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Where is Dalmanutha?

In the online report of the lectures by Ken Dark to which OP's links refer, there is a comment thread from some very learned participants. I take the liberty of quoting extracts from two of the key ...
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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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Is Salem in Genesis 14 a shortened form of Jerusalem?

Yes, though ‘Jerusalem’ is not a Hebrew word we can properly parse because it’s a transliteration of an older Semitic word. As a city name Jerusalem predates the Hebrew language by at least a ...
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Does the Bible describe the "earth" as flat?

Short Answer No, the Bible does not teach that the earth is flat. Authorial Intent If we want to understand what the Bible teaches, we have to start by asking what the authors were trying to ...
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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 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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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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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'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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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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What is the significance of locations in hermeneutics? Amos 5:4-6 as case passage

Short Answer: It depends on which hermeneutic you follow. To my knowledge there are three major hermeneutical approaches to this question: Approach #1: The literal hermeneutic In this approach, the ...
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Where are rivers Gihon and Pishon located, how can we identify them today?

Using literal hermeneutics it is indeed a fool's errand as mentioned by curiousdannii. There is no reason to expect post flood geography to look anything like pre-flood geography. If instead you turn ...
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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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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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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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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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Why was Ham the only one among Noah's three sons who had a land named after him. Psalm 105:23

The Psalms very often contain couplets that mean the same thing: Then Israel came to Egypt; Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham. The second line is just a repetition of the same thing as the first ...
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Where is Karkor?

Karkor probably corresponds to Qarkar mentioned by Shalmaneser II, S. of Hamath (KB, I, 173). It has been said to mean, “soft, level ground.” It was far in the desert, beyond the usual range of the ...
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What is the significance of the skull of Golgotha?

Peace. The symbolic significance of “Golgotha” (the place of the skull) today is about our minds which are located in the “skull” or cranium. The mind is located in our head. Our minds can be ...
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