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Does a woman have more ribs than a man?

Questions & Answers

Questions & Answers

QUESTION:
Does a woman have more ribs than a man?

ANSWER: No. Both men and women have exactly the same number of ribs which is 24 – twelve on each side. The first twenty are located on the front of the body, while the other 4 are located on the back (floating ribs), according to Matthew Hoffman, MD, Internist, Emory University.

The popular myth that a woman has more ribs than a man is probably founded on a wrong interpretation of Genesis 2:21-23:

“So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,for she was taken out of man.”

Many have erroneously assumed that since one rib was taken out of Adam to form Eve, then a woman has more ribs than a man. But this theory falls apart very quickly when you study the original Hebrew in which the Old Testament Bible was written. The English word “rib” is the transliterated Hebrew word tsela. It means “side” – not an actual rib.

In other words, when God performed a miraculous surgery on Adam in order to create Eve, He took Adam’s entire side to do so – not just one rib. Afterwards, God also apparently re-created an entire new side for Adam to replace the void that was left and closed it up again in its place.

You may ask, “Why didn’t God just create Eve on her own without the need for Adam’s side?” I really don’t know. You will have to ask God that question yourself. My guess is that He wanted to emphasize the physical and spiritual significance of a man and woman becoming “one flesh” when they are married as stated in verse 24:

“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”

God in the beginning ordained marriage and the family unit as the first and foremost institution on earth. When a man and a woman are united in marriage they are no longer two people, but one. One in mind, spirit, body and purpose. In my opinion, I can’t see a better way to symbolically convey this important message than having Eve created out of Adam’s own flesh and bones.

–         Luis Josephus

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Bible Word Studies: PRAISE

BIBLE WORD STUDY: PRAISE

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The concept of Praise is conveyed in the Old Testament Scriptures by the use of three different Hebrew words.

Praise, Hebrew: shabach (pronounced shah-vahch); S#7623.

“…My lips shall praise You…” – Psalm 63:3

To commend, praise, to adore, to glory in something. In the Biblical text, Shabach can be used in two different ways – either in “praising” someone, or in “calming” someone. In the above scripture reference (Psalm 63:3), King David is using Shabach to praise God for His power, glory, and lovingkindness to Him. Our heavenly Father takes delight when we express our love and gratitude in the form of worship and praise unto Him.

Praise, Hebrew: Halah (pronounced hah-lahl); S#1984.

“…to stand every morning to “thank and praise the LORD, and likewise at evening…” – 1 Chronicles 23:30

To praise and to thank; rejoice, boast about someone. Halal is the root from which we get the word “halleluyah”. The phrase is actually a command: halleuyah (all of you must praise Jah, also spelled Yah, from the transliterated terms Yahweh, Jehovah, or the Hebrew tetragrammaton YHWH, the proper name of God.) Halah conveys the idea of speaking or singing about the glories, vitues, or honor of our God Yahovah.

Praise, Hebrew: Tehillah (pronounced te-hilah, or in the plural, te-hil-lim); S#8416.

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise…” – Psalm 100:4

A Tehillah is a praise, a psalm, or a song. The Hebrew title of the Book of Psalms is Tehillim, literally “Praises.” The Book of Psalms was actually compiled as a songbook for worship events in the temple of Jerusalem. Although especially designed for singing, we use it today for prayer and recitation, as well as singing. A Tehillah is a celebration, a lauding of God’s praiseworthiness; the praise, admiration or exaltation of God.

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Jesus, Yeshua, or Yahshua?

Since Jesus was born into a Jewish family, what was His real name in the Hebrew language?

Our Lord’s actual Hebrew name is a point of contention among many believers. Some say that it should be transliterated as “Yahshua”, while others say it should be pronounced “Yeshua.” The variation is trivial since the only difference between both is in the vowel sounds, “eh” versus “ah.”

Those in the Sacred Name Movement (a sect of Christianity) aggressively oppose the use of YESHUA claiming that this is incorrect and the result of a Jewish conspiracy to hide the Savior’s true name. They insist that YAHSHUA is the correct name and should be used instead. Although no such conspiracy ever existed regarding Jesus’ name, they endlessly argue about this and even separate themselves from other believers who don’t adhere to their viewpoint.

Dr. Daniel Botkin writes: “To people who actually know Hebrew – people like Dr. Ben-Gigi, Dr. Bivin, and others – it is very obvious that those who insist on the Yahshua form know very little about the Hebrew language. The only Hebrew that most of these self-appointed scholars know is what they can learn from a Strong’s Concordance. Strong’s is a great study tool and a fine place to start, but it is not a means by which a person can learn the Hebrew language.”

Is “Jesus” a pagan name? God forbid!

Opponents of the use of YESHUA also teach that the name “Jesus” has a pagan connection and should never be used. This is another false accusation that can be disproved historically and linguistically.

The English form of JESUS is derived from the Greek name “Yesous”, which was transliterated from the original Hebrew (shortened) name of YESHUA that was given by God to our Savior when the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary: “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” – Matthew 1:21.

I agree with Dr. Botkin’s conclusion in his article* that, in this case, we are arguing about petty matters that are not really important to Christian unity, and “splitting hairs” over issues that matter little to God.

“Paul warned Timothy about “doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmising [suspicions]” (1 Tim. 6:4). Unfortunately, this is an accurate description of what goes on among many people in the Sacred Name movement. Personally, I would rather fellowship with non-contentious people who call the Messiah “Jesus” than with contentious people who insist that everyone call Him “Yahshua.”*

The apostle Paul warned us against the evil of creating division in the Body of Christ over such menial issues. Those who become obsessed with trivial disputes and arguing over petty differences in words will eventually grieve the Holy Spirit and become men of corrupt minds, destitute of the truth (1 Timothy 6:3-5).

Without compromising sound doctrine, believers in Jesus the Messiah should live humbly and gently, always endeavoring to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace whenever possible, by bearing one another’s minor differences in beliefs and walking in love. (Ephesians 4:1-5).

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

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*The Messiah’s Hebrew Name: “Yeshua” Or “Yahshua”? http://www.yashanet.com/library/Yeshua_or_Yahshua.htm

For further study: “The Unholy War of Names” http://www.perfect-word.org/2011/08/23/the-unholy-war-of-names-yeshua-vs-yahshua/

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COMMENT FROM DAVID: “Thank you very much, Pastor Luis. It is very interesting to learn all about Jesus. God bless your ministry.”

COMMENT FROM MARY: “Splitting hairs it is, but any Hebrew scholar will tell you that Yeshua is the correct spelling.”

COMMENT FROM DIANA: “I totally agree with you, I would rather fellowship with non-contentious people.”

COMMENT FROM TOBY: “Thank you Pastor Luis.  The name of our Savior has never bothered me one bit.  Out of habit, I always refer to Him as Jesus but I have a Jewish friend who always refers to Him as Yeshua.  This does not bother me.  Of course, I am trying to learn the Hebrew language so sometimes I will call Him Yeshua.  You gave wise advice.”