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Why are the three accounts of Paul's conversion on the road to Damascus different

Paul himself makes no mention of a conversion on the road to Damascus, whereas Acts of the Apostles has not one, but three accounts: At Acts 9:3-8, Paul was blinded by a light and fell down, then ...
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How should Genesis 3:4 be punctuated?

In English usually after the word said we add a comma and a quote to designate when the speech began. In Hebrew I hope for some sort of structure language law. As an example: Genesis 3:4 (Hebrew ...
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What is “the Temple of the Tabernacle of Testimony”?

To what does the phrase "the temple of the tabernacle of testimony" refer in Rev. 15:5? After these things I looked, and the temple of the tabernacle of testimony in heaven was opened. NASB ...
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In Titus 2:1-2, are the roles Paul describes the “sound doctrine”?

1 You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. 2 Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance. Titus 2:1-2 ...
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Why such a long train in Isaiah 6:1?

In Isaiah's vision he sees a man on a throne in God's temple wearing a garment that featured such a long/large skirt that it filled God's true temple: Isa 6:1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I ...
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Matthew 27:38 Are they 2 thieves, 2 rebels or 2 criminals

Inspired by this question I went to check up some translations and to my surprise there are many versions. For example, in the Gods word translation the verse reads: At that time they crucified two ...
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In 1st Corinthians 11:7, is it the image that covers the head?

What connects to what in this verse? 1 Corinthians 11:7 (Stephanus Textus Receptus 1550) ἀνὴρ μὲν γὰρ οὐκ ὀφείλει κατακαλύπτεσθαι τὴν κεφαλήν, εἰκὼν καὶ δόξα θεοῦ ὑπάρχων· γυνὴ δὲ δόξα ἀνδρός ...
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What is the Meaning of 'broken off' and 'cut off' in Romans 11 vv 20 and 22?

Romans 11:20, referring to Israel, says: "Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble." (NIV) Romans 11:22, referring to ...
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To cover, to remain concealed, or against the covering?

1 Corinthians 11:6 seems to deal in some way with a head covering. For if a wife will not cover her head... (ESV) εἰ γὰρ οὐ κατακαλύπτεται γυνή... (SBL) The word used for "cover" in this ...
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What does Paul mean by “unworthy manner” in 1 Corinthians 11:27-32?

In 1 Corinthians 11:27-32 (NKJV) : 27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man ...
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Does Jesus's change in attitude about drinking wine on the cross relate to his statement ‘It is finished’?

Does Jesus's change in attitude about drinking wine on the cross relate to his statement ‘It is finished’? According to some historians, it was a merciful Jewish practice to give to those led to ...
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What is the significance of Abraham's name change with the covenant from YHWH?

YHWH makes a covenant with Abram and first changes his name to Abraham. I’m interested because YHWH’s name is mentioned about 7,000 times in the tanach so their must be a significance to the ...
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Does the New Testament use of Abba to address God signify a more intimate relationship than found in the Tanakh?

Yesterday's sermon at the church we visited was about Father's Day and referenced this passage: And [Jesus] said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not ...
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Are the “rulers of this age” of 1 Corinthians 2:8 human rulers or demonic rulers?

Starting in verse 5. 1Co 2:5 so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 2:6 Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age ...
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What does the “rod of an almond tree” in Jer 1:11 refer to?

In Jeremiah 1:11, what does the "rod of an almond tree" refer to? 11 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.”...
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Why is 2 Chronicles 13:9 translated incorrectly in the RSV / NRSV / ESV?

Here is the full text of 2 Chronicles 13:9 from the NKJV: Have you not cast out the priests of the Lord, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and made for yourselves priests, like the peoples of ...
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What is the source for Rahab's husband in Mathew 1?

In the Talmud, Megillah 14b, it mentions towards the end1 that Joshua married Rachav and that Joshua never had sons, but only daughters: דאיגיירא ונסבה יהושע ומי הוו ליה זרעא ליהושע והכתיב (דברי ...
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Meaning of “Sing to the Lord a new song”

In Psalm 33:3, it reads: Sing to him a new song; play skilfully on the strings, with loud shouts. This is most certainly not the first time I've read these words; they seem to be a common ...
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Why do some translations translate eternal life (ζωὴν αἰώνιον) in different ways?

Why do some translations translate eternal life (ζωὴν αἰώνιον) in different ways? Consider for example, John 4:36, 6:40. While some use 'eternal life' in both cases, KJV and NASB do not: “Already ...
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Did Paul take the Old Testament out of Context?

2 Corinthians 13:1-2 says: “This will be my third visit to you. “Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.” I already gave you a warning when I was with you the ...
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Define “being” in regards to Acts 17:28

Acts 17:22-28, NRSV: Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, "Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the ...
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James and Jacob are translated as the same name. What were the criteria followed for name translations?

I refer my native language telugu bible. This is my observation from my bible. The people listed below are translated using the same name: Jacob son of Isaac James the son of Zebedee James the ...
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What is the meaning of 2 Peter 3:8 (1000 years as 1 day)?

In 2 Peter 3:8 (King James Version) is written: But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. What is the ...
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God and angels in Job 4:18 and 15:15

Two related verses in Job seem to place God in an unexpected relationship with his angels: 'He puts no trust even in His servants; And against His angels He charges error. Job 4:18 (NASB) ...
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Why were there two thieves crucified with Jesus?

