Literary Devices in the Bible
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Literary Devices in the Bible

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What Are Literary Devices?

Literary devices are techniques used in literature to add meaning and interest to writing. The most commonly discussed devices are metaphors and similes, but there are so many more. These techniques are used to connect larger themes or express ideas without getting too preachy. Across various sites on the internet, I was able to find 137 literary devices! My goal is to define them, identify them in the Bible, and discuss how they impact the scriptures.

Why Are Literary Devices Important?

In high school, I used to get frustrated when it came to the subjectivity of such things. Once, my teacher and I argued about whether The Phantom in Phantom of the Opera represented Christine’s dream or her father. Our understandings of the symbols and metaphors with in the story lead to different interpretations of the story as a whole. In Literature classes, the teacher ultimately decides the interpretation, but truthfully, only the writer knows what was actually meant. Unfortunately, this same conundrum exists with the Bible. Post high school, I found myself quite enamored with spotting the literary devices in the Bible and understanding how they shape or understanding of the text.

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1 Samuel 1-3: Introducing Samuel
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1 Samuel 11: Saul Defeats the Ammonites
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1 Samuel 12: Samuel
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1 Samuel 13-14: Saul’s Army
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1 Samuel 15: Saul Sins
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1 Samuel 16: David is Anointed
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1 Samuel 17: David and Goliath
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1 Samuel 18-27: Saul Tries to Kill David
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Jan 1, 2023 4:21 AM
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1 Samuel 23: David Saves Keilah
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1 Samuel 25: Samuel’s Death and David’s Wives
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1 Samuel 28-31: Saul’s Last Battle
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1 Samuel 4-7: The Ark of the Covenant
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Jan 1, 2023 12:10 AM
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1 Samuel 8-10: A King for Israel
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2 Samuel 1-4: After Saul’s Death
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2 Samuel 11-12: David and Bathsheba
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Jan 1, 2023 6:16 AM
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2 Samuel 13-19: Absalom’s Coup
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Oct 25, 2022 2:31 AM
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2 Samuel 19-20: Israel and Judah
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Nov 3, 2022 4:18 AM
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2 Samuel 21-24: Contradictions on David's Final Days?
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2 Samuel 5-10: David’s Military Success
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Aaron
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Jan 10, 2023 1:20 AM
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Acts 1-5: The Early Days of the Church
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Nov 5, 2022 3:47 PM
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Acts 12: Peter, Rhoda, and Herod
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Oct 25, 2022 4:11 PM
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Acts 13-14: The First Missionary Journey of Paul
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Oct 25, 2022 4:12 PM
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Acts 15: Disagreements in the Church
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Oct 25, 2022 4:13 PM
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Acts 16: Timothy Was Biracial…Sort Of
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Oct 25, 2022 4:13 PM
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Allegory
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Jan 10, 2023 12:54 AM
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Amnon
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Oct 25, 2022 3:12 AM
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Anthology
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Jan 9, 2023 3:15 AM
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Cross Referencing the Books of Law
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Jan 11, 2023 6:58 AM
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Deuteronomy 1-4: The First Address
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Jan 10, 2023 2:01 AM
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Deuteronomy 27-30: The Third Address
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Jan 10, 2023 2:03 AM
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Deuteronomy 28: The Curse of Israel & The Black Israelite Theory
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Jan 10, 2023 2:05 AM
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Deuteronomy 31-34: The Final Address
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Jan 10, 2023 2:06 AM
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Deuteronomy 5-26: The Second Address (Part 1)
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Deuteronomy 5-26: The Second Address (Part 2)
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Deuteronomy 5-26: The Second Address (Part 3)
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Jan 10, 2023 2:03 AM
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Dinah
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Jan 10, 2023 1:10 AM
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Do Not Commit Adultery
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Aug 20, 2022 11:30 PM
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Do Not Kill
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Jan 10, 2023 1:15 AM
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Do Not Steal
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Jan 10, 2023 1:17 AM
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Do Not Take the LORD’s Name in Vain
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Jan 10, 2023 1:17 AM
