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I'm Catholic and a CPA. I've have been studying Scripture for a while and like discussing different beliefs.

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comment Does Paul believe that God sandbagged the Jews with a law they couldn't keep?
All right. Thanks.
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comment Does Paul believe that God sandbagged the Jews with a law they couldn't keep?
I don't understand all of your question. First Paul is writing about humans being cursed if they follow only human laws, but then he's saying they have a choice to follow God's laws and they'll be fine. They've decided to not always follow God's.
Jul
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comment Can αδελφοί refer to cousins?
@Susan Ok. Thanks.
Jul
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comment Can αδελφοί refer to cousins?
@Susan I believe that a word in another language for "cousin" didn't exist back then. Therefore, the word "brother" was more inclusive than it is for us today. Thanks.
Jul
24
comment Women in Galatians
Welcome! Please make sure you take a tour of BH-SE. Also, please try to cite the texts you're asking about. I’ve done that here and refined your question some (thinking I got/kept the gist of it). Thanks.
Jul
24
comment Meek versus humble
@Liam I went ahead and implemented the wording, added a tag, but left the question as it was.
Jul
24
comment What, exactly, counts as a “vain repetition” (Matthew 6:7)?
@MattGutting I may answer this later. In the meantime, there's useless/vain repetition "prayer" like a machine might give; there's also very good repetitive prayer per concentration, sincerity, etc. Jesus apparently chose the latter...(e.g. biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+14%3A39&version=NASB)
Jul
23
comment Moses and the Rock
Welcome, Lauree. I edited your question (e.g. to include the citings) and hope I captured the gist of it. Thanks!
Jul
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comment Did Abraham lose track of a visitor?
Thanks for the translating.
Jul
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comment How many days elapsed between Jesus's baptism and his return to Galilee?
@Jas 3.1 ...knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John 2 (although Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples were), 3 He left Judea and went away again into Galilee.” Q: Is Mark 1:8-14 be the same stretch of time as John 1:9 to John 4:2 was?
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comment How many days elapsed between Jesus's baptism and his return to Galilee?
@Jas 3.1 Help me with this; I was about to ask a question and found Matthew Miller’s here. In Mark 1:8 John baptizes Jesus. Only a few verses later, in Mark 1:14, John has already been imprisoned, Jesus has returned to Galilee, and Jesus/his disciples are doing the baptizing. I’m thinking those 7 verses cover a long stretch of time. In John 1 to John 2:2, John baptizes Jesus, who then goes to the wedding in Cana. Three chapters later, in John 4, Jesus returns to Galilee, John has been imprisoned and Jesus/the disciples are doing the baptizing. John 4:1-3 “Therefore when the Lord
Jul
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comment Translation of Luke 1:28 “Greetings, favored one!”
@Pete At the bottom I implemented "Partial Explanation" with part of the Gary Michuta article. Also, another article focuses on Greek perfect tense and gives the same conclusion (from different Christian beliefs). Thanks.
Jul
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comment Translation of Luke 1:28 “Greetings, favored one!”
@Pete Here's one mentioning a bit about what happened in the 4th century and subsequently, and the Catholic Church reaching its official translation. themichigancatholic.com/2014/05/…
Jul
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comment Translation of Luke 1:28 “Greetings, favored one!”
@Pete It’s too bad Gabriel can’t answer this for you, and that we’re not able to obtain Jesus’ view/choice.
Jul
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comment Translation of Luke 1:28 “Greetings, favored one!”
Looking at Luke 1:28 only in English Bibles, I'm noticing some considerable differences due to adverbs used (or not used). While some Bibles show only "favored" (NASB, YLT), others have "highly favored" (KJV, ASV); I've also read wording such as "truly blessed" (CEV). While the Bible you're referencing shows only "κεχαριτωμενη", others will show "χαιρε κεχαριτωμενη", and I think just that wording difference will have quite an effect on interpretations here. I'll see what else I'm able to find.
Jul
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comment Did Abraham lose track of a visitor?
@MarkEdward Both. It's about how many individuals of any type arrived to see Abraham & Sarah, and then how many left, accounting for every one. Thanks.
Jul
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comment Did Abraham lose track of a visitor?
While I have a couple more questions, I'd rather not post them in comments. Would you join me in the library to talk?
Jul
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comment Did Abraham lose track of a visitor?
I was wondering what the Greek &/or Hebrew might say, so thanks.
Jul
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comment What did Jesus mean when he called the Pharisees “A brood of vipers”?
@Bagpipes I don't have an answer for you yet, but I'll gather some information and get it to you. The number of times it's used and how is interesting to me.
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comment What did Jesus mean when he called the Pharisees “A brood of vipers”?
@Bagpipes Besides the various verses in Scripture that mention "Brood of vipers" (and how so many interpret those), are you looking specifically for experts of Greek?