Gus L.
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Is Jesus' "I am" statement in John 8:58 equivalent to God's "I am" statement in Exodus 3:14?
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Note that John has Jesus say "Ego Eimi" (same as the name of God in Exodus 3:14 in the septuagint). He has him say it seven times. John 4:26, 6:20, 8:24, 8:28, 8:58, 13:19, 18:5 Note that in 9:9, ...

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Did genesis say the sky is made of water?
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The ancient world had a “submarine cosmology.” Looking at the sky, it does seem fluid in the changing of colors and the motion of clouds and rain falling. And whenever they dug down deep enough, ...

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What does John mean by "The Word was θεός" at John 1:1?
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What does John mean by "the word was God" in John 1:1? You might also look to Proverbs 8 and 9. Here, "wisdom" which is personified as a being is considered the first act of God. ...

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(Genesis 4:7) What is Cain Ruling Over? Sin? The Door?
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As normally happens, when articulating this question, the answer seems to have appeared. The Brown-Driver-Briggs lexicon says: "noun feminine (Genesis 4:7 no exception)"... It says that the next word,...

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Is the Hebrew for "you" ( צִוִּיתִ֛יךָ ) in Genesis 3:11 singular or Plural?
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Here is Genesis 3:11 with the hebrew and the parsings in english. Biblehub, in general is a useful site for such questions. All of the conjugations and pronouns in that verse are singular masculine. ...

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What is the glory in John 17:22?
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Welcome @Glukrom, I read John with a lens of the concept of "emptiness." This might help in this situation. I believe that John saw Jesus not as an Idol to be worshipped, but as an empty &...

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Greek New Testament data sets to download?
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Here is the full answer that I believe gives everything that one would need to write automated parsing software or otherwise an application that worked with the biblical text programatically. The ...

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Tetelestai - What did Jesus really say in John 19:30 assuming he spoke Aramaic or Hebrew?
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Another word often used in place of shalem is "tam/tammim" Both mean a sense of peace and completeness and perfection. A lack of wanting.

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When did God create the waters in Genesis 1:2?
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As far as a direct read of the text goes, the creation of the waters is not described. It's also interesting to note that the "earth, which was formless and void" as well as the darkness (which will ...

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In John 1:14 what does ἐσκήνωσεν mean?
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You are correct in noting the relationship to שכן. ἐσκήνωσεν does come from a semitic loan word. You might look at the feminine face of God in Rabbinic discourse, the shekinah. That name also ...

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Jacob's "eleven children"?
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Hebrew word is "ילדיו" which is "his offspring" and is male plural. This is basically the masculine plural participle of his "begats." In other contexts this could be ...

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What are the 7 Pillars of Wisdom's House?
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Another option could be from the text just before in Proverbs 8:22 and on. We see that Wisdom was God’s first acquisition at the beginning of creation. There are allusions to the Genesis 1 creation ...

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Does the Gospel of John teach Christian Universalism?
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John is a fascinating philosophical take. Its perception in scholarship has also evolved remarkably. Pretty much everything we thought we knew about John has changed in the 20th century, ...

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How did Jerome arrive at his Translation of Judges 15:8?
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First off, we don't know what manuscript Jerome was writing from or where he learned his Hebrew or how he viewed the sanctity of the translation process. Jerome did not, for example, have the ...

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What is the meaning of those people not knowing good from bad in Deuteronomy 1:39?
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This may be read as the condition to enter into paradise. It was the fruit of the knowledge of good and bad that serarates us from eden (Genesis 3:22). This seems to indicate that the Hebrew ...

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Holy Place or Most Holy Place in Hebrews 13:11?
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Ta Hagia is plural. So the correct translation is “the holy places.” The holiest place is the holy of holies in the temple. For example, in Numbers 18:9. Holy of holies Hebrew: מִקֹּ֥דֶשׁ ...

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Does the word "immediately" in John 6:21 suggest a supernatural happening?
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John 6:21 says “immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.” It is either teleportation, or John has a theory that to will to be with Jesus is to be at the land where you are going. ...

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(1 Corinthians 13:7) Love bears, hopes, endures ALL things? really?
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There is a powerful and potent narrative against hope in this text, and that is almost completely missed in modern interpretations of Christianity and of the Torah. It is interesting to note that ...

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Gen. 2:16 -17 infers "free-will" in essence, is of "binary choice" -to obey God or not to. Do we still posses "it" or not?
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Free-will is a convincing but false notion that is easy to use to control a group. The bible does not explicitly describe free will as a feature we have nor is it universally a part of all mainstream ...

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According to the Fourth Gospel, did the Father become known as such only after the Word left?
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John 5:15-18, The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. Therefore the Jews started persecuting Jesus, because he was doing such things on the sabbath. But Jesus ...

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What is the Will of a man? And what is its role in our walk with God
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My main touch point for this is what I believe to be the theme of the fourth gospel (John). The theme is stated in John 1:12-13 right at the front. John 1:12-13, But to all who received him, who ...

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Enmity between the serpent and the woman
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I would be careful about assuming that "her seed" refers to Jesus even though this protoevangeliun has been present since at least as early as the fourth century in Jerome's translation of the vulgate ...

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How come God did not give some sign of the grave consequences for all humanity in Genesis 2:17?
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Tony, perhaps you are suggesting that Adam should have been more incredulous towards his creator? Note that Adam watches the woman to see what happens when she eats, so it's not clear that he truly ...

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What is the meaning of "Let" in the phrase "Let there be light"?
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Here is the interlinear Hebrew The sentence says "Be light!" The verb "to be" is in command form (called jussive). A clearer translation might be "Light, Become!" It is a calling into being using ...

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Is John 21 a later addition to the Fourth Gospel?
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Here's what I believe, and stick with this because it blows my mind every time I articulate it. John 21 was added after the death of the Beloved Disciple upon who the Johannine community was built. ...

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Why is a male child circumcised on the 8th day?
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There is a ritual purity problem with being in such close contact with inevitable blood and fluid discharges from the body of the woman when born. There are a number of blood-corpse-tomb purity laws ...

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Did God prefer to view the Israelites as a Simple & humble Shepherded nation, and less about manly macho-ism, manly patriotism?
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Perhaps we can look to the character Jacob/Israel in Genesis 25-35 for an idea of the identity of the nation. I imagine that this narrative was written and drawn from oral traditions in the time of ...

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Is there a time period for which Genesis 29-50 makes sense as an etiological narrative?
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The following is basically what I have received over the last couple of years in a fairly liberal mainline protestant seminary. The scholarship I am aware of divides out the Joseph narrative as ...

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When was the serpent cast out of Eden?
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When was the serpent cast out of Eden? As mentioned above, the fact is that the text does not say that the serpent was ejected. In fact, the serpent has often carried the image of eternal life, so ...

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Meaning of (et)"את" and (v'et)"וְאֵ֥ת" in Genesis 1:1
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For those interested in "other" interpretations of את (beyond merely the direct object marker), I'll add the following: First, in defense of the lexeme as the direct object marker. From the ...

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