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What is an important theme of the book of Ruth?

I would argue that loyalty is the most important theme of the book of Ruth. Loyalty is about sticking with someone even when doing so is not the logical course of action. This is exactly the kind...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2020 10:52 am UTC

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What is a good way to explain "do unto others as you would have done unto you?" 

This verse is found in Matthew 7:12 and is best understood in the context of that chapter. Verse 1 begins by saying, "Do not judge, or you too will be judged" (NIV). Verse 2 goes on to explain that...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2019 11:36 pm UTC

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"The Parable of the Good Samaritan", list the three people who encountered the wounded man and their actions toward...

The parable is found in Luke 10. The characters of the parable are a Jewish traveller, a Jewish Priest, a Jewish Levite and a Samaritan. The one telling the story is Jesus and he is speaking to an...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2010 12:04 pm UTC

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Could someone explain the meaning of Luke 6:35 "But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in...

The quote from Luke 6:35--"But love your enemies, do good to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High, because he is...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2017 2:12 am UTC

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Why is the Bible so important to Christians?

The Bible is so important to Christians because they believe that it transmits God's ideas to human beings. Christians believe that, after death, God judges all people who ever lived and assigns...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2012 1:06 pm UTC

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Why did God punish Job so much? What's the purpose of the trials of Job? What had Job done to deserve it? Was it...

I cannot agree that Job's religious observance was perfunctory as some answers above suggest. A simple reading of the book of Job indicates otherwise. In fact, God speaks highly of Job to Satan...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2011 2:06 am UTC

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In the parable of the prodigal son, what do the setting details of the story mean to us readers? Any explanation why...

In The Prodigal Son parable, the setting represents the kingdom of God. Naturally, God's kingdom would be a rich setting. In Psalm 50: 10-11, the Bible states that God owns it all: 10For every...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2011 4:23 am UTC

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Why is Abraham considered as the model of faith/trust in God?  

Abraham, one of the three patriarchs of Judaism, is regarded as a model of faith because he is called on to sacrifice his beloved son, Isaac, and does so, following God's commandment. Abraham waits...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2017 12:27 pm UTC

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In Genesis 4:7, God warned Cain regarding sin crouching outside the door.  Does that refer to a particular sin?

In this passage the Lord speaks to Cain like a kindly father, who is concerned that Cain's anger over the fact that his offering has been rejected by God will lead to his eternal disgrace and...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2009 9:17 am UTC

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One of the main themes of the Psalms and the Wisdom literature (Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Lamentations, etc.) is...

King David is believed to have written most of the psalms, many of which praise God through times of suffering. David was a man who knew both glory and tremendous suffering, being both a king and a...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2020 12:09 pm UTC

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What is the deeper meaning of Abraham and Isaac-the biblical narrative?

You do not mention the title of the book, poem or play you are working on, so I will give you an overview of the story of Abraham and Isaac in the Bible. Abraham and his wife Sarah were very old -...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2010 7:22 am UTC

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In the Bible, who was the god of the Amalekites?

The Bible does not specify a chief god for the Amalekites, but Numbers 14:39–45 tells the story of the Israelities fighting "the Amalekites and the Canaanites," who live together in the mountains....

Latest answer posted July 10, 2019 4:19 am UTC

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Why were the men at the synagogue in Nazareth so upset with Jesus in Luke 4:23-30?

The reason why the men in the synagogue are angry at Jesus can be found before the verses that you actually cite. Most of the reason why they are angry at him comes from Luke 4: 16 to 22. In...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2012 2:37 am UTC

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When Did David Write Psalm 23?

Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd,” is arguably the most famous psalm in the Bible. It is labeled “A Psalm of David,” and many scholars believe that David wrote this psalm some time during the...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2020 3:38 pm UTC

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Give Paul's central understanding of Jesus in 1 Corinthians. Substantiate what you say with reference to what Paul...

In 1 Corinthians, we find out a lot about how Paul (aka Saint Paul or Paul the Apostle) understands the phenomenon of Jesus Christ. Speaking about the resurrection of Christ, we might be able to...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2020 12:35 pm UTC

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How Many Proverbs Are There?

I assume that this question is asking about proverbs and the standard bible that Protestants use. This is important because the Catholic bible contains seven extra books. The unknown variable in...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2020 12:48 pm UTC

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I need to find something that alludes to the story of Ruth in The Bible.

