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Bible viewpoint on those who have physical characteristics that make them come under the Intersex (or hermaphrodite) category
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The New Testament is far more informed about “intersexuality” than most realise. Strictly speaking, a eunuch is an emasculated male but the term became used more generally to approximate what we now ...

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What is the meaning of bless the Lord?
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Such an idea of men "blessing the LORD" is extremely common on the OT and Psalms particularly. Here is a sample (NASB): Ps 135:19 - O house of Israel, bless the LORD; O house of Aaron, ...

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Saul's name didn't necessarily change due to becoming a Christian
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It was extremely common in NT times for people to have more than one name precisely for the same reason that it often occurs today - people speak more than one language and they have a different name ...

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What does the phrase "are of full age... and by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern" mean in Hebrews 5:14?
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Heb 5:11-14 says (BSB): We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain, because you are dull of hearing. Although by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to reteach you the ...

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What is the meaning of waterless places in Matthew 12:43?
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This passage, Matt 12:43, is steeped in Hebrew metaphor which is typically agrarian. Then as now, water is central to life, and as such, was regularly used as a spiritual metaphor to teach spiritual ...

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Why does Mary Magdalene refer to Jesus as "my Lord"?
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The phrase Κύριός μου (= My Lord) occurs in the NT quite sparingly, just 11 times, and always refers to Jesus as a formal form of address. Jesus is often referred to as, "the Lord", as ...

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In which versions of Latin Vulgate this phrase "as I also am of Christ" present?
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In 1 Cor 4:16 we have the Greek text: παρακαλῶ οὖν ὑμᾶς, μιμηταί μου γίνεσθε I would translate this as: "Therefore, I exhort you, become imitators of me." The Jerome Latin text is: Rogo ...

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Isaiah 45:25 In the LORD all the descendants of Israel Shall be justified, and shall glory. Really? ALL?
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The Puzzle implied in this question about "descendants of Israel will be justified" (Isa 45:25) is only such if one makes the assumption that "descendants of Israel" means ...

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What logical, biblical or exegetical reason is there for referring to the 'Word' as Jesus before Jesus was born?
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The reason is very simple. The text of John 1 says: V1 - the Word was in the beginning (ie, anciently before time began, or forever past) - a clear allusion to Gen 1:1. V2 - same again - very ...

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Is the Father sending the Son a statement unique to the Johannine corpus?
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Let me layout the occurrence of the verbs used to send "Christ": ἀποστέλλω (apostelló) Christ sent by an unspecified authority (the Father implied??), Matt 10:40, 15:24, 21:37 (parable), Mark 9:37, ...

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Hebrews 5:7, Did Jesus suffer death or not?
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That is one of the great mysteries of Jesus' death - The Father could save Jesus, and Jesus specifically asked to be excused but was not, Matt 26:39, 42. as to whether Jesus actually died or not, ...

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Is there any other God other than the one true God of Jesus Christ, John 17:3?
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In the Bible, the greatest teaching is expressed in the Shema: שְׁמַ֖ע יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל יְהוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֵ֖ינוּ יְהוָ֥ה ׀ אֶחָֽד Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. This is repeated in ...

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Are there exegetical differences between "God and the Father" and "God the Father"?
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Let me begin by listing all four verses you quote with my very (overly?) literal translation: Col 1:3, Εὐχαριστοῦμεν τῷ Θεῷ Πατρὶ τοῦ Κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ πάντοτε περὶ ὑμῶν προσευχόμενοι, = We ...

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Since the earliest copies of the Jewish LXX translation to Greek contains YHWH, what reasons do modern translations give for replacing it with LORD?
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There are two reasons for this English practice for translating the tetragrammaton (YHWH) as "LORD": The Septuagint and the New Testament consistently translate OT passages containing the ...

