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Short Answer: No. This is a great question, and I'm glad you asked it. This verse is often used by Christian apologists to show that the Bible was ahead of its times in its scientific claims. While this sounds convincing to modern readers of English translations, it is a very poor argument to use. Exhibit A: The word "stretch" To many, the idea of God "...


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I've had some thoughts on this that don't quite answer the question, but are offered by way of response to the question. (As my comment suggests, my hunch is that the question may be unanswerable, but I'm not in a position to know that!) The response comes in three parts: first, some general observations about the Exodus plagues between science and biblical ...


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Textual Evidence The text itself does not give enough information to deduce whether a volcanic eruption occurred or just a miraculous event (the literal interpretation), but commentators have long noted the similarity of this language with that of other volcano legends in early Semitic literature. The translation of 'brimstone and fire' (גָּפְרִ֣ית וָאֵ֑שׁ)...


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The scholarly output bearing on this question is vast. Meanwhile, perhaps it's worth simply providing the set of resources I've gathered to supplement the other answers to OP's interest in scientific explanations for the "Star of Bethlehem". I'll group them into two categories, (1) those originating in "Biblical Studies"; and (2) those originating from the "...


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There is no science that explains the simple reading of this passage. It looks to us like what we would call sympathetic magic. But if you step back from trying to interpret the mechanics of what happened and look at the context, the message is that Jacob proposed a method of dividing the flock in good faith that would forestall the accusation of theft that ...


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The horrific and agonizing death by crucifixion which our dear Lord endured on our behalf is described in detail at Blue Letter Bible. We know that after being centrifuged in a laboratory, the resulting components of blood include a clear solution of blood plasma. Blood plasma is the straw-colored/pale-yellow liquid component of blood that normally holds ...


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God is Light 1 John 1:5 "This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all." 1 John 1:5 NASB The Gospel of John and his two epistles have two main themes , 1/ God is Light, and 2/ God is Love. My answer will be based on "God is Light" 1 John 1:5 In Him there is no darkness at ...


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The findings of three medical doctors who asked and answered similar questions are given below. If the soldier who pierced Jesus’s side had also pierced the side of one of the malefactors with whom Jesus was crucified, would blood and water also have come out of the malefactor’s body? One of the doctors quoted below, Dr. Pierre Barbet, purposely created ...


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I studied medicine for 15 years and practiced for 35. Hematidrosis (bleeding from every pore) can be a response to terrible pain/stress/infection. I have seen it three times in my career, in hospital as we struggled--late in the process--to keep patients alive. Without a very good, modern lab it cannot be distinguished from several other equally uncommon ...


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A medical or physiological explanation would probably eliminate the possibility of a miracle, even if only a minor, symbolic miracle. However, some medical experts doubt that the blood and water can be explained in this way. ICC New Testament Commentary says that a flow of blood from a dead body, when pierced with a spear, is abnormal and for that reason, ...


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Short answer: none. It was not a ordinary star. A ordinary star does not have the behavior that Matthew wrote. The star appeared for a time and then disappeared. Matthew 2:2 (NASB) "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him." If the star had not disappeared, why ask? They were then ...


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"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." - Genesis 1:1 It is nearly universally accepted (in Biblical Theology at least) that God is the uncaused cause of everything other than Himself; that He is self-existent and eternal and that, prior to this verse, God existed without space, time, or matter and that He brought those, any other ...


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Either low frequency sound or ultra sound of sufficient strength to make thick stone walls collapse (if such a sound exists, as yet) would kill everyone in the vicinity. I had a kidney stone shattered with sound waves, at St Thomas's Hospital in London in 1984, and they had to time the pulses of sound in between my heart beats to avoid me fibrillating and ...


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Almond Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, it belongs to a genus where most, if not all members of the genus produce hydrogen cyanide, a poison that gives almonds their characteristic flavour. This toxin is found mainly in the leaves and seed and is readily detected by its bitter taste. It is usually present in too small a ...


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The Scripture writer was following common practice rules of significant digits. 30 and 5 have one significant digit, so that solution must be given in one significant digit: 3.


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Of course clothing cannot become leprous. Rather were dealing here with various common fungi and molds that may infect houses and cloths. In the ANE they were believed to be associated with the demonic and evil forces, and it required an exorcist to ward off this evil threat through incantations and special rituals. There is evidence for this from an ...


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I think you may be reading this passage without its' goal in mind. The point of the creation story is not to record the exact scientific sequence of creation in a journalistic manner - but instead to teach the people of Israel an important lesson about God. This is not a recipe for creation with the exact ingredients, measurements and baking instructions for ...


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There are three plausible theories about the nature of the astronomical phenomenon that was interpreted by the Magi from the East (astronomers/astrologers from Babylon or Persia) as signalling that a King of the Jews of divine nature had been born. Theory 1 Triple conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in 7 BC (occurs every 800 years), in the constellation of ...


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