I think you misused some verses in “Careful What You Say”

Question: This is something I think can be especially difficult among the churches of Christ just because of our tradition. There is a very popular way of reading the Bible in the churches of Christ that goes way back to our roots and the reasoning is that a belief or practice can only be authorized…

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Why is the sky referred to as “heavens” in Genesis 1:6-8?

Question: Hello, I am currently bust with a Bible study of Genesis and I am confused about something. In Genesis God said: “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth”. If the first heaven is the atmosphere i.e the sky. Then why…

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Is “virgin” really the best translation in Isaiah 7:14?

Question: In your article, you said that the RSV mistranslated Isaiah 7:14 by changing “virgin” to “young woman.” My Baptist College and Career group visited our city synagogue and the rabbi told us that the Hebrew word in Isaiah 7:14 meant and is translated as a young maiden and not virgin. The Gospel writers’ testimony was…

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What syllable should be stressed in the name Jeshua?

Question: I have a pronunciation question for you.  I did read “Understanding the  Tetragrammaton: How is it Pronounced” on La Vista’s web site, but it does not answer this question. Whether Aramaic, Hebrew or Greek, the name “Jeshua,” is the accent on the first or second syllable? In the film “The Passion of the Christ” the accent was on the…

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What is the meaning of Hephzibah and Beulah?

Question: What is the meaning of Hephzibah and the meaning of Beulah? Answer: “You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; for the LORD delights in you, and your land shall be married” (Isaiah 62:4). Hephzibah means…

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Why does Psalm 104:8 read so differently in different translations?

Question: I have an interesting question. In the NIV it says. they flowed over the mountains, they went down into the valleys, to the place you assigned for them. Psalm 104:8 NIV But in another version it says Mountains rose and valleys sank to the levels you decreed. Psalm 104:8 NLT Do they mean the…

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Must a preacher teach from the Greek and Hebrew text?

Question: I would like you to answer a question for me. There’s a person here in our city teaching from his basement or another room he has rented. He teaches Greek and Hebrew lessons and he also appears on TV. This person teaches that if your pastor isn’t teaching from the Greek or Hebrew Bible,…

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How do we know how to pronounce Hebrew?

Question: I was wondering if we can actually “know” the true pronunciation of any Hebrew name. For instance, is it like today someone names their child “lemonjello” (pronounced “lay mun cha loo” not like “lemon jello”)? I was wondering since I understand there were no vowels in Hebrew like in modern English. Is this correct?…

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