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Was Leviticus 18:22 only prohibiting homosexuality that involved pagan rituals?

Let us be extremely clear about what Lev 18 is discussing which is explicitly stated in V3 - You must not follow the practices of the land of Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not follow ...
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Is it appropriate to translate Galatians 3:21 as "If a law had been given"?

The OP questions the validity of the article "a" in English versions given the lack of a corresponding word in Greek. I will argue that "a law" is indeed an accurate translation. There is no ...
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Would a man looking at his own wife 'to desire her' be committing adultery according to Jesus at Matthew 5:28?

No, because it is impossible to commit adultery with one’s own wife. Adultery by definition is committed with another man’s wife.1 2 The context of Matt. 5:28 is adultery;3 therefore, the “woman” in ...
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Was Leviticus 18:22 only prohibiting homosexuality that involved pagan rituals?

What isn't addressed in other answers is where the claim comes from. Without understanding the claim, they fail to counter it. In particular, they all rely on the common English versions of the verses,...
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Are the Ten Commandments directed toward a masculine audience?

The article is absolutely wrong to infer anything about the intended gender of the audience by the gender of the verbs alone, for the simple reason that in Hebrew, all written and oral addresses to ...
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Why will drunkards not inherit the kingdom of God?

This is an excellent question that has plagued the Christian church for millennia with copious arguments on both sides. What are the Biblical facts: There is no explicit Biblical command against ...
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Is curling hair in general a sin?

First, the immediately surrounding verses of the text in question are significant. From verse 26 to 29, all those laws pertain to avoiding pagan beliefs and practices. Verse 27 is one of those. ...
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How did they keep warm on the Sabbath day?

It says "Don't kindle a fire," not "don't allow a fire to be burning." The prohibition is on the act of lighting a fire, not of having a fire be lit. Having a fire burning to ...
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Did David not defile himself by taking back Michal in 2 Samuel 3?

Looking at the texts of Deuteronomy 24 and Jeremiah 3, I'd suggest the key aspect of these verses are divorce: "...her first husband, who divorced her, is not allowed to marry her again after ...
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Is the Law eternal?

Psalms 119:160 does have the following definition: judgments מִשְׁפַּ֥ט (miš·paṭ) Noun - masculine singular construct Strong's 4941: A verdict, a sentence, formal decree, divine law, penalty, justice,...
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Is Jesus against or in favor of the law of retaliation ("eye for eye, tooth for tooth")?

"Now these are the judgments which thou shalt set before them." (Ex. 21:1, KJV) The opening statement of the chapter sets the context within court proceedings, ie. judgment. So, the ...
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Was Leviticus 18:22 only prohibiting homosexuality that involved pagan rituals?

The OP has only given half the context. Verses 3 and 4 spell it out completely: 3You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you lived, and you shall not do as they do in the land of ...
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Why did God prohibit wearing of garments of different materials in Leviticus 19:19?

What is wrong with wool and linen together in Deuteronomy 22:11 ? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Is there some spiritual significance to this ? Of course. Separating the Sabbath from the rest of the ...
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What is the meaning of the word translated as "steal" in the commandment "thou shalt not steal"? (Exodus 20:15)

Benson comments as follows: Exodus 20:15. Thou shalt not steal — This command forbids us to rob ourselves of what we have, by sinful spending, or of the use and comfort of it, by sinful sparing; and ...
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Is curling hair in general a sin?

Actually, Lev 19:27 says nothing about curling the hair. Here is the text from the LXX: οὐ ποιήσετε σισόην ἐκ τῆς κόμης τῆς κεφαλῆς ὑμῶν, οὐδὲ φθερεῖτε τὴν ὄψιν τοῦ πώγωνος ὑμῶν. = Ye shall not make ...
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What law are you under if you don't live by the spirit?

The power of the Holy Spirit enables one to live the Christ-like life. For example, Gal 5:22-23 (NASB) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, ...
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What was nailed to the cross in Colossians 2:14?

There are two very different approaches to studying the Bible, eisegesis and exegesis. Most other answers will use the former approach, but that isn't necessarily the right one. You need to ...
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Are the Ten Commandments directed toward a masculine audience?

The last of the traditional Ten Commandments says in Exodus 20:17 (NKJV): “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female ...
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Why did God prohibit wearing of garments of different materials in Leviticus 19:19?

This doesn't directly answer the question, but it does provide interesting information about that verse. The Proof of the Exodus Hidden in the Ancient Word Sha’atnez The word, like a small number of ...
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Is the Law eternal?

The MT for Psalm 119:160 is: רֹאשׁ-דְּבָרְךָ֥ אֱמֶ֑ת וּ֝לְעוֹלָ֗ם כָּל-מִשְׁפַּ֥ט צִדְקֶֽךָ short, pithy, poetic and figurative, a stand-alone verse without context. This verse is open season for a ...
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In Romans 11:25 what is "the fullness of the Gentiles"?

The Idea in Brief The "Fulness (sic) of the Gentiles" is the time when Gentile dominion on the earth ends, and the visible theocratic kingdom on earth once again begins. When the theocratic kingdom ...
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In John 7:23, which law is not broken—circumcision or the Sabbath?

It is the commandment to circumcise one’s son on the eighth day of their life.1 3 And on the eighth day, you shall circumcise the flesh of his foreskin. The Jews debated whether it was permitted to ...
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Matthew 5:17-20 - to Fulfill the Law

It is true that Thayer lists "perfect, consummate" a number, is the meaning for Rev 3:2 and Rev 6:11. "Perfect" is only correct if it has the old English meaning of "complete&...
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In Luke 8, why didn't Christ instruct the woman to appear before the priest?

Leprosy was a serious disease which caused the one who had it to be sent out from among the people to live isolated, away from anyone else. This was not the case for having an issue of blood. ...
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Were Jesus' companions on the Cross "thieves" or followers of Barabbas? (Mark 15:7, Luke 23:19)

The short answer is, We are not told so we do not know. However, here are the facts that we do know. 1. Barabbas Barabbas is described in Mark 15:7 and Luke 23:19, 25 using two nouns: στάσις (statsis)...
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Galatians 3:23 Guarded in protective custody or held captive as prisoners under the law? Translation of ἐφρουρούμεθα συγκλειόμενοι

The key to understanding Paul's thought in v23 is to note from the next verse that the law is described as our PAIDAGOGOS. Social changes have made it almost impossible to find a concise translation ...
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Why does the "Fat" belong to the Lord?

Leviticus 3 gives the details of the peace offering as it pertained to God, but not as it pertained to the priests. Leviticus 7 adds: And the priest shall burn the fat upon the altar: but the ...
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In Acts 15:20 why does James prohibit the gentiles to eat strangled animals?

After an animal dies, the blood coagulates pretty quickly. Also, if an animal is strangled, then drained of blood, you will not get nearly as much blood out by gravity alone (even if the animal is ...
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