Examinations of the use of particular words in Scripture

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What is the biblical meaning of “sanctification”

I understand that sanctification is used as a post-reformational theological term to refer to the ongoing process of Christian growth. But, biblically speaking, is this always what is meant? I know ...
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Why 'Seventy times seven'?

Twice in the bible, God makes reference to "seventy times seven" (or "seventy-seven times"). Once in Genesis 4:24 (dealing with Cain's punishment for his murder of Abel), and the other in Matthew ...
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What word did Jesus use for God in Aramaic?

What is the word and pronunciation for God in Aramaic? I saw 'AaLaH' is the pronunciation for God from this link - http://www.peshitta.org/lexicon/. Did Jesus uses the word 'AaLaH' for God during ...
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Determining literary types in the Bible

Much of the Bible is historical narrative. Other parts, such as many of Psalms, are poems - rife with figurative phrases (often surrounding a specific event or need or desire). Other parts are ...
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Does New Testament accounting language have any Old Testament backing?

Throughout the New Testament, the language of money is used to discuss sin and the gospel: words like debt, forgiveness, redeem, and impute. For example, Colossians 2 explains forgiveness of ...
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What does “holy thing” refer to in Leviticus?

In Leviticus 22:10 (and mentioned in a few other verses too) it says "...shall not eat of a holy thing..." What does "holy thing" refer to?
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Are our sins of the future forgiven? John 20:23

Catholics say that our future sins are not forgiven (unless we confess them in the future) and say that John 20:23 (and maybe other verses which I can't remember), uses the past, i.e. "forgiven", so ...
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Is God ever said to be a 'soul" in the Scriptures?

God is said to be πνεῦμα (pneuma) in John 4:24 but is he ever said to be a "soul" ψυχή (psuché) in the Bible? God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. John ...
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What does the Bible say about giving one's word?

I want to show a Christian friend of mine that it is important to keep one's word once it's given. Is there anything in the Bible to help me ?
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How to know when a text on religion is using hyperbole to describe Heavenly joy?

Many texts describe Heaven's joy as 'infinite' (including a personal favourite, CS Lewis's Weight of Glory') but, as we are finite beings, we must assume this is merely to convey that there is 'a ...
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When Jesus, Paul, etc. referred to the heart in the NT, did they personally have in mind the literal human heart? [on hold]

I started a thread over on hermenueutics.stackexchange.com with this same title a couple of days ago. But it was quickly given multiple down-votes and put on hold. There was actually one "answer" ...