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The last letter of the Hebrew alphabet is called Tau, and it has the power of the Roman T. In its present form n, in the square character now in use, it has no resemblance to a cross; but in the ancient Hebrew alphabet, its figure X, or +, was that of a cross. Hence, when it is said, in the vision of Ezekiel (ix, 4) "Go through the midst of the city, and set a mark (in the original"n, tau) upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof"- which mark was to distinguish them as persons to be saved, on account of their sorrow for sin, from those who, as idolaters, were to be slain-the evident allusion is to a cross. The form of this cross was X or +, a form familiar to the people of that day.

It is significant to me in that it not only corresponds to the 1st letter of my name, but it corresponds to the One Who Saves us(The Aleph and the Tav) and His Work in redemption; which became real for me in Mar. 29, 1976 and has been real since.


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comment In light of this scripture how does this fit in with a dispensational hermeneutic if this is the first resurrection?
With a little editing, I believe you have a question which is very "on-topic" for BHSE. Suggestions are: 1) Instead of asking about 'pre-tribulation rapture', replace it with "Dispensational Hermeneutic", and 2) Quote directly the passage in Rev. 20,(along with any other sources you wish to use) to highlight your question, and give it more 'focus' for this site to answer. With these changes, I believe it can be left open, and I certainly would like the opportunity to answer it. Thank you!
Nov
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comment In light of this scripture how does this fit in with a dispensational hermeneutic if this is the first resurrection?
Welcome to BHSE! We're a little different here, please review our site directives before asking and answering questions. Thank you!
Nov
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reviewed Leave Open Proverbs 1 verses 20-33
Nov
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comment Proverbs 1 verses 20-33
@MollyMaylock Hi Molly, and welcome to BHSE! In addition to Susan's remarks, I believe this question is answerable if you edit it to include the text you wish to translate, as well as the reasons you may for translating them. With a little editing help I believe you have a question that will pass muster.
Nov
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reviewed Leave Open What was the relationship in ages between Jesus and his disciples?
Nov
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comment What was the relationship in ages between Jesus and his disciples?
@G.Rassovsky I don't see this question being "off-topic" because the question DOES arise from the text, and the text, along with supplemental sources, can answer the question. If the answer were totally speculative, I might agree, but the OP(along with David's incisive help) has made this a question the text can answer. We must be careful not to be so 'formulaic' that a genuine question which stems from the text will not be disregarded because of not following some 'pre-conceived' algorithm.
Nov
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answered Exo. 22:24 - “I will kill you with the sword”
Nov
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reviewed Leave Open Written language during the time of Moses?
Nov
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reviewed Leave Open Proverbs: differences between the LXX and the MT
Nov
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comment Did each tribe of Israel serve a specific purpose?
@AbrahamSeabrook Welcome to BHSE! We're a little different here, please review our site directives before asking and answering questions. I would suggest you reference this question to a particular text, or it may be closed as being "off-topic". Thank you!
Nov
6
comment What is the cause of the “greater sin” in John 19:11?
@I apologize for not syntactically addressing your concerns; I usually avoid these questions as it requires linguistic skills I don't possess. I do believe the answer is in context with authority "from above", which rightly describes God's authority transferred to men, who in turn misused it to their own purposes.
Nov
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comment What is the cause of the “greater sin” in John 19:11?
@Susan Pilate's "authority" over Jesus in this instance stems from the Chief Priests and Sanhedrin handing Him over to be crucified-those that the Father put His Son under the "authority" of the Law. Pilate, in this instance was an unwilling accomplice attempting to placate an angry mob. He had no quarrel with Jesus, and gave Him a 'yeah, whatever' response by asking Him "What is truth?"
Nov
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answered What is the cause of the “greater sin” in John 19:11?
Nov
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comment The Healing at the Pool in John 5:1-14
@DickHarfield Now I am really confused; do we take the text as it was written, or do we ignore the text for research which may or may not suggest the event took place? I am not accusing the researchers of blasphemy, I am merely stating that attributing the works of God to the devil are considered blasphemous-Jesus Himself says so. To find something in the language previously unknown which suggests the intent of the author is good hermeneutics; to rely on pagan references to determine the veracity of the text is to demean the text itself.
Nov
5
comment What is the significance of seal, cord, and staff?
Yes! I think you are on to it!
Nov
5
comment Exo. 2:12: Did Moses commit murder?
(cont.) He clearly had nothing to gain and everything to lose by taking this man's life; but his motivation(which would fall under the category of manslaughter today) was to redress the grievance of this clearly guilty Egyptian, who perhaps had already taken lives and would have continued to do so. Since there is no judgment from God concerning this issue, and it seems the new Pharaoh, whom he saw after the old one passed away wasn't concerned about it; must be seen as the rash act of young man whom God was giving His heart for His people.
Nov
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comment Exo. 2:12: Did Moses commit murder?
Good Question! and a subject for furious debate in certain quarters. I don't have the linguistic skills to challenge the assertion but murder constitutes the taking of innocent life; of which the innocent blood cries out to heaven for vengeance. Guilty blood, on the other hand, was meant to be avenged(Gen. 9:5-6) by the authority God vested in government(Rom. 13:1-4); which arguably Moses had, being part of the royal family. The Hebrew, being a slave would not have enjoyed any redress of grievance; and Moses, ignoring his Egyptian immunity, took issue with it.
Nov
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comment What is the meaning of the paseq in Genesis 1.5?
The challenge I have is that the "Paseq" pre-dated the Masorites; and there is some discussion that they no longer understood the purposes of their usage. Here is a source you may consider in your presentation.
Nov
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comment The significance of the designations of families who will mourn in Zechariah 12
I will admit that it is a work in progress; and determining lineage at this present day is near impossible. But you made a valiant attempt at filling in the gaps, and for your effort +1.
Nov
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comment What is the significance of seal, cord, and staff?
Good answer, and one which reminds us that the lineage of Christ is from the tribe of Judah. Interesting, one child of her twins had a crimson thread tied around his hand(Perez), signifying the suffering the "firstborn son" would go through.