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Peter Carnley says in The Structure of Resurrection Belief that he believes the four accounts do originate in a single story, after redaction by the four evangelists: There is no suggestion that the tomb was discovered by different witnesses on four different occasions, so it is in fact impossible to argue that the discrepancies were introduced by ...


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Neil Elliott explains, in ' Blasphemed Among the Nations: Pursuing an Anti-Imperial "Intertextuality" in Romans', As It Is Written (Edited by Porter and Stanley), pages 226-9, that Romans chapters 2 and 3 consist of a stylised conversation with a Judean as a rhetorical device aimed at his non-Judean audience. He says that verses 2:12-13 are part of this ...


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In order to have the genealogy of Jesus occur in patterns of 14 ancestors, the author of Matthew had to make two known compromises. The first was to ignore three kings in the Old Testament - Joash, Amaziah and Uzziah (2 Chronicles 24:1-26:1). The second was to have David as the fourteenth ancestor in one group and as the first ancestor in the following group,...


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Regardless of how the particle γὰρ is translated, I don't think a causal relationship between marriage and death can be avoided in these verses. If we take γὰρ in its basic sense of "for", then Jesus seems to be saying that there will be no marriage in the resurrection because there will be no death. To understand why Jesus would say this, we must first ...


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Based on a comparison of various translations of this passage, it would appear that the conjunction γὰρ does not necessarily always imply a direct dependency. The NETBible, for example, translates it as "in fact". So Jesus appears to be using this conjunction to "pivot" from the Sadducees misunderstanding of marriage in the afterlife, to their ...


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Maximum and most probable total time in Egypt (comprising both initial time in freedom and subsequent time in slavery) can be calculated using Moses' genealogy in Exodus. The line is: Levi, Kohath, Amram, Moses. Kohath was alive when Jacob and his sons went into Egypt (Gen 46:8,11). Kohath lived 133 years (Ex 6:18). Amram lived 137 years (Ex 6:20). Moses ...


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Some possible answers may be found in 1 Corinthians 7. Here, Paul explains the necessity of marriage for those believers who are oppressed & tormented by instinctual (natural) sexual lust. But about the Resurrection to the Deathless state, Paul states: 29. What I mean, my friends, is this: there is not much time left, and from now on married people ...


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The three contradictory accounts can not be resolved by looking for the 'truth', because we have no way of establishing which account is true in any absolute sense. However, we can, and should, understand the contradiction from the history of the gospels themselves. Mark's Gospel was the first account to be written, believed to be written about 70 CE. ...


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I will address only the first two issues in the question, regarding dates. The bottom line of my answer is that John is factually accurate and that he intentionally deviated from the Synoptics for the purpose of noting important theological meaning, not for the sake of dating accuracy itself. There are two possible chronologies, which I will call C14 and ...


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Luke knew Galatians Logically, the first question to deal with is whether 'Luke' knew Paul's Epistle to the Galatians, because this will inform the answers to the other questions posed. David Ravens (Luke and the Restoration of Israel, pages 174-5) speaks of the epistles generally when he says there are three possible answers: (1) that Luke did not know the ...


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These passages do not contradict. Read them more closely (emphasis added): Hezekiah: "He trusted in the LORD the God of Israel, so that there was none like him among all the kings of Judah after him, nor among those who were before him. For he held fast to the LORD. He did not depart from following him, but kept the commandments that the LORD commanded ...


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Please think about this: we should be careful in correlating the chronological age of people living in times of the patriarch with our modern understanding of physical growth. Back then, people lived a very long life and got married much later (Isaac was 40 years old when he married Rebekah, Gen. 25:20. Then age 40 could be the equivalent of age 14 in later ...


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A correct interpretation of Luke 2:2 requires taking into account a key item of historical information of a most practical nature: any census of subjects (as opposed to citizens) of the Roman Empire was carried out for tax purposes, to determine the taxable base of each subject. In such a census, people to be registered were not expected to travel but to do ...


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The question is conflating what are, in the view of nearly all critical scholars, two separate and independent accounts of creation. John J. Collins (The Bible After Babel, page 86) says a well-founded consensus of scholarship distinguishes two creation stories, the Priestly (P) one in Genesis 1:!-2:4a and the Yahwist (J) account in 2:4b-3:24. He says it ...


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As noted elsewhere, Differences in Genesis creation stories the accounts in Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 are commonly believed to have been written by different sources and as such should be considered in that light. However, if each record of events is examined taking what is described in the other into account, then the two can be combined into a single record ...


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One of the best known aspects of Jewish dietary rules is to not eat pigs. Pigs are notorious carriers of a species of Round Worm that causes the eater to become infested, with a likelihood of death from the worm: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trichinosis Because of this observant Jews avoided this terrible disease. Herod is not held up in scripture as ...


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Keep in mind that Moses' sister Miriam died in the 40th year. She was of the first generation and thus demonstrates that women died before Joshua took over the leadership. The daughters of Zelophehad were concerned about inheritance matters. Their mother does not seem to be in the picture. Perhaps, a slight argument from silence. Obviously, there is not very ...



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