9 Things You Didn’t Know About the Bible

1. Some words in the Bible’s original languages are so obscure no one knows what they mean.

The footnotes of a Bible often say about such words, “Hebrew obscure, corrected according to the Greek” or a similar phrasing. Usually, this is abbreviated: Heb. obs. cn. Greek — or similar text.

One of the most prominent examples of this obscurity is the wood used to make the Ark of Noah. It is usually translated as “gopher wood”, and sometimes as “smoothed wood”. But the Hebrew word in question simply resembles the word “gopher” when transliterated. It is not a Hebrew word meaning gopher. We don’t know what that word means or what type of wood it specifies.

2. Jesus said that we poor fallen sinners are nevertheless like gods:

[John]
{10:34} Jesus responded to them: “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said: you are gods?’
{10:35} If he called those to whom the word of God was given gods, and Scripture cannot be broken,
{10:36} why do you say, about him whom the Father has sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You have blasphemed,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God?’

3. According to the Bible: You’re born naked, and you die naked.

Job says: “Naked I departed from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return.” By return, Job meant return to God at his death. (Job 1:21)

Ecclesiastes says much the same thing: “Just as he went forth naked from his mother’s womb, so shall he return, and he shall take nothing with him from his labors.” (Eccl 5:14).

When you die, you can’t take anything with you. So you are born literally naked, and you die figuratively naked.

4. The Song of Songs is about King Solomon marrying a black woman

{1:8} Bride to Chorus: O daughters of Jerusalem: I am black, but shapely, like the tabernacles of Kedar, like the tents of Solomon.
{1:9} Do not be concerned that I am dark, for the sun has changed my color.

The Queen of the South, mentioned in Matthew 12:42 by Jesus was probably a different woman than in Song of Songs. She may have been from Africa, and therefore also a black woman.

Some of the early prophets and teachers of the Church were black. For example, Acts 13:1 states: “Now there were, in the Church at Antioch, prophets and teachers, among whom were Barnabas, and Simon, who was called the Black, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manahen, who was the foster brother of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.” It sound politically incorrect, but it was not uncommon for persons who were black to be called “the black” (since persons in that time generally did not have last names).

5. Delilah did not cut off Samson’s hair.

She called a barber to do it for her. “And she called a barber, and he shaved his seven locks of hair.” (Judges 16:19)

6. David did not murder the husband of Bathsheba.

He attempted to murder the husband of Bathsheba, whose name was Uriah. He ordered the commander over Uriah: “Place Uriah opposite the warfare, where the battle is the strongest, and then abandon him, so that, having been wounded, he may die.” (2 Sam 11:15). But the commander only placed Uriah where the battle was strongest — not a sinful order for a commander to give. He did not order the other soldiers to withdraw, abandoning him to be overwhelmed by the enemy. Nevertheless, Uriah did die in the battle. (2 Sam 11:16-17).

7. Joseph, Mary, and Jesus each have Bathsheba as an ancestor (a great-great-….great-grandmother). And they each have Rahab, the harlot, as an ancestor. And they each have Ruth, a non-Jew, as an ancestor.

See Matthew 1:5-6, and Luke 3:32. Boaz married Ruth; they were the great grandparents of kind David. Boaz’ parents were Salmon and Rahab, the harlot.

8. The Gospel of Matthew gives us the genealogy of Saint Joseph. The Gospel of Luke gives us the genealogy of the Virgin Mary, though without mentioning her name:

{3:23} And Jesus himself was beginning to be about thirty years old, being (as it was supposed) the son of Joseph, who was of Heli, who was of Matthat….

Heli was another name for Saint Joachim, father of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was supposed that Jesus was the son of Joseph, but he was solely the son of Mary, with no human father. So this is her genealogy.

9. At the general Resurrection, not only good persons but also all the wicked souls in Hell are given a resurrection, so that they will have both body and soul.

[Acts]
{24:15} having a hope in God, which these others themselves also expect, that there will be a future resurrection of the just and the unjust.

Then the resurrected unjust are thrown into Hell, while the resurrected just have eternal life in Heaven and on a renewed earth (Rev 20 to 21). So the souls in Heaven do not spend eternity in Heaven, as disembodied souls. Rather, then continue to have all the benefits of Heaven, and are resurrected on earth. Then God makes a new Heaven and a new earth, both of which are enjoyed by the faithful forever.

[Revelation 21]
{21:1} I saw the new heaven and the new earth. For the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and the sea is no more.

The “sea” which is no more is Purgatory, a great sea of souls.

by
Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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3 Responses to 9 Things You Didn’t Know About the Bible

  1. Francisco says:

    Interesting, thanks Ron!

    My two cents on #’s:

    2. God called “god” to Moses. (Exodus 4:16) (Exodus 7:1)

    7. Boaz was very likely much older than Ruth. Even though Ruth was a widow, she was a young woman. By age difference, he could have been her father. Boaz is referred as a man (2:1) and Ruth as a young woman while Boaz calling her “daughter” (Ruth 2:5; 2:8; 3:10; 4:12)

    Another curiosity:
    When Abraham married his other wife, Keturah, after Sarah’s death, he was about 137 or more years old for he was 10 years older than Sarah (Gen 17:17) and Sarah died at 127 years old (Gen 23:1)

    Since Abraham’s new wife give him 6 children (Gen 25:2), she must have been at her fertile stage of life, so we can also notice a great age gap here between these spouses. :)

  2. Francisco says:

    Ron,

    Regarding # 6, David did not murder Uriah directly, but he did so in the eyes of the Lord.
    David’s intention is was made evil his act. David’s murder was unnoticed by men because he did so “secretly” but the Lord saw it.

    2 Samuel:
    {12:9} Therefore, why have you despised the word of the Lord, so that you did evil in my sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword. And you have taken his wife as a wife for yourself. And you have put him to death with the sword of the sons of Ammon.
    {12:10} For this reason, the sword shall not withdraw from your house, even perpetually, because you have despised me, and you have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite, so that she may be your wife.’
    {12:11} And so, thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will raise up over you an evil from your own house. And I will take your wives away before your eyes, and I will give them to your neighbor. And he will sleep with your wives in the sight of this sun.
    {12:12} For you acted secretly. But I will do this word in the sight of all of Israel, and in the sight of the sun.’ ”

    • Ron Conte says:

      David committed the sin of murder, by attempting to murder Uriah. But Uriah was not murdered; he died in battle. The commander refused to carry out David’s unlawful order.

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