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The altar is a place for sacrifice. The enigma of the command not to cut the stones on the altar as opposed to the other stones in the temple that can be cut, is God's way of pointing to a later fulfillment. In Daniel 2, there will be a stone uncut by human hands (that is, not a human creation), that will smash away the kingdoms of the world, grow into a ...


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They were primarily bi-lingual Note: unattributed links are too general knowledge found on Wikipedia for the historical background. Alexander the Great made his conquests during the early 4th c. BC, at which time the Hellenization first occurred in the area (which in part actively sought the teaching of the Greek language). The Celtic invasion of Galatia ...


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Of course they couldn't read or write for that matter very few in the region much less the church were allowed the privilege of a basic education. A common view is that of W.H. Kelber, who claims that, in first-century A.D. Palestine, “writing was in the hands of an élite of trained specialists, and reading required an advanced education available only ...


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I think you misunderstand what factors cause a person to become ritually impure and the dietary laws known as kashrut. The crow/raven is in a class of birds that are "unclean" meaning that they are not suitable for eating. The Torah's list of clean birds is limited to birds who are not birds of prey and those who are not scavengers, like the crow. These we ...


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Some of the ceremonial points of the Law weren't actually kept from the time of the Judges to Hezekiah (2nd Kings 18) and Josiah (2nd Kings 22). The book of Deuteronomy was not well known in this period. So its conceivable that like all the good kings he didn't practice certain parts of the Law, like Passover or the Feast of Tabernacles (those are ...


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The short answer to your questions is that none of these books have survived. This is not surprising; a very large number of books existed in the ancient world of which only a tiny minority have been preserved till now. But specifically to your first example: the Greek historian Ctesias claimed to have known the royal notebooks (basilikaì diphthérai), “in ...



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