The Book of Ruth, as you probably know, is one of the books in the Old Testament. According to the Wikipedia online encyclopedia: The book tells of Ruth's accepting the God of the Israelites as...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2013 6:41 pm UTC

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In Luke 12:4-7 how did Jesus explain the care that God has for each of us?

Jesus stresses the idea of ensuring that individuals understand that the love of God is what is real in a world where the individual is surrounded by the unreal. In Chapter 12, verses 4- 7, Jesus...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2012 8:26 pm UTC

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Are The Ten Commandments the perfect moral code? Do the ten commandments represent the most perfect guide for human...

I believe we need to see the Ten Commandments as being relevant to a particular time frame and to a particular context. That is not to say they are irrelevant today. They do present good moral...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2011 12:04 am UTC

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Compare and contrast the two Biblical creation stories in Genesis 1 and Genesis 2.

Both Genesis 1 and 2 are alike in that they tell the story of God creating the Earth and all that is in it, with an emphasis on the creation of humankind. However, biblical scholars have long...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2019 4:50 pm UTC

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What are the portraits of Jesus in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John? How do they differ? 

Matthew is written to persuade a Jewish audience that Jesus is the promised Messiah. For that reason, Matthew emphasizes Jesus's connection to Judaism and presents him as God's chosen, in the line...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2019 3:55 pm UTC

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What are the 4 categories of the Old Testament?

The first section of the Old Testament is called the Pentateuch, and it refers to the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. These books are said to...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2020 12:43 pm UTC

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Explain what Jesus meant by ''Who do you say that I am?" in Mark 8:29 from The Bible.

This section of Mark's Gospel is actually very important structurally, as it forms the centre of the middle block of this Gospel before Jesus proceeds to Jerusalem. Coming thus at the literary...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2011 8:06 pm UTC

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What do you think Paul is trying to accomplish with the example of Christ who emptied himself in Philippians 2 in The...

"Emptied" may be a misleading term. In context in the Greek, "emptied" is contrasted in verse 7 to the Greek phrase "form of bondman having taken." Therefore what "emptied" is expressing is the...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2011 8:50 am UTC

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What are some similarities and differences between Eve in the Bible and Pandora in Greek mythology?

The unleashing of human misery are attributed to both women. Eve yielded to the temptation of the serpent and her own curiosity by tasting the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2009 5:37 am UTC

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How does the author of "The Parable of the Prodigal Son" convey its meaning? I'm trying to figure out what literary...

[I have tried to find a separate group for this excellent parable, but unfortunately it appears that such a group does not exist, so I will leave this question in The Bible group, though of course...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2011 7:36 pm UTC

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How does John introduce Jesus in his Gospel in the Bible?

One of the reasons why John's gospel is so distinct, so much so that it is regarded as being separate from the synoptic, or common, gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, is the mystical way in which...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2013 6:24 pm UTC

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Why did Cain kill Abel? What does the text mean when it says, "Sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but...

Cain murders his brother, Abel, out of jealousy, found in Genesis 4. The two were sons of Adam and Eve, with two different responsibilities (each cornerstones of the neolythic economy, based in...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2019 8:50 pm UTC

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Under what genre is the Bible classified?

Certainly, the bulk of the Bible is either narrative or poetry. You've left out, however, one very important element of the Hebrew Bible, namely, LAW. The books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2009 2:14 am UTC

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How Many Chapters In 2 Corinthians?

Paul penned 2 Corinthians after sending a letter via Timothy from Ephesus; this letter would become known as 1 Corinthians in the New Testament. Paul then left for Macedonia, as he had prior...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2020 11:39 am UTC

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What did the prodigal son hope to gain by leaving home in Luke 15: 11-27? I understand why he left, I am not sure...

We are, of course, told almost nothing about the hopes of the prodigal son. Therefore, we have to use our own understanding of human nature to try to understand what his motivation was. There are...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2012 3:46 pm UTC

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How is metaphor used to clarify the relationship between speaker and Lord in Psalm 23?

The Lord is referred to as "my Shepherd", meaning that the speaker would be a lamb. This clarifies the understanding that the Lord provides for, protects, nourished, and otherwise cares...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2008 2:54 am UTC

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Identify the three people who encountered the wounded man in "The Parable of the Good Samaritan" and describe their...

The first traveler who happened by after the wounded man was left on the side of the road was a priest, which at that time meant a leader of the Jewish religious hierarchy. Specifically, priests...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2011 2:23 am UTC

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What are three comparisons and differences between "The Fall of Man" and "The Prodigal Son?"

