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Why aren't some words like "Maranatha" or "Talitha Cumi" translated in English Bibles?

There are specific reasons that can be identified in each instance, but the three you mention share one important feature: they are Semitic (i.e. Aramaic or Hebrew) words amid the (otherwise) Greek ...
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Where does the word 'Eloheim' originate from?

There seem to be two basic questions here: In the original Hebrew manuscripts; the writer uses the word Elohim....From my research it seems 'Eloheim' doesn't exist in the Hebrew nor English ...
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What is the Etymology of the Name of Jesus?

1. Question Restatement : Is there textual / literary evidence that "Jesus" is a name derived from "Zeus"? What is the Etymology of the Name, "Jesus"? 2. Answer - The Names Jesus and Zeus are not ...
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Martin Luther Quotes Regarding Hebrew

Between August and November 1532 Luther delivered a series of lectures on psalm 45, part of a longer series on selected psalms. Rorer took notes, using shorthand and these were later published, ...
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Meaning of the original Hebrew of "thou shall not" in the ten commandments

The syntax of the Hebrew is consistent with other prohibitions throughout the legal texts of the Torah. That is, the negative particle לא (lo) is followed by an imperfective verb. Although ...
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Were the early Christians known by any other name?

Were early Christians known by other names than Christians? Take your pick, those who followed Jesus were called Christians, Sect of the Nazarenes, Followers of the Way and Sheep. The early ...
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Has the Catholic Church ever attempted a local substitute for the word Amen?

The short answer is Yes. Some French speaking communities often employ the Ainsi soit-il ending at the end of some of their prayers. Although the use of Amen is by far the norm, many people who ...
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Could the Tetragrammaton YHWH be an onomatopoeia for the sound of breathing?

As a Hebrew speaker, I can tell you that יהוה comes from the verb "be". It is pronounced Yahweh and it is kind of an onomatopoeia for the verb "be", but nobody says it.
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Is the gender of the Holy Spirit, feminine or masculine?

Catholic perspective here: The short answer is that the Holy Spirit, like all of the Persons of the Trinity, does not have a physical sex, because God in His Divine Nature does not have a body. (See ...
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What was the reason why the Jews specifically used the substitute Adonay/Kyrios for the Tetragrammaton?

Here is an answer from a Jewish perspective. The Bible calls G-d Y-h-v-h, which is called “the Tetragrammaton,” which means a four-letter word. While the Tetragrammaton appears on Torah scrolls, even ...
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When is money first mentioned in Holy Scriptures?

I agree that the answer of @Geremia, by referring to Genesis, gives the most ancient event in which the Bible speaks of money. However, there is a tradition that the Book of Job may have been composed ...
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If Jehovah's Witnesses believe they should use Jehovah to be accurate why don't they use Jesus' real Hebrew name?

The actual pronunciation of the tetragrammaton is up for debate. If a person leaned toward "Yahweh" or "Yehovah," we wouldn't have a problem with that. But "Jehovah" is the most accepted version in ...
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Reading the genealogy of Adam up to Noah as a sentence in Hebrew

Dr. Missler stated that these translations are contrived from the three letter roots. I don't know Hebrew, but he seems to present it as loose translation. The fact that it is there at all points to ...
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Hallelujah vs Alleluia

Hallelujah is used 4 times in the NT, all of which are in Revelation 19:1-6 (see GotQuestions). The Greek word used is Ἁλληλουϊά, which transliterates most directly to Hallélouia or also to Hallelujah....
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What's the origin of this approach of trying to obtain meaning from the individual letters of Hebrew words?

Psalm 119 may have been an influence, the presentation of each Hebrew letter heading the twenty two sections of the Psalm. I have always taken this as a demonstration of reverence for the word of God, ...
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What's the origin of this approach of trying to obtain meaning from the individual letters of Hebrew words?

In 2010 I found this interpretation of the meaning of the Tetragrammaton as given by a Messianic Jew: YHVH : יהוה Yod - י hand Hey - ה Open Window, to reveal Vav - ו Nail / Tent ...
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What's the origin of this approach of trying to obtain meaning from the individual letters of Hebrew words?

The idea that individual letters mean something is very old. Judaism has always regarded Hebrew as a sacred language, the medium of divine communication. For millennia, its sages and mystics have ...
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Were the early Christians known by any other name?

Originally, Christians were identified as "belonging to the Way." (cf. Acts 9:2) I'd surmise the reason that "Christian" stuck had to do with the fact that it was much clearer than the original title ...
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Does Hebron means Hebrew?

No, while the two words are similar in English, in the Hebrew language of the Old Testament they are unrelated. Note that the first consonant (on the right) is completely different: Hebrew: עברים ...
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When is money first mentioned in Holy Scriptures?

It seems to be first mentioned in: Gen. 23:9That he may give me the double cave, which he hath in the end of his field: for as much money [בְּכֶ֨סֶף, lit. "silver"] as it is worth he shall ...
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Could the Tetragrammaton YHWH be an onomatopoeia for the sound of breathing?

Could the Tetragrammaton YHWH be an onomatopoeia for the sound of breathing? I suppose it could. At least one Jewish rabbi believes so. For Jews, one of the most important verses in the entire ...
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Is there a translation of the Bible into Hebrew that is based on the LXX+NT?

These comments pertain only to the Septuagint portion of the question. OP elaborates in comments: I was wondering if anyone has attempted to restore the original Hebrew text on which the LXX was ...
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Caleb Name Meaning (Hebrew)

I grew up in a bilingual English/Hebrew house and I think that wholehearted is the correct definition. It's also my son's name so I take the analysis seriously (maybe a bit too much, LOL). Caleb ...
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On what basis is Genesis 1 said to be Hebrew poetry?

Genesis 1 is constrained writing, and most poetry is a kind of constrained writing. My guess is that this is what has led a lot of people to say that Genesis 1 is a kind of poetry. But not all ...
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If Jehovah's Witnesses believe they should use Jehovah to be accurate why don't they use Jesus' real Hebrew name?

The question is answered well in the 2013 edition of the New World Translation appendix: Much info on why Jehovah’s witnesses believe using the name Jehovah is important is found there. Specific to ...
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Is the gender of the Holy Spirit, feminine or masculine?

I can't tell you much about the Hebrew language, and I can't tell you if the concept of "male" applies to a being like the Holy Spirit, but the strongest evidence I can find in the Bible indicates ...
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