. "And having gone forth, Jesus departed from the ...
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Is Jesus implying that He expects his disciples to be Sabbath-keepers in Matthew 24:20?

When we interpret such things, first of all, a precise philosophical-theological principle should be established, otherwise we are doomed to commit an error. Here we should establish as the principle ...
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What's the difference between לֹ֥֖א and אַל?

It is in general a difference in pragmatic force. לֹ֥֖א belongs to the "language of the law". It expresses prohibitions that one should always observe: "you shall not commit murder"...
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Was Moses a thief in stealing the gold of the Egyptians before fleeing?

There seem to be two relevant Hebrew words used in both those passages of scripture. Consulting the book below, this is what I gleaned under the word SPOIL: "5. To snatch away - natsal. Exodus ...
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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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Was the Sabbath in force at the time of Abraham?

There are two aspects to this question: "Commandments" The words used to describe "commandments" can apply to any of God's instructions including the 10 commandments. However, ...
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"You shall not kill" vs capital punishment

Question: Did this also mean that generally people were not allowed to kill, but a person acting on behalf of the community can kill a person who violates the laws? Short Answer: Yes, that is one way ...
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According to Exodus 20:8-11 when is the Sabbath to be observed?

The command to observe the Sabbath established a system of reckoning time. Unlike months and years which can be counted and tracked by the moon and the sun, the seven-day cycle has no natural or ...
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Is Jesus implying that He expects his disciples to be Sabbath-keepers in Matthew 24:20?

I do not believe Jesus is implying that He expects His disciples to be Sabbath keepers and certainly not from Matthew 24:20. Let me set the table with some context. At Matthew 24:3 the disciples ask ...
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Is Jesus implying that He expects his disciples to be Sabbath-keepers in Matthew 24:20?

Overview It is often noted Jesus in some form repeated nine of the Ten Commandments; omitting the one to keep the Sabbath. Thus one may reason: by failing to state the necessity, continuing to keep ...
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What does the Bible mean in Exodus 20:4 when it speaks of "the waters under the earth"

In the creation account of Genesis 1, God created the firmament to divide the waters. Following this, they are divided into the waters under the firmament, named "Heaven," and the waters ...
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Did Israel ever become a kingdom of priests (Exodus 19:6)? If so, how were they so?

Adam and Eve in the garden were the first people called to be royal priests. They were kings because God called them to rule over all the other creatures. And they were priests because Eden was ...
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