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Is the grammatical tense for Isaiah 9:6 irrelevant when it comes to debating whether Isaiah 9:6 refers to Jesus Christ, The Messiah?

First, Hebrew verbs do not have tense - there is no past, present and future tense in Hebrew. We have various forms of the Hebrew verbs such as Qal, Niphal, Pual, perfect, etc, for which English has ...
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Why does the New Testament slander the Pharisees?

I don't think the New Testament should be read as slandering the ethics of the Pharisees. But there are three main reasons why the Pharisees do not have an overall positive portrayal in the New ...
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What are the theological implications of Paul's continuing identifying himself as a Pharisee in Acts 23:6-10 despite being an Apostle of Christ?

Paul also identified himself as 'a citizen of no mean city' regarding his Roman citizenship. I take it that his appointment, training and qualification as a Pharisee were a matter of a lifelong right, ...
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Does the grammatical context of 1 Chronicles 29:10 allow for it to be declaring that God is our Father?

So we have ambiguity between two possible compositions in 1 Chron. 29:10: [God of [Israel our father]] or [[God of Israel] our father] Grammatically and semantically both are plausible. Are both ...
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How are ancient Hebrew texts deciphered?

There are many indispensable tools in linguistic translation, but two of the more important in Hebrew translation are Lexicons and the Septuagint. Lexicons are important because, as wikipedia says ...
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What was Jesus asking and answering the teachers at the temple?

There is only one clue, that I can think of, as to what Jesus may have discussed at the age of twelve. Matthew recounts the following conversation of the adult Jesus with Pharisees in Matthew 22:41-45 ...
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"Limanuel"? Help me out this is here any word in Greek for "God with us"?

The LXX transliterates the Hebrew עִמָּנוּ אֵל in Isaiah 7:14 into Greek as Εμμανουηλ, but in Isaiah 8:8, it translates it as μεθ᾽ ἡμῶν ὁ θεός (“God [is] with us”). The Greek word Εμμανουηλ would be ...
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What happened to Moses?

if you don't consider the fact that it is omitted from an entire Parsha, the question seems to be obtuse. As N.Ish pointed out, the name Moses is omitted in 5 complete chapters. So this question is ...
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Anyway of interpreting adultery verses in Proverbs 2,3,6,7 & 9 in a more gender-neutral / gender-inclusive / politically correct manner

The issue with taking this approach with translation is that it's extends to more than one book or chapter or passage, since the culture in which it was written expected everything to be framed for ...
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Can Matthew 21:21-22 be understood by itself or is its meaning only perceptible in context?

The short answer is "YES" - that is always the case with almost any literature. One cannot read anything without some grasp of: the time and culture in which it was written the vocabulary ...
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(Proverbs 23:1-3) what does Not desiring deceptive food have anything to do with behaving while dining with important leaders?

Start with Psalms 141. Verse 4 is (NIV): Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; let me not eat of their delicacies. MT: אַל תַּט לִבִּי ...
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In Exodus 34:27, is it necessary to infer an "Oral Law"?

I am not certain that Exodus 34:27 either confirms or refutes the existence of an Oral Law. Most of the arguments for the existence of an Oral Law which I have seen generally focus on written laws ...
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What does it mean when Queen Vashti "displays her beauty" in Esther 1:11

The Hebrew is as follows: Esther 1:10-11 ביום השביעי כטוב לב המלך המלך ביין אמר למהומן בזתא חרבונא בגתא בגתא ואבגתא זתר וכרכס שבעת הסריסים המשרתים את פני המלך אחשורוש | להביא את ושתי המלכה לפני המלך ...
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Are there non-Rabbinical hermeneutics that recognize deliberate, non-chronological ordering of texts in the Pentateuch?

The nineteenth century commentary by Charles Ellicott (editor) with R. Payne Smith writing the book of Genesis takes this position as it applies to Genesis 35:28-29. The name of the commentary set is ...
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What was Jesus asking and answering the teachers at the temple?

The reality is that we do not know what was said because the text does not say. We can "infer" that the Jewsish law may have been discussed and its application to life since this was usually the major ...
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Psalm 119:67 "Before I was afflicted I went astray" could be interpreted/translated in different ways

There are many ways "in the past" was expressed in the Tanakh, but טֶ֫רֶם is not one of them. מִתְּמֹ֥ל שִׁלְשֹֽׁם / מִתְּמֹ֥ול שִׁלְשֹֽׁום - "in the past," "for a long time&...
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( "Darkness", "Light", "Night", "Dark") in Psalm 139:11-12 verses be interpreted to have multiple meanings, and possibly even overlapping meanings

In Psalm 139:11-12 verses be interpreted to have multiple meanings, and possibly even overlapping meanings The writer of Psalm 139 is David. He is not taking on the role of victim or villain of/in ...
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( "Darkness", "Light", "Night", "Dark") in Psalm 139:11-12 verses be interpreted to have multiple meanings, and possibly even overlapping meanings

The darkness of Ps 139:11-12 is not the darkness of evil and wickedness. Such darkness is characterized by the absence of God’s presence and light. For You are not a God who takes pleasure in ...
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Luke 14:25-33 (Discipleship Tested/Counting the cost Parable) as instructions for Personal Financial Planning/Project management/Business Planning

No, I don't see anyway they are instructions. Not just because Jesus isn't using them as instructions(like you said, his point is clearly about discipleship), but because what Jesus is saying is such ...
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Psalm 149:5-9's indication that "godly ones" will execute "vengeance" in light of Romans 12:19 & Leviticus 19:18 prohibiting vengeance?

It is true that God instructs us not to take vengeance in places like: Rom 12:19 - “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Heb 10:30 - For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will ...
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Anyway of interpreting adultery verses in Proverbs 2,3,6,7 & 9 in a more gender-neutral / gender-inclusive / politically correct manner

The Proverb verses that you quote are all framed as Solomon's (Proverbs 1:1) teaching to his son (frequently mentioned, for example 1:8). That is they are directed to a royal, Israelite male. If you ...
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Would Genesis 9:4 prohibit eating meat taken from living animals?

Scenarios 1 & 2 described in the OP are reasonably straightforward: Blood must be removed before meat is eaten. This is true. For example, Leviticus 17: 13 And whatsoever man there be of the ...
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Is Exodus 21:22 about a premature birth or a miscarriage?

Because human rights prior to birth is such a politically-charged topic, the general trend is that people will read their own political views into this text. I suggest that, if we consider the text ...
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Is Exodus 21:22 about a premature birth or a miscarriage?

Very similar questions on this passage have been asked here a few times. The following is a collection of relevant citations that others have provided. Unsurprisingly, different views exist with ...
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Why add a fifth when one eats the holy thing(Terumah) unintentionally in Leviticus 22:14?

This rule of fifths is a general rule for when the things of God are taken back to the Levites. See Leviticus 5:15. We're not told the reason for the rule of fifths, but Leviticus 22:14 is simply ...
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