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Gary's 'Unsealed' blog reminded me of a trick that Burton L. Mack describes in Who Wrote the New Testament, page 299. He says if his students at the School of Theology at Claremont, at first the study of a text, find it does not seem to support a traditional Christian conviction or the answer they hope to find in the Bible, they set up the comparison again ...


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Background A priest, Joshua, and a kingly figure, Governor Zerubbabel build a temple. They foreshadow the building of a temple to come, a temple not made by human hands. This future temple is a collaborative effort involving a future Joshua and an individual known as the Branch. Zerubbabel is a foreshadowing of the Branch. After construction is complete, ...


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The Douay-Rheims Bible - slightly older than the KJV, renders the passage as such: 2Ki 3:27 Then he took his eldest son, that should have reigned in his stead, and offered him for a burnt offering upon the wall: and there was great indignation in Israel, and presently they departed from him, and returned into their own country. It may seem odd to say ...


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The Hebrew text does not contain a word that must be translated "divine", but instead "גָּד֥וֹל", which is often translated as "great", for example in Genesis 4:13. My punishment is too great to bear! The sacrifice of the King's heir caused an outburst of great anger from the Moabite soldiers who fought fiercely due to the King's sacrifice and drove ...



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