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Questions tagged [tanach]

An acronym of "Torah" (Five Books of Moses), "Neviim" (Prophets), and "Kesuvim" (Writings). The three books together form the "Written Torah".

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What is the origin of “Olam Haba”?

I believe that the Talmud is the first place where the notion of Olam Haba - The world to come - is mentioned. This question explains why it is not mentioned in the Torah but doesn't quite explain who ...
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Where can I find responses to biblical criticism?

Where can I find well documented source material by strictly orthodox Rabbis or scholars which directly address most (or all) of the major themes of academic biblical criticism such as, but not ...
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Was there ever a prophet that was also a military commander

Was there ever a prophet in Tanach that made a known prophecy and was also referred to as a military commander?
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The Jewish View on a Person's Physical Appearance? [duplicate]

In my experience Judaism doesn’t place any importance at all in a persons appearance, wether they are attractive or not. Does anywhere in TaNaCh or Chazal even discuss this topic? (That appearance isn’...
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Tehiat Hametim - when is this first alluded? [duplicate]

Where in Torah is the first allusion regarding tehiat hametim (revival of the dead)? Please provide sources from Chazal to explain the allusion.
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Do Jews accept the Bible as the inspired word of God? [duplicate]

According to the New Testament, the Bible is the inspired Word of God Himself. 2 Timothy 3:16. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for ...
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Did any Navi get angry at HaShem?

At any point in the Torah does Avraham Avinu, Moshe Rabbeinu, or any of the other great Neviem ever get angry with HaSem?
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Where in Tanach is Shavuot associated with Matan Torah?

There is nowhere I can see in the tanach that associates Shavuot with Matan Torah. However, we say in the prayers on Shavuot: "Z'man Matan Toratainu" (the time of the giving of the Torah). Whenever ...
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Sefer which expounds names in Tanach [duplicate]

The Torah itself in several places explains the names of people's names. For instance: Yaakov was so called because he grabbed onto Esav's heel (Bereishis 25:26), and he was later called Yisrael as a ...
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Keter Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Crown) tanach on the ten sons of Haman

I'm currently writing a paper on the famed "purimfest 1946." In attempt to respond to all rebuttals that are brought up, I need to take a glance at the most authoritative tanach, the Aleppo Codex. ...
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Are there any jokes in Tanach?

Are there any examples of actual jokes in Tanach? Please provide sources.
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Targum's use during second temple period

I'm curious about how the Targum was used. I've been told that Hebrew Scriptures were the holy writ but also see that the Targum was also used. Was the Targums' use isolated to a certain region, a ...
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What parts of the Septuagint are and are not reliable?

As noted in this Mi Yodeya discussion, the Greek translation of the Torah was done by 70 rabbis who each separately took identical precautions to avoid giving idolators and minim a chance to misuse ...
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How long was the period of Oppression

How can Genesis 15:13 says that the Israelites were enslaved for 400 years? Genesis 41:46 states that Joseph was 30 when he came to power: “Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of ...
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Is King Saul positively regarded in Judaism?

King David is well-known to be positively regarded in Judaism, not only for his great accomplishments and devotion (psalms, if not authored by him, became prominent because of him), but also as the ...
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Views on participation in the Chidon Hatanach

In perusing Rav Moshe Tzuriel's Otzros Hamussar (page 1125, here), I noticed a section in which he writes strongly against participation in (and watching) the Chidon Hatanach, and also cites Rabbi ...
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Does it say anywhere in all of the Torah that John the Baptist will be the reincarnation of Elijah the Prophet [closed]

Does it say anywhere in all of the Torah that John the Baptist will be the reincarnation of Elijah the Prophet and that he will come before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes? "And if you ...
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Verse about becoming grateful

Is there any verse in the Tanach which tells/hints on how to become grateful to God for his gifts? In what sense should one be grateful to God? What I mean is how a person can develop the feeling of ...
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What is the meaning of the prophecy in Ezekiel 26?