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Earrings, Piercings, and Christians
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Jan 10, 2023 1:21 AM
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Esther 1: The Demise of a Queen
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Oct 25, 2022 3:26 AM
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Esther 2: The Rise of Queen Esther
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Nov 22, 2022 3:29 AM
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Esther 3-5: The Threat to the Jews
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Nov 24, 2022 3:21 AM
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Esther 6&7: Victory
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Nov 24, 2022 4:23 AM
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Esther 8-10: Purim
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Nov 27, 2022 3:46 PM
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Exodus 14-17: Leaving Egypt
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Jan 10, 2023 1:14 AM
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Exodus 18-20: God’s Commandments
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Jan 10, 2023 1:15 AM
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Exodus 2-4: Raising Up A Leader
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Jan 10, 2023 1:12 AM
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Exodus 21-23: Expansion of the Law
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Jan 10, 2023 1:15 AM
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Exodus 23: Feasts
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Jan 10, 2023 1:16 AM
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Exodus 24-27: The Tabernacle
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Jan 10, 2023 1:16 AM
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Exodus 28-31: Priesthood
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Jan 10, 2023 1:16 AM
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Exodus 32: The Golden Calf
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Jan 10, 2023 1:16 AM
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Exodus 33-35: Repentance & The Second Set of Tablets
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Jan 10, 2023 1:16 AM
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Exodus 35-40: The Tabernacle & Priesthood Pt. 2
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Jan 10, 2023 1:16 AM
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Exodus 5-13: The Ten Plagues (and Passover)
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Jan 10, 2023 1:13 AM
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Ezra 1: Cyrus’ Decree
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Dec 22, 2022 5:44 AM
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Ezra 2: Those Who Returned
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Nov 27, 2022 3:04 AM
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Ezra 3-4: Reconstruction of the Temple
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Dec 22, 2022 6:16 AM
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Ezra 5-6: Darius’ Decree
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Dec 22, 2022 7:20 AM
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Ezra 7-8: Introducing Ezra
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Dec 22, 2022 7:11 AM
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Ezra 9-10: Confessions of Sin
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Dec 22, 2022 8:08 PM
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F.E.A.S.T. Method
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Jan 7, 2023 11:26 PM
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Genesis 1 & 2: Creation
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Jan 13, 2023 12:39 AM
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Genesis 11-23: Abraham and the Destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah
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Jan 10, 2023 1:04 AM
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Genesis 11: The Tower of Babel
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Jan 10, 2023 1:04 AM
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Genesis 24-26: Isaac, the Second Patriarch
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Jan 10, 2023 1:04 AM
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Genesis 27-36: Jacob & Esau, Two Nations
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Jan 10, 2023 1:06 AM
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Genesis 37-50: The 12 Tribes of Israel
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Jan 10, 2023 1:09 AM
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Genesis 3: The Fall of Man
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Jan 10, 2023 1:03 AM
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Genesis 4: Cain and Abel
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Jan 10, 2023 1:03 AM
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Genesis 6-9: Noah and the Flood
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Jan 10, 2023 1:04 AM
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Homosexuality in the Bible
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Jan 9, 2023 3:31 AM
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Honor Thy Mother and Father
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Jan 10, 2023 1:15 AM
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Introduction to God
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Jan 10, 2023 1:11 AM
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Isaiah 10: Woe to those Who Oppress the Poor
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Jan 22, 2023 3:45 AM
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Isaiah 11: The Lion and the Lamb
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Jan 24, 2023 2:34 AM
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Isaiah 12: Praise God with Song
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Jan 25, 2023 2:46 AM
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Isaiah 13: Babylon is Fallen, is Fallen
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Jan 22, 2023 4:32 AM
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Isaiah 14: Satan’s Origin Story?
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Jan 25, 2023 2:49 AM
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Isaiah 1: Judgment for Israel is Coming
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Jan 14, 2023 5:26 PM
