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In the original Hebrew there is no definite article before the word "destroyer" or "craftsman." The Hebrew is בָּרָ֥אתִי מַשְׁחִ֖ית לְחַבֵּֽל not בָּרָ֥אתִי הַמַשְׁחִ֖ית לְחַבֵּֽל. This would indicate that it isn't referring to a specific known Destroyer, but destroyers generally. So to the reference to a smith (or craftsman) means smiths generally, not a ...


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The idea that the law was given by angels is Gnostic in origin. Both Simon and Saturninus state that the Old Testament prophecies were inspired by angels. Simon specifically says that they gave the Old Testament law, while Saturninus adds that some of the prophecies came from Satan. Grant, R. M. (1959). Gnosticism and early Christianity. New York: ...



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