Eli Rosencruft
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Is Deuteronomy 22:28 talking about rape?
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According to classical Jewish interpretation, Dt 22:22-29 all deal with various situations of forcible and statutory rape as well as extramarital relations. The differences in the cases are mainly: ...

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Was there some connection between barley bread and Gideon in the mind of the Midianites?
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The barley cake does not have the gluten content of wheat, so it does not stick together like wheat bread. In this case it is not even a proper leavened loaf, an "ugah", just a lowly "tslil', ...

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Who Killed Saul?
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I Sam 31 is written in the voice of the anonymous narrator. This narrator writes with the authority of prophecy and so his version of events is the version that we should accept as correct - Saul fell ...

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How tall was Goliath?
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Depends on what "canonical" is. The sources are: QSam 4 (Qumeran text) Septuagint Masoretic QSam 4 and the Septuagint read "four cubits" in Hebrew and Greek respectively. The ...

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Interpretation of Genesis 1:26?
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Occam writes: In Genesis 1:26, there aren't in fact three instances of "us". There is only one instance, "We will make", or "Let us make", followed by two possessives of the same number. The verse ...

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Is Malachi a pseudonym?
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The other attributed prophetic books include one or more of lineage geonymic prophetic or priestly title in the attribution. Some of the attributions also have an indication of date of the prophecy. ...

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What is the meaning of "Jealous" in Exodus 20:5?
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As Frank Luke points out, the Hebrew word "kinah" (קנאה) as in "El kanna" in Exodus 20:5 (אל קנא) in both in OT Hebrew and in modern, is both jealous and zealous at the same time, and can have either ...

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Are the Rabbinic rules of hand washing before eating bread related to their ruling that the scriptures were unclean?
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The original washing of hand before eating applied only sanctified food such as to cohanim (descendents of Aaron) when eating trumah, Levites when eating maaser and to other people when eating maaser ...

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Does Moses Speak Broken Hebrew?
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Might be 32:11 rather than 34:11. Classical Hebrew does not include consistency of person or voice in the same way that modern English does. Not only is the language different, the idiom is different. ...

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How different is Biblical Hebrew from modern Hebrew?
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From this Hebrew article from the Haaretz newspaper dated September 5, 2008, titled "The Bible in translation to Modern Hebrew", with subtitle "87 year-old teacher publishes 14 pamphlets with a ...

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Humankind divided up among the gods?
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The text of Deuteronomy 32:8 that the Tsadokite priesthood took with them from Jerusalem to Qumran when they were displaced by the Hasmoneans reads "according to the number of b'nei elohim". This ...

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Sacrificing and kissing calves in Hosea 13:2
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My translation from the beginning of 13: 1When Ephraim speaks they tremble, For he's a prince in Israel, [reading nasi instead of nasa] But he's guilty of Baal worship, he's dead. 2And now ...

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How many wives does Deuteronomy allow a king to have?
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There does not seem to be any way to narrow the gap. This might be intentional, the intent being to establish a generally negative moral value to kings gathering harems, but allowing for the necessity ...

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Isaac's Blessing of His Sons
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It was a doctrine in the ancient world that the firstborn son inherently had a special role, without regard to his particular merits, except in extreme cases, and accordingly it was understood that ...

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Is the punishment for sex during menstrual period banishment or a week's defilement?
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The punishment is "cutting off" or "caret", which is never elucidated in the text and is therefore conventionally understood as referring to a divinely delivered punishment of some severity. The ...

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How did David trick Achish?
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David attacks the Geshurites, the Gezerites and the Amelikites, all traditional enemies of Judah and Israel and potential allies of Achish to the southwest. He left no one alive so that no prisoners ...

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How do Jews interpret Daniel 7:13–14?
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The Rabbinic interpretation is: Messianic "Ancient of Days" is a name of God "son of man" is a mistranslation The Biblical Hebrew term "ben adam" or its Aramaic equivalent "bar enosh" is used for a ...

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Is "wept on his neck" a Hebrew idiom?
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The complete list from the OT: Gen 33:4 Gen 45:14 Gen 46:29 The expression is not found in Hebrew outside the OT (and indeed only in Gen.) and is not used in modern Hebrew except when intent is mock ...

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Is Saul's insult intended to be incoherent?
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"Jonathan, you are shaming your own mother (i.e. violating commandment 5 of the decalogue), not that I think that she is anything but a perverse and rebellious woman (who would produce a child like ...

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Does Rashi's interpretation of Jephthah's fate hold water?
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Rashi comments on textual problems, he never gives general information that an astute reader could otherwise independently infer. The textual problem in Judges 12:7 is the place name of Jephtah's ...

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In Acts 15:19-21 did James and the Jerusalem leaders intend to abandon the Torah?
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The OP quote from James in Acts is consistent with requiring the Gentiles to adhere to the seven commandments to bnei Noah, but not to "trouble" them with the other 606 commandments still required of ...

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Where is God coming from in Habakkuk 3:3, and what does that signify?
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"Teman" is OT for "south". In Hab 3:3 the context is description of God's awesome power. So "teman" is used here as a short form of "storms of the south", the powerful "sharav" (Heb.) or "chamsin" (Ar....

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Is the death of the pious precious in the eyes of God?
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"yakar" is a word for which there isn't a good single-word English translation in this context. "yakar" is "dear" in the sense that "dear" is used in the UK to mean something costly or high priced. "...

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Is David the Godfather?
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The portrayal of David in the books of Samuel and Kings is ambivalent. In the current idiom we might say "conflicted". There is much positive material, but also a vast amount of negative material. The ...

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Why is Zerah mentioned in Matthew's genealogy?
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Judah was the father of Peretz, but Tamar was known as the "mother of Peretz and Zerah" and the emphasis is on the maternal side in this verse, as in verses 5 and 7 referring respectively to the sons ...

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Can "שָׂנֵא" mean "rejected"?
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שנא always includes the meaning of rejection in the OT, but never loses its primary meaning of "hate". See Genesis 37:4, where "love" and "hate" contrast in the same verse about Joseph and his ...

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"My son" in Hosea 11:1 quoted in Matt. 2:14-15
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The usage of Hosea 11:1 in Matthew 2:15 is consistent with the "drash" reading of scripture that was accepted among the dominant Pharisaic Jewish tradition at the time of Jesus. See this explanation ...

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Does the communion cup emphasize the vessel or the drink?
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Isaiah 51:17 (ESV): Wake yourself, wake yourself, stand up, O Jerusalem, you who have drunk from the hand of the Lord the cup of his wrath, who have drunk to the dregs the bowl, the cup of ...

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How does a less Messianic reading of Song of Solomon interpret 5:16 "He is altogether lovely"?
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The "less messianic" reading is rather prosaic - it's just a reference to a bridegroom. The cultural context is a wedding song. In the Israelite and later Jewish tradition, the guests at a wedding ...

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The two winged women in Zechariah 5
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This prophecy concerns the problems encountered in rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem. It is closely connected with the story in Ezra 4. The wicked woman in the "eiphah" measure (bushel or barrel) ...

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