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Isaiah 2: Judgment of Israel
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Jan 14, 2023 8:19 PM
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Isaiah 3: Judgment of Israel (Pt. 2)
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Jan 15, 2023 6:52 AM
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Isaiah 4: Judgment of Israel (Pt. 3)
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Jan 15, 2023 6:51 AM
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Isaiah 5: The 6 Woes
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Jan 15, 2023 8:42 PM
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Isaiah 6: A Glimpse of Angels
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Jan 21, 2023 2:42 PM
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Isaiah 7: A Prophecy for Ahaz
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Jan 21, 2023 2:40 PM
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Isaiah 7: Born of a Virgin
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Jan 21, 2023 2:40 PM
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Isaiah 8: Concluding the Message to Ahaz
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Jan 21, 2023 11:03 PM
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Isaiah 9: Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
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Jan 15, 2023 10:06 PM
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Jeremiah 1: Jeremiah’s Call
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Dec 28, 2022 5:18 AM
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Joseph, son of Jacob
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Jan 10, 2023 1:10 AM
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Judges 10-12: Jephthath
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Nov 6, 2022 11:26 PM
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Judges 13-16: Samson
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Nov 6, 2022 2:29 AM
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Judges 17-18: Micah and the Tribe of Dan
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Nov 5, 2022 3:49 PM
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Judges 19-21: A Call to War
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Nov 5, 2022 3:19 PM
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Judges 1: Judah’s Conquest
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Nov 8, 2022 4:59 PM
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Judges 2: Provoking God
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Nov 8, 2022 4:42 PM
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Judges 3: Othniel and Ehud
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Nov 8, 2022 4:28 PM
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Judges 4-5: Deborah, Jael, and Barak
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Nov 8, 2022 3:58 PM
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Judges 6-8: Gideon
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Nov 8, 2022 3:57 AM
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Judges 9-10: Abimelech
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Nov 6, 2022 11:51 PM
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Keep the Sabbath Holy
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Jan 9, 2023 3:53 AM
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Leviticus 1-6: Offerings
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Jan 10, 2023 1:23 AM
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Leviticus 11-12: Clean and Unclean
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Jan 10, 2023 1:24 AM
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Leviticus 13-14: Skin Diseases & Leprosy
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Jan 10, 2023 1:24 AM
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Leviticus 14-15: Unclean Buildings & Unclean Flesh
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Jan 10, 2023 1:24 AM
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Leviticus 16: Atonement
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Jan 10, 2023 1:24 AM
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Leviticus 17-18: Immorality
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Jan 10, 2023 1:25 AM
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Leviticus 19-20: Righteousness
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Jan 10, 2023 1:26 AM
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Leviticus 21-22: More on Priests
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Jan 10, 2023 1:31 AM
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Leviticus 23: Feasts & Holy Days
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Jan 10, 2023 1:23 AM
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Leviticus 24-25: Expectations & Appropriate Behavior
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Jan 10, 2023 1:22 AM
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Leviticus 26-27: Consequences
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Jan 10, 2023 1:22 AM
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Leviticus 6-7: Offering Laws
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Jan 10, 2023 1:24 AM
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Leviticus 8-10: The Priesthood
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Jan 10, 2023 1:24 AM
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Mediate Like Abigail
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Oct 25, 2022 3:15 AM
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Moses
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Jan 10, 2023 1:20 AM
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Nehemiah 12-13: Dedication of the Wall
Done
Nov 27, 2022 3:59 AM
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Nehemiah 1: Who is Nehemiah?
Done
Nov 25, 2022 4:43 AM
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Nehemiah 2: Back to Jerusalem
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Nov 26, 2022 3:49 AM
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Nehemiah 3: Rebuilding the Wall
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Nov 26, 2022 4:04 AM
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Nehemiah 4-6: Opposition
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Nov 27, 2022 1:15 AM
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Nehemiah 7-11: Restoration of Jerusalem
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Nov 27, 2022 3:46 PM
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No Graven Images
