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comment How would stoning of an adulterer actually be carried out under the Law of Moses?
The four methods of execution are not buried at all. The rabbis (aka the Pharisees) preserved the details of practices in the Second Temple in the Mishna, and they are discussed at length (a great deal of length) by later generations of the rabbis in the Gemara (together the Gemara and Mishna are published in what we know today as the "Talmud." None of the executions were what you commonly expect. I'll write an answer.
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reviewed Leave Open What is the new covenant made with Jews/Israel in Jeremiah 31:31
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reviewed Leave Open Plants created before the sun?
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comment Why is the genealogy in Luke attributed to Mary?
Kevin, can you give us some examples of people who contend that Luke is referencing Mary's genealogy?
Mar
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comment Why is the genealogy in Luke attributed to Mary?
If it were Mary's genealogy, and it is important (and it is), then why didn't the NT explicitly tell you that it was her genealogy? Yes, there is a big problem.
Mar
25
comment Why is the genealogy in Luke attributed to Mary?
What Biblical proof is there that Mary was descended from David? Also I can't agree that a child born out of wedlock would not be considered appropriate to be Messiah, necessarily. After all, David was descended from Ruth who was a Moabitess. Had Mary had an adulterous relationship, i.e. got pregnant after she was engaged to marry someone other than the father, then yes, there would be a problem because the child would then be a mamzer. But if Joseph and Mary just jumped the gun, then no problem. A famous rabbi back then was born out of wedlock. We don't blame the child for that.
Mar
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comment Why is the genealogy in Luke attributed to Mary?
@user6053 (cont. last comment) Under Jewish law (then and now), an adopted father does not replace the biological father. E.g. If Adam's parents were Yosef and Miriam, but Miriam's husband Shmuel adopted Adam, Adam would still be named Adam son of Yosef. If Adam's father was unknown or not Jewish he would be known as the Adam son of Miriam. If Yosef wasn't Jewish at the time of birth, but converted afterward, Adam would still be Adam son of Miriam. That was the case of one of the rabbis in the Talmud whose father converted after his birth (and later became a great scholar also).
Mar
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comment Why is the genealogy in Luke attributed to Mary?
@user6053 (cont.) The theories that Mary was descended from David, or that adoption by Joseph conferred Joseph's tribal status to Jesus, are not found in the Bible -- in fact, they are contrary to Jewish law found in the Bible and Rabbinic teachings from that time. (more)
Mar
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comment Why is the genealogy in Luke attributed to Mary?
@user6053 Correct.The Messiah must be a descendant of David and a member of the tribe of Judah. Tribal lineage is determined by the father (Num. 1:18, 2:2, 36:7). By giving us the patrilineal line for Joseph, the NT attempts to prove Jesus was a patrilineal descendant of David. Paul acknowledges this view. Rom. 1:3; Heb. 7:14. But as soon as the NT gives Joseph's genealogy, it abandons the proof by saying Joseph did not father Jesus. Matt. 1:18. This switch suggests in interpolation of the Gospels by those Church leaders who wanted to deify Jesus more than provide his creds as Messiah. (more)
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reviewed Reopen Why is the Greek word Θεὸς in John 1:1c treated as a proper noun in English Translation?
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comment Does the past tense in the suffering servant song (Isaiah 53) refer to Jesus?
Does the Radak specifically apply this analysis to Isaiah 53?
Mar
23
comment Does the past tense in the suffering servant song (Isaiah 53) refer to Jesus?
@JoshuaBigbee Remember that the paragraph numbering came long after Isaiah wrote the book, placed there by Stephen Langston, the Archbishop of Cantebury, in the early 13th century -- about 2000 years after Isaiah. His decisions where to break up the book do not necessarily have any meaning, and often are contrary to the way the text was written (he often made a chapter break in the middle of a block of text -- as it appeared in the scroll -- rather than at the end of the block.
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comment Why is the genealogy in Luke attributed to Mary?
@VickyBell -- The NT tells us almost nothing of Mary's geneology. The closes we can come is Luke 1:36, which tells us that Mary's relative was a woman named Elizabeth, and Luke 1:6 which tells us that Elizabeth was a daughter of a kohen (i.e. a priest, which would put her into the Tribe of Levi). Without knowing more about how they were related, we can't conclude that Mary was also a kohen's daughter, I see no other genealogical evidence in the NT which would state otherwise.
Mar
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comment Why is the genealogy in Luke attributed to Mary?
@user6053 -- adoption does not give the children the same rights as if they were biological. A child adopted by a kohen cannot become a kohen. Example: Eli, the High Priest, adopted Samuel, but Samuel never eligible to do the work of a kohen. If the adopted child's lineage is known, he or she maintains the tribal position of his/her biological father. Do you have any sources that back you, or are you speculating?
Mar
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answered Does the past tense in the suffering servant song (Isaiah 53) refer to Jesus?
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