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Hebrews 11:23 “By faith Moses, when he was born”?

Hebrews 11:23 simply says that, "By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden..." It doesn't say, "By Moses's faith, when he was born, was hidden..." It simply asserts that ...
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Hebrews 11:23 “By faith Moses, when he was born”?

The passage makes a little more sense in Greek: Πίστει Μωϋσῆς γεννηθεις ἐκρύβη τρίμηνον υπο τῶν πατέρων αὐτοῦ The passive γεννηθεις could be rendered "having been born" (e.g. here); it isn't ...
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What are the arguments used by literal interpreters of Ezekiel's temple (Ezek. 40-48)?

EZEKIEL'S TEMPLE & THE 'MILLENNIAL' PERSPECTIVE: The question posed is (as I understand it): “How does the ‘millennial’ interpretation of Ezekiel's temple prophecy, found in Ezekiel chapters 40-...
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What is the justification for English translations capitalizing “Word” in John 1:1?

"Word" (Logos) being capitalized by some versions is consistent with some versions capitalizing all of Jesus numerous titles. Here is a sample: Word, Word of God, Word of Life, John 1:1, ...
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What is the justification for English translations capitalizing “Word” in John 1:1?

O λογος (The Word) , the subject in John 1:1, is a title of person, specifically of someone who is God (θεος). ὁ λόγος was one of the many titles of Jesus in the gospel of John. Jesus had the titles ...
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Colossians 1:20 reconciling "things in heaven"

The simplest answer to this question is found in Eph 6:12 - For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s ...
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How do we reconcile John 17:22 with Isaiah 42:8?

5  Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, [John 1:1-3] who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it ...
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What kind of image did "dragon" (δράκων) in Revelation give to John and first century Christians?

Here is a synopsis of the helpful material in BDAG which quotes numerous sources in contemporary and classical literature concerning the word and imagery of δράκων (drakon). In Homeric literature (...
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In John 1:36 what is the background of the term "Lamb of God"?

The Passover Lamb Conceptually, the Passover Lamb makes sense. It is chosen, without blemish, killed (and eaten) on the Passover, and it's blood is used to make the sign which will cause the house to ...
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What is meant by “unwholesome words”?

Paul effectively answers this question of the meaning of "unwholesome talk", or, "corrupting talk", ESV, (Eph 4:29) a few verses later: Eph 4:31 - Get rid of all bitterness, rage ...
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What is meant by “unwholesome words”?

Basically, σαπρὸς means smelly or rotten. In the context it is words that tear down rather than edify. Thus, it encompasses a huge category. σαπρός, ά, όν (...) decayed, rotten. lit., of spoiled ...
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Why did Jesus use the words “sons of the kingdom” in Matthew 8:12?

"Sons of the kingdom" is a Hebraic phrase denoting those who are markedly part of God's Kingdom, namely, the Jews, who were "a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation" (Exodus 19:6): ...
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Colossians 1:20 reconciling "things in heaven"

It is important not to interpret this passage in a way that would contradict the clear teaching of other scriptures. The phrase “reconcile all things to Himself needs interrogation - in the light of ...
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More accurate rendering of 1 Timothy 1:19 “their faith/the faith”?

As noted by others, "the faith" is the most direct translation of the phrase. However, what others seem to overlook is the preposition that connects causing a shipwreck with "the faith.&...
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How do we reconcile John 17:22 with Isaiah 42:8?

John 17:22 talks about people, the real and only image of God (Genesis 1:27). God from the beginning made people with the intention to reflect His light and glory. Isaiah 42:8 talks about the false ...
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Did Jesus use a reference to Herod Archelaus in the Parable of the Ten Minas?

Tradition is often involved in hermeneutics, and this is so with the parable of the minas. It seems to be just taken as understood that when Jesus spoke of a nobleman going far away to receive a ...
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Ezk 8 and The Contextualization of the Gospel in Native American / First Nations cultures; What is the proper Biblical interpretation?

The basic question seems to be: "Biblically, what is an idol?" Matthew 22:34-40 34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in ...
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In Matthew 10:25, who is Beelzebub/Beelzeboul?

According to BDAG, Βεελζεβούλ was originally a Philistine deity; the name means Baal (lord) of flies (2 Kings 1:2, 6) ... in the NT Beelzeboul is prince of hostile spirits ἄρχοντι τῶν δαιμονίων Matt ...
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In Matthew 15:24 is "the lost sheep of the house of Israel" the same group as "the Samaritans"?

No. The woman in Matt. 15:22-25 is from the land of Canaan, from the coastal region of northwest Palestine; therefor not of the lineage of Abraham. Mark's account (Mk. 7:24-28) calls her a Greek, or ...
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What is the logic used in Romans 7:1-2 to help us know our relationship with the Law?

In the beginning, God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him ; male and female created he them. Genesis 1:27 KJV. God expressed himself in his creation. There is something ...
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In Job 8:11-19 what ancient wisdom is Bildad quoting?

This is not a quote from an ancient text. Bildad is just saying that ancient wisdom agrees with him that the wicked do not escape judgement. There are indeed a few quotes from ancient books in the ...
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Should Philippians 2:11b read "to the glory of God" or "[is] in the glory of God"?

As correctly stated in the comments, in Classical Greek the preposition ἐν with the dative means “in”, while εἰς with the accusative means “into, towards”. However, in post-classical Greek the ...
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Is 'darkness upon' in Genesis 1:2 cosmic, rather than merely terrestrial, despite that the central subject and Biblical grammar suggests the latter?

The Hebrew word you are referring to is, in Masoretic notation, חֹ֫שֶׁךְ - ḥōšěḵ.* The Septuagint reading is σκοτος - skotos (also the word used in Luke 23:44, which you cite). Strictly speaking, it ...
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Titus 1:3 “manifesting His Word through preaching”?

I will try to answer your questions, but out of sequence. Third question (why not through writings?), Paul identifies that preaching, not writing, has the prominent place in God’s design to save. 1 ...
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More accurate rendering of 1 Timothy 1:19 “their faith/the faith”?

1 Tim 1:19 reads, in the Greek - ἔχων πίστιν καὶ ἀγαθὴν συνείδησιν, ἥν τινες ἀπωσάμενοι περὶ τὴν πίστιν ἐναυάγησαν· The BLB gives a good literal rendering of this verse: holding faith and a good ...
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More accurate rendering of 1 Timothy 1:19 “their faith/the faith”?

The literal translation of "τὴν πίστιν" as used in (nearly?) all Greek texts for 1 Timothy 1:19, appears to be unambiguously, "the faith". The issue then is whether rejecting ...
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How do we reconcile John 17:22 with Isaiah 42:8?

The question answers itself : God's glory is shared by those who are in union with him. It is not 'given to another' : it is shared in union. That they may be one, even as we are one. If 'one' then ...
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Galatians 5:4 “fallen from grace/failed to grasp grace” Greek roots

The expression “you are fallen from grace” “should be understood not in the sense that grace has been taken away from them, but in the sense that they have turned their backs on it. One may also say ‘...
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