Both the "Fall of Man" and "The Prodigal Son" are parables found in the Holy Bible, and they share similarities and differences. In both stories, you'll be able to compare the actions of the sons...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2019 12:57 pm UTC

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Discuss the Gospel of John and what the significance of the Gospel of John is.

The Gospel of John is the fourth Gospel. It is said to have been written between 50 and 84 A.D. It is self-identified as having been written by the disciple John. He identifies himself as "the...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2011 9:27 am UTC

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In Luke 19:28–36, why did Jesus send two disciples to get a colt? Is it because it would help him spread the word of...

As the other answer mentions, the colt is seen as part of prophetic fulfillment, going back to Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah. It's not exactly practical, since Jesus could have walked...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2019 12:37 pm UTC

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Why were the scribes and Pharisees filled with rage on the Sabbath in Luke 6:6-11?

The reason for this is that the scribes and the Pharisees wanted a blind devotion to the law and Jesus did not act in that way. He did something on the Sabbath that they thought was prohibited and...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2012 2:43 am UTC

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I need a Biblical allusion in a work of literature to the parable of the lost sheep.

Moby Dick is a novel full of Biblical allusions. In chapter 128, The Pequod meets another ship named The Rachel. The captain of The Rachel asks Ahab to help him locate one of his whale boats, which...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2010 12:28 pm UTC

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Who wrote The Song of Songs in The Bible?

Whenever we think about the question of authorship in regard to books of the Bible, and in particular the Old Testament, we need to remember that there is often a wide number of different...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2012 2:07 pm UTC

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In The Bible, what does Paul say about himself to distingish himself from the false apostles?

One of the many passages in the New Testament where Paul talks about this theme is 2 Corinthians 11, and I have included a link below to a site which gives a more in depth discussion of this...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2011 7:03 pm UTC

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In “Parable of the Prodigal Son,” what does prodigal mean and which brother is it?

In "The Prodigal Son" there are two nameless brothers. The elder brother stays with his father to work the land and stay close to God, while the younger brother asks for an early inheritance and...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2019 12:05 pm UTC

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The older shall serve the younger. What is the meaning of that?

This is a quotation from Genesis, and refers to the story of Isaac and Rebecca, and their two sons, Esau and Jacob. Esau and Jacob are twins, and when Rebecca is pregnant with them, it is...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2009 7:59 am UTC

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How do the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John paint differing portraits of Jesus?

The greatest difference between the portraits of Jesus according to Matthew, Luke, Mark and John is that whereas Matthew, Luke and Mark paint portraits of Jesus as a natural man who has elements...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2011 11:58 am UTC

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What sound device is used the most in the King James Bible version of Ecclesiastes? Choices are: alliteration, blank...

With its emphasis on the vanity of human existence, Ecclesiastes is one of the more bleak books in the Old Testament. I would say that the most frequently used literary device in this book would...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2012 11:09 pm UTC

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How does the Gospel of Mark in the Bible stress the need for Jesus, Son of God, to suffer and die on the cross?

The Gospel of Mark in the New Testament of the Bible does indeed stress the importance for the son of God to suffer and die on the cross. Beginning in Mark chapter 8 verse 27, Jesus began asking...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2018 11:42 pm UTC

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Can you compare "The Gospel of Luke" with our current society? Give examples. Can you compare "The Gospel of Luke"...

The emphasis on the Gospel of Luke is, interestingly, the inclusion of Gentiles and all peoples in the ministry and outreach of Christianity and the mission of Jesus. For our world today, I think...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2011 10:52 am UTC

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What does opening the door for Elijah symbolize?

In my family, and many others, I am sure, welcoming Elijah into the house on Passover also means offering him a glass of wine, which we always referred to as "Elijah's Cup." We fought over the...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2016 12:51 am UTC

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What is the importance of the Ten Commandments for modern society?

Some of the Ten Commandments could be considered good rules to live by even if one is not necessarily a religious person. There are rules all over the world against killing and theft. Adultery is...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2017 10:34 pm UTC

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In The Bible, where is the Yarmuk River mentioned in the Old Testament?

The Yarmuk wadi was a key geographical area in the times of the Old Testament, though it is never actually mentioned verbatim as far as I can establish. However, other geographical locations that...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2011 7:22 pm UTC

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In Luke 19: 41-44 why did the Pharisees want Jesus to rebuke his disciples?

First, please note that it is not in Luke 19: 41-44 that Jesus is told to rebuke his disciples. Instead, he is told to do so by the Pharisees in Luke 19: 39. As to the gist of your question,...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2012 1:38 am UTC

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