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Revelation 21:25 Gates of New Jerusalem never closed

Regarding the New Jerusalem, Revelation 21:25 states: Its gates will never be closed during the day (and there will be no night there). (Revelation 21:25 NET) What is the significance of the ...
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What role did James have in Paul's conflict with Peter?

In Galatians 2, Paul records a conflict he had with Peter. In doing so, he mentions that "certain men came from James" and that after their arrival, Peter separated himself from eating with the ...
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Why does Joshua set up 12 stones in the midst of the Jordan River?

After the nation of Israel passes over the Jordan River, God commanded Joshua: Josh 4:2 'Take you twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man, Josh 4:3 and command ye them, saying: ...
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Might “son of Barachiah” be a scribal addition in Matthew 23:35?

The apparently confused identification of "Zechariah the son of Barachiah" in Matthew 23:35 is well known.* Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and ...
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What is the significance of Ezekiel's description of God's heavenly chariot in chapter 1?

Chapter 1 of Ezekiel contains a famous description of God's heavenly chariot (the maaseh merkava): ...as I was among the captives by the river Chebar, the heavens were opened, and I saw visions ...
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What did Joseph suspect Mary of in Matthew 1:18-19?

There only seem to be three options I’ve heard or seem possible: Adultery (Post-marriage) Fornication (Pre-marriage) He knew the child was born of the Holy Spirit and want to remove himself from the ...
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When did Jesus give the Holy Spirit, at the Resurrection or Pentecost? [duplicate]

I don't understand the timing (as it is literally written) between John 20 and Acts 1-2. The events in John 20:19 sound like what is being described in Acts 2, however the timing of each is clearly ...
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What does it mean to be “born of water”?

In John 3:5, Jesus tells Nicodemus that to enter the kingdom one must be "born of water and the Spirit". How is this phrase understood? Is it a single construct (i.e. one birth of both water and ...
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How did the shadow move back ten steps in 2 Kings 20:8-11?

There are several things I'd like to know about this passage: And Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “What shall be the sign that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up to the house of the LORD on ...
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What is the meaning of Luke 23:31?

For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry? There have been numerous commentaries suggesting what the "Green" and "Dry" Tree is; also, the fact that He addresses the ...
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Is 1 Corinthians 11:19 intended as irony?

My question is about the following text: But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. For, in the first place, ...
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What scripture is Paul referring to in Ephesians 5:14?

In Ephesians we find that light (religious truth) is being deacribed as very powerul as it is able to make dead things living just by shinning on them. But when anything is exposed by the light, it ...
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The Lord's Prayer - Why do we ask to “lead us not into temptation”? Should it be “let us not enter into temptation”? [duplicate]

I've been doing a little reading on the history of The Lord's Prayer, and I came across a video and book by Dr. Rocco Errico, as well as "Holy Bible - From the Ancient Eastern Text" by George M. ...
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Where does Paul write that God is longsuffering?

Peter tells his hearers that Paul has written in all of his letters of the longsuffering of God yet I don't recall much, if anything on that subject in his letters. What in Paul's letters would this ...
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Why did the bystanders at the cross misunderstand Jesus in Matthew 27:46-47?

There's a (to me) peculiar passage in the passion account of Matthew. Matthew 27:46-47 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus ...
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Does Romans 9:5 assert the deity of Christ?

Also known by the more pedestrian title: How should Romans 9:5 be punctuated? Romans 9:5, NA28 (punctuation omitted): ὧν οἱ πατέρες καὶ ἐξ ὧν ὁ Χριστὸς τὸ κατὰ σάρκα ὁ ὢν ἐπὶ πάντων θεὸς ...
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Does Psalm 72:13 mean “lives” or “souls?”

Young's Literal Translation and KJV say in Psalm 72:13 that Solomon will save the "souls" of the needy. Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition, NIV say Solomon will "save the needy from death." ...
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Was the “abomination of desolation” Caligula's proposed statue in the Temple?

In Mark 13:14 (and similarly in Matthew 24:15) Jesus is reported as saying: "When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ standing where it does not belong—let the reader understand—then ...
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What is the socio-historical significance of the “cup of cold water” in Matthew 10:42

In Matthew 10:40-42, Jesus identifies himself with his disciples and lays some expectations for how he expects them to be treated. I'm curious, though, about the the significance of his "cup of cold ...
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What is the best book(s) giving an unbiased guide to Biblical interpretation for beginners? [closed]

I'm looking for a guide to interpreting the Bible as it was meant to be interpreted by its original audience, and perhaps something that details how the Bible came to be what it is today. Although ...
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What does “My Lord and my God” Mean?

John 20:28: Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Why both words? Doesn't God imply "Lord" as well? I'm assuming this has something to do with the exact original text?
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Leviticus says animal sacrifice will cleanse you from your sins. Hebrews says it's impossible. What does “clean” mean?

Leviticus 16: 2The Lord said...6Aaron is to offer the bull for his own sin offering to make atonement for himself and his household...9 Aaron shall bring the goat whose lot falls to the Lord and ...
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Why does mizpah signify an emotional bond?

In Genesis 31: 48 Laban said, “This heap is a witness between you and me today.” That is why it was called Galeed. 49 It was also called Mizpah because he said, “May the Lord keep watch ...
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The correct translation for Luke 6:21 (γελάσετε)

What is the correct way to translate Luke 6:21b and 6:25b? When translating the word (γελάσετε), some translators have used "you will laugh" or "you shall laugh." Blessed are you who hunger now, ...
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Is there a difference between Heaven and Paradise? [closed]

When Jesus was on the cross during his crucifixion, He said to one of the thieves " (Luke 23:43) And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in Paradise." After he was ...
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Who is the prophet in Matthew 1:22?

