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Why will Dan not be in heaven? What did he do worse than his brethren?

The real key is that TWO names are missing from the list of territorial tribes and have been replaced. We need to watch these names, because they point us towards the symbolic meaning of the list. I ...
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What evidence is used to support the claim that Isaiah was written before the reign of King Cyrus?

Prima Facie evidence The primary evidence is that the text claims to have been written by Isaiah the son of Amoz, and that his career spanned portions of the reigns of Kings Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and ...
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Was Potiphar, being a captain of an Egyptian guard, likely a eunuch?

I regret that I do not have access to the article by Johnston, but I understand his gist from Susan’s answer. First of all, the argument that “research has failed to turn up any evidence for the use ...
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Was Potiphar, being a captain of an Egyptian guard, likely a eunuch?

The word used to describe Potiphar's relationship with Pharaoh (37:36, 39:1) is sārı̂s, which is indeed commonly glossed "eunuch" (e.g. BDB; cf. LXX εὐνοῦχος). However, to my knowledge no major ...
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Has the lengthened day of Joshua 10 been modeled in a simulation to show how this could have occurred?

The short answer is that, no, despite a persistent urban legend that NASA modeled this on one of their early computer systems, the reality is that such a simulation is impossible. According to Dr. ...
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When Jesus read from the Scroll of Isaiah, did he translate it into Aramaic?

When Jesus read from the Scrolls in the synagogue, as reported by the gospel writers, we have several possibilities: Jesus read aloud in Hebrew and then preached in Hebrew, but the gospel writer ...
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To whom was the letter 1 John written?

In the Introduction to 1 John in the NIV Study Bible, Donald W. Burdick writes: Author: Unlike most NT letters, 1 John does not tell us who the author is. The earliest identification of him ...
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Why will Dan not be in heaven? What did he do worse than his brethren?

Not just Dan was not on the list, the sequence was not orderly arranged too. Also Manasseh was part of Joseph's tribe. So the list reveals something unusual. If we reviewed the meaning of the names ...
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Son of theos vs son of kyrios

We can translate John 11:27 from Greek to English. John 11:27 (Greek New Testament) λέγει αὐτῷ· ναὶ κύριε, ἐγὼ πεπίστευκα ὅτι σὺ εἶ ὁ χριστὸς ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ θεοῦ ὁ εἰς τὸν κόσμον ἐρχόμενος. She said to ...
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Did Paul assert the status of his own writings as scripture when he declared in 2 Timothy 3:16 that "All scripture is God-breathed"?

Did Paul intend to convey the idea that his own writings possessed the same divine authority as scripture when he stated that "All scripture is God-breathed"? I don't see any scriptural ...
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When Jesus read from the Scroll of Isaiah, did he translate it into Aramaic?

Written Languages In Jesus' day, the Jewish scriptures existed almost exclusively in 2 languages: The Hebrew Tanakh, Hebrew being the original language of nearly all Jewish sacred writings The Greek ...
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Acts 15:5 - Could Christians remain Pharisees?

Paul state after his conversion that he is still Pharisee on two occasions Acts 23:6 Now when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “...
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How did Paul became a Roman citizen?

Paul was born a Roman citizen: And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born (Acts 22:28). This means that a) Paul's father was a ...
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What does it mean "the earth is God's footstool"?

Adding a visual to Dottard's excellent information. A stone relief of Xerxes seated on a throne. Note Xerxes feet are on a footstool. A lot has been written about ancient thrones and footstools and ...
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In Genesis 24:2 why did Abraham have his servant make his oath under his "thigh"?

Definition The Hebrew term often translated "thigh" is ירך (yārēḵ; יָרֵךְ), which HALOT notes can refer to (my numbering; HALOT has only 2 entries and groups a number of meanings under #1 of there ...
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Did Jesus recover the lost tribes of Israel?

This question is great and requires a thoughtful response. I would like to draw your attention to Paul's writings concerning this: What if He did this to make the riches of His glory known to the ...
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Was Stephen put to death by legal execution or a lynch mob?

From the trial and execution of Jesus we may deduce the following about the legal situation in Jesus' day: The Jews could not legally execute anyone without the consent of the Roman authorities. ...
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What were the main differences between the Sadducees and Pharisees?

The Sadducees were a movement mainly of priests, while the Pharisees were a rabbinical movement that emphasized righteousness among the populace. Beliefs: Sadducees denied the resurrection (Matthew ...
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Did Paul assert the status of his own writings as scripture when he declared in 2 Timothy 3:16 that "All scripture is God-breathed"?

Paul's statement in verse 16 is not being applied (by Paul) to his own writings. This is evident from the prior verse: 15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to ...
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Did Luke use Josephus as a source?

Richard Carrier "Luke and Josephus (2000)," writes: "There has long been the observation that Luke-Acts contains numerous parallels with the works of Josephus, generating three different ...
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Is there historical evidence for the resurrections reported in Matthew 27:52-53?

It is defended regularly by Early church fathers such as: Ignatius to the Trallians (c. AD 70-115) “For Says the Scripture, ‘May bodies of the saints that slept arose,’ their graves being opened. ...
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How would stoning of an adulterer actually be carried out under the Law of Moses?

While the Bible does not proscribe how execution by stoning should be carried out in detail, later Jewish tradition does and may reflect how stoning was performed during Second Temple Judaism or ...
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Is there historical evidence for the resurrections reported in Matthew 27:52-53?

Very old question, but I'm surprised that no one brought this up. In 2 Timothy 2:17-18, while dealing with the subject of false teachers, Paul mentions some significant particulars: Their teaching ...
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In Hebrews 4:12 what is the difference between ψυχή ("soul") and πνεῦμα ("spirit")?

The verse in question resembles what many scholars have termed pre-literary creeds and hymns (See, e.g. How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of A Jewish Preacher from Galilee by Bart Ehrman, ...
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What did the label "abomination" indicate in Egyptian society?

The ancient Egyptian equivalent of the Hebrew תּוֹעֵבָה (tôʿēbâ) is bawut: Although bwt is sometimes still translated ‘abomination’, the consensus of contemporary Egyptologists suggests a meaning ...
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Does Leviticus say that leprosy can be cured with two birds?

No, this passage does not say that leprosy can be cured using birds. The rite described here is not about "curing" at all. Rather, it is about the ritual purification. These verses describe the first ...
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In Genesis 24, camel reference

The gamal refers to both two-humped camels and dromedaries. If you are referring to the same archaeology studies I have looked at, some things need to be born in mind when applying it to the Biblical ...
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