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In order to explain how Gabriel addressed Mary, it seems a few words along with “κεχαριτωμένη” need to be considered. Seriously, regarding this being “very high status”, “more common word”, etc.; it’s hard to believe two people could give you the same answer to that specific question. Christians of various beliefs and Bibles have considerably different ...


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Lk 1:57, where Elizabeth gives birth, comes after Lk 1:56, where Mary leaves. Though this in itself is not conclusive evidence that Mary left before John was born, it is an indication. Furthermore, Lk 1:58-36 talk about how Elizabeth's neighbors reacted, and how her relatives who had just heard the good news reacted, and how Zachariah reacted - there is ...


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Accounts of evangelists do not carry all words truly spoken in an encounter. Zechariah must have uttered other words that clearly showed too much doubt that merited a punishment. It cannot be labeled a blessing for a man to lose his power of speech. It is a curse not to be able to spread a good news. Zechariah's response as recorded by Luke is simplified for ...



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