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Genesis 22:19 - where is Isaac?

Yoreh's analysis that you cite is compelling, but does contain contradictions of its own. For example his 'pottery' analogy to the biblical text does emphasise the reverence that the ancients had for ...
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What are the arguments against Marcan Priority?

This post will review: The positive case (arguments that Mark was written 2nd or 3rd) The negative case (a critical assessment of arguments used to advance Markan Priority) An abductive case (is ...
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How did Matthew and Luke get different prices for sparrows?

There is no reason to believe that Jesus used the sparrow analogy exactly one time in his ministry. As a preacher who went from town to town, he likely repeated many of his messages and had no reason ...
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Are the two creation accounts in Genesis 1 and 2 likely to be from different sources? If so what sources?

The almost universal consensus of critical scholars is that the two creation accounts are from two different sources. The account in Genesis 1:1-2:4a is generally attributed to an anonymous source now ...
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What is Isaiah 24-27, and when was it written?

While Is.24-27 is still often called the ‘Isaiah apocalypse’ because of its several eschatological motifs, Joseph Blenkinsopp states plainly that much of these chapters has little in common with the ...
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Why Hebrew in Acts 21:37-40

Despite the translations of the ESV and other versions (e.g. KJV), the Greek Ἑβραΐς (Ebrais) in the New Testament can mean either "Aramaic" or "Hebrew". There are not separate words in Greek for the ...
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What is the origin of 2 Peter 2:4 and Jude 1:6?

The origin is of Hebrew / Judaism mysticism. Some suppose it to be from the Midrash and Talmud oral traditions passed down from the 3rd - 1st century BC, and then later picked up and reprinted as the ...
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If Matthew was an eyewitness why would he rely on Mark?

I'll offer an answer 2 ways--although I do not hold the view that Matthew copied Mark, it is a very common viewpoint. First I'll evaluate the question as stated. Second, I'll offer an alternate ...
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What are the arguments against Marcan Priority?

An argument against Markan priority is the belief that the four New Testament gospels were originally written by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John respectively. That being the case, it is inconceivable ...
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Why do Isaiah 37 and 2 Kings 19 contain the same verses?

The events recorded in the 19th Chapter of 2 Kings and the 37th Chapter of Isaiah occurred in the year 700 BC and were recorded by the Isaiah in approximately 650 BC. The writings of a Prophet with ...
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What is the significance of the author of Genesis using two different designations for God?

Background As noted in the question, there is a belief that the different names are a result of different sources writing at different times. At Genesis 2:4 the notes of the NET Bible state: ...
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Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?

The Abiathar Problem, why Jesus got it wrong In Mark 2:25 Jesus names Abiathar as the High Priest who gave David the show bread. I accept that this was Mark’s version of what Jesus said as it was ...
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How did Matthew and Luke get different prices for sparrows?

In Matthew's record of Jesus' words, sparrows are so cheap that you get two for a penny, not one. And if one of such insignificant items falls to the ground, the disciples' Father knows of it. In ...
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In which language was the name "Jesus" written and how was it pronounced in Matthew 1:1 first?

The only evidence whether Matthew wrote in Hebrew first is very controversial, it is the fragment of the second century author named Papias of Hierapolis. There are no extant copies of the work in ...
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How do those who reject Q explain Matthew 5:38-48 and Luke 6:27-36?

From UBS5: The blue passage(s): Matthew 5:39-40 ἐγὼ δὲ λέγω ὑμῖν μὴ ἀντιστῆναι τῷ πονηρῷ· ἀλλ᾿ ὅστις σε ῥαπίζει εἰς τὴν δεξιὰν σιαγόνα [σου], στρέψον αὐτῷ καὶ τὴν ἄλλην· καὶ τῷ θέλοντί σοι κριθῆναι ...
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How do those who reject Q explain Matthew 5:38-48 and Luke 6:27-36?

Premises of this response: There was no Q document (per the OP) Luke (writing to a gentile audience) used Matthew’s Gospel (written to a Jewish audience) as a source. For a more thorough discussion ...
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What would be good sources for the evidence for the change in language between Prot/Deutero/Trito Isaiah in the Bible?

The main argument boils down to subject matter and prophecies. In academic circles if a book prophesies about some event unambiguously then it must have been written after the event. Isaiah prophesied ...
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What are the arguments in favor of Lukan Priority?

The most prominent recent attempt to argue for Lukan Priority is the work of Robert Lindsey. His work, A Hebrew Translation of the Gospel of Mark, is available here, and has been taught & ...
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What are the arguments in favor of Matthean Priority?

There is another theory giving the Gospel of Matthew a partial priority. This theory is that the Gospel of Matthew has evolved, knowing more than one redaction. One first redaction was similar to what ...
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What are the common solutions to the minor agreements of Matthew and Luke?

The best solution is that Luke was fully aware of Matthew, and had a copy of Matthew in front of him as he wrote. Two verses before this, we are told Peter "outside wept bitterly". The word ...
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Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?

My conclusion is that Ahimelech's father's name was also Abiathar (as well as his son) and he was the "High" priest at that time.. according to 1 Chronicles 24:6, it says Ahmelech was the son of ...
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Does the acrostic structure of Lamentations indicate a composition from 5 separate psalms?

Summary In his introduction to Lamentations, Daniel Grossberg has this to say about authorship: Ancient tradition, reflected in the Talmud, the Septuagint, and the Vulgate, ascribes authorship of ...
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What are the common solutions to the minor agreements of Matthew and Luke?

An excellent discussion of this question can be found in “The Synoptic Problem – Four Views” (hereafter “Four Views”), edited by Porter and Dyer. (See esp. pp. 39-40, 54-56, 80-82, 119-125) Andreas ...
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Is there a literary dependence of 2 Peter upon the Revelation?

Question: Are there any texts predating, or contemporary to, 2 Peter and Revelation that could explain their independent use of the same matrix of millennium - judgment fire - new creation? 2 Peter ...
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Does Genesis 2:4 to Genesis 3:24 Describe Events Which Took Place on the Same Day?

Backdrop to explain my answer The opening chapters of Genesis provides an interesting framework for understanding the rest of the Bible. That is, the creation narrative of chapters 1-2 includes, ...
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Did Luke have a priestly source?

The evidence that Luke might have used a priest as one of the sources for his gospel can be broken down into statistical evidence of a focus on the temple or on the priesthood, and evidence that would ...
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Did John make use of a 'Signs Source'?

Raymond Brown traces the Sign Source theory to Rudolf Bultmann who propose that the Fourth Gospel was composed of three different sources in response to perceived problems with the unity of the ...
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