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Investigation into the meaning or use of an individual word across a specific Biblical text or collection. This can include etymology, morphology, and usage as the word appears in text. This should not be exhaustive for all uses through the entire Bible or testament for frequently used words.

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What is the better rendering of colossians 2:14?

What is the better rendering of Colossians 2:14 ? KJV " blotting out the handwriting of ordinances which was against us " ESV " by canceling the record of debt that stood against us ...
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Etymological History of Satana in Koine Greek

Can someone point me to an academic book on the etymological root of “satanas” (G4567)? Did it originate in the LXX when translating Job? Was satanas used extensively in Greco-Roman literature in ...
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Does the usage of "all" in Matthew 24:37-39 indicate that Jesus believed in a global flood, encompassing all people worldwide?

Matthew 24:37-39 ESV 37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, ...
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What does "protoimasen/prepared beforehand" mean in Romans 9:23?

Romans 9:22-23 ESV 22 "What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23 in order to make known ...
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Who are the dead in Christ in 1 Thessalonians 4:16?

I have used commentaries on biblehub.com so far to find the answer to: Who are the dead in Christ in 1 Thessalonians 4:16? For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud command, with the ...
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Jesus' command to give something to eat to Jairus' daughter

Does Jesus' command to the father and mother of the damsel - after He had raised her, that something should be given her to eat - indicate that they had been starving her to death? (Mark 5:40-43) ...
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JESUS and the Old Covenant [closed]

This is my first question. I’m not trying to rock the boat. I believe what the New Covenant says about God’s name. The New Covenant says there is ONE NAME. The New Covenant doesn’t say there are two, ...
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How are trees and vines distinguished in the OT/Hebrew/antiquity?

In modern botanical taxonomy, trees and vines are clearly distinguished, and most people wouldn't confuse them if shown examples. However, in antiquity, it seems like the word "vine" ...
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What is the Biblical difference between a cistern and a well?

I'll just use one example where the word is translated different ways: Genesis 37:24 — The New International Version (NIV) 24 and they took him and threw him into the cistern. The cistern was empty; ...
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What is the Hebrew equivalent term for ’Logos’ and where is this Hebrew equivalent term used in the Old Testament?

John 1:1-2 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. What is the Hebrew equivalent term for ’Logos’ and where is ...
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Tribute Money at Capernaum

In Matthew 17:24-27 tax collectors in Capernum approach Peter and demand: “Doth not your master pay the tribute?” This money is usually assumed to be Jewish tribute money paid to the Temple. Why ...
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Why is Satan referred to as the tempter the first time he tempts Jesus and then referred to as Satan or the Devil the other two times?

In the desert when Jesus was being tempted while fasting, is there any significance to the writer referring to Satan as the tempter the first time and the Devil the other two times? Matt 4:3 - The ...
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Explanation of Sabbath please!

In Genisis YHWH rests on the sabbath grammatically and historically; does the Hebrew term, "sabbath" refer to rest in general, by a deity, or does it refer to rest on a designated day, the ...
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An explanation of El Shadai, please!

Does the Biblical term, El Shadai, mean mountaintop god, or perhaps, The Many Breasted God? I have seen both answers presented as truth claims! Gen 17:1 (NLT) - When Abram was ninety-nine years old, ...
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Can 'everlasting' in Psalm 90:2 mean two different things?

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. - Psalm 90:2 (KJV) 'Everlasting' is translated from the ...
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Did Jesus infer the God of the Jews in Luke 11:11? [closed]

Being quite conversant with the scriptures, Jesus knew the name of the God (father) of Israel from (Deut 32:8,9) and that this God did send serpents among his children when they complained about food (...
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Deuteronomy 18:15 "from among your midst, from your brothers"

This is a follow-up to a comment at Ancient Bible Hebrew Deuteronomy 18:15. In the phrase מִקִּרְבְּךָ֤ מֵאַחֶ֙יךָ֙ the second word מֵאַחֶ֙יךָ֙ is an apposition, so both words have the same referent. ...
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Hebrews 8:12 - Does God actually forget?

