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Top new questions this week:

Should Luke be considered a 'primary' source concerning events in Jesus' life?

Sould Luke properly be described as a 'primary' or 'secondary' source concerning the life of Jesus? I ask because the author of Luke does not claim to be an eye-witness to most of the events he ...

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asked by Jack Douglas 6 votes
answered by Davïd 5 votes

What is the meaning of the phrase "men and brethren" in Acts?

In several places in Acts, Peter, James, and Paul (and perhaps others) address groups of people by saying "men and brethren" – perhaps in the same way that we would use "ladies and gentlemen" or ...

greek acts idiom terminology  
asked by Samuel 6 votes
answered by Susan 5 votes

What textual clues are there that the original readers of Genesis would have understood 11:27–50:26 in a different way than Genesis 2:4–11:26?

One fairly common argument on how to interpret Genesis says that there is a change in theme (or perhaps even genre) near the end of Genesis 11, basically that things shift from the (pre-)history of ...

genesis hermeneutical-approaches history authorial-intent theme  
asked by ThaddeusB 5 votes
answered by James Shewey 4 votes

What does "belly" mean in Philippians 3:19?

Many translations of the Bible use the word "belly" in Philippians 3:19: Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. (ESV) ...

greek philippians anatomy  
asked by Nathaniel 5 votes
answered by timf 0 votes

How did “Sirens” arise in the Septuagint translation of Isaiah 13:21?

I am reading in the book of Isaiah at chapter 13 verse 21 in the King James Bible , and I notice in this bible, and in other English bible translations, that owls and jackals are commonly mentioned. ...

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asked by Bagpipes 5 votes

What does "in" mean in Job 2:2?

The King James Version of Job 2:2 reads: And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and ...

satan job  
asked by Jo 7 5 votes
answered by fdb 3 votes

Multiple conflated sources or literary device in Jesus' Farewell Discourse?

In the Gospel of John, during Jesus' Farewell Discourse during his last meal with his disciples (chapters 13-17), the following statements are present in the account: Simon Peter said to him, ...

john historical-criticism  
asked by Dan 3 votes
answered by Revelation Lad -2 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What is the significance of Methuselah's name?

I've heard that Methuselah's name was given to him by Enoch in response to a prophecy concerning the flood. Since he seems to have died in the year of the flood (according to the Masoretic and ...

hebrew genesis onomastics antediluvian  
asked by Jon Ericson 8 votes
answered by Bob Jones 2 votes

Who were the Hellenistic and Hebraic Jews of Acts 6:1?

In Acts, it talks about a division in Judaism that I had not heard of before: Acts 6:1 (NIV) In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained ...

acts history judaism  
asked by Richard 7 votes
answered by Ralph M. Rickenbach 1 vote

Can you answer these?

Were priests prohibited from tearing their garments

While studying an aspect of the crucifixion of Jesus (the seamless garment that the soldiers cast lots for), I came across a sermon transcript that said the following as part of its argument ...

jesus history mark cultural-analysis  
asked by omannay 2 votes

What is significance of "wife of youth" such as in Malachi, Proverbs, or Isaiah 54?

This phrase appears often and perhaps has different significance than concept of "wife"?

asked by Holly M. 2 votes
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