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David's sons were kohanim - Really?

Is there anywhere else in Tanach where "kohanim" does NOT mean priests? 1. Shoftim Ch. 17 - 18: In the end of Shoftim the ben-Levi who served in Micha's place of worship is referred to as a Cohen ...
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The Tyrian Smith's Name

As the Ibn Ezra writes (Bamidbar 21:22) אל תבקש דקדוק בשמות don't expect/ask for grammatical care when it comes to names
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Contradiction in 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles?

Yes. The commentators in both locations ask this contradiction. The Metzudas Dovid explains here: בן שמונה שנים. ובמ״ב נאמר בן שמנה עשרה שנה ואלו יהויקים אביו המליכו בחייו עשר שנים על כי ראה אשר עם ...
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Why is Yehoshafat called the King of Yisrael in Divrei Hayamim?

R. Hayyim Joseph David Azulai raises this question in his commentary to that verse and notes that he hasn't seen anyone discuss it: לא ראיתי מי שדיבר למה נקרא מלך ישראל מאחר שהוא ממלכי יהודה ועיין ...
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The Tyrian Smith's Lineage

Radak explains that the verse is saying that Hiram was from the Tribe of Naftali, meaning that his father was from Naftali. He is called Tyrian because that was where he lived. So his father was from ...
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The Priest-King's name

Rabbi Ahron Marcus in his book Kadmoniyot, pg. 131-142, discusses this subject at length. I'll translate some of the more relevant portions: First of all, he strengthens the question by mentioning ...
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Is David The eighth son or the seventh son?

Rashi in Divrei Hayamim 2:15 says that David was the seventh born and the count stopped at David and did not include his younger brother Elijah because David was the one anointed as king. In Samuel ...
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How much water could the tub Shlomo made hold?

In Eruvin 14b, the gemara asks this, and determines that the 2000 is a wet measurement and 3000 is dry, since dry goods can be heaped above the rim. לא סלקא דעתך דכתיב (מלכים א ז, כו) אלפים בת יכיל ...
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Why does Ezra-Nechemiah come before Divrei HaYamim?

The answer I recall hearing from a lecture by Rabbi Hayyim Angel is essentially that Sefer Ezra ends on a downer. Nechemiah comes back to see all of the work that he and Ezra performed; removing ...
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Who was "a man of G-d" in Divrei Hayamim II 25:7?

Radak there says: ואיש האלהים בא אליו. אמרו כי זה היה אמוץ אבי ישעיה הנביא It was said that this was Amoz the father of Isaiah the Prophet The Medrash (Sifrei Devarim 342:6) is of this opinion as ...
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Seeking an explanation of Rashi to Ⅱ Chronicles 6:25

Continue to verses 36–39 and all will become clear: When [the Jews] will sin to You… and You will place them before an enemy, and their captors will capture them to a distant or near land, and [the ...
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Why is Zerubavel called the son of Shealtiel?

The commentaries I've come across all seem to agree that Zerubavel was indeed the biological son of Pedaya. A number of approaches are offered to explain why he is nonetheless referred to as the son ...
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Why is R. Akiva Eiger the only one to comment regarding the actual language in 1 Chronicles 17:9?

See Minchas Shai on that verse: ולא יוסיפו בני עולה לבלתו. פרק קמא דברכות רב הונא רמי כתיב לענותו וכתיב לכלותו. בתחלה לענותו ולבסוף לכלותו. ובפירש"י כתבי לענותו בספר (שמואל ב' ז') וכתיב לכלותו ...
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Contradiction in 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles?

