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The Old Testament is comprised of the writings of ancient Israel held sacred by both Jews and Christians.

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Whose work in translating the Hebrew and/or Greek Old Testament is the basis for the Jehovah's Witnesses' Old Testament? [duplicate]

Follow up question to Has the Watchtower addressed why they haven't released their own Hebrew Interlinear of the Old Testament?
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Has the Watchtower addressed why they haven't released their own Hebrew Interlinear of the Old Testament?

Follow up question to Where can I find a Jehovah's Witnesses version of a Hebrew Interlinear Old Testament?
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Where can I find a Jehovah's Witnesses version of a Hebrew Interlinear Old Testament?

Where can I find a Jehovah's Witnesses version of a Hebrew Interlinear Old Testament? I'm at my wits' end googling for one.
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Psalm 88: does it apply to the New Testament's Christian God? [closed]

I was reading Psalm 88: 1 Lord, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you. 2 May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry. 3 I am overwhelmed with troubles and my life ...
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Did Cain really exist? [closed]

Since some biblical characters, like Kings David and Solomon did exist, but others didn't ( I am assuming that Noah didn't,for instance, although some people think he really lived a lot of years ago) ...
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When is money first mentioned in Holy Scriptures?

When is money first mentioned in Holy Scriptures? And what is the Hebrew word for it? cf. my previous question: "Is money a consequence of Original Sin?"
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Are there any clear Prophecies that Jewish Rabis cannot refute concerning Jesus as Messiah? [closed]

Are there any prophecies about Jesus that contradict (refute adequately) rabbinical Judaism? I read a book with all of the Old Testament prophecies, but the rabbis always seem to have some way of ...
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What methods were used to pass down the Old Testament pre-DSS & Septuagint?

One I know of were the Levitical singers reciting the Psalms. What other methods were used by the Israelites that preserved the Old Testament - whether oral or written?
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How do we know that the Old Testament was accurately passed down/preserved pre-Dead Sea Scrolls & Septuagint?

What evidence is there that the OT was accurately passed down. Muslims claim they were corrupted - what is the likelihood of this?
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Soul transfer belief

Does Christianity believe in a soul transfer? Soul transfer
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Rest in peace (RIP) phrase

How to ensure whether once a person man or woman passes away, his or her soul (RIP) is resting in peace now?
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Scholarly sources for the study of numerology in the Old and New Testaments [closed]

I'm looking for a good scholarly/academic source for the study of numbers and their significance in the Old and New Testaments. I often come across remarks about the Hebrew and/or Christian ...
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Did Jesus and NT authors think OT was literal history?

As I read the gospels and the other NT books, both Jesus and the authors all seem to take the OT as entirely historically accurate, especially the events of Genesis and Exodus. Additionally, this ...
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Why the infrequent use of epithets in the Old Testament?

In the book, "The Art of Biblical Narrative", which I gather is a fairly common and well-regarded book, Robert Alter makes an interesting observation that we rarely see epithets used in the ...
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What is meant by Intertestamental Literature?

We read in Jude 1:14-15: Enoch, who lived in the seventh generation after Adam, prophesied about these people. He said, “Listen! The Lord is coming with countless thousands of his holy ones to ...
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Was Stephen correct in his historical summation of Jewish history in the Book of Acts, Chapter 7?

Concerning the Book of Acts, Chapter 7, I would like to know if all Christians should accept that everything that Stephen had said about Jewish history in his speech before the Sanhedrin, particularly ...
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Did Jesus believe and teach that God loved all people?

Jesus was raised as a Jew in a Jewish culture. All Jewish male children, starting at age 5, were taught the Torah and were required to memorized parts of Torah, along with how to read and write. ...
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Do Deuteronomy 29:29 and Isaiah 59:21 teach that the Mosaic law was meant to be followed forever?

Deuteronomy 29:29 KJV The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law. ...
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How does the concept of "Echad" in Deut 6:4 relate to Divine Simplicity?

Lately I've read some discussions that says the word "echad" ("one" in English) in the Shema refers to a unity more than an absolute singularity. (Here's one example of those ...
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What does it mean for God to appear physically (theophanies) if he's already omnipresent?

In the Old Testament, God reveals himself numerous times to the prophets in physical forms (Genesis 18:1-2, Exodus 24:9, Numbers 12:8, Isaiah 6:1). But according to scripture, God is omnipresent, ...
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Defintion(s) of Faith in the Bible?

According to Heb. 11:1-5 (D-R): Now faith is the substance of things to be hoped for, the evidence of things that appear not. Does the Bible offer what may be considered to be a definition of faith ...
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When Did Israel First Expect Deliverance from Egypt?

When one watches the 1955 epic, The Ten Commandments, one gets the impression that enslaved Israel had been expecting God to send a deliverer for four hundred years. Is this true? A promise is given ...
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What was the Law of God Before Moses and How was It Disseminated?

In Gen. 26:5: Because Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my precepts and commandments, and observed my ceremonies and laws. (Douay Rheims) Abraham knew of the obligation to tithe. Noah knew what &...
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Age of Isaac When Abraham Offered Him as a Sacrifice?

I would like to know, if possible, at least the approximate age of Isaac when Abraham offered him as a sacrifice to God. Based on Abraham's advanced age, it would seem that Isaac did not resist in ...
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Does Exodus 15:11 hint at the possibility of existence of lesser gods?

