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What criteria do Catholics use to determine if an old testament character prefigures Mary? In other words, what you are asking is what the Church uses as a characterizing mark or trait between of Mary and Old Testament characters that prefigure the Mother of Jesus, such as Old Testament Types of Mary. Thus it is obvious that certain biblical women ...


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To put it much less formally than curiousdannii's excellent long and informative response. The defining difference is indeed the Incarnation, but this is not only "an event" but marks a foundational difference in both the content and how it is perceived. Between the two - many centuries of perceived "silence" - at least by the Jewish people of the day. ...


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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 cannot be translated with a single English word. a last will and testament a compact/contract/covenant, and in this sense it was used to translate בְּרִית (...


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I think what Jesus might have known from traditions alive in His time would count as a Catholic answer, and this is precisely what a retired Catholic Professor of New Testament Studies at Notre Dame, Jerome H. Neyrey, S.J., investigated in his article titled "Jacob Traditions and the Interpretation of John 4:10-26" published in the Catholic Biblical ...


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What does the Catholic Church teach about the significance of reference to Jacob's Well in John 4:12? The Catholic Church does not place any particular significance to the reference of Jacob’s well in the Gospel of St. John. In fact we do not know for sure where the actual well existed. Jacob’s well is only mentioned in John’s Gospel, so biblical ...


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I was in fact looking for an answer to God's election between Saul and David. Let me put my weak argument here: It was God who chose Saul not Saul who put up his hand to be a King; Same way David was chosen by God. No prior qualifications to both. In God's court the punishment is irrevocable. Priest Eli -Priesthood was taken, his children were dead, his ...


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Daniel's prophecies are the clearest, because they can be used to count years. However, another way to measure time is by generations. Note how in Matthew 1, the writer of the Gospel makes this curious statement: 17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the ...


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