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Matthew 1:20 - word order and translation

The text of Matthew 1:20b in the UBS4 reads: τὸ γὰρ ἐν αὐτῇ γεννηθὲν ἐκ πνεύματός ἐστιν ἁγίου. In the ESV, it is rendered: for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. What is ...
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Does the Hebrew word “olam“ mean “forever” in Leviticus 23:41?

Several passages refer to keeping a feast as a statute forever. For instance, Exodus 12:14 reads: “This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord; ...
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What do the “I am” references in the NT refer to?

I am a student of Buddhism and, naturally, have a 'mystical' or 'gnostic' bent. I have read some unconventional views on the internet about the renowned words attributed to Jesus: I am the way, ...
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What is the 'third heaven'? [duplicate]

In 2 Corinthians 12:1-3, Paul talks about one's experience with the 'third heaven'. I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained. I will go on to visions and revaluations from ...
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Who is speaking, the angel or Jesus in Revelation 22:8-16?

Revelation 22:8-16 (ESV): I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, but he said ...
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How Could Abraham receive Canaan as “an everlasting possession”, as promised in Genesis 17:8?

"The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God" (Genesis 17:8, NIV) In the ...
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“Death angel” or “destroyer” or “destruction” in Exodus 12:23?

In Exodus 12, the Israelites were instructed to put blood on their doors, to protect them from the death of the firstborn that the Egyptians would suffer. In most of Exodus 12, it sounds as though ...
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What was meant by “paradise” when Jesus spoke to the thief on the cross?

As he was crucified, Jesus engaged in a conversation with one of the other thieves hung along side him. at the end is this pronouncement: Luke 23:43 (ESV) 43 And he said to him, "Truly, I say to ...
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What is meant by “for salvation without reference to sin” in Hebrews 9:28?

I'm curious about the Greek (χωρὶς ἁμαρτίας) which NASB translates as "without reference to sin" here: so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time ...
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The God of Bethel?

Genesis 31:13 seems to create difficulties in translation. Most English Bibles translate the Masoretic text as saying "God of Bethel", as shown here: Genesis 31:13 (KJV): I am the God of Bethel, ...
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Does Revelation 21:9-11 equate the Bride of the Lamb with the City Jerusalem?

And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. And ...
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What does “an apple of gold in a picture of silver” represent in Proverbs of Solomon?

What does "a word fitly spoken is like an apple of gold in a picture of silver" (Proverbs 25:11) mean? I know that an apple is a fruit but the apple of gold in a picture of silver part I can't ...
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Should James 2:26 read “spirit” or “breath”?

Most English translations seem to go with "spirit". From my perspective this is just evidence that Substance Dualism is the underlying philosophy of the post-scriptural Christian religion (which is a ...
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What did Jesus mean by “be perfect” in the Sermon on the Mount?

I asked this on the Christianity Stack Exchange site, and they told me it would be better here. So I here I am asking it... Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is ...
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When does the first day of Genesis 1 begin?

This may sound like a silly question at first, but I honestly can't decide for myself. I've always assumed that where the text says "And there was evening, and there was morning—the *n*th day" that ...
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Does Genesis 2:21-24 suggest that the woman shared Adam's breath?

In the making of Adam we are told that after Yehovah sculpted him into a statue of himself he breathed into him the breath of life and animated hime. Eve was sculpted from Adam's spare rib but there ...
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In Psalm 4:1, why does David call God “God of my righteousness”?

In Psalm 4:1, why does David call God "God of my righteousness"?: בבְּקָרְאִי עֲנֵנִי | אֱלֹהֵי צִדְקִי בַּצָּר הִרְחַבְתָּ לִּי חָנֵּנִי וּשְׁמַע תְּפִלָּתִי: I notice that Rashi doesn't ...
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In Phil. 1:23, what is the significance of the second infinitive being anarthrous in the phrase «τὸ ἀναλῦσαι καὶ σὺν Χριστῷ εἶναι»?

In Phil. 1:23, it is written, συνέχομαι γὰρ ἐκ τῶν δύο τὴν ἐπιθυμίαν ἔχων εἰς τὸ ἀναλῦσαι καὶ σὺν Χριστῷ εἶναι πολλῷ μᾶλλον κρεῖσσον TR, 1550 What significance if any is there in the second ...
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In Heb. 9:14, what is the meaning of the phrase πνεύματος αἰωνίου?

In Heb. 9:14, it is written, How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living ...
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what would time be,four generations or 70×18 [on hold]

In two of the books one revelation and thee other book of Daniel a time of 1260 years is given and in the book of Daniel 1290 years.Now,the angel Gabriel in chapter 11 of Daniel talked to him about ...
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Whose נְבָלָ֔ה in Job 42:8?

When translating Job 42:8, most English Bibles are basically the same as ESV: Now therefore take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves. ...
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How would stoning of an adulterer actually be carried out under the Law of Moses?

How would stoning of an adulterer actually be carried out under the Law of Moses? In John Chapter 8 there is the familiar story of how Jesus prevented a stoning of a woman who had committed adultery. ...
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Natural disaster at Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19:24?

In Genesis 19:24, it states: Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; Does this passage suggest that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah ...
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How many scenarios is Paul speaking of in Philippians 1:23?

Paul gives us a glimpse into his own thoughts and internal debate as he awaits possible death in jail in Philippians 1:20-23 He initially presents us with two seemingly clear options: Live and ...
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What is the relationship between light and life in John 1:4b

As per the title, what is the relationship between life (zoe) and light (phos) in John 1:4b? Are we to understand zoe and phos as being related to egeneto/gegonen in v3 eg. That life was [the ...
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de Lubac's Medieval Exegesis online? [migrated]

Question probably self-evident from the title but wondering if anyone knows of an online copy of de Lubac's Medieval Exegesis (in English trans.) Thanks!
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What does “Grace upon grace” mean?

