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Just remember that Jesus didn't address the Jewish religious leaders in Greek. Nor did he speak to them in Hebrew. Jesus spoke Aramaic, the language enforced on the Jews during the Babylonian captivity. In fact the written characters we refer to today as Hebrew are actually Royal Aramaic, the alphabet of Babylon. Hebrew was gone from conversational use ...


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When echoing John's phrase "the Jews," please keep in mind its ahistorical nature, John's anti-Judaism, and the antisemitic uses that it was later put to. "The Jews" includes Jesus, Mary, the apostles, and all or virtually all of Jesus's followers. Note that Luke 4 gives a nearly identical incident, ending in the same way, but without ...


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What a wonderful reminder of the thoroughness of God's design - all along He had this son Jesus in mind through whom He would redeem the creation. There could be no redemption under the Old Cov. yet the big figures like David and Abraham and several others had a glimpse of what, and possibly who was coming. They understood that they too were a part of the ...


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The statement "πριν αβρααμ γενεσθαι εγω ειμι" = "I am before Abraham came to be" here is a claim of pre-existence, not of identity with YHWH. According to John, Jesus consistently claimed to be sent from God (John 8:25-26), and claimed to be superior to Moses and Abraham. But not once did he claim identity with his father. In fact, Jesus ...


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In the Gospels we have a number of incidents where the local Jewish leadership accused Jesus of blaspheming because He claimed equality with God. While some modern theologians might argue about these and what Jesus intended, the people at the time had no doubt. Matt 9:1-8, Mark 2:1-12, Luke 5:17-26 – Jesus is accused of blasphemy because He forgave a man’s ...


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They wanted to stone him for blaspheming the name of God because Leviticus 24:13-16 says: 13 Then the Lord said to Moses: 14 “Take the blasphemer outside the camp. All those who heard him are to lay their hands on his head, and the entire assembly is to stone him. 15 Say to the Israelites: ‘Anyone who curses their God will be held responsible; 16 anyone who ...


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The claim of Divinity The people sought to stone Jesus for blasphemy - the statement that put them over the edge, and would serve as their justification for trying to stone him again later (see John 10:31-33), wasn't simply that He insulted them or claimed to have existed since before the days of Abraham - He claimed something much more than that. Those well-...


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Jesus with the 'I existed before Abraham' was clearly making some sort of claim to be a divine being. No human could do that. They interpreted it as blasphemy. Yet it would be incorrect to think they wanted to stone him just because of that comment. Consider the passage in John 8 leading up to this point, and you will see that Jesus gives the answer ...


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A Blasphemy Which Requires Stoning There are three points in the Fourth Gospel at which the Jews respond to something Jesus said by wanting to kill Him. The first is in Chapter 5; the second in Chapter 8, and the third in Chapter 10. It is in the final event in which John includes the reason for stoning: 31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. ...


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Did God give an oath to Isaac as alluded in Psalms 105:8-10? THE ANSWER IS "YES" Genesis 26:1-3 (NASB) Isaac Settles in Gerar 26 Now there was a famine in the land, besides the previous famine that had occurred in the days of Abraham. So Isaac went to Gerar, to Abimelech king of the Philistines. 2 And the Lord appeared to him and said, “Do not go ...


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Morphology No, to have yd' take on a causative meaning such as "made known to" would require a causative stem like Hiphil. The hiphil imperative 2ms of yd' is hodia, so we have “Son of man, make known to (hodia) Jerusalem its detestable things, But in Genesis 18.9 we have: “For I have chosen|known (yedati) him" That is a problem with just ...


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@Abu Munir Ibn Ibrahim is on the right path that the "horror of great darkness" concerns the future events of Israel that will soon be unfolding. There are at least two ancient Jewish sources that comment on this passage in this regard. The first is from Genesis Rabbah 44:22. The following translation is from First Fruits of Zion, Depths of the ...


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You're looking at only one aspect—the age of death, and extrapolating from that single data point. But we don't know if menopause, for example, comes after a certain percentage of life expectancy or after a certain number of decades. It is likely the latter because even now, women who have late menopause (over 55) only live an average of two years longer ...


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Besides the fact of Sarai's menopause, The simple answer is that Abram would have looked back, not at the earliest of his ancestors, but at his most recent ones. Take a look at his forefathers, and keep in mind that Abraham had not had a single child yet: Shem, the last to be born prior to the flood, fathered Arphaxad at 100 But then, for everyone born ...


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The language is confused, each group on heir own. Were they confused according to their family lines or just whomever could understand each other went together? The list we have in Genesis 10, even in genesis 11 after the language confusion, does not point out how the people were regrouped according to their understanding of each other. Seemingly, every ...


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The fear that descends on Avram in verse 12 is the fear of anticipation of the horrific tidings given in the following verse, "Know for a certainty that your descendants will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and they will be in servitude and afflicted for four hundred years". The verse shows that Avram was close enough to God to ...


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If the word “horror” is taken as a key word, that will dispense with mere darkness. Yes, there are lots of mentions of darkness in the Bible, supernatural ones too, but how often is that associated with ghastly dread? And if we take the matter of the carcasses laid out by Abram before darkness comes, we may well think of the body of Christ nailed and lifted ...


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Is this similar to the plague of darkness in Ex 10.21? Or Genesis 32.24, where Jacob wrestles with the Angel? I doubt it. Let's see how far we get... It'll help if one understands what "deep sleep" is in this context. The "deep sleep" can mean just a "deep sleep" or it can have have a divine intervention linked to it. In the ...


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