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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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In Acts 2:6, was the miracle in the speaking or the hearing at Pentecost?

The important and critical verse is Acts 2:6 in this passage of v1 - 13. Acts 2:6 - And when this sound happened, the assembled multitude was bewildered because they were hearing them speaking, ...
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Who/what is the source of the power behind the miracles, signs and wonders in Matthew 7:22?

The Bible teaches that one can prophesy by God's Spirit without being sanctified by that same spirit. Consider the following Biblical examples of this: Balaam -- He wanted to curse God's people in ...
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Why did Jesus choose to perform his first miracle at the wedding in Cana by turning water into wine?

Everything recorded about Jesus was laden with significance and Jesus' first miracle in John's gospel is no exception. See appendix below. In the case of the water being turned into wine, the ...
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Why did Jesus choose to perform his first miracle at the wedding in Cana by turning water into wine?

In addition to the theological context of the other answers, there's a historical and cultural context: Jesus' mother asked him to. the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” 4 Jesus said ...
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Isaiah 38:21 - The Cake of Figs: Medicinal or Miraculous?

The Cake of Figs: Medicinal or Miraculous? The Cake of figs can be translated differently, but it would seem to indicate that a fig poultice was applied to the wound. For Isaiah had said, Let them ...
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Isaiah 38:21 - The Cake of Figs: Medicinal or Miraculous?

My understanding is that this action by the prophet is a kind of "sign act" to symbolize spiritual healing and atonement through the past deeds of rightous/holy Israelites. You could liken ...
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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 relationship is there between lack of faith ("unbelief") and miracles ("mighty works") according to Matthew 13:58?

The other side of this same coin is what Jesus often said in other places. Recall that "belief", "faith" and "trust" all translate the same Greek noun - pistis, best ...
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Moses' birth story, divine oversight or another trick? Exodus 2

There was nothing miraculous about Moses' birth. His mother conceived in the usual fashion. The only comment about Moses is made in Ex 2:2 - and she conceived and gave birth to a son. When she saw ...
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Why are there 2 variants of "feeding of the multitude" in Mark and Matthew?

They are two separate events. If you read carefully, you will see that the feeding of the 5,000 occurs on the Israel side of Lake Galilee--because it was after this that Jesus crossed the lake with ...
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Why are there 2 variants of "feeding of the multitude" in Mark and Matthew?

The two mass feeding events are definitely different events as shown below: Characteristic Event 1 Event 2 References Matt 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-43, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:1-15 Matt 15:29-39, Mark 8:1-...
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Why did Jesus choose to perform his first miracle at the wedding in Cana by turning water into wine?

The significance of this being the first sign (it is a 'sign', semaion ) is the significance of the meaning of the sign, the concept which is expressed by the supernatural act which supernatural act ...
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Why did Jesus choose to perform his first miracle at the wedding in Cana by turning water into wine?

The question is looking for anything in the text that lends itself as a reason for this being Jesus' first miracle; also whether there is any indication within the text as to why this particular event ...
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Was the shunammite woman sarcastic or ungrateful in 2 kings 4?

The background to this event is interesting The woman is described as a wealthy married woman in the village of Shunem. She had no child. This woman got permission from her husband to set up a guest ...
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Matthew 12:39: Why "there shall no sign, but the sign of the prophet Jonas"?

Being a Hebrew speaker I’d say that there’s a difference between “miracles” and “signs”. Miracles are acts of the supernatural intervening in the natural. Signs are indicative acts that proof one’s ...
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Matt 15:33 - Are the Disciples really this dense? What explains their inability to integrate the lesson from the recent feeding of the 5000?

Failing to put two and two together, to come up with the right answer, is not necessarily a matter of being dense. It is more like a case of not realising the need to do that. Had they compared the ...
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Can 1 Cor 13:8-10 be used as to prove that radical Continuationism is necessarily true?

Your question is, "Does responsible exegesis of the bolded text (taking into account the larger context of the text, Paul's allusions to the OT, etc.) necessarily proves the radical ...
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Disciples' hard hearts in Mark 6:52 meant Jesus is unrecognized as Christ (instead of a Prophet like Elisha) for a greater miracle than 2 Kings 4:43?

Thank you for the question: Why were Jesus' disciples hard-hearted in Mark 6:52 for supposing Jesus' 5-Loaves for 5,000 men was equally miraculous and divinely Authoritative as Elisha's 20-Loaves for ...
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Are signs, wonders and miracles evidence of an authentic divine calling or not?

The true miracles that were performed in the first century AD, and in earlier times throughout the record of the OT were the proof to the people that the word / message the prophets & disciples ...
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In what sense is speaking in tongues a sign to unbelievers? 1 Corinthians 14:22

The word σημεῖον (sémeion) is used in the NT in two senses (BDAG): a sign or distinguishing mark whereby something is known, sign, token indication, eg, Luke 2:12, 2 Thess 3:17, etc. an event that ...
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Is it not odd that Abraham would use the sister-wife exploit (Gen 20:2) when Sarah was 90?

This is a fascinating question and I am not sure what the answer is, although I do have a theory. At this point in the text, we have recently been told that Sarah was a post-menopausal 90-year-old ...
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What relationship is there between lack of faith ("unbelief") and miracles ("mighty works") according to Matthew 13:58?

I think that your examples of rephrasing the main question might trail off topic, and I wouldn't ponder them myself. So, I'll focus on an answer to your main question in the title. Once the main ...
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In John 9:10 why didn't the blind man make the connection between his healing,Jesus and Son of Man?

This man born blind never actually saw the one curing his blindness, Jesus. Sight was not restored to him until after he'd carried out Jesus' instruction, to go to the Pool of Siloam to wash off the ...
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Is there a pun in Matthew 9:30?

It is true that the frequent Greek verb ὁράω (I see) is used (as in English) in several senses: seeing with one's eyes perceiving with the mind either spiritually or physically warning to ensure ...
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Why did Jesus send the man born blind to the pool of Siloam?

I'll propose there are at least 3 reasons: A test of faith Safety To teach about Himself -- A test of faith John does not record that the blind man had asked Jesus for this miracle (as is the case ...
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Why did Jesus send the man born blind to the pool of Siloam?

Parables In John's Gospel, Jesus never teaches by speaking in parables. However, the basic definition of a parable is to compare things side-by-side. The word ‘parable’ is simply the English form of ...
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Did Jesus want John to reference Isaiah 35:4-6, and recognize the miracles as proof of His divinity?

The OP makes a number of theological presumptions that need to be unpacked to answer properly. But one thing is clear at the outset: in the context of first century Judaism, the crowd would not ...
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