ScottS
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When was Job written?
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No Certain Answer to Give Disclaimer and Explanation of Citations and Notations: The evidence here is largely gleaned from Protestant source material (my tradition), and is presented in a way that ...

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How many daughters did Lot have, two or four?
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Not Sure One Can Give a Dogmatic Answer, But... Scripture does not ever give a total number of Lot's daughters. Indeed, the plural "sons-in-law" does not even need to imply two, so (assuming they ...

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Why didn't Naomi know Ruth? (Ruth 3:16)
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Textual Analysis Grammatical The verbless clause she speaks, מִי־אַ֣תְּ בִּתִּ֑י, is variously translated into English in other ways as well: KJV - Who art thou, my daughter? [The same idea as ...

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Why doesn't Leviticus 18 forbid a man from incest with his daughter?
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The Specific is Covered in the More General Leviticus 18:17a states (NKJV): You shall not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter If a man has a daughter, he certainly (at least in that ...

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John 8:57 and the age of Jesus, before his crucifixion
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The Phrasing is Not a Direct Comment on Jesus being over 40 Years Old Irenaeus is in error with his logic here, partly because he is missing the context and particular significance of the statement. ...

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What is "the gift of God" in Ephesians 2:8?
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Examining the Text The Greek text gives a fairly clear clue as to what is being referred to (its just one's theology that tends to get in the way of seeing it). There is a textual variant here, but ...

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Omission of 'fasting' in Mark 9:29
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A Plausible Majority Text Argument Susan's answer has correctly given the direct answer to your question when she states: This is a textual issue. That is, some manuscripts have the words and ...

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In Genesis 2:7 was Adam created after the seventh day?
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Disclaimer on Perspective For the record, I do not hold to the Documentary Hypothesis (JEDP theory or otherwise) as another answer here gives as a solution. I believe the Pentateuch was largely (if ...

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Does the idea of being "born again" have a root earlier than John/Peter (or Jesus)?
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Nicodemus Should Have Known from the Old Testament That the Old Testament is the source of the doctrine is confirmed by Christ Himself, for Nicodemus was supposed to have known these things. A ...

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How to save Paul from the Galatians 3 "seed" vs "seeds" argument blunder?
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No Blunder at All The word "seed," whether Hebrew or English, is often used in a figurative sense to refer to one descending from another (and not normally to the actual sperm or egg of the parent ...

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Why is the observation that "it was good" missing on the second day?
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The Distribution You should notice as well that the declaration of "good" varies as to when it is said within a day in Genesis 1 (all references unless otherwise noted are to chapter 1). Day 1 - it ...

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Did Satan father Cain?
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Frank Luke's answer is clear enough to realize Cain is Adam's son, no question about that. I want to address something else you state: Assuming that Cain is the person that Jesus is referring to I ...

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How would Adam know what "you shall surely die" meant?
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One view (and the view I hold to) of the Genesis account in Gen 1:1-2:3 indicates that God created a fully functioning creation at the end of seven days, with the earth, plants, animals, heavenly ...

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In Genesis 2:24, how do a husband and wife “become one flesh”?
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Expanded Context This verse cannot be taken in isolation from those immediately around it. So let me quote Gen 2:20b-25 (KJV; slightly reformatted and some Hebrew words noted): but for Adam there ...

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1 Cor 15:5: Jesus "was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve" - why "twelve" and not eleven?
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Background Points First, Paul is not writing an exact accounting of every instance of Christ being seen in 1 Cor 15:5-8. He does run through an ordered list of instances, which are leading to his ...

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Matthew 10:28 - Is there anything linguistic to support eternal torment in this verse?
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Introductory Note "Support" would be too strong a word; rather, there is nothing in this verse that necessarily argues against "eternal conscious torment." However, "with respect to this verse alone,"...

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Where, and how, did Josiah die?
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Regarding "key differences": When one battles, one has also encountered - no issue. When one engages, one has also met - no issue. When one is said to have been killed "by" a commander of troops, ...

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How old was David when he fought Goliath?
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This information is in further support of an answer close to Joshua Wilson's (which was not really much other information that the original link you posted), though leaning toward the older end of his ...

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Did Jesus drink wine?
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Jesus means none of the four things you noted Here is a slightly expanded context to the words you quote. John the Baptist had just sent messengers to confirm some things about Jesus (Lk 7:18-23). ...

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Why does Jacob say "because I saw God face to face"? (Gen 32:30)
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Because Jacob encountered God (YHWH) that Night The Meaning of Face to Face The phrase "face to face" in the Hebrew (פָּנִ֣ים אֶל־פָּנִ֔ים) uses the plural form of the word פָּנֶה (paneh; "face").1 ...

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Is the "White Stone" of Revelation the "Urantia Book"?
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The Bible Answers this as "No" Quoting you (all quotations are from prior to editing the "tone" of the question): Is the Urantia Book ("White Stone") foretold in The Book of Revelation 2:17 ? ...

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Why did angels speak a sentence of eleven words without a verb?
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The short answer is because they chose to. This "quip" answer reveals the challenge of answering most "why" questions, as "why" normally requires inference of motive, rather than actually interpreting ...

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What factors bear on the authenticity of Matthew 23:14?
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Textual Witness Analysis Here is what the Apparatus to NA28 (which omits the verse) indicates:1 ουαι δε (− 700. 892c) υμιν γραμματεις και Φαρισαιοι υποκριται οτι κατεσθιετε τας (− Δ) οικιας των ...

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Would the Romans have known what Paul meant by "works of the law"?
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Short Answer: Yes, they would know what he meant The longer answer is that the letter to the church in Rome (1:7) was to a mixed group of Gentiles (1:13) and Jews (2:17). Most believe the church ...

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In 1 Timothy 3:15 is it "God" or "the church of God" that is the "pillar and support of the truth"?
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The Greek is unambiguously referring to the church, not God. The word church (ἐκκλησία) is nominative case; the word God is in the genitive case (modifying the word church). The two words pillar (...

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Who is being judged in Romans 3:4?
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Psalm 51:4 (v.6 in Hebrew) In BHS1 v.4 is v.6, and the construction in Hebrew is an infinitive construct with both a prepositional prefix and a 2nd person singular pronominal suffix attached (...

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In Romans 3:26, why not translate dikaiosunēs as "justice" rather than "righteousness?"
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It would be difficult to give a 100% definitive answer unless there is some commentary by the translation committee on this (which I have not found, but may exist). The following is offered as ...

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Could there be a chronological discord in Genesis 37, 38 & 39?
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They could have (NOTE: Judah did not meet Joseph again until chapter 42, not chapter 39; but the 22 year time frame noted by the OP is reasonably calculated). Not much is given in the exact ...

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Did Paul take the Old Testament out of Context?
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No, He Used it in Context Paul appears to be citing, not Dt 17:6, but Dt 19:15, which more generally relates to any sin (all Scripture quotes NKJV; emphasis added): One witness shall not rise ...

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1 Peter 1:20 says Christ was "foreknown". How was he then preexistant?
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No contradiction There is not really anything contradictory about stating it this way just because Christ is understood to be pre-existent.1 This can be understood looking at it from two perspectives....

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