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How should we contextualize Paul's “Jesus is accursed” in I Co 12:3?

In Paul's chapter concerning spiritual gifts (1 Co 12), with the "bookends" being the subject of the Corinthians' appalling behavior at their love feasts (chapter 11) and the nature and importance of ...
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What does Cain say to Abel in Genesis 4:8?

The Masoretic version of Genesis 4:8 reads as follows: וַיֹּאמֶר קַיִן, אֶל-הֶבֶל אָחִיו; וַיְהִי בִּהְיוֹתָם בַּשָּׂדֶה, וַיָּקָם קַיִן אֶל-הֶבֶל אָחִיו וַיַּהַרְגֵהוּ. And Cain said to his ...
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I will raise you up at the last day

In many verses in John 6, Jesus says "I will raise them up at the last day". Does that mean to literally "revived" the ones who ate his body and drank his blood? Or what does it mean? Thanks!
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Jesus said Θεέ μου before He died and Jesus said Θεόν μου after He rose. What is the difference?

Matthew (NKJV): And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (27:46) Matthew (USB5): περὶ δὲ ...
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Song of Solomon 5:16, the signification of “”im“”

In Song of Solomon 5:16, the verse in Hebrew transliteration is: ḥikkōw mamṯaqqîm wəḵullōw maḥămaddîm zeh ḏōwḏî wəzeh rê‘î, bənōwṯ yərūšālim חִכּוֹ֙ מַֽמְתַקִּ֔ים וְכֻלּ֖וֹ מַחֲמַדִּ֑ים זֶ֤ה ...
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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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Who is John actually writing his seven epistles in Revelation?

Who is John actually writing his seven epistles to in the Revelation? I know that the Greek word ἄγγελος can also mean "messenger" besides "angel". But who would those seven messengers be? How ...
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Is “you” in plural or in singular in Gen. 3:3?

Is "ye" in singular or in plural In Gen 3:3? (or is there at all a difference in number in that pronoun in Hebrew?): "But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath ...
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What pronoun refers to the Holy Spirit in John 14:26?

In John 14:26, English translations read, "He will teach you all things" or something similar, referring to the Holy Spirit with a masculine singular pronoun. Apparently the Greek word is "ekeinos", ...
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What is the proper translation in English, for Pi Hahiroth.?

In Exodus 14:1-2 it is written, Then the Lord said to Moses, "Tell the Israelites to turn back and camp near Pi Hahiroth." I have looked on the internet to find the translation,and each source ...
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Why Luke's gospel was originally anonymous?

According to an answer here What are the evidences that Luke is written after/before the fall of Jerusalem? Luke's gospel was originally anonymous and latter assigned to Luke, a fellow travelers of ...
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What is on the sealed scroll in Revelation 5-8?

Revelation chapter 5: 1 Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming ...
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Does Christ return to Heaven after the thousand year reign, and then return to earth after the seventh trumpet?

After the thousand year reign is over we read in Revelation 20:v7-8 When the thousand years are over,Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four ...
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As in Heaven so in Earth Luke 11:2

In newer versions of the Bible the phrase "as in heaven so in earth" appears to have replaced, "on earth as it is in heaven." I have heard that the "as in heaven so in earth" phrase is part of a ...
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In what sense did Judas betray Jesus?

Mark 14:11: And when they heard [it], they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him and all other verses mentioning Judas betraying Jesus. In ...
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Who does Jesus refer to by the phrase “another who testifies about me” in John 5:32?

There is another who testifies about me, and I know that the testimony that he testifies about me is true. ἄλλος ἐστὶν ὁ μαρτυρῶν περὶ ἐμοῦ καὶ οἶδα ὅτι ἀληθής ἐστιν ἡ μαρτυρία ἣν μαρτυρεῖ περὶ ...
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Why is “Mitzrayim” translated “Egypt”?

I stumbled across this book trailer in my Facebook feed. The author says that the Israelites were never slaves in Egypt but Mitzrayim. So according to him Mitzrayim and Egypt are different lands. ...
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Does “sexual immorality” in Rev. 2:10 really mean idolatry?

Revelation 2:14 NASB But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to ...
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John 14:3 (KJV): Why did Jesus say, “If I go?”

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:3 (KJV)
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What was the tree of life in Genesis 2:9

What specifically is the "Tree of Life" in Genesis 2:7 What specifically is the "Tree of the knowledge of good and evil" Gen. 2:7
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Jesus' commandments

1 John 2:3-6 NIV And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in ...
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In Mark 3:11-12, who or what are τὰ πνεύματα τὰ ἀκάθαρτα and are they visible and/or audible?

ISV Mar 3:11 Whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they would fall down in front of him and scream, "You are the Son of God!" Mar 3:12 But he sternly ordered them again and again not to tell ...
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What does “petra" mean in Mathew 16:18?

One of the answers to the question Are there any examples of sarcasm in the bible? on Christianity.SE states: Mathew 16:18 Jesus tells Peter (Greek--Petros--rock) that he's the "rock" (Gr: Petra---...
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Morality of God's commandment to kill rebels

What turns me down about God are 2 stories that I have readed on my bible. God hardening pharaoh's heart and punishing him because of it, and Levites killing his relatives Today I will talk about ...
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At the time of Moses, who were to obey the ten commandments (Exodus 20:1-17), Israel or the whole of humanity?

