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Where does John get the idea that Jesus' comment about the Temple was really about his own body?

I'm concerned about John's interpretation in 2:21 of Jesus' statements about destroying the Temple. According to John, and only him, Jesus was not talking about God's temple in Jerusalem where people ...
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Implication of the Lord's command in Numbers 31:1,2

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Take vengeance on the Midianites for the children of Israel. Afterward you shall be gathered to your people.” (Numbers 31:1,2.) Did this imply what Moses ordered ...
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Was Tamar's offer to marry Amnon sincere and plausible?

In 2 Sam 13, Tamar attempts to persuade Amnon not to rape her, entreating him (v. 12): Now therefore, please speak to the king, for he will not withhold me from you. My impression was that Tamar ...
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Has Isaiah 27 verse 6 been fulfilled through Israel's export of “Fruits.”? [closed]

In the book of Isaiah at chapter 27 verse 6 (NIV), a prophecy is recorded and it is written that, In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill the whole ...
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In Isaiah 55:13, what is the referent of “it shall be to the LORD for a name”?

Consider the following passage: Isaiah 55:13 KJV Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, ...
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Jerusalem council of Acts 15: James exegesis of Amos 9 specifically “After this I will return”

When James cited Amos 9:11-12 in defense of his decision, he deliberately changed the words “In that day I will raise up" to "After this I will return". Is James rendering of "After this I will return"...
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What is the significance of cooking the passover lamb by fire rather than boiling?

What is the significance of cooking the passover lamb by fire rather than boiling? Exodus 12:8-9 They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs ...
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What does the word harpagmos mean in Philippians 2:6

MOUNCE renders it: who, although he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, Westcott and Hort / [NA27 variants] ὃς ἐν μορφῇ θεοῦ ὑπάρχων οὐχ ...
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How do I interpret Matthew 5:28?

Matthew 5:28 is notorious on setting standards for committing adultery in our hearts: Mat 5:27 "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.' Mat 5:28 But I say to you ...
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In Hebrews 1:3, to which “purification for sins” does the verse refer?

In Hebrews 1:3, to which "purification for sins" does the verse refer?: Heb 1:3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the ...
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In Leviticus 18:5, what is being promised with regard to “life”?

In Leviticus 18:5, what is being promised with regard to "life"? Is "shall live in them" another way of saying "shall live because of them"? Or "shall live in accordance with the ordinances"? As a ...
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Where did all the demons come from in Matthew 9:32, 33 and the rest of the NT? [closed]

In the OT sickness and such is never ascribed to demons. There are no exorcisms or people "possessed by demons". In fact, even the Satan is only treated as a personal entity a few times. And YHVH's ...
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What time of the year did Jesus raise Lazarus?

Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to ...
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In Hosea 2:9-10 is YHVH threatening to remove Israel's pubic hair and expose her vulva?

Is the idea here that God will take away her clothes and expose her furry patch or that he'll remove her pubic hair and expose her vulva?: Hos 2:3 lest I strip her naked and make her as in the ...
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Luke 21:33: How can heaven pass away, when the Lord's prayer states: “Our Father who art in Heaven”?

How can heaven pass away, when the Lord's prayer states: "Our Father who art in Heaven"? Luke 21:33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
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Who/what are the “two olive trees” and the lampstand of Zechariah 4?

Zechariah 4:11-14 Then I said to him, “What are these two olive trees on the right and the left of the lampstand?” And a second time I answered and said to him, “What are these two branches of ...
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Should Isaiah 1:25 be translated as 'soap' or 'bleach'?

I'm writing an essay on Isa 1:21-31 and v25 in various translations is soap, detergent, bleach, or lye (= Sodium Hydroxide = drain unblocker!) Soap / detergent is easy to understand, but sounds like ...
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Who stood before who in Genesis 18:22?

The NIV of Genesis 18:22 reads: The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord. However, the NIV also adds a footnote: Masoretic Text; an ancient ...
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In Leviticus 14:8-9 when is a person considered ceremonially clean?

Leviticus 14 details the purification process after healing from the skin diseases described in Leviticus 13. 8 “The persons being purified must then wash their clothes, shave off all their hair, ...
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What do the wings and features in the description of the heavenly creature in Ezekiel Chapter 1 signify?

