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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 Could saying that Melchizedek was “without beginning of days or end of life” possibly be a textual error?
Excuse my mispelling of "summarize". However, you could "winterize" your answer if it would help explain your points ;-)
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comment What was sinful about the acts that Jesus was tempted to perform?
Good Answer! I think you've found out how this site works, and are gaining traction. Continue the fine effort!
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comment What was sinful about the acts that Jesus was tempted to perform?
Welcome to BHSE! We're a little different here, please read our Site Directives as you ask and answer questions. Thank you!
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comment Faith or no faith?
@PaulDean I love this question-but understand that 2 VTC's have been assigned to it(I'm not one of them). Neither VTC has commented as to why(not the way I do things, but I can't change it). The "Fear" is that any answer would be "prescriptive", and therefore outside of Site Directives. Can you tweak this question to ask for "scriptural understanding"=On Topic, vs "application"=Off Topic, better handled on a Forum site where subjective inferences can be used? Thank you!
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comment Did Abraham leave Haran before or after his father died?
@Drake I'm afraid Bruce Alderman has pointed out the obvious-see "Gone Quiet's" response to note the discrepency. Thank you!
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comment Did Abraham leave Haran before or after his father died?
@Drake Welcome to BHSE! We're a little different here, please read our Site Directives as you ask and answer questions. Thank you!
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comment What does the Greek word κύριος mean in 1 Cor. 12:3?
Good answer! And welcome to BHSE!
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comment Could saying that Melchizedek was “without beginning of days or end of life” possibly be a textual error?
Your point is taken, but there are numerous 'holes' in your explanation. You're going to need to 'connect the dots' before you summerize a conclusion. Re-read your answer, from the point of view of having no idea what you are talking about, and see if it makes sense. If you do that, I think you will see the need to include more 'steps' in arriving at your conclusion, as well as references to illustrate them. Thank you!
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comment Could saying that Melchizedek was “without beginning of days or end of life” possibly be a textual error?
Welcome to BHSE! We're a little different here, please read our Site Directives as you ask or answer questions. Thank you!
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comment What is a “Pre-Christian” understanding of the Abomination of Desolation?
@All I awarded Joseph my "bounty" as it was due to expire; I believe there is more to be added to a Jewish understanding of שִׁקּוּצִים֙ מְשֹׁמֵ֔ם, please feel free to add responses to this question.
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comment What is a “Pre-Christian” understanding of the Abomination of Desolation?
Thank you for pursuing this question! I also welcome further responses, as the question of "whether or not same understanding continues today" has not been addressed in your response. I actually have(or had) a copy of Jacob Neusner's Midrash in Perspective-it escaped my mind when I posed this question. Thank you for your response!
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comment What does the Bible say about money?
@Livingstone As a comment, I can safely say, "Do with it what God tells you to do with it." There are numerous admonitions in Scripture concerning money; caring for parents, tithing, caring for widows and orphans are among them; as well as paying what you legally(and morally) owe. But without a specific Scriptural reference, I have to agree w/Susan and say this question is off-topic and due to be closed unless you edit it. Thank you!
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comment Circumcision “reversal” in 1 Corinthians
@FrankLuke The point being; living like a Gentile doesn;t necessarily mean you had an operation to reverse your circumcision, neither does living under the "Law" mean your circumcision gets restored. Verse 19 says it all. When Paul mentions the specific act of circumcision, he mentions it in context of an individual. The argument against the Gentiles being circumcised wasn't the 'physical part', it was the keeping of the whole Law,(Acts 15:14). Therefore, "remaining in the state you are in" means obeying the Law, if you are a Jew, and being under grace, not the Law if you are a Gentile.
Mar
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comment Circumcision “reversal” in 1 Corinthians
@FrankLuke Finally, did Peter in Gal. 2:11-12, get 'reversed', only to withdraw and get re-reversed? You see what happens when you take a plain truth and get 'scientific' about it?
Mar
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comment Circumcision “reversal” in 1 Corinthians
@FrankLuke True...,but..an epispasm(20th century term-meaning circumcision reversal, only available through skin grafts) is not the same as 'hiding' one's circumcision. Calling 'epispasm' "hiding" is anachronistic(IMO) as it attempts to re-define a modern surgical procedure into ancient practice, in order to preserve a 'dubious' meaning of 1Cor 7:19. The obvious next question is, "Then why did the translators of the ESV call it "marks of circumcision" when the KJV (and others) simply say "uncircumcision". Are they imputing meaning not derived from the text? It's been done before.....
Mar
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comment What is a “Pre-Christian” understanding of the Abomination of Desolation?
@JoshuaBigbee The wording of the Hebrew Bible states something (IMO) that isn't mentioned in Christian circles. I have written copiously about "Christian" understanding of this term: what's needed is a Jewish understanding ; which has been noticeably absent from the discussion. The term is a "Jewish" term, therefore it needs a Jewish interpretation.
Mar
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comment What is the meaning of “Rest” in Heb. 4:3-5?
"Both the promised land and the Sabbath typify and point forward towards salvation and eternal life". Agreed! Can we therefore say that "Sabat" is more than one's ceasing from labor(rest) and an "invitation to eternal union" with God?
Mar
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comment How reliable are the Dead Sea Scrolls as a base to compare against the Masoretic text and the LXX?
It would be a major revision to remove the tone of your remarks and add references to your responses. If you value your response, please take the time and effort to correct it and make it 'palatable' to a larger audience. I have had to do the same thing myself, coming from the 'blogosphere'. We value good responses here, and occasionaly make references to them. Make the effort, and your audience will express it's approval. Thank you!
Mar
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comment How reliable are the Dead Sea Scrolls as a base to compare against the Masoretic text and the LXX?
I took the rare liberty in DVing your answer: you appear to have some extensive knowledge about the subject, but your response(with 1 exception) is projecting "PURE OPINION"(how does it look when you shout?) If you removed all of the conjecture, cut out the capitalizations, and organized your response in a way that your readership would draw insight and not offense, I would be willing to remove my DV-perhaps change it to +1. Thank you!
Mar
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comment How reliable are the Dead Sea Scrolls as a base to compare against the Masoretic text and the LXX?
Welcome to BHSE! We're a little different here, please read our Site Directives as you ask and answer questions. Thank you!