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comment Did God say that Adam will die on the same day he ate the fruit?
The problem with using 1 Kings 2 as a parallel is that, as soon as Solomon found out about Shimei's offense, Solomon summoned him and had him executed. This is very different from what happens when God learns of Adam and Eve's transgression.
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comment Harmonizing Matthew 10:10, Luke 9:3, Mark 6:8
This seems like a very messy solution, especially given that the introduction to Luke's gospel states outright that he is not an eyewitness, but that he is aware of multiple written accounts of Jesus' life. To suggest he chose here to not use/modify any of those accounts (whether they be Mark and "Q" or Mark and Matthew) but to go with a separate, apparently oral, "eyewitness" testimony--and that Matthew likewise chose to ignore the written testimony he had available--raises more questions than it solves.
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Sep
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comment Can we tell from the text who wrote Hebrews?
@WoundedEgo The concept of authorship was different in ancient times than it is today. In some circumstances, Paul could be considered the author even if he never saw the letter--for instance, if the writer had been taught these things by Paul, and then written them down for others, Paul might be considered the author even if he wasn't the writer.
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reviewed Reject Who is being “taken” in Matthew 24:40-41?
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May
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comment Does the Bible say the Earth is flat?
Similarly, Jesus undoubtedly said the mustard seed is the smallest of all seeds (even though it's not). But Jesus wasn't trying to teach his followers about horticulture. It would be wrong to say Jesus taught the mustard seed is the smallest seed, but we shouldn't deny he said it.
May
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comment Does the Bible say the Earth is flat?
I think you missed the point of the question. The OP is not asking whether the Bible teaches that the earth is flat, but whether it says the earth is flat--even in an incidental phrase. You're correct that none of these passages have the intent of teaching a flat-earth cosmology, but it's a stretch to say those poetic statements were not written by someone who thought the earth was flat.
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Apr
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revised Was Moses the probable author of Genesis?
removed numbers 21:14 based on discussion with Blessed Geek.
Apr
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comment Was Moses the probable author of Genesis?
Let us continue this discussion in chat.
Apr
23
comment Was Moses the probable author of Genesis?
@BlessedGeek That's why I mentioned the RSV and NRSV. They made the decision--highly controversial in some Christian circles--to stick with the Masoretic text even where it conflicts with Christian doctrine. (The most notable example is "the young woman is with child" in Isaiah 7:14. That one got these translations banned by some Christian denominations.) Yet RSV and NRSV both say "book" in Numbers 21:14.
Apr
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comment Was Moses the probable author of Genesis?
@BlessedGeek Although many English translations rely on the Septuagint, some--notably the Revised Standard Version and the New Revised Standard--use the Masoretic text. Both the RSV and the NRSV have "book" here.
Apr
22
comment Was Moses the probable author of Genesis?
@BlessedGeek I don't know Hebrew. But I do know this: more than 90% of English translations use the word "book" here. Are you claiming that most Bible translators have misread or misunderstood the Hebrew?
Apr
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reviewed Needs Improvement Is this translation of Genesis 1:1 accurate?
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