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Understanding the Parable of the Weeds (Matthew 13:24-30)

The Greek ζιζάνια for tares/weeds has often been understood as a reference to darnel (a type of ryegrass, see here). If so, the meaning is clarified. Wheat & darnel look essentially the same in ...
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In Luke 3:16, what does:"not worthy to untie the straps of his sandals" mean?

I wouldn't call it a "deeper hidden meaning", but a "graphic obvious meaning" -- at least to John the Baptist's hearers. Here, and in the parallel synoptic passages (Matt 3:11 // Mark 1:7 // Luke 3:...
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What is the significance of the skull of Golgotha?

Strong's 2898 - kranion - meaning a skull. Latin Vulgate translation - "Calvariae" meaning a skull, from which the English gets "Calvary" Speculation on this name has been lodged in church history ...
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What is the symbolic significance of performing circumcision on the "8th day"?

In a compilation made in mid-13th century France by Chizkuni, there is an explanation quoting Rabbi Shimon ben Yochai, that the 8th day had been chosen by God for circumcision of the newly born so ...
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In Revelation 6:6 what is meant by "Do not damage the oil and the wine”?

The English Standard Version Study Bible offers an interesting and insightful comment on verse 6: ESV Comment - Do not harm the oil and wine: Local crops such as oil and wine are unaffected, showing ...
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What are the significance of these three items

The significance of those pledges in bound up with the whole story of Onan violating his obligations with leverate marriage to Tamar, as recorded in Genesis chapter 38. Assuming this is understood, ...
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What is an "ephod" and what is its meaning?

An ephod (Hebrew: אֵפוֹד ʾēfōḏ; /ˈɛfɒd/ or /ˈiːfɒd/) was a type of apron, which according to the Hebrew Bible, was worn by the Jewish high priest the kohen gadol, an artifact and an object to be ...
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What is the reason for the darkening of the sun during the crucifixion?

Also Mark 15:33 and Luke 23:44-45. In his commentary on Luke's passage (Sermon CLIII), Cyril of Alexandria (378-444) saw allusions to Amos and to Psalm 69 here: Amos 5:18 (NKJV) Woe to ...
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In Ezekiel 23 what acts of prostitution did Israel commit while she was a youth in Egypt?

The 'prostitution' referenced by Ezekiel is in most senses a reference to idolatry: "They committed adultery with their idols; they even sacrificed their children, whom they bore to me, as food ...
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"... where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched" - Is Jesus' description of Hell (Gehenna) literal or figurative?

Is Jesus' description of Gehenna (Hell) literal or figurative? This is an admittedly difficult subject because we do not recognize our wretchedness before God. The reason that animal sacrifices were ...
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"... where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched" - Is Jesus' description of Hell (Gehenna) literal or figurative?

God revealed himself in literal fire a number of times. He appeared in a burning bush to Moses, Exodus 3:1-6. Fire came out of the tabernacle from before the Lord and consumed upon the altar the burnt ...
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In Matthew 25:8-9 what does the oil in the ten virgins parable represent?

Oil symbolises something without which it is impossible to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Moreover, this something is that which does not depend solely on the merit of God, for otherwise all virgins, i....
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In Matthew 25:8-9 what does the oil in the ten virgins parable represent?

In my opinion, one of the wonderful things about Jesus’ parables is that while they are immediately accessible, they can also yield new insights with each examination. Thus sometimes an element in a ...
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Do the specific gifts the father gives to the prodigal son have any special significance?

there were five gifts The robe: a sign of royalty in the house of the Father, a protection as well from the elements and danger The sandals: the son is not a servant but also the sandals to protect ...
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What does it mean to be "born of water"?

In John 3:5, Jesus tells Nicodemus that to enter the kingdom one must be "born of water and the Spirit". What does 'to be born of water' mean? Mat 3:11 (NIV) (John the Baptist:)“I baptize ...
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Who/what are the "two olive trees" and the lampstand of Zechariah 4?

The two anointed ones of Zech c. 4 were the two who were chosen by God to lead the people out of the Babylonian captivity: Joshua, the High Priest and Zerubbabel the leader of the people. Zech. 4:6-10,...
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In Amos 9:13 - What does "The Plowman will Overtake the Reapers" Mean?

Rashi states that the seasons will be so bountiful that the plowing and reaping seasons will overlap, therefore the plowman "will meet" (וְנִגַּ֤שׁ) the reaper. This is in keeping with the next phrase ...
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In Rev 2:28 What does it mean to be given the bright morning star?

Isaiah 14:12 "morning star" = "rule over nations" Always look back to "first mention" or "earlier" mention, then notice trends Isaiah 14:12 (NASB, emphasis ...
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What's Paul's interpretation of "In Isaac shall thy seed be called"

Paul is arguing that "fleshly" descent from Abraham does not in itself make one of Israel. Not only, however, does this apply to Christians, but even to the Jews themselves. Normally we ...
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Could Jesus actually have risen from the dead on the fourth day, instead on the third day?

The English versions are correct in translating "on the third day." To take Matthew 16.21 as an example, this is the relevant section in the Greek. καὶ τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ ἐγερθῆναι [Jesus began to ...
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What is the allusion in Matt 12:6, "something greater"?

Note the following verses: Matt. 12:6: τοῦ ἱεροῦ μεῖζόν ἐστιν ὧδε (“greater than the temple is here”) Matt. 12:41: πλεῖον Ἰωνᾶ ὧδε (“greater than Jonah is here”) Matt. 12:42 cf. Luke 11:31: πλεῖον ...
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Trumpet Call of God

I can only venture a partial answer to your question because, apart from considering whether this “trumpet call of God” is literal or symbolic, I cannot imagine what else it might be. My imagination ...
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Did the men of Solomon's time preferred lighter skin women?

In context to the poem, we find in Song of Songs ( שִׁ֥יר הַשִּׁירִ֖ים ) Chapter 1 : verse 5 - The Woman who loves My-Beloved (Dodi, דּוֹדִ֥י) is questioning the contributions of Maidens who ...
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"... where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched" - Is Jesus' description of Hell (Gehenna) literal or figurative?

"...where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched" - Is Jesus' description of Hell (Gehenna) literal or figurative? The simple answer is that it is figurative and therefore not ...
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Does physical birth in amniotic fluid parallel the spiritual rebirth of John 3:4-5?

I certainly don't claim any of these thoughts are original to me, but I see a comparable connection. Jesus often used metaphors that were familiar to people to illustrate a point. Physical birth ...
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Could this be the same song in Revelation 5 and 14?

Rev 5:9, 10 contains a hymn of praise sung by the four living creatures and the 24 elders to the Lamb. It is one of the seven hymns found among the seven seals - see appendix below. By contrast, the ...
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What do the stones represent in Isaiah 5:2?

Each element in a parable, being a short story, is indispensable to the plot, but may or may not have metaphoric significance. Let us treat these two aspects separately. Plot Element: Stones In the ...
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What does the river of the water of life signify in Revelation 22:1?

As this is an interpretation of spiritual symbology/imagery - all I can really offer here is my own understanding based on study of other scripture and how those symbols are used elsewhere in ...
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