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What reason is there to believe that 1st C Jews thought that being the Son of God = God?

The Jews have what is called "idioms." One of those idioms is called the "son of" idiom and can be found both in the Old Testament and New Testament. For example in the OT you have ...
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Why is Christianity fixated on ancient Israeli culture? Is such a 'spacetime-lock' evidence of falsehood?

Christianity isn't fixated on ancient Israelite culture, Christianity is fixated on the history of God's dealings with his people. You won't find in the Bible: Ancient Israelite sports Ancient ...
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Why did the ancient Jews use a candelabrum with 7 candles?

Wikipedia put it this way: The menorah (Hebrew: מְנוֹרָה‬) is described in the Bible as the seven-lamp (six branches) ancient Hebrew lampstand made of pure gold and used in the portable sanctuary ...
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The Jewish Pesach Passover date of Nisan 14 is on Monday 22 April 2024, so why are Jehovah's Witnesses holding their Memorial on Sunday 24 Mar 2024?

Since the Jewish Calendar date of Nisan 14 falls on Monday 22 April 2024, Why are Jehovah's Witnesses holding their Memorial service on Sunday 24th March? From my perspective as an evangelical, ...
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The Jewish Pesach Passover date of Nisan 14 is on Monday 22 April 2024, so why are Jehovah's Witnesses holding their Memorial on Sunday 24 Mar 2024?

Since the Jewish calendar date of Nisan 14 falls on Tuesday 23 April 2024, why are Jehovah's Witnesses holding their Memorial on Sunday 24 March 2024? The Jehovah's Witnesses have the practice of ...
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The Jewish Pesach Passover date of Nisan 14 is on Monday 22 April 2024, so why are Jehovah's Witnesses holding their Memorial on Sunday 24 Mar 2024?

Why are Jehovah's Witnesses holding their Memorial on Sunday 24 March 2024? According to this June 1977 Watchtower article the Memorial should be held on the date of the Passover which is the 14 day ...
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Why did the ancient Jews use a candelabrum with 7 candles?

This is just to supplement Ken Graham's excellent answer which covers both the Jewish and Christian views of the lampstand in question. The Jewish nation was given specific instructions for the ...
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Are there or have there been any Christian traditions that follow Kosher food laws?

The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church maintains a practice that resembles Kosher food laws. (There are similarities and differences: the members of this church avoid pork, but they do commonly mix ...
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Did Jesus celebrate Hanukkah?

The "festival of dedication" (or "feast") in this verse was indeed the forerunner of what is today Hanukkah. It was established by Judas Maccabeus in the intertestamental period, as Jamieson, Fausset,...
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How do adherents of sola scriptura respond to "extra" biblical beliefs?

Scripture alone simply means that scripture is the sole rule of all things salvific. It is not about defining the 66 books or more. Nor is it about defining doctrines therefrom. It is only about ...
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Did Jesus celebrate Hanukkah?

Yes. The feast of the dedication was a festival celebrating the re-dedication if the sacrificial altar. It was instituted by by Judas Maccabaees. This was later referred to as the festival of ...
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Was it culturally acceptable for the sinful woman to enter the Pharisee's house to see Jesus?

Many of the homes of the time had a courtyard around which were situated various rooms. The courtyard was used for cooking and eating. In John McCray's book Archaeology and the New Testament, he has ...
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What is the significance of Palm branches?

According to the Babylon Talmud the walls of the second temple were carved throughout with cherubim, palms, and open-faced flowers (inspired by Ezekiel's vision), and overlaid with gold. To the Jews ...
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Did Jesus have His Last Supper standing?

Did Jesus have His Last Supper standing? The Short answer is no Scripture seems to indicate that Jesus and his disciples were reclined while eatig at the Last Supper. Institution of the Lord's Supper ...
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What evidence is there that Jewish weddings staged a mock kidnapping of the bride?

Given that Judaism does not believe Jesus was the Messiah or that there is going to be a rapture of the Christian Church, then I think it is safe to say that any comparison between what happens at a ...
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Jewish traditions regarding the Sabbath at the time of Jesus?

The following article may be useful to you. This extract is about the Jewish Shabbat: Jewish law (halakha) prohibits doing any form of melakhah (מְלָאכָה, plural melakhoth) on Shabbat, unless an ...
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Jewish traditions regarding the Sabbath at the time of Jesus?

Jewish traditions regarding the Sabbath at the time of Jesus? Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey. - Acts 1:12 KJV ...
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According to Trinitarians, does Tuggy get Jesus' argument at John 10:33-36 right?

Certainly if the Jews thought that Jesus was merely claiming to be the Messiah, this argument would be valid. Because that is Jesus' argument: if He is the Messiah, calling Himself such is not ...
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What reason is there to believe that 1st C Jews thought that being the Son of God = God?

The reasons are detailed in John chapter 8, from verse 12 to verse 59. There is far too much there to do justice to here, but those 47 verses show the debate between Jesus and some 1st century Jewish ...
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The Jewish Pesach Passover date of Nisan 14 is on Monday 22 April 2024, so why are Jehovah's Witnesses holding their Memorial on Sunday 24 Mar 2024?

Across the five thousand years of recorded human history, the 20th century with all its mind-bending complexity comprises 2%. For us to look back and presume to understand bronze/iron age/medieval ...
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What reason is there to believe that 1st C Jews thought that being the Son of God = God?

The Son of God reference was definitely not unique, but can be applied to all children of God, to angels, etc. However, you are looking from the context of Messiah/Christ's title, Son of God. In that ...
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Giving a name while doing circumcision?

Giving a name while doing circumcision? Catholics celebrated the Feast of the Circumcision on January 1st up until Vatican II. The Feast of the Circumcision of Christ is a Christian celebration of ...
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Did Jesus have His Last Supper standing?

They ate the Last Supper reclining. The reason Alfred Edersheim gives to this is more than a little interesting, which can be summarised thus: The reason they ate the Last Supper, and the Passover ...
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How is the situation of "divorce her quietly" in Matthew 1:19 according to Catholicism?

How is the situation of “divorce her quietly” in Matthew 1:19 according to Catholicism? 19 Whereupon Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing publicly to expose her, was minded to put ...
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Was it culturally acceptable for the sinful woman to enter the Pharisee's house to see Jesus?

Maybe I cannot address exactly your questions, but some point to consider: The woman was not a strange in that house Simon, the pharisee known her; Wasn't obvious that she was a sinner This because ...
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Was baptism practiced before Christ?

When God instituted the Levitical priesthood, Moses washed (baptized fully) Aaron and his sons into said priesthood (Ex. 29:4, 40:12). So yes, baptism was God commanded, as a one-time event upon the ...
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