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How can angels have sex?

In Genesis 6:2 it says, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. But if angels are spirit than how can they have sex with ...
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The gender of the Hebrew word Spirit in Hebrew English Interlinear

Every resource I've come accross that coments on the gender of the Hebrew word for Spirit mentions that it is generally female in gender. For example 'The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old ...
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Does Paul mean that Peter's wife traveled with the Twelve and Jesus, along with other women in the group?

We know that several women traveled with Jesus and the Twelve throughout the 3 1/2 year ministry of Jesus, taking care of their needs: And it happened that soon afterward He was going around from one ...
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Meaning of Sophrosyne and Polytelei

I would like to know a real ancient Greek meaning of sophrosyne and polytelei when we talking of clothing. Sophrosyne is translated as self-control or sound mind but also self-restraint So range of ...
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According to NT is wearing gold a sin against Gods Divine Law?

I have been reading a lot of Church Fathers and early Christian writers and they translated the Bible is opposed to women's adornment and they all said the Bible condemns all jewelry (as apparently ...
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The Law Commands Women Keep Silent [duplicate]

To which law is Paul speaking (emphasis mine)? Women should be silent during the church meetings. It is not proper for them to speak. They should be submissive, just as the law says. 1 Cor 14:34 NLT ...
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Difference between prophecy and preaching relating to women. Acts 21:9, Philips daughters [closed]

I believe women can be used in ministry. God's plan being a man as a preacher but at times using women, as Lydia in Acts foundation of the church at Philippi. But I am having a struggle with Acts 21:...
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Could women initiate a sin or guilt offering in Second Temple Judaism?

Here, I am not referring to offerings made in response to childbirth. Say a woman was coerced into regular but proscribed sexual behavior by her husband, would she be capable of initiating a sin or ...
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(Isaiah 3:12)’s declaration that women would rule over Jerusalem & Judah suggests that men became irresponsible and/or negligent about leadership jobs

Isaiah 3:12 New American Standard Bible 1995 12 O My people! Their oppressors [a]are children, And women rule over them. O My people! Those who guide you lead you astray And confuse the direction of ...
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1 Corinthians 16:13 - act like men?

1 Corinthians 16:3 ESV, 13 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. The Greek text for the emboldened phrase above is: ἀνδρίζεσθε - (andrizesthe) The ESV appears to translate it ...
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Should a woman cover her head whilst praying or prophesying because of angels?

According to 1 Corinthians 11:10 should a woman cover her head when she is praying or prophesying for the reason of signaling to the heavenly host that she is not exposed but is covered (protected) ...
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Is One of the main overarching meanings of ( Song of Solomon 2:7 ) is that love is gentle & patient?

There is a lot of debate surrounding ( Song of Solomon 2:7 ) as to whether the "Subject" which in this case is the speaker is the bride or the groom? why the "Direct Object" ...
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1 Peter 3:7 - So what exactly are husbands and wives understood to be vessels for to varying degrees?

In 1st Peter 3:7, Peter instructs husbands to be cognizant that their wives lack the strength that men do as vessels. 1 Peter 3:7 7 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, ...
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Any patristic sources on 1 Timothy 2:11-12 that address whether the context is the church?

1 Timothy 2:11-12 has been variously understood. One view I recently heard is that it teaches women to be silent not only in church, as is the case in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35, but also in secular ...
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Will gender differences persist in heaven? [duplicate]

Scientists have established that men and women think differently and reach decisions differently. They tend to have different interests and aptitudes. These distinctions go well beyond hair styles, ...
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Was Nymphas, Male or Female

Col 4:15 Greet the brothers who are in Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church that is in her house. (NHEB) Greet the brethren in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church in his house. (SLT)
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Arguments for/against the Pauline authorship of NT prohibitions against women speaking in church - 1 Cor. 14:34, 1 Tim. 2:12 [closed]

Note: This question focuses on authorship, not the meaning of the verses. 1 Timothy 2:12 "I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over men; she is to keep silent." 1 Corinthians 14:...
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Are the Ten Commandments directed toward a masculine audience?

