The Old Testament is comprised of the writings of ancient Israel held sacred by both Jews and Christians.

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Does Scripture mention whether it rained before the flood?

I've often heard it said that the flood of Noah was the first time that the earth experienced rain. This is the passage people use: Genesis 2:5-6 ESV When no bush of the field was yet in the land ...
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What was the population of the world at the time of the flood?

I understand that from the perspective of those who take the Bible literally, the global flood took place about 2400 B.C. and that the world began about 4000 B.C., giving 1600 years of human ...
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Where did the term “Jew” come from? [closed]

At what point did the Israelites start being called Jews and more importantly, why? Answers can cite biblical and extra-biblical sources.
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Were OT prophets poor or wealthy? [closed]

did they need to relay on others ? I hope you can base your answer on the OT
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applicability of various biblical laws to today [duplicate]

So I was looking at http://www.buzzfeed.com/omgitsanf/19-things-the-bible-forbids-other-than-homosexuali-b83k and wondered what it's applicability is to today. Like if those were laws that some Roman ...
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Did the Jews use icons and images to help them worship as Catholics or Orthodox worshipper do?

I understand that some worshippers use icons to 'lift up their minds from earthly things to the heavenly things'? I am not interested about those using them as stage-props for a play (in comparison), ...
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Why did God create a new covenant?

Why did God create a new covenant? It seems as if he had a covenant set in place in the Old Testament and provided a means for Israel to follow the covenant and offer sacrifices to atone for their ...
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What is the justification for applying God's promises to Israel to modern day Christians?

One of the favourite verse, used as encouragement, is this from Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give ...
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What O.T passages do premillenialists believe to be about the Millennial Kingdom?

What passages do premilleialists, that is, those who believe the "1000 year reign of Christ to be a literal event to occur only after the second coming of Christ, find in the Old testament that they ...
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How non-trinitarians explain Jacob wrestled with God

I want to know how different churches that does not believe in Jesus diety or pre-existence the verses from the OT: Genesis 32:24-30 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV) 24 Jacob was left alone, and ...
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Why did the Old Testament command to kill? [closed]

I've been reading the answers given in this similar question or even in the "duplicate question" but they don't respond to my question which is slightly different. I'm not wondering if Killing is ...
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Need to know exact sacrifices required in the Old Testament Pentecost Feast

I am writng an Easter play for my children's church class. In it, there's a fictional "villain" who tries to cover up the fact that Jesus rose from the dead because he's in the business of selling ...
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Does the garden of Eden still exist? [closed]

In Genesis 3:22 through 24 KJV man is ejected from the Garden of Eden and Cherubims are stationed on the East side of the garden to prevent man going back and eating from the tree of life. 22 ...
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Why isn't Zebulon near Sidon but Asher?

In Genesis 49:13 is written: "Zebulon shall dwell by the haven of the sea; He shall become a haven for ships, And his border shall adjoin Sidon. But if I take a look on the maps, which are ...
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Why don't Christians celebrate the feast of tabernacles?

Although there are some who celebrate the feast of Tabernacles they are definitely in a minority. A prophecy in Zechariah speaks of a time when all nations will have to keep the feast: Zech 14:16 ...
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How much variation is in the Hebrew language of the Old Testament?

Is there a difference in the Hebrew between the earliest Old Testament books and the relatively newer books? In other words: are there linguistic differences (syntax, grammar, word usage) in older ...
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What is the significance of the burning bush?

In Exodus 3, God reveals himself to Moses through the sign of a burning bush, which miraculously is not consumed by the flames. Here is Exodus 3:1-6 in the NRSV: Moses was keeping the flock of his ...
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How verses from OT are selected for Jesus

There is a question similar to this but it is about Hebrews 1. When we read about crucifixion, there it is written that they did not break his legs and reference to Psalms 34:20 he protects all ...
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What tribe was Joshua from?

I'm listening to a sermon about Aachen (from Joshua 7), when Joshua brings everybody in Israel before God, tribe by tribe, then clan by clan, then family by family. As I'm listening, I am wondering ...
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Why did Moses have the sons of Levi run about with swords slaying family and friends?

Today's OT Reading for CoE Common Worship was Exodus 32:15-34. Although to the modern ear it appears indiscriminate no doubt it wasn't. Please could someone explain why the Levites as the Priestly ...
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If we are to think good things(Phil 4:8) why are there seemingly pointless sinful things in the Bible?

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good ...
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What place does Lilith have in Christianity?

There was a show on the History channel stating that some scholars believe Adam and Eve were alive with a third human, Lilith. Lilith disobeyed Adam and Eve, so God sent her to live on earth as a ...
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Ten commandments contradiction [duplicate]

Does the new testament override, or replace the commandment of honor your mother and father, and thy shall not murder?
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How did the sabbath come to be? Who started it? Is it the same now? What is the Lord's day? [duplicate]

How did the sabbath come to be? and who started it Genesis 2;3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it; because that in it he rested from all his work which God created and made. Is it ...
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Why did God become angry with Balaam?

