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Mar
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comment Which tribe did Paul belong to?
Indeed, in the Book of Esther, Mordechai is identified as a Jew and as being from the tribe of Benjamin in the same sentence.
Feb
29
comment Why are the dates for Passover and Easter almost a month apart this year? (2016)
@JoshuaBigbee See my updated answer. I have included some bonus information that presents a scenario in which Passover is pushed to the second full moon after the equinox even during the period of manual intercalation.
Feb
29
comment Why are the dates for Passover and Easter almost a month apart this year? (2016)
@JoshuaBigbee right that question doesn't ask about the calculation of Easter. I am planning on adding a bit today about how intercalation worked prior to the set calendar. It turns out that the manual addition of a month wasn't as simple as that and Passover likely occasionally fell a month after the equinox even then.
Feb
29
comment Why are the dates for Passover and Easter almost a month apart this year? (2016)
That article doesn't explain why Easter occasionally falls out a month before Passover. It just says that it happens occasionally. See my answer on Mi Yodeya.
Feb
28
comment Why are the dates for Passover and Easter almost a month apart this year? (2016)
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/68709/1713
Sep
8
comment What evidence is there that the Jews thought leprosy was due to sin?
@ThaddeusB I'm not exactly sure what you're looking for... a commentary written in English? A quick Google search for tzaraat same as leprosy just turns up a bunch of sites saying exactly what I've said. Why would one think that it means leprosy if the described symptoms don't match leprosy?
Sep
8
comment What evidence is there that the Jews thought leprosy was due to sin?
@ThaddeusB Why is it a bold claim? Leprosy is an English word. The Bible speaks about tzara'ath. In any case, see the linked Wikipedia page for tzara'ath. Specifically this section
Sep
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answered What evidence is there that the Jews thought leprosy was due to sin?
Jun
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Mar
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comment Can I get some help understanding the exact definition of an Idol, and Worshiping an Idol?
This question suggests a possible manifestation of obsessive-compulsive disorder. I would highly recommend speaking with a trusted religious leader and/or a mental health professional
Jan
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Jun
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comment Have the individual commands of the OT Law ever been categorized as “Moral,” “Ceremonial,” and “Civil?”
If it helps, Chukim (singular: chok) are the laws which do not have an obvious rational explanation. I'm not sure if "ceremonial" is the correct word to describe this category as it includes laws such as kashrut which are not really part of any particular ceremony. Mishpatim are the laws which have rational explanations (such as "Do not murder"). The third category of laws, called Edot are what I would call ceremonial. These are laws that commemorate something (such as eating Matzah). We would not have thought of them without the Torah, but after the we know about them, they are rational.
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Aug
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comment Was the Book of the Law (Torah) ever kept inside the Ark of the Covenant?
@RyanFrame That translation is not accurate. The word unambiguously means beside. Any translation of mitzad as "in the side" would be (IMO incorrect) interpretation on top of translation.
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revised Is this melody part of the French church mass?
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