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"πνεύματος ἁγίου" is better stated as "Πνεύματος Ἁγίου", meaning "(the) Holy Spirit" vs any "holy spirit". This distinction is of immense importance; when Jesus says in Acts 1:8," ἀλλὰ λήμψεσθε δύναμιν ἐπελθόντος τοῦ Ἁγίου Πνεύματος ἐφ’ ὑμᾶς, καὶ ἔσεσθέ μου μάρτυρες ἔν τε Ἱερουσαλὴμ καὶ ἐν πάσῃ τῇ Ἰουδαίᾳ καὶ Σαμαρίᾳ καὶ ἕως ἐσχάτου τῆς γῆς.(Nestle ...


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That's a very good question, and one that I wondered about for a long time. To understand why John asked such a question, you have to understand that he was in prison and had only stories about the man he sent his disciples to go and see. He had no way of knowing if it was the same man that he had baptized. And since there were a few impostors at that time ...


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The author of Luke copied this passage from Mark 15:33: Mark 15:33: And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. In turn, John Shelby Spong tells us in Jesus for the NonReligious that he sees the darkness as symbolic, not literal. He describes a form of chiastic structure in which the darkness at ...


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“… bringing in other passages to bear on this issue, what relevant related texts do we have… If it’s not self evident, when do we step back and apply other methods and what are those in this case?” This is the question I'm going to attempt to answer. For me, the relevant texts fall within this same time frame: Everything Christ said on the cross. From a ...



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