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Why does the Bible talk only about the people of Israel?

There are several issues you bring up that need to be addressed in this question, and it is going to take a little space. Only Israel? You are correct in your assumption that God loves the whole world ...
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How was Moses able to speak to over 600,000 people at once?

Most commentators follow a common Jewish understanding that the Jewish leaders immediately relayed his words to their clans or households. Unto all Israel. It cannot be supposed that Moses spoke to ...
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How have commentators historically viewed the death of the fetus in Exodus 21?

Many commentators throughout church history have addressed this issue, though not all of them have done so while specifically citing or quoting the passage in question. Thus, for example, we can't ...
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Did John Wesley plagiarize Matthew Henry...?

John Wesley himself explains in the preface to his notes that he very highly regarded Matthew Henry's commentary and that much of his notes were abridgements of Henry's Work. Addressing those who ...
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How accurate is the movie Prince of Egypt? A few questions about Moses

Answers to the Biblical Questions about Moses Question 1 The idea that at any time during his life Moses didn't know that he was a Hebrew by birth has no support in the Bible. Though there is no ...
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Did Moses have an Egyptian Stepbrother?

The story of Moses is in the Book of Exodus in the Bible and begins in Chapter two. It is a fascinating story and the answer to your question is addressed in: Exodus 2:10 KJV  And the child grew, ...
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From Genesis to Exodus - is God dealing with Israelites or Jews?

Yes, that's right. The origin of "Jew" actually comes from Judah, one of the sons and tribes of Jacob/Israel. When the Kingdom of Israel splits after Solomon, the dominant tribe of the southern ...
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Can Man see God?

"and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold" (Numbers 12:8). This is the answer. The Lord only showed a representation of Himself, at times in the figure of a man. No one saw His spiritual essence....
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Did the midwives in Exodus 1 sin by disobeying and lying to Pharaoh? (Catholic/Protestant overview)

The consensus among Catholic and Protestant commentators is that the midwives did not sin by disobeying Pharaoh, but if they did lie to him, they sinned. Handling each point separately: Disobedience ...
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Is there extra-biblical evidence for the Exodus?

"I've heard from multiple sources that there isn't even the slightest of (extra-biblical) evidence of the Exodus story or even evidence for the presence of Israelites in Egypt. If this is true.......
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How could Jacob wrestle with God if no one can see God and live?

All these answers are fascinating and on-topic, but have all seemed to miss a salient point: 'Jacob' did die that day - the man who walked away from that place was named Israel. (cf. Genesis 32:28 ...
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What was written on the two stone tablets of Moses?

Especially if we put together the parallel accounts of the giving of the Ten Commandments in Exodus and Deuteronomy, the Bible text itself is quite clear that what was written on the stone tablets was ...
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What explanations are given for the apparent exaggeration of the number of Israelites in the Exodus account?

This is a bibliographic supplement to Mason Wheeler's answer. I'm fairly certain that the article he's trying to recall is this one: Colin J. Humphreys, "The Number of People in the Exodus from Egypt:...
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Why was God so specific about how to make the Tabernacle?

A number of different answers to this question have been given by Christians through history. Broadly speaking, the reasons for the extensive detail given by Moses might be categorized as follows: (1)...
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Is a Catholic dogma that Moses (as the Exodus prophet) actually existed?

Yes, Catholics must believe in the historical reality of Christ, Moses, Adam & Eve, et al. Modernist heretics dispute their historicity, but magisterial teaching (DZ 1997) unequivocally says that ...
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From Genesis to Exodus - is God dealing with Israelites or Jews?

If you search for "Jew" in an English Bible (example, NIV), you find very few hits, in contrast to "Israelites". In fact, the first appearances of the word Jew is in the book of Ezra, which is the ...
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Do the 10 commandments forbid desire?

I think your answers lays in the New Testament where Jesus explained how "10 commandments" work in practical use and not just in theory (also today's problem, not just Pharisees in Jesus's time) - ...
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According to Jacobus Arminius's definition of free will, did Pharaoh have free will?

It depends on what one means by “free will.” If, by free will, one means, a person (in this case, Pharaoh) can make free choices ACCORDING to his nature, then yes, Pharaoh had free will. He had a ...
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Red Sea or Sea of Reeds?

The original Hebrew term is yam suph, and the correct English translation is Sea of Reeds, as explained by this article: The translation "Red Sea" is simply a traditional translation ...
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Why did Moses have the sons of Levi run about with swords slaying family and friends?

The answer to the first part of your question, appears to lie in the fact that only the Levites responded to Moses call for all who were on the Lord's side to come to him. It is also good to ...
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Are Catholics obligated to follow the 4th Commandment in Heaven?

Strictly speaking, Catholics are not 'obligated' to keep the 'Sabbath' (on earth, let alone in heaven): 2175 Sunday is expressly distinguished from the sabbath which it follows chronologically ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses explain John 8:58-59 in a way that accords with their doctrine?

I actually do not see a problem here. The Jehovah's Witness group teaches that God the Father created Jesus first (source), then Jesus created everything else (source). So they do believe that Jesus ...
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Did Moses Have A Speech Impediment?

Exodus 4:10 says that when God asked Moses to speak for him, Moses came up with the excuse that he was “slow of speech and tongue.” Some Bible commentators have suggested that Moses might have ...
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God said in the Bible: ”I am who am!” What does that expression mean?

God said : I am that I am. [Exodus 3:14, KJV.] I am that which I am. [Exodus 3:14, Young's Literal.] 'I am' expresses a personal existence, an individual being. 'That I am' or 'that which I am' ...
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Did God kill the first borns in Exodus, according to Jehovah's Witnesses?

He was simply expressing the belief that the actual killing was carried out by an angel at Jehovah's command. Either this distinction was important in the context of your conversation or he was being ...
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Why did God want a Tabernacle built by Moses?

According to the NT, the tabernacle serves as a symbol of the heavenly one. Heb 8:5, Heb 9:9, Heb 9:23-24, Heb 10:1; Col 2:17 Spiritually speaking, Christ spoke of His body as the temple (John 2:21). ...
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Can Man see God?

Matthew 5:8 – "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." Also, the apostles and others around him in his day saw Jesus, so yes, man can see God.
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Does God punish people for their ancestors' sins or not?

I believe you are asking two questions. I'll answer the one in the heading first: Does God punish people for their ancestors' sins or not? Yes, in the Christian traditions (majority of the ...
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