We read in Exodus 15 how Moses and the Israelites sing a song praising the Lord who defeated the Egyptians. In verse 11 we see the words “Who among the gods is like you?” Of course, the Israelites had ...
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On a Conjecture: "The God of X will be the Son of X"

In an answer given here: On Inferring That the Redeemer Will Spring from the Race of Shem, Paul Chernoch makes the very interesting observation: Going through the ESV, I checked every verse with the ...
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On Inferring That the Redeemer Will Spring from the Race of Shem

We read in the book Complete Bible History: From the Creation of the World Down to the Death of the Apostles, page 16: When Noe awoke, and heard what had taken place, he cursed Ham in the person of ...
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Was the destruction of the first Temple in 586 BC or 587 BC?

There is much in scripture concerning the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple and of the city walls, and carrying more Jews into captivity. (e.g. 2 Kings 25:1-19; 2 Chron 36:18-19; ...
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What evidence do we have for the existence of venerated relics from the Old Testament (besides the Ark of the Covenant)?

It's not hard to understand why the New Testament might resonate more strongly for the cultivation of relics than the Old Testament over the centuries of the Church's history. To name a few: The Holy ...
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Where else is anything to be prized above life to be found in the Old Testament?

According to Psalms 63:4 in the NAB: For your love is better than life; my lips shall ever praise you! Now, according to the commentary contained therein: For your love is better than life: only ...
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Which are the OT prophesies referred to in the Nicene Creed in relation to Jesus' Resurrection?

St Paul writes in 1 Cor 15:4 that Jesus rose from the dead on the third day in accordance with the scriptures. We recite the verse in the Nicene Creed also. Now, we see Jesus mentioning his death and ...
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Are there instructions in OT , specifying guidelines on maintenance of tombs?

In Matt 23:27, Jesus equates Sadducees and Pharisees to whitewashed tombs. Before the advent of long- lasting tombstones , the tombs , mostly formed of mud, used to be whitewashed and decorated with ...
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Old Testament verse on how money gives one stability/security?

What is the Old Testament verse that says that money gives one stability and security? I remember reading something along these lines in, I think, the Wisdom literature.
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Did Jesus cancel the entire old testament laws or just part of it? [closed]

I am always confused regarding the role of the laws of the old testament in Christianity (in common with the main movements). Did Jesus cancel the entire old testament or just part of it? Or maybe he ...
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What's the position of the Catholic Christianity and the new testament regards homosexuality?

What's the position of catholic Christianity regards homosexuality? Does the new testament agree with the old testament approach to homosexuality? The new testament approach appears in Lev (18,22-23): ...
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Moses not entering the promised land analogous to a believer not entering heaven

God likes to show his plans for the future through what he does today. God did a lot of things in the old testament that reflected his plan of salvation for the whole world. An example is asking ...
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Did Solomon Ever Fight as a Soldier or Shed Human Blood with His Own Hands?

It is my understanding that because he had been a soldier and shed human blood, God did not allow David to build His temple---but reserved that honor for his son, Solomon. QUESTION: In his lifetime, ...
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How did Job and Noah know that they should make sacrifices to God?

The sacrifice system was received after Exodus and is described in Leviticus. Also in Leviticus it is described what clean and unclean animals were. How could Job and Noah know that they should be ...
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Was there any preparation for the first coming of Christ taking place in the spiritual world during OT time?

Does the Bible contain a thought or any indication of it that throughout the whole Old Testament era there was a process of preparation for the first coming of Christ taking place in the spiritual ...
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Why is there no cross-reference to Deut 5:9-10 on the loving nature of God the Father , in the New Testament?

We read in Deut 5:9-10 : ..for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to ...
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What was the Early Church's view on slavery? [duplicate]

Slavery exist in both the Old and the New Testament with God even regulating slavery in the Old Testament (Exodus 21:20-21, Deuteronomy 23:15) and St. Paul advocating for the freeing of slaves saying ...
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Psalm 15:1-5 DSS reference

I originally posted this question under the Biblical Hermeneutics Stack Exchange site, but I noticed a number of references to the Dead Sea Scrolls in this community so I thought I'd try my luck here. ...
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Did Joshua worshiped the Ark of the Covenant?

Joshua 7:6 Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell facedown to the ground before the ark of the Lord, remaining there till evening. The elders of Israel did the same, and sprinkled dust on their heads. ...
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Did different Jews have different canons?

During the time of Jesus Christ and even before the time of Christ there existed different sects of Jews (the Pharisees, the Sadducees and the Hellenistic Jews) but did they different sect of Jews ...
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Did any Jews have the same canon as Jesus during the time of Christ and did the early church ever quote from it?

Orthodox Christians have a much larger canon than both Roman Catholic and Protestant Christians, this includes books such as 3 Maccabees. During the time of Jesus there were different sects of Jews. ...
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Are there any exorcisms in the Old Testament? [duplicate]

In the New Testament Jesus performs an exorcism (Mark 1:23–26, Luke 11:14–26) and Jesus gave that authority over to the apostles themselves to drive out evil spirits and to perform exorcisms (Matthew ...
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Was Jesus opposed to homosexual activity? [closed]

The Old Testament is clear on male homosexual activity. From Leviticus 20:13: If a man lies down with a male as one lies down with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. Leviticus is ...
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Does the prophet Haggai imply that Zerubbabel could be the Messiah? (Haggai 2)

The final words of the Book of Haggai are: The word of the Lord came a second time to Haggai on the twenty-fourth day of the month, “Speak to Zerub′babel, governor of Judah, saying, I am about to ...
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When was the Old Testament Canon defined?

When was the Old Testament Canon defined? I wonder if it was defined in the days when Jesus was crucified
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What evidence is there that God as father was a common concept for Jesus's first century Jewish audience?

Many Christians believe that Jesus' teaching about the Fatherhood of God was new and even revolutionary. Previously, Jews thought of God as "Lord" but not as Father. However, we can indeed ...
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