Hebrews 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. Does this verse indicate that recall of certain items becomes impossible in ...
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In 1 Corinthians 13:8, it says 'will pass away' in reference to spiritual gifts. Does this mean that they will pass away or that they already have?

A lot of people say that there are no prophets today and cite this verse saying 'will pass away' means it already has for us today. I believe that this verse is referring to the new earth with the ...
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Why does, in Isaiah 45:1, the text changes from third to first person? What is the correct way to read it?

In Isaiah 45:1, the versicle begins in the third person, i.e., the prophet is going to speak the message from God about Cyrus. But suddenly it changes to the first person (God speaking). Isaiah 45:1 ...
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Which term is ‘Elyon’ derived from and what is its significance?

Genesis 14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God Most High. The ‘Most High’ translates the Hebrew adjective ‘Elyon’. What is the term which ‘Elyon’ ...
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Revelation: Why might John use word frequency patterns - do they to convey hermeneutic meaning?

Richard Bauckham observes how John uses certain words and phrases either four times, seven times, or two times, along with certain multiples, such as fourteen and twenty-eight. Gregory K. Beale ...
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What distinct and intelligible meaning can be derived from analysing John 1;1b and c's "Word" and "God"? [duplicate]

Can we take a plainer way in identifying the "word" and "God" in this verse or use substitution of the terms once the "word" and "God" already have been ...
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Difference between eternal & everlasting life

Looking for help distinguishing between the two. From what I've gathered, eternal life could mean "time-based", i.e. heaven, and everlasting life means "quality" of life here ...
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Is "all things" the correct translation of "πάντα" in Mark 10:27 and Matthew 19:26?

In the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, the phrase "πάντα [γὰρ] δυνατὰ" appears in a synoptic passage (Matthew 19:26 and Mark 10:27 respectively.) This phrase is often defined (e.g. by the state ...
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Healing in the New Testament [closed]

Do you know any scriptures on healing from the New Testament? I am having a lot of issues with sickness and want to confess the word of God over myself to get healing. I pray and read God's word, but ...
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What is the meaning of "saved" in Acts 15:1?

I understand that there are different contexts and usages of saved. What is the meaning in this one? But certain ones having come down from Judea were teaching the brothers, "Unless you are ...
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How does the words, "Broken Faith" in Exodus 21:8 relate to Moses's who "broke faith" in Deuteronomy 32:51?

What does it really mean to "Break Faith" as mentioned in the Old Testament? If a man sells his daughter...he has no right to sell her to foreigners, because he has broken faith with her. ...
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Does the Granville Sharp rule apply to Titus 2:13 when dealing with "the Blessed Hope?

...while we wait for the Blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God... (Titus 2:13, KJV) The modern NIV translation seems to translate this part of verse 13 as if the Granville Sharp rule ...
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Would using "Nations" instead of "Gentiles" be more appropriate as a translation of "ethnos" in the New Testament as in Acts 15:17?

Ethnicity This word, ethnos, from what we get ethnic or ethnicity simply means a nation or nationality. It could refer to any people group around the world (or as far the N.T. is concerned, the ...
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Was the "Kingdom at Hand" (Matthew 4:17) postponed by the Jewish rejection of Jesus; did they have the power to trump Jesus's anticipation?

At Hand Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand (Matt. 4:17) Also see Be sure of this, that the Kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. (Luke 10:11). The Greek is gar eggiken e basileia ton ouranon ...
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Is John 6:27 a command or casual advice?

John 6:27 Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures unto eternal life… If this is a command, what can be said of modern Christianity? If this is just advice, why did the ...
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"Wine" vs. "new wine" in Hosea 4:11

Hosea 4:11 reads (NKJV, emphasis added): “Harlotry, wine, and new wine enslave the heart. What's the difference between "wine" and "new wine"? Is it that "wine" is ...
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In Matthew 12:31 does Διὰ τοῦτο refer to the preceeding or proceeding verse?

Is Jesus referring to Matthew 12:30 and using it to explain Matthew 12:31 when He uses Διὰ τοῦτο? Or does the rest of Matthew 12:31 explain Matthew 12:30? Matthew 12:30, 31 NIV 30 Whoever is not with ...
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What Hebrew meaning does "Bel" or "Baal" and Baalim in Jeremiah 50:2 have or signify?