Shalom! I am debating the issue of whether or not the Tanakh contains errors with a friend, who insists that Ezekiel 26 contains a false prophecy with regards to siege of Tyre by Nebuchadnezzar. ...
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How many messianic prophecies in the Tanach?

Xtians make the bold claim that their j-sus fulfilled over 300 prophecies from the Hebrew Scriptures. Most of them are either verses taken out of context, mistranslations of Hebrew, some remote ...
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Is there any Jewish translation of the Hebrew Bible that is available in several different languages worldwide?

From what I understand, the Jewish tradition is very insistent that translations of the Hebrew Bible accurately reflect the original text. Because of this, several Jewish English Bible translations ...
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Was Malbim an innovator?

The Malbim - Meir Leibush ben Yechiel Michel(1809 – 1879) - wrote a commentary on most of Tanach. In his introduction (to Yeshayahu) he writes the assumptions with which he operates in his commentary: ...
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Why no dot over the letter vav in the name of G-d in Genesis 2:4? [duplicate]

Reading Genesis 2:4, I noticed that the four-letter name of G-d does not have a dot over the letter "vav" as it usually has in other places in Tanakh. Why is that?
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Was Nebuchadnezzar's statue an image of Daniel himself?

The third chapter of Daniel brings the story of how King Nebuchadnezzar erected a statue made of gold for the people of the land to worship. (Ultimately, this is the story of how Hananiah, Mishael, ...
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Do Jews today consider the King James translation of the Tanakh to be acceptably accurate?

It is my understanding that Jewish tradition holds considerable reverence for accurate translations of its scripture. Do Jews today consider the King James translation known as the Old Testament to ...
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Looking for an index for subjects in tanach [duplicate]

I am looking for an index for subjects in tanach. For example every place that pesach is mentioned/refered to or every time bris milah is mentioned/refered to etc.
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What is the source for the midrash about Jewish soldiers escaping to Romania?

Specifically, looking for the midrash quoted by Radaq to Shoftim 20:15 as saying that the missing 1,000 Jewish soldiers "escaped to Romania." Thanks!
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best Hebrew-English Tanakh in printed form, interlinear if possible?

I've been using the Artscroll Interlinear series to read the Torah and it's helping me make a lot of progress in finally learning Tanakh Hebrew. But outside of the five scrolls and the psalms, ...
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Why this order of words: יַגְדִּיל תּוֹרָה וְיַאְדִּיר

We end the Rabbi Chananyah ben Akashya quote with a quote from Yeshayahu 42:21, the last 3 words of which say יַגְדִּיל תּוֹרָה וְיַאְדִּיר, meaning "Torah great and glorious" (which quote also ...
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Is the king of Israel called 'God' at Psalm 45:7, as Aquila seems to read it?

Psalm 45 is a wedding song for the marriage of a king of Israel. At verse 7a the lyric says: כִּסְאֲךָ אֱלֹהִים, עוֹלָם וָעֶד The Jewish Greek translation which came to be called the Septuagint ...
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Why do we (not) read Kesubim publicly?

Why are the five megilos read in synagogue on holidays, but not the books of Mishlei, Iyov, Daniel, Ezra/Nechemia, Divrei Hayamim, or Psalms?
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Which books help one acquire a systematic understanding of Biblical Hebrew grammar?

A question for the grammar experts. How can I learn Hebrew grammar in a systematic way? Especially a book that would help me understand how to layn properly. Something that covers rules of nikkud, ...
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Where in the TaNa"kh is there a discussion about how to slaughter an animal?

Where in the TaNa"kh is there a discussion about how to slaughter an animal? When reading various parashot, one sometimes come across about the topic of slaughtering animals, but (the ones I have ...
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Sources for what happened to Avraham’s Converts? [duplicate]

In Bereishis (12:5 and in Rashi) we see that Avraham converted people in Charan, and then took them with him to Kena’an. Do we know what happened to them? • When Avraham and Lot separated, who did ...
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Were Prophets originally called “Seers”?

