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Are the feast of unleavened bread and the feast of firstfruits (shavuot) mutually exclusive?

I'm trying to work out the Jewish holidays as a modern Christian, and am having trouble with it. Passover starts on the 14th of Nisan (a Saturday Sabbath). The next day (a Sunday) starts the feast of ...
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What does it mean to be meek, as commanded and praised in the Scriptures?

Psalm 22:26 KJV — The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever. Psalm 37:11 KJV — But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall ...
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What does Paul mean when he said, “she … is dead even while she is still alive” in 1 Timothy 5:6?

◄ 1 Timothy 5:6 ► But she who lives for pleasure is dead even while she is still alive.
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In Exodus 32:6, what was the nature of the pagan revelry of the Israelites?

What sort of "revelry" did they indulge in while Moses was up on the mountain getting the 10 Commandments? (Exodus 32:6) And they rose up early the next day and offered burnt offerings and brought ...
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What are the things that are imperfect in heaven that the Lord has promised to shake out? (Hebrews 12:26,27)

It is quite easy to understand that there are things that are shaken -- things that have been made (and probably imperfect) on earth. The Lord promised to utter his voice and cause them to shake and ...
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What are the additional books in the Contemporary English Version?

Was reading about Contemporary English Version (CEVDC) Rev 12 and came across this passage that is not found in NIV or KJV: The dragon stood on the beach beside the sea. Revelation 12:18 CEVDC https:/...
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How does the right hand and forehead for the mark of the beast correlate to the hand and forehead for the Shema?

How does the right hand and forehead for the mark of the beast correlate to the hand and forehead for the Shema? Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, ...
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In Genesis 1:31, what does “very good” mean?

“Very good” appears to be relative, i.e. better than “good” but not as good as “very, very good.” Certainly not absolute, i.e. “perfect.” Even if “very good” did mean “perfect” that could mean that ...
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Why are quotation marks used in translations of 1 Corinthians 10:23?

In 1 Corinthians 10:23, most English translations use quotation marks to suggest that Paul is quoting someone else. For instance, the RSV says... “All things are lawful,” but not all things are ...
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The Mark of the Beast

I have been wondering if the Mark of the Beast has already happened. From Revelation: “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or ...
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Which translation for Revelation 5:10 is correct?

Some translations of this scripture use the pronoun "us" but other ones use the pronoun "them". The use actually changes what is going on prior to this scripture in terms of who is singing the new ...
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In Isaiah 6:2 whose face and feet are the Seraphim covering with their wings?

In reading Isaiah 6:2 the translation is generally "with two he covered his face" and also "with two he covered his feet" - meaning that the Seraphim are hiding their own faces and feet from either ...
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Did a priest ever die in the holy of holies?

I have heard plenty of times that, according to tradition, the people would tie a rope around the priest's ankle before he went into the holy of holies, thereby easing retrieval of the body in case ...
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What is the “due penalty” mentioned in Romans 1:27?

As I went through my study of Romans, I was caught off guard by this verse - because there didn't seem to be any readily apparent answer given the context as far as I could discern it. 26 For this ...
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In 1 Corinthians 1:1, is Paul a “called-apostle” or “called to be an apostle”?

(1 Corinthians 1:1) Παῦλος κλητὸς ἀπόστολος Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ διὰ θελήματος θεοῦ καὶ Σωσθένης ὁ ἀδελφὸς (KJV) Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our ...
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In the Book of Enoch, what is meant by the ram in Parable of the Animals?

In the Book of Enoch, there is a long parable of animals, representing many Biblical figures such as Cain and Abel, David and Saul, Solomon, etc. I would like to make sense of part this parable; who ...
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Why is the book of Jasher considered to be non-canonical?

