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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 "lattice" (heb: arubbah) described at Genesis 8:2 and is it connected to the "bands" (heb: aguddah) described at Amos 9:6?

Here are the definitions of the words aguddah and arubbah on Biblehub. Arubbah literally means "lattice windows" (or windows in the lattice). It can be translated as "floodgates of the ...
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What is Jesus sending the multitude away from?

I have been comparing and contrasting the two feedings of the multitudes. I’ve observed that the term “Apoluo” or “send away” is used 4 times between the two feedings. Mark 6:36 Mark 6:45 Mark 8:3 ...
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What does καὶ περισσὸν ἔχωσιν (Jn 10:10) imply about the life Jesus came to give? Does He imply both 'life' eternal and temporal in varying degrees?

John 10:10b: I have come that they may have Life, and may have it in abundance (Weymouth NT).
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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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Gospel of Thomas, What is Putting a 'Foot in Place of a Foot?'

I've wondered about this for years, what does Thomas mean? The passage is below, Thomas 1:22: Jesus said to them, "When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and ...
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In Romans 12:3 what is the μέτρον that God has allotted to each believer and how is one to use it to "think soberly" about one's gift?

Disclaimer: I have no formal education in Greek. Setup (If you are familiar with Romans 12 you can skip to "The question" below) Throughout the Roman empire (and in all the world) both Jews and ...
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In 1 Corinthians 4:5 is the usage of κρίνω (G2919) the same as in Corinthians 5:3?

1 Corithians 4:5 (NKJV) 5 Therefore judge (κρίνετε) nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts....
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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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Do the qualifications of an overseer (ἐπίσκοπος) and the Ephesians 4:11 gift of pastor/teacher make them interchangeable or just related?

Peter encourages elders in 1 Peter 5:2 to ποιμάνατε (be shepherds). Paul instructs Timothy to install elders with qualifications listed in 1 Timothy 3:2 that include διδακτικόν (apt to teach). In ...
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Translation choices for the words "pray" in Acts 7:59 and "appeal" in Acts 25:11

Biblehub shows the word "prayed" in Acts 7:59 used by the New International Version Bible is derived from the Greek ἐπικαλούμενον (epikaloumenon). This is the same word used in Acts 25:11 ...
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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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Yom Kippur in the days of David's tent

How was the Yom Kippur ritual performed in the days of King David's tabernacle? Zadock was the high priest in Gibeon, and Abiathar in David's tent. How and where was it performed , when the high ...
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In accordance with Noah's prophecy concerning Shem, Ham and Japheth, is there any significance in the number of sons recorded in the text?

Genesis 10:2 (NKJV) The sons of Japheth were Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras. v6) The sons of Ham were Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan. v22) The sons of Shem ...
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