Gus L.
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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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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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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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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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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 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 logical, biblical or exegetical reason is there for referring to the 'Word' as Jesus before Jesus was born?
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I'd say it is as simple as follows. Jesus's name in Aramaic/Hebrew was Joshua, which means "God saves" and the delusion of man is to think that he has any role to play in this salvation. This is the ...

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Is Jesus personifying the way in John 14:6?
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Fun Fact: The hebrew word for "the way" is דֶּ֣רֶךְ יְהוָ֑ה (derech adonai), and at least in some cases, the name "Derick" can be derived from the word. Other interesting bits, Wisdom was assembled ...

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Is there a causal connection between the denial of Peter and Christ's question?
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I know of a few considerations on this topic Peter Denies Jesus First, in John 18, Peter stands around a fire (ἀνθρακιά) at the house of Annas, the father in law of Caiaphas. It's around this fire ...

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Who was walking with Adam and Eve in Genesis 3?
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I will start with my primary answer saying that Jesus is not in the Word (e.g. the Torah), but the Word is in Jesus and is Jesus. Searching the Torah for Jesus is like trying to bite your own teeth. ...

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Is the translation "rib" for the Hebrew צֵלָע (*tsela*) in Genesis 2:22 justified?
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It is my opinion that the original authors thought of Adam as an Androgyne (male-female) complete character, and it was Yahweh who split him in half to form his consort. These rabbis tried to ...

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(John 20) Why wasn't Thomas at the first meeting with Christ
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I'm going to suggest an answer to my own question. It's really quite simple, but opens up a can of worms that I think is just totally awesome (and I know I'm not the only one that has this theory). ...

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Does Genesis 3:1 imply that God did not create serpents?
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I'd like to add that the word "serpent" is an inappropriate translation at this point. The Hebrew word is "Nachash." A serpent is a "creeping thing," But the text says that this creature, the ...

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What do these two parables from the Gospel of Thomas mean exactly about the Kingdom of God?
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I also suggest looking at Matthew 6 for similar ideas. "Don't let your left hand know what your right hand is doing." Perhaps the road she walks is her life, and yes, your life bleeds away as you ...

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In John 5:16-17, what is the work the Father is doing?
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Another read on this is that it is a legalistic debate between the Johannine community and the hellenistic “Jews.” John's community was dealing with being exiled from the synagogue. The word ...

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Is John 5:1-15 literal or allegorical?
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A few considerations: This text can't be about faith or belief. The sick man was just laying there and did not know who it was that healed him (5:13). He did not believe in Christ and I suppose we ...

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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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Why did God accept Abel's offering but reject Cain's?
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I think this is the most important diagnosis in the bible. To understand this, you need to know where the words Cain and Abel come from. Eve makes it clear that Cain means "to purchase, acquire, get,...

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Why does John gospel omit Jesus transfigurations and miracle of Jairus’s daughter while Synoptics states that he was attending?
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I know you already posted this over there at my topic, but I thought I'd post this here for completeness. Here is one question that explores one theory of authorship of the Gospel of John. I suggest ...

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