Why is the book of Jasher considered to be non-canonical? I always hear the phrase, "must be inspired by God", but all our texts are just visions/voice of God being heard. How do we know any of the ...
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Why does Paul use different prepositions regarding the origin of the first and second humanity? (I Corinthians 15:47)

Paul states in I Corinthians 15:47 : ο πρωτος ανθρωπος εκ γης χοικος ο δευτερος ανθρωπος ο κυριος εξ ουρανου [TR - Beza, Stephens, Elzevir and Scrivener are all identical] The first man ...
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What did Jesus mean by “on this rock, I will build my church”?

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18 What does Jesus mean by "on this rock, I will build My ...
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Two rulers or one ruler in Daniel's 70 week prophecy?

In Daniel 9:25-27, which the angel ("man") Gabriel states 25 “Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One (or an anointed one), ...
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What is the meaning of τὰ πρῶτα ἔργα ποίησον in Revelation 2:5?

In Revelation 2:5, what is the meaning of τὰ πρῶτα ἔργα ποίησον (ta prōta erga poiēson; the first works you-do)? I am suspicious of the phrase "τὰ πρῶτα ἔργα" because I don't see an explanation of ...
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Was God's motive for barring man from eating from “the tree of knowledge” as given by the serpent true?

According to the serpent in Gen. 3:5, God's motive for prohibiting man from eating from the tree of knowledge was that they shouldn't become godlike, For God knows that when you eat from it your ...
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In Isaiah 59:21 are the descendants of the apostles (even today) likewise infallible?

KJV Isaiah 59:21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the ...
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How does sin trap someone and hold them captive (Proverbs 5:22-23)?

How does sin entrap someone and hold them captive? See Proverbs 5:21-23: [Pro 5:22-23 CSB] 22 A wicked man's iniquities will trap him; he will become tangled in the ropes of his own sin. 23 He ...
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Why would King Uzziah think he could do the priest's job?

This question arose for me from 2 Chronicles 26, especially verses 16-18. 16 But when he was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction. For he was unfaithful to the Lord his God and entered the ...
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What does Jesus mean when he said “Night is coming” in John 9:4? [duplicate]

John 9:4 NIV As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. He also says in the next verse, While I am in the world, I am the light of the ...
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What are the Benefits Of Death According to the Will of God? [on hold]

What are the benefits of death to believers according to the Apostle John's writings in the New Testament?
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In Genesis 4:2-8 why did God not accept Cain's offering? [duplicate]

I'm wondering what special thing did Abel do that permitted God to accept his offering but not accept Cain's. I tried to read this part of Genesis 4:2-8: Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the ...
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What exactly is meant by “works” in John 14:12?

John is, in my honest opinion, one of the most fascinating books of the Bible. This fascinating aspect of John often comes attached with a difficulty of interpretation as well. My concern starts with ...
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In 2 Corinthians 7:3 what does Paul mean by “you are in our hearts to die together and to live together”?

NASB 2 Corinthians 7:3 I do not speak to condemn you, for I have said before that you are in our hearts to die together and to live together. It sounds kind of romantic and tragic. What does he mean ...
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Why had the Lord's time yet to come when the disciples' time was always ready!

As I read the Gospel, I try to understand why the Lord's time had yet to come when the time of the disciples was always ready! Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is ...
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In Genesis 1:1 is “elohim” a personal proper name, a title, or a common noun?

Is Elohim in Genesis 1:1 a personal proper name, a title, or a common noun?: KJV Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Since the verb in Genesis 1:1 is singular ...
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Can שֵׁם mean “title” in Exodus 20:7?

Exodus 20:7 You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave anyone unpunished who takes His name in vain. I could not understand why misusing the personal ...
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Why are the letters of the Hebrew alphabet also words? [on hold]

Why are the names of the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet also meaningful words? For examples, aleph means ox, beth means tent or house, gimmel means heal or ankle or camel, etc.? Why the order of ...
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Why is ἀγαπάω (I have loved) aorist in John 15:12?

