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In Hebrews 9:23, why does the author use the plural “better sacrifices” rather than the singular “better sacrifice”?

In Heb. 9:23, it is written, 23 It is necessary, therefore, the pattern indeed of the things in the heavens to be purified with these, and the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices ...
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In Romans 1:9, is Paul swearing?

What does Paul mean by "God is my witness"?: Rom 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you Westcott and Hort / [...
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In Philippians 1:19, what does Paul mean by the “supply” and what “turns out for” his deliverance?

ESV Php 1:19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, New International Version for I know that through your ...
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In Hebrews 11:10, what city was Abraham looking forward to?

In Hebrews 11:10, what city was Abraham looking forward to?: ESV Heb 11:10 For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. ISV Heb 11:10 ...
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In Galatians 4:7-11, is Paul concerned that the saints would forfeit their salvation?

For the second time in this letter Paul expresses concern that his labor in Galatia might be a total loss. He addresses the Galatians as brothers but seems freaked out about them observing "days, ...
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Is the woman in Hosea 3 Gomer?

The NIV translates Hosea 3:1: The LORD said to me, "Go, show your love to your wife again..." The Hebrew doesn't say "your wife", rather the indefinite "a woman": וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֵלַי עוֹד ...
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Meaning of ἐκ and ἐν in Galatians 3:11-12

Galatians 3:11-12 reads: 11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” 12 But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does ...
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Summary of textual variations and history of Judges 6:12-16?

In Judges 6:12,14,16 we have the angel of the LORD appear to Gideon, but then he is just referred to by LORD, that is, just the tetragrammaton. 12 And the angel of the LORD[?] appeared to him and ...
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Did Jesus' body decompose to any extent? [closed]

Acts 2:27 (NRSV) 27 For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One experience corruption. ὅτι οὐκ ἐγκαταλείψεις τὴν ψυχήν μου εἰς ᾅδην οὐδὲ δώσεις τὸν ὅσιόν σου ἰδεῖν ...
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In John 19:25, are there three women or four women listed?

In John 19:25, the Greek text states, ΚΕʹ εἱστήκεισαν δὲ παρὰ τῷ σταυρῷ τοῦ Ἰησοῦ ἡ μήτηρ αὐτοῦ καὶ ἡ ἀδελφὴ τῆς μητρὸς αὐτοῦ Μαρία ἡ τοῦ Κλωπᾶ καὶ Μαρία ἡ Μαγδαληνή TR, 1550 According to the ...
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When is “this day” that Jesus was “begotten”? And how is this related to Jesus being called God's “son”?

In Psalm 2:7 the psalm refers to the day that Messiah was begotten: Psa_2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. And twice ...
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In Matthew 27:46, what did Jesus mean by referring to God as “**my** God”?

In Matthew 27:46, what did Jesus mean by referring to God as "my God"?: Mat 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My ...
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In Matthew 6:9, what name is Jesus referring to?

Jesus taught: Mat 6:9 Pray then like this: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Matthew/Jesus appears to allude to the Torah which provides the name as "YHVH" (perhaps "Yehovah"): ...
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“Kiss the son” in Psalm 2:12

Psalm 2:12a is traditionally translated: נַשְּׁקוּ־בַר kiss [the] son This reflects an understanding of בַר (bar) as the Aramaic word for son. A few other options: NRSV: kiss his feet ...
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In John 11:16, what is the meaning of Thomas’ statement: “Let us also go, so that we may die with him.”

In John 11:16, it is written, ΙϚʹ εἶπεν οὖν Θωμᾶς ὁ λεγόμενος Δίδυμος τοῖς συμμαθηταῖς Ἄγωμεν καὶ ἡμεῖς ἵνα ἀποθάνωμεν μετ᾽ αὐτοῦ TR, 1550 which may be translated as, 16 Then Thomas (who is ...
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Is this the description of a Dragon?

Job 40:15-20: “Behold, Behemoth, which I made as I made you; he eats grass like an ox. Behold, his strength in his loins, and his power in the muscles of his belly. He makes his tail stiff like a ...
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2 Thess. 1:7-9 - could 'those' be fallen angels instead of humans?