I believe the faces of the creature may represent the different parts of God's creation as holiness illustrated. Soul of Man, Heart of a Lion, Strength of an Ox, Mind of an Eagle. I'm curious what the ...
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In 1 Corinthians 5:8, who is to observe what feast?

When Paul says "let us therefore celebrate the festival" does he refer to: the feast of unleavened bread? the feast of unleavened bread and the Passover? the Passover? the christian faith but with ...
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What does 'entreat' mean in 1 Corinthians 4:13?

1 Corinthians 4:13: 'being defamed, we entreat.' In Greek: 'δυσφημούμενοι παρακαλοῦμεν'. In modern Greek, we say παρακαλο ('parakalo') to mean you're welcome (in response to 'thank you'). In Koine ...
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Genesis 3:21 - What Type of Garments Were Made? [closed]

After eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the first man and woman had their eyes opened; knew they were naked; took fig leaves and sewed them together to make aprons: And the ...
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What does the word 'entreat' mean in this context? [duplicate]

1 Corinthians 4:13: 'being defamed, we entreat.' In Greek: 'δυσφημούμενοι παρακαλοῦμεν'. In modern Greek, we say 'parakalo' to mean you're welcome (in response to 'thank you'). In Koine Greek it ...
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Where was Jesus when he said “He who believes in me believes not in me…”

In John 12 Jesus is talking with a crowd and then he disappears. Then the narrator provides an explanation for why "the Jews" could not believe in Jesus. However after it ends, Jesus is talking again. ...
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In 1 Corinthians 8:6, who does Paul say is the “one God”?

The father? The father and the lord Jesus Christ? The "trinity", but with one "person" left out? (ESV) 1 Cor 8:6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom ...
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What does conscience (συνείδησις) mean in Hebrews 9-10?

The word 'conscience' appears in Hebrews 9-10 three times: 9(which is symbolic for the present age). According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the ...
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Source of the quotation, “It is more blessed to give than to receive."

Judging from his authentic letters, Paul seems to have known little about – or thought it unnecessary to mention – many details about Jesus’ life and teachings. Direct quotations were very few. But ...
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Different chapter verse numbering in Job 40 between Masoretic and other texts

Can someone explain how there came to be different chapter/verse numberings in Chapter 40 of the book of Job? MT 40:25 becomes 41:1 in many other Bibles. Thanks!
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Is “sisters” in Matthew 13:56 ambiguous?

This question specifically deals with the Catholic doctrine of the perpetual virginity of Mary. Matthew 13:55-56 reads: Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon ...
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Are the 24 elders of Revelation Past Kings of Judah and Israel?

Revelation identifies 24 elders: Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads....
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What is the “Time of Shiloh”?

Besides the Biblical-era city what is "Shiloh" ; is the time of Shiloh yet to happen ? Is Shiloh a person, battle or other event ?
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Did Jesus ever say that he loved someone in the Bible? [closed]

Jesus asked Peter if he loved him, and Peter affirmed his love for Jesus. In John 21:15, it is written, So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me ...
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In Gen. 4:7, why is the participle רֹבֵץ declined in the masculine gender?

In Gen. 4:7, it is written, הֲלוֹא אִם תֵּיטִיב שְׂאֵת וְאִם לֹא תֵיטִיב לַפֶּתַח חַטָּאת רֹבֵץ וְאֵלֶיךָ תְּשׁוּקָתוֹ וְאַתָּה תִּמְשָׁל בּוֹ My question concerns the word רֹבֵץ, a participle ...
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In Luke 1:41 why does Luke say that Elizabeth was *filled* with πνευματος αγιου? [closed]

Does the verb επλησθη suggest a quantity of a substance rather than a person taking up residence?: Luk 1:41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And ...
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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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“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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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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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 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 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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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 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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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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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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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 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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In the LXX of 2 Samuel 5:18, what is the meaning of the word «τιτάνων»?

In 2 Sam. 5:18, the Hebrew text states, יח וּפְלִשְׁתִּים בָּאוּ וַיִּנָּטְשׁוּ בְּעֵמֶק רְפָאִים which is translated into the Greek Septuagint as, ΙΗʹ καὶ οἱ ἀλλόφυλοι παραγίνονται καὶ ...
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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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