Why is ἀγαπάω (I have loved) aorist in John 15:12? Αὕτη ἐστὶν ἡ ἐντολὴ ἡ ἐμή, ἵνα ἀγαπᾶτε ἀλλήλους καθὼς ἠγάπησα ὑμᾶς. (John 15:12, NA27) “This is my commandment, that you love one another ...
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In 2 John 1:9-10 is it “the teaching about Jesus” or “the teaching by Jesus”?

CSB 2 John 1: 9 Anyone who does not remain in Christ’s teaching but goes beyond it does not have God. The one who remains in that teaching, this one has both the Father and the Son. 10 ...
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In John 13:26 is Judas supposed to represent Judah?

KJV John 13:26 Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. There seems to be a ...
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Does the fact that Nineveh was not destroyed after 40 days (Jonah 3:4) represent an unfulfilled prophecy by God?

Was God’s announcement to the Ninevites unfulfilled, since He changed His mind?: KJV Jonah 3:10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he ...
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Is the younger son’s inheritance restored in Luke 15:31?

In Tim Keller’s book The Prodigal God, he stated on page 30 and 45 that beyond simply being restored to the family, the younger son also has his inheritance restored further diminishing the elder son’...
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What did Jesus mean when he said, “…go with him twain” (IE: “go the second mile”) in Matthew 5:41?

From Wikipedia: Matthew 5:41 is the forty-first verse of the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament and is part of the Sermon on the Mount. This is the third verse of the ...
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What is the relationship between faith and righteousness in Romans 10:10?

Edit Note : I am not attempting to discover the grammatical subject of the text. I do not believe there is one. The passive indicative has no subject. The predicate of the verse is clearly a concept ...
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Why should a premature birth require a penalty (Exodus 21:22-23)?

22 If people are fighting and hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely[e] but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court ...
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In Jeremiah 9:26 why are the Judaeans among the nations who cut the corners of their beards?

For some reason the LORD held great contempt for those who cut off their sideburns and plans them harm. In the list of the nations with whom he is angry about this is Judah: NET Bible Jeremiah 9: ...
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An Unanswered Riddle [closed]

What is the answer to this riddle that has baffled me for 30 years? Adam, God made out of dust But thought it best to make me first, So I was made before man To answer God's most Holy plan. A living ...
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Peter in Rome? The first Pope? [migrated]

Is there any BIBLICAL or HISTORICAL proof that Peter ever went to Rome? If not, how can Peter be considered the first Pope? This is for a class I am planning to teach next year
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What is the correct translation of the Greek word “parousia,” is it “presence” or “coming”?

“Presence” is over a period of time and “coming” is an instant in time? The Greek word rendered “coming” in Mat 24:30 differs from the Greek word in Mat 24:3 rendered “presence/coming.” Presence:- ...
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Exodus 20:26 Don't Put a Stumblingblock

How would private parts be exposed on altar steps? Exodus 20:26 (NIV) And do not go up to my altar on steps, or your private parts may be exposed.
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In 3 John 1:14 who are “the friends”?

CSB 3 John 1:14: Peace to you. The friends send you greetings. Greet the friends by name. mGNT 3 John 1:14: εἰρήνη σοι ἀσπάζονταί σε οἱ φίλοι ἀσπάζου τοὺς φίλους κατ’ ὄνομα What does he mean by "...
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In 3 John 1:14 what does he mean by “greet the friends by name”?

CSB 3 John 1:14: Peace to you. The friends send you greetings. Greet the friends by name. mGNT 3 John 1:14: εἰρήνη σοι ἀσπάζονταί σε οἱ φίλοι ἀσπάζου τοὺς φίλους κατ’ ὄνομα What does he mean by "...
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In Exodus 20:26 what does it mean “and you shall not go up by steps to my altar, that your nakedness be not exposed on it”?

What does God mean ''and you shall not go up by steps to my altar, that your nakedness be not exposed on it''? Should this verse be taken literally? Exodus 20:26 And you shall not go up by steps ...

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