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Isaiah wrote for his times and without knowledge of the Christian future. Daniel I Block says in 'My Servant David: Ancient Israel’s Vision of the Messiah', published in Israel’s Messiah (edited by Hess and Carroll), page 22, that in trying to know whether the Israelites of the Old Testament actually understood the Messiah in our terms, it seems we have ...


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You are misreading those Scriptures, because they are not prophecies. First, there is nothing in Isaiah 52:13-53:5 (KJV) that can be considered a prophecy that nations will end up recognise the wrongs they did to Israel. Written towards the end of the Babylonian Exile, this is one of the 'suffering servant' songs and refers to an unknown hero of the exile: ...


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"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." Isaiah 7:14 As Azygos notes, it is not much a sign if a young women gives birth to a son. What would be the significance or the reason for the middle phrase. However, the more decisive reason is that most Christians ...


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Ver. 23. Behold a virgin,[5] &c. The Jews sometimes objected, as we see in St. Justin's dialogue with Tryphon, that the Hebrew word alma, in the prophet Isaias, signified no more than a young woman. But St. Jerome tells us that alma signifies a virgin kept close up. Let the Jews, says he, shew me any place in which the Hebrew word alma, is applied to any ...


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Regardless of later usage, exegesis should look at the original language and the likely original meaning of a text. In the original Hebrew, Isaiah 7:14 uses the word 'almah, which means 'young woman' and is used only in this sense in nine other references in the Old Testament. The Hebrew word for 'virgin' is betulah and is used exclusively in that sense ...


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To put it another way, is it because the expectation of a reward nullifies the benevolence of the act? If so, how does Christianity address this? Your quote from Isaiah is similar to a quote from Romans; Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: These attestations of original sin or the inability of humans to raise ...



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