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comment How good or bad was Jesus relationship with Pharisee?
I recommend reading How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee by Ehrman and Jesus and the Victory of God vol. 2 by Wright for a good balance (also read vol. 1 by Wright for more context). A cursory search also revealed books like this one which you may find interesting (it appears to echo ideas I've encountered in Wright's first volume).
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comment How good or bad was Jesus relationship with Pharisee?
I agree that Jesus likely wasn't nearly as hostile to Pharisees as many of the gospels as we have them today seem to indicate, so I am sympathetic to this question. The problem is that it is way too broad and starts from an idea rather than from a specific text. If it were focused on understanding a particular text and addressing its meaning and historicity or whatnot, that could work. But addressing this entire question would require a comprehensive book walking through all of the gospels, early history, etc.
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comment How good or bad was Jesus relationship with Pharisee?
I think there's a good question buried in here, but it needs some focus.
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reviewed Close How good or bad was Jesus relationship with Pharisee?
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reviewed Close If Jesus mass produce “grape juice” in Canae, why no bible translations translate oinos to grape juice?
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comment Born of water and of the Spirit
From a textual perspective, we've covered this passage exhaustively. As a start, check out the following: Does the phrase “born of water and the Spirit” refer to one, or two births? --- What does it mean to be “born of water”? --- What is the precedent for using water as a symbol for God's Spirit in John 3:5? --- Does the idea of being “born again” have a root earlier than John/Peter (or Jesus)?
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comment Born of water and of the Spirit
We don't allow questions that are searching for a text, and this is linking multiple books together (John and Acts, at minimum) without really explaining that connection and asking for historical knowledge not found in either. From a Christian perspective, this makes perfect sense, but we're a little different here. I've migrated this question to Christianity, a site that can handle this question better from that perspective for you.
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comment What is the original Number of the Beast?
Please edit these into your answer. I'm also not so sure you're gematria is adding up, but that's another issue.
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comment What is the original Number of the Beast?
The source you cited doesn't back up many of these claims, nor is it a proper reference that helps us find the specific source you are using. Please cite sources for your claims. We require this here and call it 'showing your work'.
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revised What does “bless” [ברך] mean in Isa 45:23?
focused on a specific text to keep it on topic
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comment Why is the Greek word ἀγάπη often translated as “charity” in the New Testament?
This question is not on topic, as has been recently clarified.
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comment What does it mean for someone to be another person's “portion”?
Questions about the meaning or translation of a specific word or phrase are off topic if they 1) are not seeking to understand any one specific text; 2) are not seeking to understand the use of the specific word or phrase by one specific author (where specific texts are given as examples of this author's usage of the word or phrase); and 3) can be answered by consulting a standard concordance, lexicon or other lexical resource. (source)
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comment Translation of “ἐλπίς”
Questions about the meaning or translation of a specific word or phrase are off topic if they 1) are not seeking to understand any one specific text; 2) are not seeking to understand the use of the specific word or phrase by one specific author (where specific texts are given as examples of this author's usage of the word or phrase); and 3) can be answered by consulting a standard concordance, lexicon or other lexical resource. (source)
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revised Does the Hebrew word “olam“ mean “forever” in Leviticus 23:41?
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revised Which beast does the number 666 represent
Grammatical error
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comment Which beast does the number 666 represent
I decided to (finally) write an answer giving more context for that video. Also, I disagree with the highest-voted answer (since it ignores the plain sense of the text as to who the subject is).
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answered Which beast does the number 666 represent
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revised What is the original Number of the Beast?
added brief discussion of other variants
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revised What is the original Number of the Beast?
fixed error