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Why does Mark identify the lake in Galilee as the "Sea of Galilee"?

The specific lake takes its older name ("Gennesaret" or "Kineret," "Chinnereth" etc.) from the small plain which lies on its western side. In Greek and Roman times this ...
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What is the significance of the skull of Golgotha?

Strong's 2898 - kranion - meaning a skull. Latin Vulgate translation - "Calvariae" meaning a skull, from which the English gets "Calvary" Speculation on this name has been lodged in church history ...
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Why does Mark identify the lake in Galilee as the "Sea of Galilee"?

The operative words used here are as follows: λίμνη (limné) = lake/sea. It is used of the lake /sea of Gennesaret/Galilee in Luke 5:1, 2, 8:22, 23, 33. In the NT it is only used by Luke and by John ...
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Why does Mark identify the lake in Galilee as the "Sea of Galilee"?

Because language is generally not consistent with these things Most bodies of water were named before modern cartography actually defined the difference between one thing and another... especially ...
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Why did the Magi see the star in the East rather than the West?

This is a famous debated question. There are two possibilities: One is that ἐν τῇ ἀνατολῇ means that the Magoi saw the star while they were still “in the East”. The other is that they observed the ...
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In Deuteronomy 3:27 Why should Moses Moses look East and South?

Image courtesy of Google Maps The image above shows a modern terrain view of Israel. The circular area represents the extent of the horizon1 from the top of Mount Nebo, where currently sits the ...
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Why was it necessary for Jesus to go through Samaria in John 4:4

Jesus was going from Judea to Galilee (John 4:3). To get from Judea in the south to Galilee in the north, Jesus had to pass through Samaria in the middle.
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Is this the commonly known Red Sea?

This cannot be answered with any certainty. Almost every Bible atlas and Bible commentator offers a different theory about the route of the Exodus. Here is what can be known: 1. The Hebrew name for ...
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What's the connection between Sinai and Seir?

Saadia Gaon does explain this verse geographically: The Book of Beliefs and Opinions 3:8 (p. 164-165) The first of these is the statement of the Torah, And he said: The Lord came from Sinai, and ...
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Where is Goshen?

According to The New Ungers Bible Dictionary under the term GO'SHEN page 492 and 493 A northeastern section of the Egyptian Delta region usually called "the land of Goshen," "country ...
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In Deuteronomy 3:27 Why should Moses Moses look East and South?

Rather than enter with the people, Moses is allowed to see the land: Go up to the top of Pisgah and lift up your eyes westward and northward and southward and eastward, and look at it with your ...
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What is the significance of the skull of Golgotha?

Genesis 3:15 (HCSB) I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel. The New Testament interprets the ...
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Were the two disciples heading to Emmaus heading back to Galilee?

Probably not. They didn't believe A few verses earlier we are told of the group: And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not. (Luke 24:11) Not the route you'd take to ...
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How do Mount Moriah and Zion compare with each other in 2 Chronicles?

"Moriah" is uncomplicated, "Zion" is a lot messier because its meaning changed over time. Moriah מוֹרִיָּה The name, "Moriah" occurs only twice in the OT - Gen 22:2 - “...
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Where did the feeding of the 5000 occur?

BETHSAIDA (Βηθσαϊδά, Bēthsaida, בֵּית צַיְדָה, beith tsaydah; “house of fishing”). A fishing village located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. The hometown of the disciples Philip, Andrew, ...
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In 1 Kings 18:40 why did Elijah move Baal's prophets to the Kishon river before killing them?

yes, the Canaanite enemies of deborah and barak were destroyed ("swept away") at brook ki-shon many years ago (Judges 5:20-21). It would be a place of remembrance for the people of this very great and ...
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Where are rivers Gihon and Pishon located, how can we identify them today?

Many locations have been suggested, but this is really a fool's errand. Genesis 2:10 clearly says that one river splits into four. But we can't see that now, because the geography is very different. ...
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In Numbers 33:34-39 what is the correct route taken by the Israelites to the promised land?

Well this is really a very complicated subject, and the question has more to do with archaeology and geography than it has with biblical hermeneutics, indeed for over a century scholars have been ...
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Why was it necessary for Jesus to go through Samaria in John 4:4

It wasn't necessary in the directional sense (physical sense). It was necessary in the spiritual sense. He was led to go there to meet the woman at the well. A similar example to this is Philip goes ...
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"beyond the River" phrase / term mentioned in Joshua , Samuel , Chronicles , Ezra & Nehemiah

The river is the Euphrates, "the great river" (Deuteronomy 1:7). "Beyond the River" in Ezra-Nehemiah refers specifically to the province called by that name, which was southwest of the Euphrates and ...
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In Jeremiah is evil always associated with the north regardless of geographical location?

Yes, it is about the direction, not the location, and this is an aspect of Hebrew culture not specific to Jeremiah. There are several reasons why evil comes from the north: Astrologically. The ...
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Why does Mark identify the lake in Galilee as the "Sea of Galilee"?

Our tour guide in Tiberias explained it this way: Galilee is referred to as a sea because the Ginosar Valley with the Arbel Cliff on the south and the Mount of Beatitudes on the north acts as a funnel ...
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Is there historical evidence for the town of Nazareth existing prior to Jesus?

The best evidence is the archaeological evidence. The best discussion I encountered was the Lexham Bible Dictionary (quoted below). To do much better than this you would need to research the primary ...
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What's the connection between Sinai and Seir?

I'm not sure if this is quite the hermeneutical type of answer you are looking for, but the rabbinic interpreters used this verse as a source for the rabbinic legend that God first offered the Torah ...
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John 1:28 Bethany/Bethabara Location?

Here is what Köstenberger put in his commentary: The reference to the physical setting of this event serves as a structural link indicating the end of the paragraph (cf. 6:59; 8:20; 11:54). It also ...
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Where is Cana of Galilee in John 2:1?

Below is a map of the two possible sites and their proximity to a verified Roman road of the time: Khirbet Kana, some 6 or 7km north of the road. Kafr Kanna, about 1km south of the road. Map ...
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