Gus L.
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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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What did the disciple whom Jesus loved (ἐφίλει) believe?
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Bottom line: It is ambiguous. There is no certain answer here. There is a long history of various interpretations. The text itself does not provide a "clear" answer no matter how you ...

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What does "taste death" in Hebrews 2:9 mean?
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Another significant reference we must contend with is the FIRST instance of the word death and a reference to eating in the Bible. Genesis 2:17, "but of the tree of the knowledge of good and ...

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What is the most accurate translation of μονογενὴς Θεὸς in John 1:18?
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One possible way of understanding is to read "monogenus" as "one-of-a-kind" as mentioned. This could be rendered as "incomparable" as with Isaiah 40:18, To whom then ...

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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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Gospel of Thomas, What is Putting a 'Foot in Place of a Foot?'
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One way of understanding this is in terms of polarity. This is the idea that dark and light, male and female, up and down, good and evil, and any number of categories are not opposites, but polar ...

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"Black but beautiful" or "Black and beautiful" in Song of Songs?
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The Septuagint (biblehub Song 1) has "μέλαινα ειμί και καλή." Here, the conjunction και is "and" which (according to HELPS Word Study): "(kaí) is never adversative, i.e. it ...

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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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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 everything being vanity mean in Ecclesiastes 1?
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The JPS Bible Commentary on Ecclesiastes has several interpretations of Hevel (הבל) on page xix which you can see for free. They go with "Utter Futility." A kind of hopelessness statement. ...

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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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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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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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Can the Ten Commandments be interpreted as declarative?
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I will add my take on John 14:15 too. This is a logical conditional statement or prediction, not a command. The verb “if you should love me” is in the subjunctive. The verb for “keep” is in future ...

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Could Adam have been a hermaphrodite before Eve?
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I will note, in addition to what is said above, that in Genesis 2, we may read that the woman was made from an entire side, not a rib, of the man. The word tsela, which is translated as rib, is often ...

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Does the Greek of John 20:28 address two persons or one?
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In Psalm 35:23, there is a similar statement. Wake up! Bestir yourself for my defense, for my cause, my God and my Lord! In the Septuagint this reads at the end: ο θεός μου και ο κυριός μου The ...

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Genesis - Eden: Was There Punishment for Disobeying the Lord God? If so, What Was It?
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First, their disposition did change after eating the fruit. They immediately felt fear, a novel emotion as far as the story was concerned. Their "eyes were also opened" (whatever that ...

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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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What does "is coming" mean in John 11:27?
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This is often viewed as a "realized eschatology" which means that the "end" is already present, but we don't see it (Luke 17:20-21). John is very thin on discussion of the future ...

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Is there a word or expression in the Bible that confirms that God can predict the future?
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Psalm 139:16 is pretty clear Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.

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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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Does God ordain evil?
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It is my understanding that is the fruit of the knowledge of good and bad (that is, of moral judgment) that God commanded we not eat in Eden. Once internalized, just like the fruit of the tree of ...

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(John 1:39) Where does Jesus Abide?
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After some digging, This may be the case: The ‘historical present’ describes the use of a present tense indicative form in a narrative where the aorist would be expected. The effect of its ...

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To whom was Isaiah referring in Isaiah 53?
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It is generally considered that Isaiah 40-55 are poetic works from an exilic and post exilic period. There are explicit references to Babylonian deities (See Isaiah 46:1 and other places, “Bel bows ...

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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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(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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