7 and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, 8 in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do ...
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Why use the expression “is from of old”?

In Psalm 74:12 (ESV) we read "Yet God my King is from of old, ...". While I understand that to mean something like "Yet God my King is from ancient times", why would translators use the phrase "is ...
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How to translate and understand the syntax in Romans 12:10?

In Romans 12:10, I'm having difficulty translating the verse since it appears to lack verbs (and even subjects). Furthermore, What is the significance of «τῇ φιλαδελφίᾳ» and «τῇ τιμῇ» being declined ...
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In John 3, how do we get the idea that born again happens when one first believes on Jesus?

I have always believed that when Jesus said that a person must be born again, that He was referring to something that happens when one first believes in Him. Many Christians hold this view. But when I ...
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Does “first” demand a “second” in Zechariah 12:7?

Does the Hebrew for "first" in Zechariah 12:7 carry the same logical implication we would apply in English that there must then be, at least, a second? “And the LORD will give salvation to the ...
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If it's a mirror, what is being reflected in 1 Cor 13:12?

If we accept that Paul is speaking of a mirror in 1 Cor 13:12, as some think to be the case (1 Corinthians 13:12: "For now we see through a glass, darkly"), then what is being reflected? I ...
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In 1 John 4:2b, what does John mean by ἐν σαρκὶ ἐληλυθότα? “In flesh [and blood]” or “among humans/men”? And why is this such an important issue?

In 1 John 4:2b, what does John mean by ἐν σαρκὶ ἐληλυθότα? According to the BDAG1, Here is the semantic domain of σάρξ, σαρκός from BDAG: σάρξ, σαρκός, ἡ (Hom.+; ‘flesh’). ① the material that ...
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In Acts 5:3-4, did Ananias “lie to”, “fake”, “pretend” or “perjure yourself”?

In Acts 5:3-4, did Ananias "lie to", "fake" or "pretend"? Act 5:3 But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the ...
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In 1 John 5:20-21, who does John identify as “him who is true” and “the true God”?

In 1 John 5:20-21, who does John identify as "him who is true" and "the true God"? ESV 1Jn 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him ...
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In John 17:3, who does Jesus address as “the only true God”?

In John 17:3 Jesus prays to his Father and identifies him as "the only true God" to the exclusion of himself and πνευματος αγιου. Joh 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they know you [singular] ...
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What is the authority given by the Father to the Son in Matthew 28:18?

What is the universal and cosmic authority given by the Father to the Son in Matthew 28:18? And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me." ...
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Nimrod who is he [duplicate]

In Genesis 10:8-9, scriptures mention Nimrod: Cush was the father of Nimrod; he began to be a valiant warrior on the earth. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the Lord. (That is why it is said, “Like ...
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In Genesis 3 - is the translation of verse 16 accurate?

In Genesis 3 we have "The Fall" and from v16 onwards we have what the consequences of the fall are to be. As I read the consequences, they are mostly not things that God does to mankind, but read more ...
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Question concerning those who “wash their robes” in Revelation 7

In Rev. 7:9-14, it is written, 9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the ...
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Is there any distinction in the Greek between “Praying in/with the Spirit” from Ephesians 6:18 & the similar words in 1 Corinthians 14:15?

In Paul's first letter to the Corinthians Paul indicates that he prefers to pray both in (or with) the Spirit and in (or with) the mind. τί οὖν ἐστίν; προσεύξομαι τῷ πνεύματι, προσεύξομαι δὲ καὶ ...
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In Romans 7:3-6, does Paul's polemic regarding the dissolution of legal requirements through faith-death hold water?

Paul's argument in Romans 7:3-6 appears to be an exercise in semantics in that he excuses a circumcised Jew from his covenant with God by claiming that they are "dead through the body of Christ". Is ...
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Why was the serpent punished since it was only “used” by Satan?

The serpent was created by God. It couldn't be Lucifer since it is listed as a "wild animal...God has made." And Lucifer isn´t an animal. What kind of serpent are we talking about here? Gn 3:1a (...
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What does it mean that all authority is given to Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:18? [closed]

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me." Matthew 28:18 (ESV) Jesus , being given universal authority, is the supreme ruler of the universe....
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Jesus called “the Prophet” _or_ “the Messiah”?

