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Top new questions this week:

Is the wedding feast in the Matthew 22:2-14 parable remarkable because of its size?

The king made a wedding feast for his son; the food list is headed by "oxen," Greek "ταῦροί," which I believe is the plural form. Thus, more than one ox? (there were other fattened livestock, but I ...

greek parables  
asked by Papa Pat 3 votes
answered by Ruminator 0 votes

Is Luke 21:24 an allusion to Daniel 7:25?

Both passages speak of the "trampling" of Jerusalem and both by gentiles and both for a specified, limited time period referred to as "times": [Luk 21:24 NIV] (24) They will fall by the sword and ...

luke daniel nt-use-of-hebrew-bible inner-biblical-allusion great-revolt  
asked by Ruminator 3 votes
answered by Gina 2 votes

Is there a Greek or Aramaic word for "rope" that is similar to the word for "camel?"

I'm looking at Matthew 19 (New American Standard Bible), specifically at the interaction Jesus had with the young man who wanted to obtain eternal life (v. 16ff). In verse 24, Jesus tells the ...

greek aramaic language  
asked by Papa Pat 3 votes
answered by LаngLаngС 9 votes

In Eph. 6:16 should τὰ βέλη be darts or arrows?

This is more of an English usage question than Greek, but even modern translations are split on this. In Eph. 6:16 should τὰ βέλη be darts or arrows? Development of weaponry (using modern English) ...

greek new-testament ephesians  
asked by Perry Webb 2 votes

Does Genesis 2:24 speak exclusively to male-female copulation?

This answer to another question makes a strong case that Genesis 2:24 refers to conception as the thing that makes two into "one flesh". If so, then it seems same-sex activities would not result in ...

genesis 1-corinthians marriage  
asked by Ruminator 2 votes

What is Isaiah 29:4 describing when he says "deep from the earth you shall speak"?

[Isa 29:3-5 NLT] (3) I will be your enemy, surrounding Jerusalem and attacking its walls. I will build siege towers and destroy it. (4) Then deep from the earth you will speak; from low in the dust ...

asked by Ruminator 1 vote
answered by Ellea 0 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Was the text of Matthew 28:19 changed?

Scholars such as F. C. Conybeare1 have claimed that the Trinitarian baptismal formula of Matthew 28:19 was not original to the text of Matthew. Matt 28:19 (NIV) 19 Therefore go and make ...

matthew history textual-criticism  
asked by Vince 17 votes
answered by Frank Luke 20 votes

Why did the people of Jericho deserve such destruction?

Note: I am looking for answers both in Biblical Text and from other historical texts Joshua 6:21-25 says that they killed every living thing in it (the City of Jericho) -- "men, women, young, old, ...

history joshua  
asked by Malachi 8 votes

Why was Abishag the Shunammite important?

When we shift from Samuel to Kings, we start with this fairly benign story: King David was now old, advanced in years; and though they covered him with bedclothes, he never felt warm. His ...

david kings 1-kings  
asked by Jon Ericson 13 votes
answered by J. C. Salomon 11 votes

What is the difference in the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God?

Some assert the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God refer to the same thing while others say they are different. Which is accurate? For example: Luke 17:21 uses Kingdom of God while Matthew ...

matthew luke mark synoptics gospels  
asked by Frank Luke 22 votes
answered by Frank Luke 11 votes

In the Gospel of Mark, why does Jesus heal this blind man twice?

There’s this episode in Mark’s gospel which is particularly puzzling. Here it is in chapter 8: 22 They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23 He ...

mark gospels literary-criticism  
asked by Matthew Miller 16 votes
answered by Matthew Miller 14 votes

What is the story behind mourning for Hadad-rimmon in Zechariah 12:11?

Zechariah, like Revelation which draws on it, is a tough nut to crack but very rich. In the twelfth chapter, the prophet records the word of Yahweh that The sorrow and mourning in Jerusalem on ...

historical-interpretation geography zechariah  
asked by Kazark 7 votes

When did Jesus change his view on preaching to Gentiles?

In John 10:16 Jesus says (ESV quoted): And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. The ...

jesus john matthew history  
asked by Muke Tever 10 votes
answered by Jon Ericson 14 votes
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