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Does the New Testament use of Abba to address God signify a more intimate relationship than found in the Tanakh?

Yesterday's sermon at the church we visited was about Father's Day and referenced this passage: And [Jesus] said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not ...
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In Matthew 24:32-35, when Jesus tells the parable of the fig tree, is he referencing Habakkuk 3:17?

I've been trying to study prophecy for the past few weeks. While reading Habakkuk, I came across this verse: Habakkuk 3:17 (KJV) "Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be ...
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Does the acrostic structure of Lamentations indicate a composition from 5 separate psalms?

It's not noticeable in many English translations, but Lamentations makes heavy use of the acrostic technique of Hebrew poetry. As a note in the NET Bible mentions: Chapters 1-4 are arranged in ...
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Hebrew translations of the Aramaic Texts

Several sections of the Old Testament are written in Aramaic. With the Old Testament, we will often examine translations like the Greek Septuagint, the Aramaic Targumim, and the Syriac Peshitta in ...
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Did Nathan and Bathsheba fabricate an oath regarding Solomon?

In 1 Kings 1:11-14, Nathan and Bathsheba formulate a plan to have David make Solomon his successor as king rather than Adonijah, a plan which includes an oath: Then Nathan asked Bathsheba, Solomon’...
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What does צבאות actually mean, and why was it only ever transliterated into Greek and not translated?

Revelation 4:8 (DRB) And the four living creatures had each of them six wings; and round about and within they are full of eyes. And they rested not day and night, saying: Holy, holy, holy, Lord ...
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Are the verses in Num. 17:12-13 misplaced?

The Israelites said to Moses, “We will die! We are lost, we are all lost! 13 Anyone who even comes near the tabernacle of the Lord will die. Are we all going to die?” The text doesn't give us a ...
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What was the nature of the 'cord' in Gen 38:18?

In Gen. 38:18 it is recorded how Judah gave Tamar a 'cord' (Hebrew: פתיל), among other possessions, as a pledge, He said, "What pledge should I give you?" "Your seal and its cord, and the staff ...
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Is Revelation 12:6, 14 considered an inclusio?

Would the term inclusio be correctly applied to Revelation 12:6 ("Then the woman fled into the wilderness . . .") and verse 14 ("the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she ...
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How might Matthew 16:22 in the Codex Vaticanus be best translated to reflect the etymology of the text?

While translating Matthew 16 today, I ran across what the NET Bible calls a "highly elliptical expression" in verse 22: καὶ προσλαβόμενος αὐτὸν ὁ Πέτρος ἤρξατο ἐπιτιμᾶν αὐτῷ λέγων· Ἵλεώς σοι, ...
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Does the order of gifts in 1 Corinthians 12:28 have any significance?

And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. 1 ...
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What is Job saying he believes about death and what follows in Job 14?

Job makes several interesting statements in chapter 14 about death. 10 But a man dies and is laid low; man breathes his last, and where is he? 11 As waters fail from a lake and a river ...
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Did Absalom have 3 sons (2 Samuel 14:27) or none (2 Samuel 18:18)?

Is there a contradiction between 2 Samuel 14:27 and 18:18? There were born to Absalom three sons, and one daughter whose name was Tamar. She was a beautiful woman. (2 Samuel 14:27 ESV) Now ...
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Abimelekh (Αβιμελεχ) in the LXX

Repeatedly in Ruth (e.g. 1:2, 1:3, 2:1...) and in I Samuel (21:1, 21:6, 21:8, 22:9), the LXX (in all printed critical versions, although some manuscripts correct this, see here for details) as well as ...
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Sequence of anointing in God's instructions to Elijah

What spiritual significance is attached to the sequence in which God instructs Elijah to anoint first Hazael, then Jehu then Elisha? (1 Kings 19:15-16) Why a heathen king of Syria first, before two of ...

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