The debate in the crowd, in John 7:40-41 indicates a split/or disagreement, assumedly indicating that it could be possible that a person could have fulfilled one of these positions: Some of the ...
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Should Genesis 8:10 read “he waited” or “he waited anxiously”?

In Genesis 8:10 the first word in the MT is ויחל. The Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS) suggests emending to וייחל. Everyone seems to accept the BHS and translate this as "waited" just as if the ...
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What did the label “abomination” indicate in Egyptian society?

The word תּוֹעֵבָה (tôʿēbâ, "abomination") is very common in the Hebrew Bible, usually designating breaches of covenant stipulations which are tôʿēbâ in the sight of YHWH. These uses are concentrated ...
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What is the meaning of John 17:3?

In a post on Christianity.SE, a member made a comment concerning John 17:3 that "knowing God...is a consequence of eternal life." In John 17:3, the Greek text states, Γʹ αὕτη δέ ἐστιν ἡ αἰώνιος ...
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Meaning of ἐνδημέω and ἐκδημέω in 2 Cor 5?

I was studying 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 when I noticed that two terms that play a major part in its interpretation are very unusual Greek words: ἐνδημέω - endēmeō ἐκδημέω - ekdēmeō They are clearly ...
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What was the pillar of fire that led the Israelites through the desert? [closed]

I'm just curious, does anyone have any idea as to what the physical nature of the pillar of fire in Exodus 13:21-22 was? I've always imagined it as a vortex of fire (like a tornado but with fire) ...
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Narrative and Liteary features of Hermenutics - what are they ?

As a beginner in Hermenutics! I have come across various terms and topics which have initially caused confusion and frustration. A certain term which cause this was 'liteary and narrative features'. ...
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What are the literary and narrative features Judges 1?

What literary or structural features are within the context of Judges 1? I'm finding this chapter exceedingly difficult to come to grips with in relation to the rest of the book. Are there any books ...
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Bodily resurrection in 1 Corinthians chapter 15

Is there any reason to believe from the Apostle Paul's expression of his view on bodily resurrection in 1st Corinthians 15 that his view is a carryover of his pharisaic beliefs? Or does it more ...
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In 1 Kings 19:2, could Jezebel have been putting a death hex on Elijah?

In 1 Kings 19:2, the passage says: 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow ...
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Did Jesus call his disciples before or after going to the Capernaum synagogue?

I have a question concerning a potential contradiction in the order of events in Galilee. In Luke 5, Jesus calls his disciples after he heals an impure spirit at the Capernaum synagogue. But in Mark ...
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In 1 Corinthians 10:10-12 how precarious does Paul want the saints to understand their situation be?

Paul writes: 1Co 10:10 nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. 1Co 10:11 Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our ...
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Why is there an “extra” verse at the end of Psalms 25 and 34?

As far as I can tell, all of the acrostic Psalms (9-10, 25, 34, 37, 111, 112, 119, 145) end appropriately after taw, although many of them are missing various letters.* Psalms 25 and 34 both have an "...
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In 1 Thessalonians 4:16, does «ἐν Χριστῷ» modify «οἱ νεκροὶ» or «ἀναστήσονται»?

In 1 Thes. 4:16, it is written, 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. ...
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Acts 3:19-20: Accuracy of Greek Text and Reference of “the four-hundred and fifty” in Codex Sinaiticus

The Received Text on Acts 3:19-20 differs from such MSS as the Codex Sinaiticus (א), Alexandrinus (A), and the Codex Vaticanus (B). Questions: Is it possible that the Received Text is accurate? ...
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In John 1:32, what is the distinction between «ὡσεὶ» (TR) and «ὡς» (NA28)?

In John 1:32, the Greek text states, ΛΒʹ καὶ ἐμαρτύρησεν Ἰωάννης λέγων ὅτι τεθέαμαι τὸ πνεῦμα καταβαῖνον ὡσεὶ περιστερὰν ἐξ οὐρανοῦ καὶ ἔμεινεν ἐπ᾽ αὐτόν TR, 1550 ΛΒʹ καὶ ἐμαρτύρησεν Ἰωάννης ...

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