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Does the Bible treat any metaphysical subjects? [closed]

Are there any metaphysical concepts that are elucidated in the Bible? I am attempting to address a philosophical point raised by a friend; he worries there are no metaphysical perspectives offered in ...
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Ecclesiastes aims to desensitise us from worldly aspects ( and/or helps De-idolizing/De-worshipping worldly aspects?)

(Ecclesiastes 1:1-3) 1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. 2 “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.” 3 What advantage does man have in ...
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Could someone please give an elaborate explanation as to how Wisdom, knowledge & understanding are different and/or overlap in Proverbs 24:3-5?

( reference: https://www.gotquestions.org/wisdom-knowledge.html ) Proverbs 24:3-5 New American Standard Bible 1995 3 By wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established; 4 And by ...
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Is (Proverbs 6:1-3) broad enough to go beyond financial debt obligations/money lending etc.,?

Proverbs 6:1-3 New American Standard Bible 1995 Parental Counsel 6 My son, if you have become surety for your neighbor, Have [a]given a pledge for a stranger, 2 If you have been snared with the words ...
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Is the letter to Titus a more relevant source of John's "the Word," ὁ λόγος, than Philo, Hellenistic philosophy, or Jewish Wisdom literature?

When considering the meaning of terms Paul applied to Jesus in the letter to Titus, the phrase "the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ" (2:13) is much debated. There are grammatical arguments for ...
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Who is he and what is the name of his son? Proverbs 30:4

“Who has ascended to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what ...
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I am seeking examples of "interludes" (an abrupt change of tone and content which breaks the flow of the surrounding passages) in the Bible ala Job 28 [closed]

Job 28 is often considered to be an interlude because there is an abrupt change of tone and content which breaks the flow of the surrounding passages (the dialogues between Job and his friends). Are ...
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What is an accepatable translation of the Greek in Wisdom 1:14

Which is the most accurate rendering of the meaning of the Greek in this verse? In particular, the phrase ἔκτισεν γὰρ εἰς τὸ εἶναι τὰ πάντα καὶ σωτήριοι αἱ γενέσεις τοῦ κόσμου: Wisdom 1:14 LXX ...
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Proverbs 8:22-31. Woman Wisdom personification or actual divine being? [duplicate]

In Proverbs 8:22-31, a figure known as "Woman Wisdom" is described as being present when God was creating the world. Obviously, "Woman Wisdom" serves as a great personification to teach about the ...
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Does the author in Ecclesiastes 4:3 consider all people in the world better-off-dead, or just some?

The author of Ecclesiastes seems to think that in the given context of his view that people are better off unborn or dead. Is he identifying certain types of people or is his context including ...
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What did God put into the heart of man according to the LXX in Ecclesiastes 3:11?

I can tell that from the Hebrew various English translations understand something different has been put into the heart of man. What I am interested in then is does the LXX support one of the English ...
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What point is the author driving home by listing so many opposing activities that seem to have their own seasons? (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)

I am not interested so much in what each verse means but what they all mean in common. In other words after Solomon has declared the vanity of all activities, the seemingly few benefits wisdom brings ...
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Under what context are we to understand 'eating, drinking and enjoying work' as the 'best' a person can do? (Ecclesiastes 2:24)

Usually when most people consider what is the best a person can do it involves sacrificing oneself in love to God or man however within some certain context it seems the best one can do is something ...
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What does the author of Ecclesiastes Chapter 2 mean that 'his heart was still guided with wisdom' as he went about doing foolish things?

The author of Ecclesiastes (I assume is Solomon) seems to be trying to find out what makes mankind happy and he conducts an unusual and determined experiment in Chapter 2, that of seeking wine, women ...
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Is the 'knowledge that increases sorrow' any kind of knowledge or directed to a focus of some subject in Ecclesiastes 1:17?

In Ecclesiastes 1:16-18 the author (personally I assume King Solomon), says: I said in my heart, “I have acquired great wisdom, surpassing all who were over Jerusalem before me, and my heart has ...
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John: A lack of "wisdom" in Wisdom literature?

In a series of lecture videos on The Gospel of John, Ben Witherington III proposes to treat the gospel along the lines of wisdom literature. He says: It’s my view that one of the things that makes ...
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