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Why does the household table in Colossians spend so long on slaves?

In the household table in Colossians 3:18-4:1, almost half the words are directed towards slaves. This seems significant, especially since in the household table in Ephesians, it is much more evenly ...
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When was Deuteronomy chapters 26-29 probably written and why? [closed]

When was Deuteronomy chapters 26-29 probably written, and why?
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The audience of 1 Corinthians and the translation of τοῖς ἔθνεσιν in 5:1

Given what I've read on the historical context of Corinth in the first century CE, it seems likely that the audience of Paul's epistle known as 1 Corinthians1 are Gentile Christians in Corinth. ...
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Who are the intended recipients of the fourth Gospel?

Who are the intended recipients of the fourth gospel (John)? For example, is it for: The Jewish community who had questions about the identity of Jesus? The Gentiles who need to know the relationship ...
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Which of Paul's letters were written to strangers?

Paul had clearly visited the Thessalonians and Corinthians prior to writing. It would seem he had not personally spent time with the Colossians prior to writing. I am thinking Romans was written to ...
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Ezekiel 43:9 "dwell in [WHOSE] midst forever"?

Now let them put away their whoring and the dead bodies of their kings far from me, and I will dwell in their midst forever. (Ezekiel 43:9 ESV) In whose midst is God going to be dwelling forever?
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Who is Matthew's intended audience for the Sermon on the Mount?

On another question, I've received several answers to the effect that the ethical teachings of the Sermon on the Mount aren't terribly relevant to Christians— that they were given to people ...
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What does John 20:31 tell us about the intended audience of John’s gospel?

John 20:31 SBLGNT: ταῦτα δὲ γέγραπται ἵνα πιστεύητε [var. πιστεύσητε]1 ὅτι Ἰησοῦς ἐστιν ὁ χριστὸς ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ θεοῦ, καὶ ἵνα πιστεύοντες ζωὴν ἔχητε ἐν τῷ ὀνόματι αὐτοῦ. ESV: but these are written ...
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What evidence exists to show that the Galatians could understand Greek?

I have seen before an atheist argument that the Galatians being migrant tribesmen from Gaul could not speak or read Greek, and therefore could not have understood an epistle in Greek, much less a ...