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Gary Michuta is an apologist, author and speaker and a member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Livonia. He wrote the following found in Detroit Catholic Few passages in Scripture have been as hotly contested by non-Christians as Matthew 1:23, “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel …” Jewish writers and ...


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OP: "But it seems that Isaiah 7:14 (following which Evangelist Luke appears to have used the term `virgin') used the original Hebrew word almah, which per se denotes the marital status of the girl, and not her physical status of being uninitiated into sexual life." Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall ...


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John 1:18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. So here John's intention is to show Jesus have a character that was Godly but he also refers to Jesus as 'The only begotten Son'. I think any quick reference to all the 'begats' in the Old Testament are strong evidence that John want the ...


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On your first question: the text (Luke 1:35) says that the pregnancy of Mary is by the power of the Holy Spirit, but that behind his work ("overshadowing") is the work of God the Father. So I would suggest that this means the initiative is from God the Father, but the Holy Spirit is the one who accomplishes the work. (Who can explain the inner ...


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Tenman7's answer is right on track. To make this a "Catholic" answer (since the answer would have been acceptable to all denominations), here's a more complete reason on why Jesus was justifiably angry, quoted from the Palm Sunday 2019 Reflection written by Fr. Abraham Mutholath of the St. Thomas SyroMalabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago providing ...


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We know from history and from scripture that there were 3 special "pilgrimage festivals" in the year, when Jews all had to come to Jerusalem. Passover, Pentecost and Feast of Booths/Sukkot, and this is important because it answers your question as to the role of the money changers. Much like the countries in Europe, you can travel a few hours and ...


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I don't think the issue is that the money-changers were short-changing people or taking a commission. The words "den of robbers" are used in Matthew, Mark, and Luke in order to show a parallel with Jeremiah 7:11, not because Jesus had suddenly gotten really mad about white collar crime. (John doesn't even use the phrase.) Experts have given all ...


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While it is true that the Disciples had heard Jesus teach in parables, and they had heard him use many word-pictures to describe himself, the vine, the door, the way, the living water, etc, this must have been nothing less than shocking to them to hear Jesus say that this was his body and blood. Most Christians today are Gentile- and are also very far ...


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My best guess is that at the Lord's supper the disciples were probably confused. In the gospels the disciples seem to pick up on things and miss out on others. They seem to have a difficult time grasping things until post resurrection when the Holy Spirit is poured out. Even then some get a little off track and need to be corrected (Peter in Galatians). ...


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The answer is Yes, God's presence was in fact in the Second Temple, while Jesus was alive, and I'll give evidence, but there's an asterisk. Wspier got it part right, but contradicts himself. -- "I disagree with those who say God did indwell the second temple and cite as evidence the temple veil rending in two, claiming that indicates God's departure ...


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Was God's presence still dwelling in the temple while Jesus was on Earth? The answer is NO. It left the temple in Joachim's (the father of the Virgin Mary) body just before Virgin Mary conception in the Golden Gate. Please see Ann Cathaline Emmerich visions for details.


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Are there any other early non-canonical nativity accounts besides the Gospel of James? There are not many non-canonical nativity accounts from the Early Church, but a few do exist other the the Gospel of James. Apocryphal Sources for the Nativity Even with the information in the two Gospels combined, Matthew and Luke provide us with relatively few details ...


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