I have a feeling that Isaiah is the prophet mentioned in Matthew 1:22. There is no reference to who this prophet is for some unknown reason. Does anyone have any info or deniable proof to this. Is ...
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Is there anything in Genesis to suggest why the ancient Israelites were made to be slaves in Egypt?

Is there a reason provided in Genesis for the enslavement of the ancient Israelites for 400 years?: Genesis 15:13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a ...
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Jeremiah 30:9, David as King

Jeremiah 30:9 says, according to the NIV: "Instead they will serve the Lord their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them." Most of the other translations are the same. It seems very ...
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Did Luke use Josephus as a source?

Richard Carrier summarizes an argument made by Steve Mason in his book Josephus and the New Testament that Luke knew of Josephus' Jewish War (79 CE) and Jewish Antiquities (94 CE). At it's core, the ...
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In Judges 15:8; Hip and thigh?

In Judges, why and how does Samson attack them (the philistines) hip and thigh with a great slaughter. What in the world does that even mean?
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Predestinate: Before Birth or Before Judgment?

Predestinate: to determine or set a destiny ahead of an appointed time. I am curious as to why the appointed time in regard to 'predestinate' is so often interpreted to mean "before time began," when ...
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What does “entertaining angels unawares” mean?

Hebrews 13:2 says, "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares." The tendency is 'gloss past' this passage; it's a reminder to be hospitable, ...
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Can Ezekiel 1 be interpreted as describing a robot?

In my readings of Ezekiel chapter 1, Ezekiel comes into contact with what in our time could only be interpreted as a robot. For instance, it had wheels, four faces, was metallic, and was able to fly; ...
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In Acts 2, Which Prophecies Affirm Peter's Claim that the Messiah Would Receive the Holy Spirit?

Note: Psalms 68 has been suggested by another person - but is its translation in Ephesians valid? 1. Question: What Prophecies / Promises support Peter's argument that the Messiah A.) was ...
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Was 20 (Numbers 32:11, Deuteronomy 1:39) the age from which God would consider an Israelite accountable for his sins?

Numbers 32:11 “Surely none of the men who came up from Egypt, from twenty years old and above, shall see the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, because they have not wholly followed ...
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Why does the King James have “turtle” in Song of Solomon 2:12?

Ernie Harwell was famous for starting his first baseball broadcast of the Detroit Tigers spring with the following quote: Song of Solomon 2:11-12 (KJV) 11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain ...
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What did Jesus mean in John 20:23 when he talked about his followers forgiving sins?

What did Jesus mean in John 20:23 when he said, “If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained”? According to other ...
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Codex 1r available with historic remarks?

Does anyone know, if Codex 1r (used by Erasmus) is available for online reading? How about history of the manuscript, what do we know about it? I'm especially interested of the Revelation part of it ...
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How can Ephesians 4:8 be a quote/translation of Psalms 68:18?

In Psalms we have: You ascended on high, leading a host of captives in your train and receiving gifts among men, even among the rebellious, that the Lord God may dwell there. (Psalms 68:18, ...
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Antichrist, Man of Lawlessness, Beast of Revelation 13

It is generally assumed that the antichrist, the man of lawlessness, and the beast in Revelation 13 all refer to the same end time enemy of God. What is the basis for this assumption? Are there ...
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Is there an allusion to Psalm 22 in John 19:30, ‘It is finished’?

The allusions to Psalm 22 in the Gospel accounts of Jesus' crucifixion are well-known and have been discussed on BH.SE on several occasions. I recently ran across the claim (e.g. in a blog and a JETS ...
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In the Gospel of John, why does Jesus say (four times), “I will raise him up at the last day”?

It's obviously significant since he repeated it four times, but what actually is the significance of the phrase? The phrase is translated from the Greek ἀναστήσω αὐτὸ (ἐν) τῇ ἐσχάτῃ ἡμέρᾳ which ...
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Interpretation of Psalm 12:6-7

I'm doing a personal Bible study on the KJV Only doctrine. KJVO advocates point to Psalm 12:6-7 as evidence for the inerrancy of the KJV (or the source manuscripts used by them). The words of the ...
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Why did John make such a big deal about being a faster runner than Peter?

John 20:3-8: So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of ...
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Is “kill” a valid translation for Exodus 20:13 (Thou shalt not kill)?

Exodus 20:13 (KJV) Thou shalt not kill. Many political statements have been made about this verse. This translation has been used by many to support their pacifist desires. However, it seems ...
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Has the Apostle Paul ever been to Spain?

Paul expresses his intention to go to Spain in Romans 15: 24I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and to be helped on my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a ...
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Is loving your neighbour more than yourself allowed?

Someone just came to me arguing that the second of the biggest commandments is also a commandment to love oneself. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. ...
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Proverbs 26:10 - Are modern translations right to involve an 'archer'?

I'm trying to interpret Proverbs 26:10, but as I've attempted to cross-reference more and more sources, I keep finding radically different translations: "Like an archer who wounds at random, so is ...
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Hebrews 12:24: subjective or objective genitive?

Does the subjective or objective genitive appear in the following verse? Hebrews 12:24 (NASB) 24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better ...
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Is Psalm 16 about resurrection or simply protection?

To "prove" that the resurrection of God's Anointed had been predicted in the scriptures (and thus prove the resurrection had occurred) Peter cites part of Psalm 16 from the LXX. But isn't he simply ...

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