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Why would angels climb a stairway if they have wings?

There are definitely two types of angels mentioned in the Bible that have wings - cherubim and seraphim: “The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their ...
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Judah, Joseph, and Jacob's birthright

Honestly, there are a lot of questions there and rather than skip around I'm going to give one really long background on the birthright and blessing. Just be glad I'm not also giving a treatment to ...
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Does anyone know the name of the pharaoh that Joseph brought his family to meet?

I have spent rather too long on this very question... on and off for two or three years.. or was it more? can't remember exactly. I came to the conclusion that, for the 12th dynasty (about 2000 - ...
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What is the biblical basis for thinking God established the principle of birthright and inheritance

As this question is not concerned with establishing a ‘secular’ answer about the origins of the idea of birth-right (which includes inheritance) I can breathe a sigh of relief and concentrate on ...
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Who is being referred to in [Numbers 24:9]?

The word "Israel" is not found in Numbers 24:9 in the Masoretic Text (Hebrew), the Septuagint (Greek), or the Vulgate (Latin), which is why most translations do not include it in this verse. But, as ...
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Scriptural/theological reasoning for renaming: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob

In his monograph entitled The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Dr. Richard D. Patterson observes that in the pivotal event in Israel's history when Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal on Mount ...
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Why is it common to refer to Jacob as Jacob, rather than calling him Israel?

Jacob was called Jacob both before and after he wrestled with God, and it was after that wresting that God blessed him with the name Israel. This helps the reader to understand that the term applies ...
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Why is it common to refer to Jacob as Jacob, rather than calling him Israel?

The answer has two parts: 1. Jacob is commonly called "Jacob" rather than "Israel" to avoid confusing his personal name with the nation named after him. While there are no nations ...
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How do 'soul sleep' adherents explain Mark 12:27, "He is not the God of the dead, but of the living."?

The answer is in the context of the verse. Jesus was asked about "resurrection." He addressed that specifically, "But concerning the dead rising...". The dead will be resurrected, ...
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How many Jacobs do we have in the Bible? Are there only two (2) Jacobs in the Bible?

Notice that Matthew 1:2 also says "and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren". Judas is the ancestor of the nation of Judah, whose citizens are called "Judeans" or "Jews" for short. It happens that one ...
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How long were Jacob and Rachel married?

You're right, we're never given Benjamin's age so we can't link him to his brothers that way. We can, however, follow the chronology and the geography to know within about a year how long Jacob and ...
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Does Genesis 30:25-43 defy genetics?

The composition of the rods as translated in the Septuagint includes the common walnut. The walnut tree is the only tree so far known to produce progesterone (Pauli et al Occurrence of progesterone ...
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If God set the maximum age to 120, then how could Jacob be 130 years old?

I do not know where I read this idea - but it is not my own. For some of God's decrees, there is a four-part implementation: Decree given Example made Waiting period (for mercy) Full implementation ...
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