The Book of Psalms places headings and labels at the beginning of 116 out of the 150 Psalms. In Hebrew-based publications of the Tanakh and Psalms, these headings are numbered as verse one. In Christian Bibles, these headings are not numbered. And so, for these 116 Psalms, the verse numbers are off by one as one compares Jewish and Christian printings.
Gods Sends Moses Up & Down and Up & Down the Mountain. Don’t Touch! No Priests!
Moses ascends and descends Mount Sinai three times in Exodus 19. After the second ascent, God tells Moses to go straight back down. God wants nobody other than Moses and Aaron to ascend the mountain. Also, no priests are allowed to ascend the mountain.
There is No Psalm 43
Psalm 43 appears to be a continuation of Psalm 42. Psalms 42 and 43 appended together make a nice, single psalm.
God Speaks Directly to Aaron Only Twice
There are only two places in the Bible where God speaks directly to Moses' brother Aaron. We point these out.
Aaron’s Almond Staff & Herodotus’ Willow Wands
Moses and God use Aaron's budding staff to make a point to Israelites questioning Moses' authority. Greek historian Herodotus writes of a (sorta) similar use of a divining rod.
Sabbath of All Sabbaths
We examine the Hebrew phrase "Sabbath of Sabbaths" of Exodus 31:15 and other locations, in the English translations. We suggest that "sabbath of rest" and other English translations would be improved if translated as "Sabbath of Sabbaths."
Where are Those Quail-Stuffed Nostrils? Where is Moses-Strikes-a-Rock and God-Gets-Mad?
Where are Those Quail-Stuffed Nostrils? Where is Moses-Strikes-a-Rock and God-Gets-Mad? Exodus 16 plus Numbers 11. Exodus 17 plus Numbers 20. If you weren't goofing off in Sunday School classes, or otherwise have a cursory knowledge of Old Testament Bible stories, you will likely recall these two stories: The first is the account of huge flocks … Continue reading Where are Those Quail-Stuffed Nostrils? Where is Moses-Strikes-a-Rock and God-Gets-Mad?
There’s Some Evil in the Hills
Lot flees Sodom and Gomorrah yet fears the mountains. The angels lead him to Zoar and the Lord makes Zoar safe. But then Lot fears Zoar and moves with his daughters to a hillside cave. Why? Why this change of fears?
Two Angels with Wings Sitting on a Box
The tomb of Christ is the most holy place of the tabernacle and temple. Gospel writer John points out the two angels of the tabernacle and temple being present in the tomb of Christ.
The Lord’s Prayer: YOUR Couple of Hallowed Observations
We makes a couple of observations regarding the Lord's Prayer. Matt 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4.