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How do we know that the Old Testament was accurately passed down/preserved pre-Dead Sea Scrolls & Septuagint?

One highly regarded company/software for Biblical studies is logos, and it's an excellent resource. Commenting on the dead sea scrolls, they say "Remarkably, many of these ancient scrolls ...
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What is the Biblical basis for prohibiting sex outside marriage?

It's one of the 10 commandments: Thou shalt not commit adultery (see Exodus 20:14) The 18th chapter of Leviticus is devoted to condemning all manner of other sexual sins, lest any seek for loopholes ...
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What was the Early Church’s view on socialism?

To what extent was the early church "socialist"? Acts 4:32-37 (NASB95) And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one [of them] claimed that anything ...
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What was the Early Church’s view on socialism?

Modern-day Socialists would be unlikely to view the first century Christians as Socialists, despite a few similarities. This dictionary definition of socialism states that Socialists believe in a &...
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What is a Sabbath day's walk?

The exact value of a "Sabbath day's walk" is 2,000 cubits, which works out to about 5/8 of a mile, or one kilometer. Commentator Craig S. Keener explains the logic and biblical basis: The figures ...
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Was casting out of demons done in the Old Testament by any Prophets or was it started in the New Testament?

There are no explicit references to exorcism in the OT. However, in a possible foreshadowing of Christ, David caused an evil spirit to depart from Saul multiple times by playing the harp (1 Sam 16, 18,...
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What was the Early Church’s view on socialism?

Dan Walden, a Christian writer who has written on socialism from a Christian perspective, addresses a related question in the essay, "Was Jesus a Socialist?": Jesus was obviously not a ...
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Psalm 88: does it apply to the New Testament's Christian God?

The Psalm does not describe God as "a God that abandons his children and could care less about them being fruitful and having support etc.", since it does not say the response that the ...
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Does the Old Testament anywhere imply that the Law of Moses may be abrogated?

Jeremiah 31:31-34 English Standard Version (ESV) The New Covenant 31 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house ...
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How do the Seventh Day Adventist approach Old Testament laws?

We Seventh Day Adventists distinguish between three different kinds of laws in the Bible: Moral laws. Ceremonial laws. We also believe that there were laws in the OT specific to Israel as a nation. ...
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How long was David on the run from Saul?

The short answer is: We don't know for sure because there are very few dates or ages given in the stories of Saul and David in the Bible. We cannot even be certain of the length of Saul's reign, or ...
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Was Jesus opposed to homosexual activity?

If Paul was speaking as an authorized apostle and representative of Jesus Christ (see Romans 1:1), as most Christians hold, then Paul's teachings reflect the mind of the Lord on the matter. Many ...
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Where can I find a Jehovah's Witnesses version of a Hebrew Interlinear Old Testament?

The only "Interlinear" the Watch Tower Society has published was for their rendition of the Christian Greek Scriptures. They have never come out with their own rendition of the Hebrew ...
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What is the origin of the moral-civil-ceremonial distinction of the Old Testament law?

Division of the law in the early church The law has been "divided" since the early church, but at first only into two parts. Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Augustine, and others described a ...
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Was each "Book" of the Old Testament on a separate scroll prior to the second century A.D.?

The answer appears to be «usually» but «with some exceptions», and also «the experts aren't completely sure». We can divide the sources adduced into indirect evidence (references to scrolls in ...
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Virgin Mary in Old Testament?

Yes, there are references to Mary in the Old Testament—vastly less than those to the Christ, Jesus, who is the entire focus of the Bible, but nonetheless, there are references. I will be answering ...
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How many languages had the Hebrew Bible been translated into by 30 CE?

It might be helpful for you to research the Septuagint, which is also referred to as LXX being the Roman numeral for seventy as it is traditionally believed that seventy Jewish elders performed the ...
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What specific thing in the Bible separates the Old Testament from the New Testament?

There's a little bit of history to the titles Old Testament and New Testament that needs to be explained. We begin with the Greek word διαθήκη (diatheke) which has two major distinct sub-senses and ...
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Who was the target audience of the Book of Job?

Now the question of who is the target audience for Job is a tricky one, because there is the audience that Job intended, and the audience that God intended. Since the book is not addressed to a group ...
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Can a person prove that Jesus Christ is in the Old Testament without going to the New Testament?

In Luke 24, Jesus says this to the two men walking to Emmaus: 25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to ...
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What evidence is there that God as father was a common concept for Jesus's first century Jewish audience?

The concept of God as Father to the nation of Israel was not new when Jesus spoke of that in, for example, Matthew 6:9 where he instructed prayer to God to be addressed, "Our Father who is in ...
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Was Jesus opposed to homosexual activity?

Jesus re-iterated the words of Adam, the first man, when he is recorded by both Mark and Matthew saying : For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; [Mark 10:7 ...
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Did Jesus believe and teach that God loved all people?

Old Testament Even in the Old Testament since Abraham, God has planned to bless "all nations" (that is, Gentiles) through Abraham's descendants, which includes Jesus. Gen 22:18: And all the ...
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Complete list of versification differences in the Tanakh

I have been working on some software which converts between different versification systems. As part of that, I have a file listing the various differences: transformations.data. There is no single "...
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Is there a specific purpose in placing a hot coal to your lips?

That is a reference to the commission of Isaiah (Isaiah 6). When he suddenly found himself in the immediate presence of the exalted God (likely Jesus), he was undone and fully aware of the separation ...
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Was casting out of demons done in the Old Testament by any Prophets or was it started in the New Testament?

I don't think there is any other reference to casting out out of demons other than what's stated above about David. BUT Jesus said this in Matthew 12:27 NLT And if I am empowered by Satan, what ...
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How do Catholics deal with prophecies of future perpetual animal sacrifice?

I'm not sure where the idea that sacrifices go on forever comes from when reading Isaiah 60:7. Jeremiah 22:18 could be answered in this way: Jesus abolished the levitical priesthood by offering ...
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How do Catholics deal with prophecies of future perpetual animal sacrifice?

How do Catholics deal with prophecies of future perpetual animal sacrifice? Who needeth not daily (as the other priests) to offer sacrifices first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for ...
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