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Eunuchs

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Eunuchs had many roles in the ancient world. They served in the royal court as cooks, scribes, guards of the harem, and ambassadors. The Hebrew… Read More »Eunuchs

Seah

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A seah is a dry measurement equal to about 7 quarts or 7.7 liters.

Wild gourds

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The wild gourds gathered by the prophet (4:38–41) were poisonous. The prophet, of course, did not realize this. He added the gourds to the stew,… Read More »Wild gourds

Bears

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Though bears no longer live in the region of Palestine, the bear God used to punish the disrespectful boys (2:24) was probably of a type… Read More »Bears

Josiah’s reforms

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Josiah’s reforms reveal the true extent of Judah’s idolatry (23:1–27). Despite God’s commands to worship him alone, his people adopted Canaanite gods, including Baal, Asherah,… Read More »Josiah’s reforms