This may be a semi-niche question, but I recently came across the HuffPost article "The Marginalization of Women: A Biblical Value We Don't Like to Talk About" which makes a polemic argument ...
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What is the connection between Christ being man’s head and man being woman’s head?

1 Corinthians‬ ‭11:3‬ ‭‬‬NASB “But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.” In what way is man the the head ...
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Anyway of interpreting adultery verses in Proverbs 2,3,6,7 & 9 in a more gender-neutral / gender-inclusive / politically correct manner [closed]

Proverbs 2:16-19 Proverbs 5:3-20 Proverbs 6:24-35 Proverbs 7:5-27 Proverbs 9:13-18 ( may be more broader than just adultery, sexual fornification, sexual lust because it could also include being ...
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Are the references to "the rapture" in Matthew 24 and Luke 17 gender specific?

I am intrigued as to whether the "two" (people) referred to in relation to the "rapture" in Matthew 24 and Luke 17, should be gender specific? With my limited knowledge of ...
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What were “the garments of her [Tamar’s] widowhood” (Gen 38:19)?

After deceiving Judah, pretending to be a (veiled) prostitute, in order to get children from the family she had married into, Tamar puts back on her widow’s habit. Simple question: does anyone know ...
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Hebrew of Psalm 82:8 - Gender Mismatch?

This Psalm has been dug into frequently for it's peculiar use of Elohim and conflating this name for God with children of God. It is quoted in John 10:34 as part of Jesus's discourse with the Jewish ...
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( Romans 1:26 ) firstly associating women, and then secondly only mentions men in the sin of homosexuality

Since most English translations of the Bible use the masculine nouns and pronouns for gender, what kind of deeper understanding can we get from the fact that in ( Romans 1:26 ) verse that starts off ...
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Pronoun implication about Logos in John 1:1-5

Please help track the pronouns and antecedents in John 1:1-5. In the Greek, do the “He” and the “him”’s that refer to the Logos in 1-4 definitively indicate personhood/agency, or could the antecedent ...
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Does John 14:26 explicitly use masculine terms for the Holy Spirit? Do other verses?

The question is: What is the sex/gender of the Holy Spirit per the Biblical pronouns in general and in John 14:26, is it male or neither male nor female? ————— But before answering, please take care ...
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What law says women are not allowed to speak, Roman law, Jewish law, something else? [duplicate]

Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. 1 Corinthians 14:34 What law? Please provide a reference.
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Did Paul prohibit a woman from being an elder of a church?

Titus 1: 5 The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. 6 An elder must be blameless, faithful to his ...
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In Gen. 3:5 is יֹדְעֵ֖י ט֥וֹב וָרָֽע experiential knowledge rather than intellectual knowledge?

In Gen. 3:5 is יֹדְעֵ֖י ט֥וֹב וָרָֽע (knowing good and evil) experiential knowledge rather than intellectual knowledge? Up to that time Adam and Eve only knew obedience. There was only one tree they ...
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Are only Males (Men) made in the image of God and not Women?

I saw in a comment someone say God created men (human males) in His image, but not women in His image (although He did create women), and He gave men not women dominion. That statement got several ...
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Using Judges 4-5 about Deborah, Barak & Jael to deduce/infer God's view of how women could have very specific roles but Not all roles in the military

Does the story in Judges 4-5 of the Bible about Deborah, Barak & Jael give us some insight as to how God had very specific views when it comes to women's role in the military ( i.e., military ...
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Are men and women equal or not? Galatians 3:26-29 vs 1 Timothy 2:11-15

On the one hand, they appear to be equal: 26 For you are all sons and daughters of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with ...
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Will everyone be gender-neutral in Heaven, and if so, does that mean that sex was designed to be a temporary thing?