In Samuel 1 9:9 it says: לְפָנִ֣ים ׀ בְּיִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל כֹּֽה־אָמַ֤ר הָאִישׁ֙ בְּלֶכְתּוֹ֙ לִדְר֣וֹשׁ אֱלֹהִ֔ים לְכ֥וּ וְנֵלְכָ֖ה עַד־הָרֹאֶ֑ה כִּ֤י לַנָּבִיא֙ הַיּ֔וֹם יִקָּרֵ֥א לְפָנִ֖ים הָרֹאֶֽה׃...
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According to Jewish sources: which language came first, Hebrew or Aramaic?

I've heard that Aramaic and Hebrew are similar languages in vocabulary, syntax, and structure. There is, however, some debate about which is the older, or original, base language. After a bit of ...
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The tribe and the stick

Is there a connection of definition between the two words used for "tribe" - מטה and שבט which both mean "stick" or "rod"? If so, why is the term "rod" used to refer to a tribe? Examples: שבט - ...
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Is there anything in the Tanakh or Talmud about co-wives helping raise the child of other co-wives upon widowhood (or absence of husband)?

I just met an Israeli woman, who said that she became a widow when her first and only child was five years old. She said that if it wasn't for her husband having more than one wife, with whom she ...
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Why is God called יָהּ in Shemot 15:2 in Shir Ha-Yam but in the next verse it says His name is יְהוָה?

Shemot 15:2 and 3 say: ב עָזִּי וְזִמְרָת יָהּ, וַיְהִי-לִי {ר} לִישׁוּעָה; {ס} זֶה אֵלִי וְאַנְוֵהוּ, {ס} אֱלֹהֵי {ר} אָבִי וַאֲרֹמְמֶנְהוּ. {ס} ג יְהוָה, אִישׁ מִלְחָמָה; יְהוָה, {ר}...
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How to perform a Goral HaGra

How is a Goral HaGra performed? Is there a special book I use? What is the proper procedure? Do you just open it up and see what Pasuk you land on? What do you do?
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In the Bible, why did robbers bother tunneling into houses to rob them?

Exodus 22:1 speaks about the robber who was found "tunnelling in" to someone's house (vis-a-vis self-defense). Is that just a figure of speech, or did they actually go to that much trouble? (What ...
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How many wives did king Shaul have?

I heard that king David had 18 wives. Approximately how many wives did king Shaul have?
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Is Purim mentioned in later writings by Ezrah and his B"D?

I'm trying to understand how the earlier generations saw Purim. Ezrah and his B"D wrote a series of books, such as Ezrah, Divrei Hayamim and more. Is the Purim story or Meggilat Ester mentioned in ...
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Why does Tanach specifically describe these women as “beautiful”?

Companion question to Why does Tanac"h specifically describe these males as "beautiul"? Off the top of my head, the pesukim describe the following women as being beautiful: Sarah (...
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Why there's no Targum on Prophets and Writings (נ"ך)?

Allegedly, the Targum on the Torah (Onkelos) was given at Sinai together with the Torah (Meggilah 3a). The Prophets and the Writings were written by the Sages with "Ruach Hakodesh". Were they ...
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List of people who lose a child in תנ"ך

Any other cases of people who lose a child in תנ"ך? I have a few ideas but am looking for a fuller list, though let's keep it to Pshat reading of the text, not Midrashim.
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How do we know that Moses' wife was Hamitic?

I've been told that Moses' wife was Hamitic but how do we know based on Scripture?
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Fasting when Navi on Klaf falls on the floor

As is known, if a Sefer Torah falls on the floor (even if it's covered) there is a halacha that one must fast. (See this question and answer for many sources on this topic.) What about in a case when ...
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Tools to validate Torah codes

Torah codes are "a purported set of secret messages encoded within the Hebrew text of the Torah" (Wikipedia). For instance, a well known code suggests that counting 3 intervals of 12111 letters from ...
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Should anyone be burned to death?

In Leviticus 20:14, it states that a man who has relations with a woman and also with her mother is a despicable lech, whose punishment is to be burned to death. This is one of two transgressions ...