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In Hebrews 4:12 what is the difference between ψυχή ("soul") and πνεῦμα ("spirit")?

Hebrews 4:12 seems to distinguish between "soul" and "spirit" (or ψυχή and πνεῦμα, respectively) in some manner similar to the difference between "joint" and "marrow." For the word of God is quick, ...
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Luke 16:19-31 Lazarus and the rich man - literal, allegorical or a mixture of both?

Is this merely a parable or does it present a theological concept of the after life? It suggests that Jesus was saying people only get one chance. It further suggests that once a person dies, they ...
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Are the imprisoned spirits in 1 Peter 3:19 human spirits or fallen angels?

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 19After being made alive, he ...
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Jesus denied being a spirit (Luke 24:39), yet God is spirit (John 4:24). Can we connect the dots and conclude that Jesus is not God?

Jesus denied being a spirit in Luke 24:39: See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, because a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you plainly see that I have.” (Luke 24:...
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How do we understand the verse "I saw the souls of those who had been slain."

In the book of Revelation it is written, "When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained"...
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Does "asleep" in 1 Corinthians 15 mean that the dead are unconscious prior to the resurrection?

Inspired by discussion from this question The New Testament regularly refers to the dead as "asleep". This occurs several times in 1 Corinthians 15, such as: 20 But now is Christ risen ...
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Can a person's spirit leave its body miraculously without causing death?

Ezekiel was sitting in his house. Then was Ezekiel's spirit leaving his body in Ezekiel 8: 1 In the sixth year, in the sixth month on the fifth day, while I was sitting in my house and the elders of ...
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Did Jesus believe in ghosts / disembodied spirits?

Luke 24:36-39 (NASB): 36 Now while they were telling these things, Jesus Himself suddenly stood in their midst and *said to them, “Peace be to you.” 37 But they were startled and frightened, and ...
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Does Psalm 146:3-4 affirm that the dead are unconscious?

In my opinion, one of the passages that most clearly support the belief that the dead are unconscious is Psalm 146:3-4: 3 Trust not in princes -- in a son of man, For he hath no deliverance. 4 His ...
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Does Ecclesiastes 9:10 affirm that the dead are unconscious?

In my opinion, one of the passages that most clearly support the belief that the dead are unconscious is Ecclesiastes 9:10: 10 All that thy hand findeth to do, with thy power do, for there is no work,...
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According to Ecclesiastes, what part of man goes to Sheol?

Ecclesiastes 3:18-21 (ESV): 18 I said in my heart with regard to the children of man that God is testing them that they may see that they themselves are but beasts. 19 For what happens to the ...
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Did Paul believe that he would immediately be with Jesus as soon as he died?

21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. 23 But I am hard-pressed from both ...
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What is the meaning of: ויהי בצאת נפשה כי מתה

I am not a Hebrew expert, and the following sentence felt ambiguous to me. ויהי בצאת נפשה כי מתה From biblical Hebrew: Genesis 35:18 Strong's Hebrew Does it mean that: the soul was departing because ...
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The ‘makeup’ of man - what is man?

This question comes out from a comment .. The Q was closed, so I couldn’t respond via a comment reply, so I’ll both ask it here, (open it up), and also respond here ... GEN 2:7 then the Lord God ...
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Why does one benefit when he/she, eats from the "Tree of life"?

According to scripture, there is a benefit to be gained when eating from the tree of life. Rev 2:7 (niv), 7 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is ...
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