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Questions relating to laws given in the Torah that pertain to ritual purity

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Was Kosher Food the real issue in Galatians 2?

In Galatians 2, the main issue is traditionally thought to be "table fellow," but I am wondering if it was actually kosher food. Prior to this episode, in the congregation at Antioch, Jews ...
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What does ‘defiled’ mean in Mark 7:5?

In Mark 7:5, we see the accusation that Jesus and His disciples eat food with defiled hands: “So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the ...
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How is an animal that died of natural causes unholy compared to one that is killed?

Deuteronomy 14:21 “You shall not eat anything which dies of itself. You may give it to the alien who is in your town, so that he may eat it, or you may sell it to a foreigner, for you are a holy ...
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In 2 Maccabees 12, Why did Pharisaic Jews believe posthumus money could purify souls of dead sinners - in contrast to Torah of Leviticus 17:11?

Based on [2 Maccabees 12:39-45, NRSV] we learn Judas Maccabeus believed the souls of dead idolaters were never fully atoned for through their own physical deaths (shedding of their blood) in contrast ...
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Was the woman not further charged with adultery after having been proved to be impure in Number 5:27?

Numbers 5:27 NIV . 27 If she has made herself impure and been unfaithful to her husband, this will be the result: When she is made to drink the water that brings a curse and causes bitter suffering, ...
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Bible passages (like in Psalms) that seem legalistic (and maybe even sanctimonious) Vs Colossians verses warnings against legalistic behavior

Some bible scripture verses (especially those in the Psalms) can seem legalistic and also sanctimonious. Psalm 101:2-4 2 I will give heed to the blameless way. When will You come to me? I will walk ...
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In Ezekiel 4:12-15, why does the prophet יְחֶזְקֵ֨אל Yechezkel get to request alternatives from God?

We are told in יְחֶזְקֵ֨אל Yechezkel 4:12-15 that God offers alternatives when His orders put His servant in jeopardy of becoming unclean. - To honor Yechezkel‘s devotion to Torah, God grants ...
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Was the empty tomb unclean after the resurrection?

Was the empty tomb unclean according to Jewish purity laws? New tombs were not yet graves and not yet sources of uncleanliness. But once a body was put into the tomb, it became a family tomb or ...
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