We sometimes talk to people outside any faith community as if they are supposed to know the ten commandments and follow them. Who were the commandments originally intended for?
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What Evidence Supports The Gospel Of Thomas Being Q? [closed]

Simple question--what evidence is there that the Gospel of Thomas may actually be Q? For example, is there any solid evidence of Gospel of Thomas being composed before the synoptic gospels? ...
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Who decided to send spies to Canaan

Numbers 13:1-2 records that God asked Moses to send men to spy the land of Canaan, Deuteronomy 1:21-23 records that it was Moses who sent the spies. Who actually sent the spies was it Moses or God?
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How is 2 Maccabees 12:40-46 to be understood?

In 2 Maccabees 12:40-46, it says, And they found under the coats of the slain some of the donaries of the idols of Jamnia, which the law forbiddeth to the Jews: so that all plainly saw, that ...
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In Exodus 14:16, could “divide the water” also mean, “break the water.”

In Exodus 14:16 (NIV) Moses is told by the Lord, Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. I am ...
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Who or what is the author speaking about when he wrote 'walls' in Isaiah 49:16?

Isaiah 49:16, New American Standard Bible (NASB): 16 “Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me."
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Why did God order the Israelites to kill all males in battle but spare females in Deuteronomy 20:13-14?

Why did God order the Israelites to kill all the males in a land after capturing it but spare the females?
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Is Paul communicating that all their future sins were forgiven in Colossians 2:13-14?

Exegetically, without bringing theology to the text, is Paul stating that all their sins, including future sins were forgiven in Colossians 2:13-14? Would the recipients of this letter understand "...
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What do pomegranates of blue, purple and scarlet material look like?

This is the 1st time I'm asking this website a question.. But what do the pomegranates in blue, purple and scarlet material look like? Are they actual pomegranates (which as far as I know, are red... ...
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“Jesus said to them ”I am" (John 18:6) - Did Jesus break a taboo here?

In the following verse, did Jesus in fact say the word, the name of God, that no Jew would dare to say aloud at that time? As soon then as he had said unto them, I am [he], they went backward, ...
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Can Enoch's hermeneutical approach be determined?

This is related to Jack's hemeneutical approaches And follows Abel's hermeneutic Enoch is the second on the list of faithful. Can we determine a plausible hermeneutic that explains Enoch's 'pleasing ...
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What is Leviticus 13:55 all about?

Continuing the response to the meta call for contradiction. Here is Leviticus 13:55 in context: And he burned the cloth or the warp or the woof, of wool or of linen, or any of the leather ...
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New American Standard Bible vs English Standard Version: Which one's more faithful to the original text? [duplicate]

I've read that both the NASB and ESV versions are "formal, word-for-word translations". Is there any way to determine which is the most accurate version? Bonus consideration: Precise translation ...
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What are the idols and who are the little children?

The letter of 1 John comes to what seems to be an abrupt ending. Yet in the context of the entire letter is examined, the ending seems to be purposeful : Chapter 1 - Introudction My little ...
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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 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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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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Why “from whence” and not simply “whence”?

Although it seems to be a fairly common error, even in significant writers such as Shakespeare, Dickens, Twain, etc, still I was surprised to find the "from whence" instead of "whence" error in Bible ...
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Translation of “šal·laḥ” in Malachi 2:16

The NIV translates "šal·laḥ" in Malachi 2:16 as "hates and divorces": “The man who hates and divorces his wife,” says the Lord, the God of Israel, “does violence to the one he should protect,” ...
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How exactly does parable of a tower and a war (Luke 14:28-33) mean that we should give up everything we have?

In the parable in Luke 14:28-32 I see advice to think first and give up risky plans. But the explanation in verse 33 says it means to give up one's earthly belongings, which is quite a different ...
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Could the crowd have provided the extra bread and fish in the account of Jesus feeding the thousands?

In all of the feeding miracles (Matthew 14:13-21, Matthew 15:32-16:10, Mark 6:31-44, Mark 8:1-9, Luke 9:10-17 and John 6:5-15) would it have been possible that the extra bread and fish did not get ...
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In the New Testament, What is the Origin of “Believe In” and “Believe Into”?

Is there any Extra-Biblical source, (in Classical Greek, or Semitic sources), or a syntactical rule, behind the construction: ["πιστεύων ἐν" and "πιστεύων εἰς" + "Some Leader"]* — Or, is this ...
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Does Luke 1:1-3 suggest that there are more than four Gospels?

Luke 1:1-3 (NIV) Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses ...
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Are the unlearned and unstable in 2 Pet 3:16 regenerated Christians?

In 2 Pet 3:16: As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also ...
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Did the sister of Lazarus anoint Jesus with perfume once, or twice?

I am not re-asking this question or this question, which concern the absolute number of times Jesus was anointed with perfume. I'm asking about a confusing fact from the Gospel of John, by itself, ...
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Did Jesus subject Himself to the law of the land by paying the temple tax?

Did Jesus give in to political pressure by paying the temple tax as recorded in Matthew 17? But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you ...

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