Jeremiah 50:2 ASV Declare ye among the nations and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not: say, Babylon is taken, Bel is put to shame, Merodach is dismayed; her images are put to ...
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Is there a way to search the Septuagint for a string of words eg. "Τί ἐμοὶ καὶ σοί"?

I have tools to search for the lemma, or the exact form. But sometimes, as in this case, I really need the string of words. Using any one word would bring up too many hits. Obviously, I need to view ...
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What is the significance of "Thunder" in "to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder". Mark 3:17?

Mark 3:16-17 "He appointed the twelve: Simon [to whom he gave the name Peter]; 17 James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James [to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of ...
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"Be Perfect" (Mt. 5:48) - a stand-alone commandment, a summary of the Sermon on the Mount, or the conclusion of the teaching on loving one's enemy?

Note: this is not the same question as those which seek the meaning of "Be Perfect" in itself. Here, the question is what "Be Perfect" refers to in the text. In Matthew 5:48 Jesus ...
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What clues from John's general usage of 'the word' (or similar terms) help us to understand the referent of 'the word' in John's prologue?

Much debate has been had over the use of 'the word' in John's prologue. Many early English translations translated the relevant pronoun in John 1:2-4 as 'it' instead of 'he', suggesting the referent ...
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What is the difference between “anger” and “wrath”?

Anger and wrath are listed separately in a list in Colossians 3:8, and Ephesians 4:26 might indicate that there is some difference in Paul’s mind between the term anger and the term wrath. Col 3:8 - ...
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What are the Hebrew/OT/Aramaic equivalents of the words ἀπιστία (unbelief) or ἄπιστος (unbelieving), such as in Romans 4:20? [closed]

I am struck that these words/concepts are used frequently in the New Testament by speakers (Jesus and Paul among others, including Romans 4:20), who would have been (presumably) speaking/thinking in ...
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Was there a Biblical change of day when Jesus sat and ate the Passover, and was there a change of day when Joseph came to the cross the first time? [duplicate]

If there was a Biblical change of day when Jesus sat and ate the Passover, and there was a change of day when Joseph came to the cross (the first time), this would show major differences between what ...
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Does Paul display a negative attitute toward gambling in Ephesians 4:14

In Ephesians 4:14, Paul instructs "that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery [Strong's 2940, kubeia] of men, in the ...
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Does The Bible speak about One Holy Spirit or more? [closed]

While reading the Bible I have noticed The Holy Spirit seems to be referred to by different names. Grammatically speaking and contextually speaking are these various words referring to The Same Spirit?...
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In this particular verse and context, what does “overcome the world” mean here in 1 John 5:4? Sin? Godless system?

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” ‭‭...
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The pronunciation of Pharaoh in Hebrew [closed]

As I understand it, the letter pe becomes a fe if it has a dagesh in it, giving it the softer sound like an f. Throughout the Hebrew text, the word we say as Pharaoh has no dagesh in the pe. Does ...
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Was the stone at the tomb of Jesus square shaped? [closed]

Archeologist Amos Kloner claims that it isn't historically probable that Jesus' tomb had a circle shaped rock blocking it. Kloner argues that we don't find many circle shaped rocks blocking tombs ...
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Who wrote that Achashteranim were eight-leggged animals?

The Bible (Esther 8:10, 8:14) references an animal called האחשתרנים (the Achashteranim). I have seen Jewish Medieval commentators, including R. Joseph Kara and R. Elazar Rokeach of Worms (unavailable ...
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How exactly does using the Louw-Nida lexicon, that is based on semantic domains, help avoid the word-concept fallacy?

I see more and more journal articles on New Testament interpretation preferring to use the Louw-Nida Greek Lexicon that is based on "semantic domains". An example from the introductory ...
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In what sense is God 'Holy'?

Question: If 'Holy', (ἅγιος at Biblehub.com, and at logeion.uchicago.edu), is interpreted as 'separated unto', 'consecrated', 'dedicated to', or 'sacred', then in what sense can God be considered Holy?...
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