Mark 12:25 (NASB): 25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. Does the verse above imply that those who attain eternal ...
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What is the context 1 Timothy 2?

Based on the text, what is the context of 1 Timothy 2? Some say it's the home/family, others say it's the church, and yet others say it's "everywhere" (cf. v. 8). Knowing the answer would ...
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explain the meaning of the "menstrual cloth" in Isaiah 30:22

What is the meaning of Isaiah 30:22 from the Hebrew? Then you will desecrate your idols overlaid with silver and your images covered with gold; you will throw them away like a menstrual cloth and say ...
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In Ex 40:12 is "sons" (heb. בָּנָ֔יו) exclusively masculine? If so, why?

Can the Hebrew בָּנָ֔יו In Ex 40:12 be translated as "children"--which includes males and females? For example, In the KJV בָּנָ֔יו is found 238 times and yet often it is translated as "...
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Isaiah 5:14 - Sheol/Hell personified as a woman?

In some English translations of Isaiah 5:14, Sheol/Hell is personified as a woman. Versions include: The King James Version: Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure.....
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Meaning of "at the feet of [rabbi]" in Luke 10 and Acts 22?

In Luke 10:39, Mary "sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching". A common reading seems to be that Mary was physically sitting at Jesus' feet listening to Jesus. See Was it unusual ...
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(Song of Songs 2:7) Hebrew Question about Gender of Subject and Object

I am having some challenges interpreting Song of Songs 2:7 in terms of verb-subject-object gender matching. The verse reads (KJV): I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the ...
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When the woman was caught in adultery in John 8 vs 3, why is the man not mentioned?

In John 8 vs 3, a woman was made to stand before Jesus after being caught in an act of adultery but there is no mention of the man. Why is that?
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(Isaiah 51:9) Feminine God in Exile

I previously asked and got great responses to an exploration of pronouns in psalm 139. There was a fascinating technical resolution to that one. This question is related but significantly different. ...
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(Psalm 139:18) Feminine God?

Psalm 139:17-18 (KJV), "How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with ...
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Meaning of "...male and female created he them..." in Genesis 1:27

I am puzzled with the verse 1:27 from Genesis. https://www.biblegateway.com/verse/en/Genesis%201:27 King James version reads: So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He ...
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Hair Like Women's Hair - Revelation 9:8

Revelation 9:8 (ESV) 8 their hair like women’s hair, and their teeth like lions’ teeth What is hair like women's hair? Is it in relation to length, something akin to Paul's argument from 1 ...
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"...no male and female": Galatians 3:28

What if Paul's inscribed audience, "brothers" (Gal. 3:15 and 4:12), is taken in its literal sense: not "brothers and sisters", but rather, males assigned male at birth? Thus: "There can be neither ...
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Which law was Paul referring to in 1 Corinthians 14:34?

1 Corinthians 14:34 NASB 34 The women are to keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but are to subject themselves, just as the Law also says. Which law was Paul ...
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Did corporal punishment also apply to women?

In Deuteronomy 25:2-3, it states that a guilty person (usually referred to as he) will be whipped. Deut 25:2-3 (NIV): If the guilty person deserves to be beaten, the judge shall make them lie down ...
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Are the commandments concerning covering & uncovering the head for public assemblies only or in private as well? (1 Corinthians Chapter 11)

Are the commandments concerning covering & uncovering the head for public assemblies only or in private as well? I have read commentaries on these verses and most agree that these commandments ...
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In 1 Corinthians 11:3-10 what does it mean that the head of the woman/wife is the husband/man?

What is the Biblical basis for male headship per 1 Corinthians 11:3-10? From what I have studied, the meaning of the word "head" back in the time Paul wrote it meant "source". The definition "leader" ...
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Why were men more valuable than women in Leviticus 27:3-8?

Leviticus 27:3-8 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV) 3 The price for a man from 20 to 60 years old is 50 shekels[a] of silver. (You must use the official measure for the silver.) 4 The price for a woman who ...
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