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Aug 20, 2022 9:14 PM
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No Other Gods
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Jan 10, 2023 1:15 AM
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Numbers 1-3: The First Census
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Jan 10, 2023 1:33 AM
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Numbers 10-12: From Sinai to Paran
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Jan 10, 2023 1:35 AM
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Numbers 13-14: Scouting
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Jan 10, 2023 1:35 AM
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Numbers 15: Reminders
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Jan 10, 2023 1:35 AM
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Numbers 16-18: Rebellion
Done
Jan 10, 2023 1:36 AM
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Numbers 19: Purification
Done
Jan 10, 2023 1:36 AM
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Numbers 20-21: The Journey Continues
Done
Jan 10, 2023 1:37 AM
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Numbers 20: Miriam’s Death
Done
Jan 10, 2023 1:36 AM
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Numbers 20: Moses Sins
Done
Jan 10, 2023 1:36 AM
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Numbers 22-24: Balak, Balaam, and the Talking Donkey
Done
Jan 10, 2023 1:37 AM
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Numbers 25: Idolatry & Israel
Done
Jan 10, 2023 1:38 AM
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Numbers 26-27: The Second Census
Done
Jan 10, 2023 1:38 AM
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Numbers 28-29: Feasts & Offerings
Done
Jan 7, 2023 8:04 PM
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Numbers 3-4: Levite Duties
Done
Jan 10, 2023 1:34 AM
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Numbers 30: Vows
Done
Jan 10, 2023 1:38 AM
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Numbers 31: Spoils of War
Done
Jan 8, 2023 5:31 AM
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Numbers 32: Inheritance
Done
Jan 8, 2023 5:56 AM
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Numbers 33: Record of the Journey
Done
Jan 9, 2023 2:03 AM
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Numbers 34: Boundaries of Israel
Done
Jan 10, 2023 1:37 AM
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Numbers 35: Special Cities
Done
Jan 10, 2023 1:32 AM
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Numbers 36: Female Inheritance
Done
Jan 10, 2023 1:32 AM
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Numbers 5: A Few Laws and a Test
Done
Jan 10, 2023 1:34 AM
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Numbers 6: The Nazarite Vow
Done
Jan 10, 2023 1:33 AM
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Numbers 7: Tribal Princes’ Offerings
Done
Jan 10, 2023 1:35 AM
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Numbers 8-10: Instructions
Done
Jan 10, 2023 1:34 AM
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Obadiah 1: Woe to Edom
Done
Oct 25, 2022 3:30 AM
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Poetic Justice
Done
Jan 9, 2023 3:19 AM
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R.E.A.P. Method
Done
Jan 9, 2023 5:18 AM
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Ruth 1: In the Land of Moab
Done
Oct 25, 2022 3:22 AM
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Ruth 2: The Fields of Boaz
Done
Oct 25, 2022 3:22 AM
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Ruth 3: The Redeeming Relative
Done
Oct 25, 2022 3:23 AM
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Ruth 4: The Legacy
Done
Oct 25, 2022 3:23 AM
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S.O.A.P. Method
Done
Jan 10, 2023 1:20 AM
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Tamar, daughter of David
Done
Oct 25, 2022 3:14 AM
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The Creation and Purpose of Women
Done
Jan 10, 2023 1:11 AM
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The Life of Leah
Done
Jan 10, 2023 1:11 AM
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The Unnamed Concubine
Done
Nov 7, 2022 1:07 AM
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Who Was Jezebel?
Done
Jan 16, 2023 4:36 PM
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Word Study: Apocalypse
Done
Jan 19, 2023 2:49 AM
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Would You Rather?: Ask or Disobey
Done
Jan 9, 2023 2:57 AM
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Would You Rather?: Betray or Deny
Done
Sep 29, 2022 1:25 PM
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Would You Rather?: Fatherly Treatment
Done
Jan 10, 2023 1:11 AM
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Would You Rather?: Feed vs. Heal
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Sep 26, 2022 4:25 AM
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Would You Rather?: Marriage vs. Singleness
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Sep 26, 2022 3:45 AM
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Would You Rather?: Plagues vs. Famine
Done
Jan 10, 2023 1:20 AM
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Would You Rather?: Rahab vs. Mary
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Sep 26, 2022 3:24 AM
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You Are What You Eat: 1 Timothy 4:1-7
Done
Oct 4, 2022 3:16 AM
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You Are What You Eat: Acts 10
Done
Oct 4, 2022 3:24 AM
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You Are What You Eat: Colossians 2
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Oct 4, 2022 4:01 PM
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You Are What You Eat: Introduction
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Jan 9, 2023 5:18 AM
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You Are What You Eat: Isaiah 66
Done
Oct 4, 2022 2:34 AM
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You Are What You Eat: Mark 7:15
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Oct 4, 2022 2:35 AM
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You Are What You Eat: Romans 14
Done
Oct 4, 2022 3:27 AM

References and Footnotes

  1. β€œ45+ Literary Devices and Terms That Everyone Should Know”. Reedsy Blog. March 20, 2020; visited September 2022
  2. β€œLiterary Devices and Terms”. Literary Devices; visited September 2022

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