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How well-accepted are Thomas Paine's views about the Bible being against monarchy?

One of the most influential works which convinced people to support the American Revolution was a pamphlet by Thomas Paine called "Common Sense". (I first heard about it on Liberty's Kids!) "Common ...
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In 1 Samuel 20:30.. Is Saul saying: “SON of a *****?”? [closed]

After reading those verses from 1 sam 20:1-30, it seems like Saul is actually Screaming: You "SON of a *****?"?... but the Bible writers or translators seems to polish that verse with seemingly ...
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What is the understanding of “an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him”? [duplicate]

In 1 Sam 16:14-23 (RSVCE), David Plays the Lyre for Saul, the passage opens 14 Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him. God is said to be ...
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Who Killed the giant Goliath? [duplicate]

We read in 1 Samuel 17: "David killed Goliath" And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the ranks of the Philistines, and ...
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Why is a distressing spirit said to be from God?

1 Samuel 16 reads: 14 But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the Lord troubled him. 15 And Saul’s servants said to him, “Surely, a distressing spirit from ...
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Is David's Love for Jonathan erotic?

The following verses about David and Jonathan's relationship have lead some to say their relationship was more than platonic. Is there any reason to think that was the case? Now it came about when ...
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Who is “Samuel” in the story of Saul, Samuel, and the Medium?

In 1st Samuel 28, Saul gets the witch of Endor to summon Samuel back from the dead. Is this really Samuel or some demon impersonating Samuel? If it is the real Samuel here, how does this woman have ...
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Who killed Goliath?

These two passages appear to be contradictory: So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him. (1 Samuel ...