Numbers 22:20-22 NIV That night God came to Balaam and said, "Since these men have come to summon you, go with them, but do only what I tell you." Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his ...
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Why is the Ark always depicted as a ship?

All the depictions of Noah's Ark picture it in the shape of a ship. However, the Ark had no need for navigation. And the first known ship shaped vessels were those of the Vikings, who had harnessed ...
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Did God plan not to have any carnivores in his creation, and what is that teaching us?

Before the Flood man did not eat meat, and there were no carnivores: Genesis 1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, ...
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How does the Snake in the Desert foreshadow the coming of Jesus?

In His conversation with Nicodemus, Jesus referenced the story of the snake in the desert and indicated that it foreshadowed Himself. How exactly does this story foreshadow Jesus? And as Moses ...
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Was removing one's shoes a special sign of respect?

In Exodus 3:5 KJV God tells Moses to remove his shoes: And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. There is no ...
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What is the biblical support for the moral-civil-ceremonial distinction of Old Testament laws?

I just asked this question looking for where this view point came from and when it was made popular. Ceremonial Law: This type of law relates to Israel's worship. (Lev 1:1-13) The laws pointed ...
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Are there any reports or stories that the pope has seen God face to face in the last 200 years?

In the Old Testament, there are accounts of people (prophets) who saw God face to face. Specifically in Genesis 32:30, it says And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God ...
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How do Christians reconcile Deuteronomy 13:1-4 with their belief in the abrogation of the Mosaic law?

Deuteronomy 13:1-4 states: All this word which I command you, that shall ye observe to do; thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. If there arise in the midst of thee a prophet, or ...
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What is the “veil” that covers the heart when the Old Testament is read?

2 Corinthians 3:13-18 (NIV) We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. But their minds were made ...
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What does it mean to not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? (Isa 58:7 ...
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Does Exodus 19:8 imply a will of the Jews to fulfill the Law in their own strength? [closed]

In Exodus 19:8 it reads: 8 All the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do!” And Moses brought back the words of the people to the Lord. The part I am ...
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Are there Old Testament references to the length of Jesus earthly ministry?

The Old Testament references Jesus death and resurrection. I've always wondered why did Jesus have only 3 years of time (or 3 1/2 ) as a preacher and teacher. I suppose you could say the time was ...
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What is the breath of life spoken of in Genesis 2:7?

In Genesis chapter two verse seven God created man from the dust and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils; Genesis 2:7 KJV And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and ...
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What was the punishment for escaped slaves in the Old Testament? [closed]

It seems like at some point in the Torah there must have been some regulation regarding the treatment of escaped slaves. Unfortunately, I don't know where, exactly, to look for that regulation. Is ...
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How does this fit in with “we are incapable of following the law”?

While reading through the Torah, the following verses caught my eye. Deuteronomy 30:11 Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. 12 It is not up in ...
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What does the story of Noah's Ark foreshadow in the New Testament?

I have seen Noah's Ark listed one of the "types" in Scripture--something that occurred, but that also foreshadowed something else that would come later. What exactly, then, does the Ark of Noah ...
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Bread of the bible

In the Bible account of Exodus, God gives the Jews a type of bread called "Manna". What exactly is manna? What is in it? Do Jews or Christians still eat it today? If so, do they eat it at certain ...
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The land of bread and honey or just a diversion?

Was God holding back on the Israelites when it came to the promised land? For example, they were promised fertile land, creating lots of food, bread and honey, beautiful landscape, a place of their ...
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Old testament accuracy of God's Word

As has been discussed before there are differences between the old and new testament. What I wish to know is this: How accurate is the word of God written in the old testament? How much of it is/was ...
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What is the meaning of the statement in Genesis 4:26 stating then began men to call upon the name of YHWH?

There is little consensus in commentaries as to the meaning of that phrase in Genesis chapter 4. Genesis 4:26 NRKJV 26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: ...
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What does Acts 13:39 mean? [duplicate]

Acts 13:39 (NIV) — Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses. If the law of Moses is not anymore ...
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Do mainstream believers believe there was a large interval of time that elapsed between the fall of angels and God speaking creating the universe?

Lucifer willed to become "like the most high." Do mainstream believers agree that there was an invisible war in the spiritual realm that was an interval of time before God spoke creating our known ...
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How could the Egyptian magicians do what God did through Moses?

In Exodus when God performed miracles through Moses and Aaron, the Egyptian magicians did the same things that God did, How is that possible ? The first time: Exodus 7:10-13 So Moses and ...
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Commandment about idols and idolatry in OT

God continually tells the people throughout the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) to not turn to idolatry. Exodus 20:4 says: “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of ...
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We can't say for sure when angels were created, but can we even say if angels were created at all? [duplicate]

So over the summer I was on a mission trip and was thinking of angels protecting us while we were in some sketch situations, then later I began to ask myself where in the Bible does it say angels were ...
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What criteria do Catholics use to determine if an old testament character prefigures Mary?

I was at a Catechetical training seminar in my parish and the presenter on topic of the creed when touching on the Blessed Virgin Mary said that lots and lots of characters prefigure Mary in the old ...