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A literary technique where an author expects his audience to see additional meaning other than what a literal reading of the text conveys.

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Interpretations and translations of a Moises speech

I study Latin and I don't understand this sentence "absumat ebria sitientem", found in deuteronomy:29:19 Context (just before the sentence): [because when such a person hears the words of this oath, ...
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In Genesis 27:19 what is the meaning of “that your soul may bless me”?

When Jacob responds to Isaac's call in Genesis 27:19 [NKJV], he says these words: “...I am Esau your firstborn; I have done just as you told me; please arise, sit and eat of my game, that your ...
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What does it mean when God says that he desires mercy and not sacrifice according Hosea 6:6

Jesus was asked in Matthew 9:13 about why he was eating with sinners. His response to the Pharisees was to ask them to go and learn about the meaning of Hosea 6:6 ("I desire mercy and not sacrifice..."...
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In Matthew 16:19 what are the “keys of the kingdom”?

Matthew 16:19 (ESV) I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” ΚΑΤΑ ...
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Why did Adam and Eve risk eating the forbidden fruit even when fully aware that they will die if they eat it? [closed]

Relevant Passage: 1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You[a] shall not eat of any tree ...
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Who is the “David” in Ezekiel 37:25?

Who is the David in Ezekiel 37:25 They shall dwell in the land that I gave to my servant Jacob, where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children’s children shall dwell ...
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How ought we to understand Zeresh's response in Esther 5:14?

Esther 5 describes how Haman was incensed by Mordechai’s arrogance and couldn’t tolerate his existence anymore. V. 10 describes how Haman convened with his cronies to plot and devise a plan how to ...
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Could Jesus actually have risen from the dead on the fourth day, instead on the third day?

I was reading Luke 24:7 just now. The verse is about an angel who tells the disciples that Jesus was going to rise the third day. I noticed that it didn’t say on the third day, or after the third day. ...
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In 2 Corinthians 10:4 what are the “weapons of our warfare” and “strongholds”?

2 Corinthians 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds What does this verse mean? What are our weapons? How are they mighty in ...
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What do these two parables from the Gospel of Thomas mean exactly about the Kingdom of God?

Jesus said, "The [Father's] kingdom is like a woman who was carrying a [jar] full of meal. While she was walking along [a] distant road, the handle of the jar broke and the meal spilled behind her [...
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Hebrews 12:2 “for the joy” or “instead of the joy”?

Hbr 12:1-2 keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy set out for him he endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right ...
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Matthew 26:24: What's the meaning of “goes” in “the Son of man goes as it is written of him”?

Matthew 26:24: The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born. (KJV) What's the ...
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In Genesis 9:20-24 why is Ham, the second born, referred to as the “younger son”?

Genesis 9:20-24 NKJV And Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard. Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw ...
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What does it mean to have a scent as “the wine of Lebanon” Hosea 14:7

Hosea 14:7 (NKJV) 7 Those who dwell under his shadow shall return; They shall be revived like grain, And grow like a vine. Their scent shall be like the wine of Lebanon. What is the wine ...
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Why was Reuben described as being “unstable as water” Gen 49:4?

Unstable as water thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father's bed then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch (Gen 49:4) Throughout Jacobs prophecy in Gen 49, he describes his ...
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What does Jesus mean in Matthew 25:41-46?

I have a question concerning the following passage (Matthew 25:41-46): 41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil ...
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Why aren't the sons of Mizraim listed in Genesis 10?

In the Table of Nations, Moses doesn't mention Egypt's (Mizraim's) children by name, only the tribes are mentioned. Genesis 10:13-14 (KJV) [13] And Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, ...
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In Deuteronomy 24:6, what is the significance of taking the millstones?

In Deu. 24:6, it is written, 6 No man shall take the nether or the upper millstone to pledge: for he taketh a man's life to pledge. KJV, 1769 What is the significance of taking the millstones? Why ...
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What is the difference between the μορφῇ of God and the εἶδος of God?

who, though he was in the form [morphe] of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped (Philippians 2:6 ESV). And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His ...
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Did the translators of 1 Thess 4:10-12 make use of a double-meaning in English to convey the original meaning?

In 1 Thess 4:10-12 (NIV) we read: 10 And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, 11 and to make it your ...
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Who is the “star” that comes out of Jacob, and why will he crush the foreheads of Moab, and the skulls of all the sons of Sheth?

In Numbers 24:17, with reference to Balaam's fourth Oracle, it is written, (NIV) "I see him but not now, I behold him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob, a sceptre will rise out ...
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Does the “fear of death” in Hebrews 2:15 refer to the dread of physically dying, or to something else?

In the Christian New Testament, we find the following: Hebrews 2:14-15 (NASB) 14Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through ...
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Catholic explanation of the “spiritual sense” of Scripture?

In Catechism of the Catholic Church we read the following, pertaining to Biblical Hermeneutics: 115 According to an ancient tradition, one can distinguish between two senses of Scripture: the ...