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Four distinct nations First, it's important to understand that each of the four nations (other than Israel) mentioned here is distinct from the others, though they did have various interrelationships. Here are their origins in the Hebrew Table of Nations, and their territories at the time of the conquest of the Holy Land. It is surprisingly difficult to ...


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In this Matthew Henry commentary over on blueletterbible.org (a great research site!), he notes evidence from the book of Esther that it seemed to be uncommon for the queen to be in the king's presence in a Persian court. Henry suggests that the queen had some interest or motive for being there, whether she was perhaps a false friend trying to hinder ...


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A modern translation of the passage in question, Neh 13:23-29, clears up your 3rd question: "half" referred to half of their children, who could only speak the language of their wives, the language spoken in Ashdod, Ammon, or Moab. Here's verses 23-24, ESV translation: 23 In those days also I saw the Jews who had married women of Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab. ...


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Q. Were there other people in Israel that didn’t have Israel descent at the time? Yes. While there were always foreigners in Israel, the foreigners at this point of time included those whom Shalmaneser, the king of Assyria, settled in Israel. Quoting from NASB, 2 Kings 17:24 The king of Assyria brought men from Babylon and from Cuthah and from Avva ...


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Simply put: the public reading offered during Nehemiah’s reforms was from Deuteronomy, not Numbers. Compare the texts below for their several parallels. As the old stories were told in Deuteronomy, the Ammonites – not the Midianites, as in Numbers – collaborated with the Moabites against the ancient Israelites. Nehemiah likely chose the passage from ...


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The history of these peoples are extremely closely tied together. The first thing that should be noted about the passage that you cite is that it speaks of the land of Midian, and not the Midianite people group. The reason that this is important is that land of Midian was the very same land occupied by the Amorites and Moabites. The 1906 Jewish ...


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