Danny's answer is indeed the consensus of most of the commentaries. However, it should be noted that Abarbanel (to II Kings 24:13) disagrees, and says that ועשרה ימים ("and ten days") in ...
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Seeking an explanation of Rashi to Ⅱ Chronicles 4:11

Based in Rashi in the parallel story in I Melachim 7:40 it would seem that the Rashi you quote has a missing heading - the words וְאֶת הַיָּעִים. It should be וַיַּעַשׂ חוּרָם אֶת הַסִּירוֹת — סירות ...
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Grandsons of Keturah

Radak to 25:3 says that the others may not have had sons, or that they died afterwards: אפשר שלא היו להם או היו להם ומתו
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Grandsons of Keturah

I found an answer in מדרש תנחומא חיי שרה סימן ו: R. Levi said: He is the one concerning whom the Holy One, blessed be He, said: All the nations of the earth shall be blessed through him (Gen. ...
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Why does Ezra-Nechemiah come before Divrei HaYamim?

Some possibilities: One reason I can think of is that in Divrei Hayamim there's a list of Zerubavel's descendants which continues to several generations past the latest generation mentioned in Ezra ...
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Two roots applied to the same verses

According to the Etymological Dictionary of Biblical Hebrew, page 110. All brackets containing words are my expansion of their abbreviations; brackets containing ellipsis are skipping the examples ...
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Is David The eighth son or the seventh son?

See the comment of Rabbi David Kimchi (Radak) citing Ibn Ezra on the verse in Chronicles which you noted. He explains that Eliyahu, the 'eighth son' was sired from a different wife. David was the ...
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Why "שרי אלפים" in דה״ב יז יד?

Based on Sanhedrin 18a,1 many commentators interpret "שרי אלפים" (when used in the Chumash) to refer to officers who were each appointed over 1,000 men (including Rashi, Sh'mos 18:21; Tosafos ...
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Is Purim mentioned in later writings by Ezrah and his B"D?

In Megillah 11a, R' Dimi bar Yitzchak says that a phrase in Ezra's prayer (9:9), ויט עלינו חסד לפני מלכי פרס, refers to the events of Purim.
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Ark of the Covenant

In addition to @חִידָה's answer Rashi on the pasuk in Shmuel alef writes: על השל. על השגגה, שהיה לו לדרוש קל וחומר, נושאיו נשא בירדן, הוא עצמו לא כל שכן: Because of his mistake. Because of his ...
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Sanctuaries at Beis El and Dan

The Bible reports that in his wars against Jeroboam, Abijam succeeded in capturing the city of Beth El from the Kingdom of Israel, but Abijam himself died in a plague (II Chon. 13:19). One of the ...
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The Tyrian Smith's Name

My best guess is that because the letters are interchangeable they were switched. Which is proper though, I can't tell you. You could also ask this question on many other cases throughout Tanach. As ...
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Does Cyrus believe in God of Israel?

Ezra 1:2 כֹּ֣ה אָמַ֗ר כֹּ֚רֶשׁ מֶ֣לֶךְ פָּרַ֔ס כֹּ֚ל מַמְלְכ֣וֹת הָאָ֔רֶץ נָ֣תַן לִ֔י יְהוָ֖ה אֱלֹהֵ֣י הַשָּׁמָ֑יִם וְהֽוּא־פָקַ֤ד עָלַי֙ לִבְנֽוֹת־ל֣וֹ בַ֔יִת בִּירוּשָׁלִַ֖ם אֲשֶׁ֥ר בִּֽיהוּדָֽה׃ ...
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Why different pesach:chagiga ratios depending on kohen status?

Great question, I have my own original answer based on a saying of the Talmud: "Kohanim Zerizim Hem" (Priests are possessed of alacrity {in serving Hashem}) (see Talmud Pesachim 36a and many other ...
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Mashal and Mishal

As noted by @DanF in the comments, משאל and משל aren't tribes in Asher but two names of a city in the territory of Asher, one of a group of cities given to the Levites (see commentators on the verse). ...
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Is David The eighth son or the seventh son?

Rashi to Shemuel Alef 17:12 suggest that one of them died without children and therefore he is not mentioned in the genealogical list of Divrei HaYamim.
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Where did David "sit before Hashem" in Divrei Hayamim I 17:16?

The Metzudat David says that he was right in front of the ark. By looking at the Talmud, Yoma 69b it seems that this was in the azarah. The only discussion I can see about "sitting" has to do with ...
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