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Why does the 1 Samuel 10:27 paragraph found in 4QSamª not appear in other texts?
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The Masoretic Text of the Hebrew has 1 Sam 10:27 as per most Bibles. A few Bibles such as NLT have decided to add some text based on 4QSam(a) from the dead sea scrolls. The text of Biblia Hebraica ...

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What is the meaning of the phrase "purge your conscience from dead works" in Hebrews 9:14?
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The phrase "dead works" (νεκρῶν ἔργων) only occurs in Heb 6:1 and 9:14. Commentators have offered several views about what these are such as: Sinful acts Righteous acts done to earn salvation Works ...

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Correct pronoun for Hebrews 1:5-13 He or it
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The OP is correct that all the pronouns in Heb 1:5-13 are implied in the Greek verbs; further, because those verbs do not have gender, the gender of the implied noun must be determined by the gender ...

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How is "El-Shaddai" translated in the Septuagint?
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Let us take the three verses referenced Gen 17:1 - The LXX simply has Ἐγώ εἰμι ὁ θεός σου = "I am your God". That is, "El-Shaddai" is not mentioned. Gen 35:11 - The LXX simply ...

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If the thief on the cross would join Christ in paradise, would Stephen experience the same in Acts 7:59?
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Luke 23:43 is sometimes quoted in support of the dead going directly to heaven or hell at death - “I tell you the truth today you will be with me in paradise.” The original Greek text contained no ...

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Is the trinity in view at Revelation 7:17?
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Not so fast - it is certainly agreed that water is often used as a metaphor of the Holy Spirit as per John 7:37-39. However, in the book of Revelation, we have the technical phrase "springs of ...

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If the Word was God, and the Word was the Son, can we conclude that the Son is God?
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The opening 18 verses of the John’s Gospel have been the subject of intense study and debate primarily because of their theological content. Let us examine the first few verses. Note the staircase ...

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Matthew 12:5 The priests break or profane the Sabbath?
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The operative verb here is βεβηλόω (bebéloó), which according to BDAG has the following meaning: to cause something highly revered to become identified with the commonplace, violate sanctity, ...

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What do the stones represent in Isaiah 5:2?
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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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Are the 6th and 7th seals, and the trumpet and bowl judgements in Revelation different events or do they describe the same event from multiple angles?
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This will not answer the question but it may provide some guidance. Notice that there are some significant similarities between the 7 trumpets and 7 bowl-plagues: the object of each is the same order ...

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What is the significance of "casting crowns" before the throne of God (Rev. 4:10)?
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First we should notice that these "crowns" in Rev 4:10 are στέφανος which might be more accurately rendered "chaplet" = a headdress in the form of a wreath made of leaves, flowers ...

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Why does the author of Hebrews interchange heart and mind in Hebrews 8 and 10?
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The original verse of Jer 31:33, to which both Heb 8:10 and 10:16 allude says this: LXX text: For this is my covenant which I will make with the house of Israel; after those days, saith the Lord, I ...

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Why did God react to Abraham and Sarah's laughter concerning the promised son so differently?
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Preliminary Note: The verb צְחַק (tsachaq = laugh) occurs 13 times in the OT, 12 times in Genesis and 7 times in the story of Abraham and Sarah. The human response of laughter can be due to one or ...

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Can wars take place in the Presence of Almighty God (Rev. 12:7-9)?
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There are numerous passages that describe God engaging in war. Here is a sample: 1 Chron 5:22 - and many others fell slain, because the battle belonged to God. And they occupied the land until the ...

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What is the name God gave Jesus? John 17:11
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The short answer - it is both. Names of YHWH in the OT applied to Jesus: "God" Deut 4:35, 6:4, 32:39, Isa 44:6, 45:5, 6; compare Matt 1:22, 23; John 1:1, 18, 20:28, Titus 2:13, Heb 1:8, 9, ...

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Is Genesis 1:27 same event as in Genesis 2:22?
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They are the same event. Gen 1:26, 27 describes the creation of the first male and female humans in outline only. Gen 2:16-24 describes the same event in greater detail. While Adam and eve were ...

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