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Since the previous answer quoted Josephus, I would like to draw on this reference also: (Book XII, Chapt. 5:1 (Loeb 12:241) Antiquities of the Jews) And the sons of Tobias took the part of Menelaus, but the greater part of the people assisted Jason; and by that means Menelaus and the sons of Tobias were distressed, and retired to Antiochus, and ...


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Josephus attests that Hellenized Jews were undergoing such procedures because they wanted to participate in the nude athletics of the Greeks. Since circumcision was a physical operation on males, and Jews were undergoing this operation, "removing the marks" could not have had a metaphorical meaning intended by Paul. Paul was really preaching against ...


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There has been much argument as to whether the relevant word is correctly translated as 'lion' or 'pierced', because the Hebrew words (transliterated as kaari and kaaru) are almost indistinguishable. Both Christian and Jewish scholars have concluded that translating the passage with 'lion' (kaari) is meaningless and kaari is not supported by the earliest ...



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