Who is the satan in the Bible?

Posted by on May 12, 2021 in Hebrew Study, Q&A

Question: Who is the satan in the Bible? Answer: First, we need to understand what “satan” means. The first time the Hebrew word שָׂטָן satan (sah-tahn) appears in the Scripture is in Numbers referring to an angel of the Highest. But the displeasure of Elohim burned because he went, and the Messenger of Yehovah placed himself in the way as an adversary against him. (Num 22:22) Then “satan” appears in the Book of Job referring to an angel who tested...

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Didn’t God allow us in Gen 9:3 to eat any animal flesh?

Posted by on Apr 27, 2021 in Q&A

  Question: Didn’t God allow us in Gen 9:3 to eat any animal flesh, as we desire? Answer: After the Flood, the Creator blessed Noach and said, “Be fruitful and increase, and fill the earth” (Gen 9:1). Then, He allowed the supremacy of man over the animals expressed. This subjection of the animals to man was expressed in the manner of force, namely, by being hunted for food. Thus, the animals lost the voluntary subjection to man and were placed under the...

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Why does the Torah speak in the Creation story in third person?

Posted by on Apr 27, 2021 in Q&A

Question: Why does the Torah speak in the Creation story in third person? He was the only One before the beginning. Answer: Indeed, the Torah speaks in third person singular “He” instead of first person “I”. For example, the first verse in the Scripture is telling us, “In the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth”. Who said that? Should it not be said, “In the beginning I created the heavens and the earth”? In the beginning Elohim was the only one and no one...

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What do the religions teach about heaven?

Posted by on Apr 2, 2021 in Q&A

Question: What do the religions teach about going to heaven? Answer: The different religions teach different ways about going to heaven. As a matter of fact, these religions are seen as the highways to heaven; and their “gospels” are the tickets to heaven. As we will see, some of those tickets are not cheap at all. For example, one of the religions teach about getting to heaven that if you go every week to their place of worship and pay 10-percent religion tax,...

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Why was the first cold pressed olive oil used in the Temple?

Posted by on Feb 26, 2021 in Q&A

Preview in new tab Question: One uses the best oil for baking, such as the first cold pressed olive oil, and the cheap oil for lighting. But, why is it commanded the other way around for the Temple service? Answer: The first drops of cold pressed olive oil is the finest and purest oil that has fresh and robust flavor. Such oil was used to kindle the menorah (the seven-branch lamp) in the Temple. The remaining oil (which was not as pure) was used for meal offerings, meal,...

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Is Yom Kippur called ‘Sabbath’?

Posted by on Sep 30, 2020 in Hebrew Study, Q&A

Question: Is Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) called ‘Sabbath’ as the weekly Sabbath? Answer: The Seventh Day of the week and Yom Kippur are indeed called ‘Sabbath’. The Hebrew word Shabbat is not a name of a day, as the Biblical days of the week do not have names, nor do the months have names. Unlike the non-Biblical calendars, such as the Rabbinical and Christian calendars, which have pagan names for days and months, the calendar of the Creator...

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How many books did Moses write?

Posted by on Sep 23, 2020 in Q&A

Question: How many books did Moses write? Answer: It is well known that Mosheh (Moses) wrote the first five books of the Scripture: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, or Torah in Hebrew. In the article “The Messenger of His Face and how Torah was given to Israel”, we explained that Mosheh would not have known how the world had been created, unless it had been revealed to him by someone. The following books, Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers, were...

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Does Judaism allow polygamy?

Posted by on Aug 15, 2020 in Q&A

Question: Does Judaism allow polygamy? Answer: Polygamy was a common practice in the ancient world when the marriages of the children were arranged by the fathers. Avraham sent his servant to find a wife for Yitschak (Gen 24:2-61) and Yehudah arranged the marriage of his first born son (Gen 38:6). Following this Biblical tradition the Judaism says it is the father’s duty to find a wife for his son (Kiddushin 29a). In the Scripture we find that even our patriarchs had...

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Why is Psalm 119 called “acrostic psalm”?

Posted by on Jul 28, 2020 in Q&A

Question: Why is Psalm 119 called “acrostic psalm”? Answer: An acrostic is a verse in which certain letters such as the first in each line form a word or message, or they are place in an alphabetical order. So, what is “acrostic psalm”? Psalm 119 is known as the acrostic psalm. This is the longest psalm and chapter in the Scripture. We should notice that Psalm 119 is divided up into twenty-two parts for each letter of the Hebrew alephbet. Therefore,...

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Why did Paul say “in the twinkling of an eye”?

Posted by on Jul 22, 2020 in Bible Study, Q&A

Question: Why did Paul say “in the twinkling of an eye”? Answer: In 1Co 15:51-52, we read that Apostle Shaul (Paul) refers to a secret or miracle that will occur “in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet”, Look, I speak a secret to you: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be...

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What was Israel’s life for 38 years in Arabia?

Posted by on Jul 22, 2020 in Q&A

Question: What was Israel’s life for 38 years in the desert of Arabia? Answer: After the sin of ten spies for rejecting the Promised Land, the nation was sent back to the desert until that generation died out in Arabia. We should recall that the sin for making the golden calf was forgiven, but the sin for rejecting the Promised Land was not and the people were sent back in the desert. Most regrettably, we know very little of Israel’s life in the wilderness of...

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In the plague in Moav 24,000 died, but Paul said 23,000. Which is true?

Posted by on Jul 4, 2020 in Q&A

Question: In the plague in Moav 24,000 died, but Paul said 23,000. Which is true? Answer: Torah says, “And those who died in the plague were twenty-four thousand.” (Num 25:9) But Apostle Shaul (Paul) says referring to the same event, “Neither should we commit whoring, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell,” (1Co 10:8) It seems that there are conflicting facts in the Scripture. Why would the apostle say that 23,000 died,...

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