Matt. 27:38, Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. Jesus was crucified during the critical feast of Passover (mistakenly called the ...
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Was Isaiah familiar with the prophecy of Amos?

This question came up in reading Isaiah 1:11-15, excerpted: I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly. Your new moons and your appointed feasts    my soul hates; ...
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Who is the “star” that comes out of Jacob, and why will he crush the foreheads of Moab, and the skulls of all the sons of Sheth?

In Numbers 24:17, with reference to Balaam's fourth Oracle, it is written, (NIV) "I see him but not now, I behold him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob, a sceptre will rise ...
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What do the toes represent in the final kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream in Daniel 2?

Assuming the Legs and feet are the Roman Empire, what are we to make of its 'ten toes' that are half clay and half iron? I assume that something 'within' or absorbed by the developing Empire can be ...
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What is the proper translation of Proverbs 22:6?

I've read that the translation, which implies a promise to "right parenting" of Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. is not ...
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What would “angel” mean in the context of Genesis 48?

And he blessed Joseph and said, “The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who has been my shepherd all my life long to this day, the angel who has redeemed me from all ...
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Why does John note the name of the servant whose ear was cut off?

Unlike the synoptics, John notes the name of the man whose ear was cut off during Jesus' arrest. John 18:10 - Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, ...
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What would “bless” mean in this context of Genesis 47?

So in this very short exchange between Jacob and Pharaoh, I'm just simply curious about what is meant by this word blessed. Should I interpret this as just a courteous greeting or take it as Jacob ...
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What do bible authors mean by “they remain there till this day…”?

Biblical authors like to proclaim how some monument/stone/altar/name remains intact to-this-day. Cool. Should I take that as till the day the author wrote it down (in which case: meh), or should I ...
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Why is Moses referred to in the third person in Pentateuch, according to conservative commentators?

Since Moses is regarded as the author of the Pentateuch, it seems odd that he is so often referred to in the third person, which naturally gives the impression that Moses is not narrating. This ...
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Parable of the sower, the seed which fell on stony places?

In Matthew 13, concerning the parable of the sower, Matthew says: Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. ...
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What species of flower might Jesus have been referring to when he said, “Consider the lilies”?

When Jesus spoke of 'wheat and weeds' we understand the species of weed he was likely referring to was a poisonous look-alike to wheat. That is very significant! In a personal project I am doing, I ...
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Does Paul reject the idea of celebrating holidays in Galatians?

Paul has some very strong words against the Galatians implying that they are returning to their former state: Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not ...
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Is the 'Lamb's Book of Life' the same thing as the 'Tree/Book of Life' in Revelation?

Revelation 22:19 says: "And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in ...
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How were the manuscripts of the Bible written? [closed]

Did they have spaces, punctuation, paragraphs...? I mean the manuscripts that are closer to the original ones, do we know how the prophets wrote it?
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How did mankind's way of relating to God change in Genesis 4:26?

At the end of Chapter 4 of Genesis there is a statement in verse 26, "It was then that men began to invoke the Lord by name." Other translations have "call on the name" or "worship the LORD by name". ...
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Atonement by offering incense?

In the tabernacle, the incense is offered as prayers before God. In Numbers 16:46,47 we see Moses telling Aaron to take his censer and run through the assembly to make atonement for them. I ...
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Visions vs Dreams in Joel 2:28, Acts 2:17

In Joel 2:28 (NIV), he prophesied "And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions." ...
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In the Gospels, How Should the Hours of the Day be Understood?

Per this question, there was a comment suggesting that the 6th hour may actually be the 3rd hour - or even the noon hour. Being unfamiliar with this, how is the 6th hour possibly the same as the ...
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What “filthiness of the flesh and spirit” is Paul talking about in 2 Cor. 7:1?

What "filthiness of the flesh and spirit" is Paul talking about in 2 Cor 7:1? Firstly, he is talking about himself and his co-workers in the most of chapter 6: We then, as workers together with ...
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What Does ‘Poimenas Kai Didaskalos’ mean in Ephesians 4:11?

Ephesians 4:11 says: “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers [ Ποιμένας καὶ διδασκάλους ] ” (KJV) I don’t understand the Greek ...
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2 Corinthians - how do you tell where the first-person plural (we) is inclusive or exclusive?

In many parts of the 1 Corinthians 2, the first-person plural 'we' often appears to be consistently exclusive, speaking only of Paul/Timothy & the Apostles: Are we beginning to commend ...
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What did the “fishers of men” of Matthew 4:19 and Mark 1:17 accomplish?

I understand the gospel references to making the disciples to be "fishers of men" to be an allusion to Jeremiah 16:16: Brenton Jer 16:13 therefore I will cast you off from this good land into a ...
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ShakeSpeare connection in the King James Bible

In the book of Psalms chapter 46 Countdown 46 words from the beginning of this psalm and you will find the word "Shake." Count up 46 words from the end of this psalm and you will find the word "Spear."...
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Is Paul receiving the baptism of The Holy Spirit (in Acts 9:17-19) OR is something else happening here?

In Acts 9:17-19, I'm not seeing that the text itself ever says that Paul received The Holy Spirit. If you disagree, please do (hoping to get some clarity). I'm seeing that it says Ananias tells Paul ...
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Is Jesus the Good Samaritan?

It seems clear that in at least some parables there is an analogical correspondence between some character in the parable and Jesus. For instance, in the parable of the tenants in Luke 20, most would ...

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