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What does "revocalization" mean in Bible footnotes?

At the beginning the writing system for the Hebrew language only recorded the consonants. The vowels were remembered and passed on as oral tradition as one generation taught the next how to recite the ...
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In what sense did Jesus descend/come from heaven? John 3:13 & 3:31

The NT certainly asserts, using the precedents of the OT that Jesus existed before His incarnation. We see this many times in the Bible, especially in the Gospel of John, such as: John 1:1-3 - In the ...
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What does it mean to be "equal with God" in John 5:18?

Equal – equivalent – the same – not much needs to be explained. However, should this ‘equal’ pertain to Jesus being equal with God or God? The argument that John 5:18 – implies that Jesus is equal to ...
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What does "word of God" mean in Ephesians 6:17?

Key Element of the analogy To properly understand the analogy of the word of God as the sword of the Spirit it is helpful to understand what, within the analogy, the sword of the Spirit is meant to be ...
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How far was a "Sabbath's Day Journey"?

The Rabbis determined their answer based on Joshua 3:4 where the distance from the tents to the Tabernacle was about 2000 cubits (.5+ miles). So the Jewish people would have been allowed to travel at ...
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What did Jesus mean by saying "I am the First and the Last" in Revelation 1:17?

"First and Last is one of Jesus' titles that He gives Himself in three places in Revelation: Rev 1:17, 18 - When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. But He placed His right hand on me ...
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Is Paul talking about the 10 commandments or the entire Mosaic Law in Romans 13:8-10?

The entire Torah consists of several parts such as - Largely historical sections like most of Genesis and parts of exodus The giving of the Moral law (Ex 19-23) and its expanded meaning (much of ...
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Does the Hebrew word Qe'ver refer to Hell or to "the place of the dead" or "the grave"?

An intriguing point about the Hebrew word qe’ver is that it can refer to either a singular grave, or to many graves. But the Hebrew word she’ohl’ always has to be singular. There is only one she’ohl’, ...
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What is the difference between eternal life and immortality.?

Luke records the words, Luke 8:14, of Jesus when he describes the cares and riches and pleasures of life, using the Greek word bios, life - the time on earth, the living on the planet. Luke also ...
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What does it mean that Jesus is before all things (Colossians 1:17)?

The phrase, "He is before all things" (αὐτός ἐστιν πρὸ πάντων) has been interpreted in two broad ways: Christ exceeds all things in moral and authoritarian dignity Christ temporally ...
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What did Martha most likely mean by "the last day" in John 11:24?

The "Last Day" ἐσχάτῃ ἡμέρᾳ (yes, usually in the dative case) is a technical phrase, that occurs regularly: John 6:39, 40 - And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I shall lose none ...
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What is meant by "schemes of the devil" in Ephesians 6:11?

The operative word here is μεθοδεία (methodeia) from which come our English word "method". It is a rare NT word only occurring in Eph 4:14, 6:11. Eph 4:14 - Then we will no longer be ...
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Does it follow from John 17:3 that the wicked will cease to exist (since they won't have eternal life)?

There is such a thing as "a living death". It stands in stark contrast to eternal life, in Christ. A living death is being alive without belonging to Christ. Billions of people throughout ...
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What does "word of God" mean in Ephesians 6:17?

In the message regarding the armor of God, the sword is the only offensive weapon that is presented. Everything else is designed to defend & protect areas of vulnerability, such as: Helmet (...
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What does Jesus mean by "hot", "cold" and "lukewarm" in Revelation 3:16?

The Laodiceans did not have a fresh water supply. They built an aqueduct to bring the cold water down from the mountains, but by the time it got to Laodicea the water was lukewarm, and very ...
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Divine council and the Bible

I think the Keil and Delitzsch OT Commentary gives a good explanation of what's going on. https://biblehub.com/commentaries/kad/psalms/82.htm What's important to note is what did Jesus say that ...
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Is a euphemism the correct understanding of the word יָד in Isa 57:8?

The Idea in Brief The word “hand” in Is 57:8 appears to be euphemistic reference for the aroused anatomy of the male phallus. (The double-entendre also appears evident in Song of Solomon 5:4 and Song ...
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What did Martha most likely mean by "the last day" in John 11:24?

It's in Jesus' teachings.  And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that ...
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What does it mean to be "equal with God" in John 5:18?

Jesus never claimed to be equal with the Father. John 5:18 is merely describing one of the reasons that the Jews were seeking to kill Jesus, that he was calling God his own Father (true), making ...
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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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Does the expression "(to be) filled with the Spirit" denote a temporary experience or a permanent state of being?

The OP's question actually involves two different Greek verbs which are closely related and both mean "fill" in some sense. πίμπλημι (pimplemi) or πλήθω (pletho) (24 occurrences) This verb ...
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What is the difference between "receiving the Holy Spirit" (Acts 8:14-20; 19:1-7) and "being filled with the Holy Spirit" (Acts 9:17; 4:31)?

This is the Biblical data on the two terms, "receive the Holy Spirit" and "filled with the Holy Spirit". Receive the Holy Spirit John 20:22 - And having said this, He breathed on ...
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Does Revelation 20:4 refer to 4 different groups of people?

Rev 20:4 is the culmination of several anticipatory prophecies in Scripture that all point to this moment. Here is a sample: 1 Cor 6: 2, 3 - Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? … ...
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How far was a "Sabbath's Day Journey"?

It was a little over 1/2 mile. As the comment above notes, the common cubit was about 18 inches, or 1.5 feet. Multiplied out, then 2,000 cubits comes to 3,000 feet, or 0.56 miles. Excerpt from Barne'...
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What did Jesus mean by saying "I am the First and the Last" in Revelation 1:17?

In what context is Jesus the first and the last? (Rev. 1:5 & 17-18 NKJV) "and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. ...
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What's the difference between a ghost and a spirit?

What's the difference between a ghost and a spirit? A ghost, or apparition, can be thought of as in our modern age like a hologram or even a mirage. These are immaterial and have no substance but are ...
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What does "enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus" mean in Hebrews 10:19?

Under the Mosaic Law, in the tabernacle (and later the temple) there was a section named the Holy of Holies. It was the section furthest from the entrance. The ark of the Covenant resided here, in the ...
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