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Jesus was tempted, but God cannot be tempted. How, then, do we reconcile James 1:13 and Heb. 4:15?

Human nature can be tempted. Divine nature cannot be tempted. These two passages indicate the duality of nature possessed (uniquely) by Jesus of Nazareth. These two natures cannot 'merge' or 'mingle'. ...
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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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Leviticus says animal sacrifice will cleanse you from your sins. Hebrews says it's impossible. What does "clean" mean?

'Clean' (טָהֵר) in Leviticus 16 The Hebrew verb טָהֵר / taher is used consistently throughout the Hebrew Bible in terms of cleansing or purifying, and so in the context of Leviticus 16 the stated ...
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Who is "The Son" in Hebrews chapter 1: 8 ? Is He God in the strictest sense of the word, or a created being?

I find it interesting to see how many times questions are asked here that impute bias and ill motives to the translators of the NWT. Of course, it is even more interesting to see how often people ...
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What is the difference between hope and faith?

Restatement: What is the difference between Faith and Hope, in New Testament texts? Evidently, the usage of the Greek words, "Faith" and "Hope", are clearly distinct from each other, even used in the ...
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Is it corruption of the LXX for adding Deut 32:43 or of the Masoretic for lacking it as quoted in Hebrews 1:6?

As the OP correctly notes, Hebrews 1:6: ὅταν δὲ πάλιν εἰσαγάγῃ τὸν πρωτότοκον εἰς τὴν οἰκουμένην, λέγει Καὶ προσκυνησάτωσαν αὐτῷ πάντες ἄγγελοι θεοῦ. (Westcott and Hort) And again, when he ...
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Did Abraham meet Jacob as alluded in Hebrews 11:9?

It could be contested that Heb 11:9 actually reads "as did Isaac and Jacob", as per the NIV, but that's not your question! In summary: Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born (Genesis 21:5) ...
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How can we understand the contradiction in Hebrews 11:5 and 13?

Well, hardly a "contradiction" as that term is normally understood. But there is a potential misunderstanding, as OP notes, which can be addressed in two ways: (1) To assume that ἀπέθανον "[these] ...
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Hebrews 11:20, Did Isaac bless Esau?

According to Genesis 27:39-40, Isaac did extend to Esau the following blessing. Behold, your dwelling shall be of the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above. By your sword you ...
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John 17:19, what is the meaning of "I sanctify myself"?

In John 17:19, the Greek word (correctly) translated "sanctify" is ἁγιάζω (hagiazó). BDAG defines this word as primarily to, "set aside something, or make it suitable for ritual purpose, consecrate, ...
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Hebrews 1:8 – should it be ‘god’ or ‘God’?

Greek is NOT like Hebrew - the word god/theos is never applied to anything or anyone but the true God of heaven with the following exceptions - In a derogatory sense when discussing a false god such ...
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Why is διὰ παντὸς translated as "continually" in Hebrews 13:15?

The expression διὰ παντός means always, continually, constantly (BDAG, "διὰ", A.2.a) This is a formulaic adverbial phrase, but it isn't really so hard to arrive at from the literal meaning of the ...
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According to Hebrews 6:13-16 God swears by Himself an oath to Abraham, but at Genesis 22:15-16 why does it say the angel of the Lord swore the oath?

Malachi makes clear that there is a malak (messenger/angel) that is 'the Lord himself'. Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall ...
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What does "made perfect" mean in Heb 5:9?

Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect (τελειωθεὶς), he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, being designated by God a high ...
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Faulty "covenant" or "ministry" in Hebrews 8:7?

The Broader Context Answers "Covenant" Grammatically, the singular feminine ἡ πρώτη ἐκείνη ("that first") could match to either the singular feminine λειτουργία ("ministry) or ...
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What are the 'diverse manners' by which God spoke to the prophets?

I am a simple soul that sees this in a much less complicated manner. As best I can tell, most modern versions have Heb 1:1 translated quite accurately, namely, "God, after He spoke long ago to ...
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Was Melchisedeck eternal in Hebrews 7:3?

While I am sure that Melchisedek is eternal in the sense that he is in heaven with Christ, Heb. 7:3 was not saying Melchisidek never had a mother or father. The understanding comes from knowing ...
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Israelite covenant: everlasting or obsolete?

Olam The word translated as "forever" can be interpreted "long time, period, duration, farthest reaches of time, age". There does not exist a word in Hebrew that unambiguously ...
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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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Who is "The Son" in Hebrews chapter 1: 8 ? Is He God in the strictest sense of the word, or a created being?

The NWT translation rests on two quirks of Koine Greek. Ὁ θρόνος σου ὁ θεὸς εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα τοῦ αἰῶνος, ...(SBLGNT) the throne of you the God into the age of the age, ...(my nearly word-for-word ...
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According to Hebrews 11:5, did Enoch actually die? (Compare Hebrews 11:13)

Is it not the case that the writer, having clearly stated that Enoch did not see death, then excludes Enoch from the statement, "These all died," ? It is unnecessary for the writer to break into the ...
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Hebrews 5:7, Did Jesus suffer death or not?

Georg Lünemann answers your question:1 In the context of humans alone, if we heard the expression “he saved him from death,” then normally we would understand that person A prevented person B from ...
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What laws, exactly, will God put in Christians' hearts and write in their minds?

At the outset, I would like to flag up two biblical principles that form my starting point for answering this important question. (1) Romans 3:20 - “By the deeds of the law shall no flesh be justified ...
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Hebrews 1:8 – should it be ‘god’ or ‘God’?

Since the same subject, the υἱός and θεός is said to have created the world (Hebrews 1:2; 1:10), then it is clear that this Son and God is not part of the world, and thus, uncreated, just like the ...
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What does perfection mean in Matt 5:48?

This question involves the meaning of the much misunderstood (and sometimes mis-translated) word, τέλειος (teleios). BDAG provides four basic meanings of this adjective: pertaining to meeting the ...
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Is Jesus the λόγος in Hebrews 4:12?

Yes, I think Jesus is the Logos mentioned in Hebrews 4:12, for a few reasons. To start with, the ESV translation: "For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing ...
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In Hebrews 4:12 what is the difference between ψυχή ("soul") and πνεῦμα ("spirit")?

The Idea in Brief The soul is the very life that all living creatures appear to share. (Thus no cadaver, whether man or animal, possesses the "nephesh.") However, only human beings possess the spirit,...
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Could saying that Melchizedek was "without beginning of days or end of life" possibly be a textual error?

Hebrews 7:1-3: For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part ...
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