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16:13) and used the ﬁrst-person singular in speaking for God, as in: “I am the god of Bethel” (Exod. 3:2). Michael had a somewhat more combative role. In Daniel, Jude, and Revelation, he was presented as the defender against the forces of evil (Dan. 10:12; Jude 9:1; Rev. 12:7). There is apparently some kind of hierarchy among the angels. Raphael, for example, is “one of seven angels who stand ready and enter before the glory of the Lord” (Rev. ” In the period of the Exile and thereafter, the Jews were inﬂuenced by foreign religions, leading them to elaborate a system of angelology—or the study of angels.
The next morning, Aaron’s rod had ﬂowered, putting forth buds, blossoms, and ripe almonds. This was interpreted as evidence that God had chosen Aaron for his priestly ofﬁce and that God was present in their midst. Hebrews 9:4 indicates that this rod was kept with the Tablets of the Covenant inside the Ark. The budding almond became a rich symbol for the Jews. During the brief time they had their own coinage, it was stamped on Jewish coins. It was interpreted by later commentators as a sign of God’s election.
And J. Lane Miller. “Amen,” in Harper’s Bible Dictionary. New York: Harper and Row, 1961. Ammon, Ammonites (Gen. 19:38; Deut. 2:19; Ezek. 25:1) The Ammonites were akin to the Moabites, both thought to have descended from illicit relations between Lot and his daughters after the fall of Sodom and Gomorrah. ) The Ammonites lived on a narrow strip of land west of the Jordan, the boundaries of which are still in dispute among scholars. In Judges 11:13, the king of Ammon claimed that the land “from Arnon even unto Jabbok and unto Jordan” rightfully belonged to him and his countrymen, but the claim is cited as illegitimate in Scripture.
All Things in the Bible: An Encyclopedia of the Biblical World Volume 1 A-L by Nancy M. Tischler