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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 What is the significance of Mark's 'Long Ending'?
@DickHarfield While I agree that there is "no more to be said" on this topic, your answer takes a 'different tack' than the others, based on your way of stating your question. Could you state it as such on the other questions? If not, then state your "hermeneutic" that differs from the others.
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comment When does the first day of Genesis 1 begin?
2 Comments: 1) Your answer, while similar to others, posts no references. I know, it's hard to (at first) get used to, but please cite references in your answers-thanks! 2) Something to consider(if you haven't already), the sun and moon weren't created until the 4th day(vss 14-17). How do you account for evening and morning before then???
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comment When does the first day of Genesis 1 begin?
Welcome to BHSE! We're a little different here, please read our Site Directives before asking and answering questions. Thank you!
Jan
22
comment Was Elijah REALLY taken to Heaven?
@kdigital H3br3wHamm3r81 has a great answer to this question-you may want to view it.
Jan
22
comment Was Elijah REALLY taken to Heaven?
@kdigital I agree w/Jas 3.1; this is a GREAT QUESTION! The Key to understanding it(IMO) is what does Jesus mean by "ascended up to Heaven". If we are to take Jesus's words at face value, then "no man ascended up to heaven on his own" except the Son of Man(Jesus). An obvious contradiction exists if He said, 'was taken up to heaven'.
Jan
22
comment Why use evil to realize love for God?
@MitchResler Hi, and Welcome to BHSE! I have to agree w/Dan; if you reference your question to a specific Bible verse(or verses), we would be happy to answer your question! Otherwise, as it stands it is off-topic and likely to get closed. Thank you for your cooperation!
Jan
21
comment Did Luke base the story of Paul's conversion on the ancient play, the Bacchae, by Euripides
@DickHarfield I changed my vote when you updated your question. Since you quoted your source, your question doesn't arise from mere speculation, but a valid hermeneutical response-which requires an equally valid answer. Since Paul also quotes, "...we are all His offspring"(Acts 17:28), taken from "Phaenomena" by Aratus, it is not entirely speculative that a source outside of Scripture could be quoted. However, the mere suggestion requires the burden of proof of the positor, lest one profane the inspiration of the sacred text(2 Tim. 3:16).
Jan
20
comment Is “you” in plural or in singular in Gen. 3:3?
A Good Question, since God does not specifically address Eve. I wrote an answer about "dominion"see here which directly relates to Eve's 'curse'.
Jan
20
comment Did Luke base the story of Paul's conversion on the ancient play, the Bacchae, by Euripides
I DV'd your question, but UV'd your answer....net value...? Your answer made sense, although I don't agree with the parallelism. The question from my previous comment made an 'audacious' statement without apparent support from the text-hence my DV.
Jan
20
comment Did Luke base the story of Paul's conversion on the ancient play, the Bacchae, by Euripides
@DickHartfield Is there any suggestion from the text that it relates to 'Bacchae' by Euripides? I see the parallelism suggested by the author quoted in your answer; perhaps using her reference in the question would help clarify the source of such an oblique comparison and give perspective on why it should be considered.
Jan
20
comment Why would Jesus ask, “the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?”
I cleaned up your answer a little, feel free to reverse the edits if they don't convey your meaning, thank you!
Jan
20
comment Why would Jesus ask, “the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?”
Welcome to BHSE! We're a little different here, please review our site directives before asking and answering questions. Thank you!
Jan
17
comment How does the reader of Isaiah and Daniel reconcile these end-time prophecies?
@ScottS There is a dearth of these questions lately; it would be certainly helpful if you could 'shovel' the path to a satisfactory answer again, and attenuate the 'naysayers' that say such questions shouldn't be allowed.
Jan
17
comment How does the reader of Isaiah and Daniel reconcile these end-time prophecies?
@MarkEdward I disagree w/ your assessment. The question doesn't ask for the reconciliation of a systematic interpretation of 2 texts, it asks for a reconciliation between both texts; therefore it is about the text and not the system. However, site directives tell us to "bring our framework", which means we 'may' use a systematic interpretation if it clarifies the meaning of the text. Since both of these texts are OT, and no mention has been made(in the question) of NT sources or doctrine, one can answer this question and not be 'anachronistic' in one's assertions.
Jan
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comment Are the unlearned and unstable in 2 Pet 3:16 regenerated Christians?
@brilliant The 2 Pet. 3:14-18 section could almost be viewed as another paragraph, although it ties in with the previous one. His admonishment in vs 17 is "...not to fall from your own steadfastness" is clearly to those who are 'regenerate', hence the context of vs 16 would be the same.
Jan
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comment How old was Isaac when he was offered up by Abraham?
@Susan I read the same sources, and came to the same conclusion that Isaac was not a 'young lad' who could be 'overpowered' by Abraham, but a 'young man'(37 is young, if your father is 137). Either way, Isaac was 'willingly bound', in that he trusted his father who said, "G-d will provide a sacrifice", whether or not the sacrifice was himself, or some other. Interestingly, in Mandarin character, part of 'sacrifice' includes 'lamb'.
Jan
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comment Are the unlearned and unstable in 2 Pet 3:16 regenerated Christians?
@brilliant This issue of regeneration of course is a theological one, which depends on what theological tradition you hold(Calvinist, Arminian, Orthodox, etc., will give you a variety of answers. I used Tit. 2:5, which in ref. to John 3:5(water and the Spirit) describes regeneration. The point being: one can be unlearned and unstable, and still be regenerated. I quoted 1 Pet. 2:3, which is a verse for regenerated, not unregenerated. Rom. 12:1-2 says basically the same thing, to believers, not to unregenerated. But your theological tradition will tell you who is or isn't regenerated.
Jan
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comment What species of eagle is depicted in Deuteronomy 32:11?
@justhalf If you would have 'entered the link' I provided, you would have heard how the male eagle will 'catch' the young eaglets as they learn to fly-just before they hit the ground. This is also part of the mating ritual; the female will drop various sized branches, until she drops a log, which the male eagle will catch before it hits bottom. 1 miss and it's over(for the male). This insures the female eagle who 'nudges' the young eaglets out of the nest will be caught by the male, who is 'soaring' around, waiting for the young eaglets 1st attempt at flight.
Jan
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comment Accurate translation of הִתְעֵתֶים in Jeremiah 42:20
@BruceJames Well stated!
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comment The Euphrates River Drying up?
@Jas3.1 This is the problem with answering a question based on a false presupposition. Yes, while we may still find evidence of marigolds growing on the moon, how far do you 'entertain' the idea before putting it to rest?