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comment What is the relationship between the “Adversary” in Job and the serpent in Genesis?
My comment was putting two of your exegetical suggestions in a particular doctrinal context. (My own. ;-) I notice you didn't argue for the connection, but argued that the objections are not deadly to the connection. I think that's fair, but it's not the whole story. (And perhaps the texts don't address my question at all. That seems likely if the authors of Job and Genesis didn't know the other text.)
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comment What is the relationship between the “Adversary” in Job and the serpent in Genesis?
From a Christian perspective, your 3rd and 4th options make sense as a sort of "anti-Incarnation." And of course, we are cursed as men and women because of the sins of Adam and Eve--things we have no control over.
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revised How did Biblical translators decide on cypress for the type of wood in Noah's ark?
Fiddling with the tagging a bit. This is a translation question.
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comment How did Biblical translators decide on cypress for the type of wood in Noah's ark?
Excellent analysis! It's fascinating to me that the word for pitch in Hebrew also means a bribe. I wonder what the etymology of that could be?
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answered Did Jephthah have pets?
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answered What is meant in the NT by the “laying on of hands”?
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comment How did Biblical translators decide on cypress for the type of wood in Noah's ark?
See also: Translation philosophy for tachash skins in Exodus?.
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comment Are the 'ten virgins' told in Jesus' parable multiple brides or just general wedding party?
Let's see: Samuel's father and the variety of legal decisions about multiple wives. It's also interesting that the ban on polygamy is so recent (1000 C.E.). But avi's comment on the second helps even more! If we could hunt down his source, I think it would be very strong evidence here.
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comment Does Genesis say where evil came from?
I asked the next step of the question about the Adversary in Job.
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asked What is the relationship between the “Adversary” in Job and the serpent in Genesis?
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comment How did Biblical translators decide on cypress for the type of wood in Noah's ark?
@GalacticCowboy: Do you have references in the work itself? It sounds like referencing Strong's and a Hebrew copy of the text would be a good start toward backing up the argument you sketched out here.
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answered What is “Midrash” and how does it relate to Christian principles of hermeneutics?
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comment Are the 'ten virgins' told in Jesus' parable multiple brides or just general wedding party?
The first has a really helpful answer that threatens to change my understanding of polygamy, if not the parable. The second is too young yet to know.