For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. (John 1:16, ESV) I am curious as to the meaning of "grace upon grace." I have read this as "grace for grace" in other bible ...
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Why did the people of Jericho deserve such destruction?

Note: I am looking for answers both in Biblical Text and from other historical texts Joshua 6:21-25 says that they killed every living thing in it (the City of Jericho) -- "men, women, young, old, ...
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KJV Romans 12:3 according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith

In the King James Bible Romans 12:3 states ... "according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith"... Does this mean his followers were given a different "measure of faith"; that each ...
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Whose spirit is willing in Mark 14:38?

Towards the end of Mark 14, Jesus warns Peter to keep watch lest he fall into temptation: Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. "Simon," he said to Peter, "are you asleep? ...
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What is a “quickening spirit” (1 Cor 15:45) and how is it different from a “living soul”?

1st Corinthians makes a distinction between the first Adam and Jesus Christ and it also distinguishes between the soul and the spirit. What does the expression a "quickening spirit" mean here and how ...
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How can we determine if a text is sarcastic?

What hermeneutical principles help in understanding whether a particular passage is to be understood as sarcastic? For instance, Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! ...
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What does 'dominion' mean in Genesis?

"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and ...
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Does the Holy Spirit have a name

Does the Holy Spirit have a name? In Matthew 28:18-19 says: 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all ...
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Why did John the Baptist ask Jesus if he was the Messiah since he baptized Jesus and heard God speak about Jesus?

In Luke 7:18-23, it is written, 18 The disciples of John reported to him about all these things. 19 Summoning two of his disciples, John sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are You the Expected One, ...
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In John 1:12, what is the significance of the phrase “believing in his name” as opposed to the usual phrase “believing in him”?

In John 1:12, it is written, But to all who have received him – those who believe in his name – he has given the right to become God’s children NET ὅσοι δὲ ἔλαβον αὐτόν, ἔδωκεν αὐτοῖς ...
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In 2 Corinthians 10:6, what does Paul mean by the phrase “when your obedience is fulfilled”?

In 2 Cor. 10:6, it is written, And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. KJV, 1769 καὶ ἐν ἑτοίμῳ ἔχοντες ἐκδικῆσαι πᾶσαν παρακοήν ὅταν πληρωθῇ ...
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Does Pilate's language suggest a timing for the customary release?

Does the language used in the three verses referencing the release of a prisoner at the feast suggest anything about the timing of such a release? In Matthew and Mark it is the Feast and in John it ...
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Is there a difference made in the bible between faith and believe? [on hold]

Are those words the same in the bible or is there a distinction? If so what is the difference?
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In 2 Thessalonians 2:11, to what does διὰ τοῦτο refer?

In 2 Thessalonians 2:11, to what does διὰ τοῦτο refer?: καὶ διὰ τοῦτο πέμπει αὐτοῖς ὁ θεὸς ἐνέργειαν πλάνης εἰς τὸ πιστεῦσαι αὐτοὺς τῷ ψεύδει, Is it the preceding verse or the next verse? ...
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How should the story of David's concubines be read?

There's a small story of ten concubines spread across Samuel: And a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel have gone after Absalom.” Then David said to all his servants ...
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What does “The earth opened its mouth” mean?

In Revelation 12 the serpent opens its mouth to sweep away the woman, but the earth protects her by opening its mouth. Revelation 12:15-17 (NASB) 15 And the serpent poured water like a river out ...
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Is the translation “rib” for the Hebrew צֵלָע (*tsela*) in Genesis 2:22 justified?

Why is it that Biblical translators choose to translate the Hebrew word צֵלָע (tsela) as "rib" when referring to the formation of Eve from Adam in Genesis 2:22? Never is this word translated as rib ...
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What is the meaning of the word τιτάνων in the LXX of 2 Sam. 5:18?

In 2 Sam. 5:18, the Hebrew text states, וּפְלִשְׁתִּים בָּאוּ וַיִּנָּטְשׁוּ בְּעֵמֶק רְפָאִים which is translated into Greek in the LXX as, καὶ οἱ ἀλλόφυλοι παραγίνονται καὶ συνέπεσαν εἰς ...
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Historical Evidences that the Israeli Calendar Day Began at Sunset?

Related: - In Luke 23:54 - Was Jesus Entombed Right Before the Sabbath Dawn? - Do Idioms Used in the Crucifixion Narrative Resolve the "3 Day/3 Night" Objections? - In the Gospels, How ...
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Historical Evidence of Interpreting the Sabbath Rest to Begin the Preceding Night?

Related: - http://judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/69630/how-to-reconcile-if-when-the-jewish-day-was-to-begin-at-sunset - This question broken off from - Historical Evidences that the Israeli ...
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Per 1 Cor 10:8, when did God kill 23,000 for sexual immorality?

I was going through 1 Corinthians 10, doing my best to not fixate on verse 13 until i knew the context :) when I read this: 8 We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in ...
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Is Exodus 21:21 about a dead slave or one who survives?

Exodus 21:20-21 provides provisions to avenge the maltreatment of a slave: When a man strikes his slave, male or female, with a rod and the slave dies under his hand, he shall be avenged. But if ...
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What does Romans 10 have to do with Deuteronomy 30?

Romans 10:6-7 But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that ...
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What does the Old Testament phrase 'cut off from their people' mean?

What does the Old Testament phrase 'cut off from their people' mean? I have often read it, but am having difficulty imaganing how it may have actually been practiced? If it was determined that so and ...

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