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Quite simply, no. The claim in the video series you linked is patently ridiculous.1 What is being claimed? The argument presented in your videos is based entirely on the following passage in the Old Testament book of Song of Solomon. Song of Solomon 5:16 (ASV)2 16  His mouth is most sweet; Yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and ...


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This claim is false. It is a simple matter to search the entire contents of the Bible. Doing so will reveal no occurrences of the words Muhammad or Ahmad or any of their spelling variants. Anyone even slightly familiar with the New Testament will know that there is no passage in which Jesus predicts Muhammad or anyone who remotely resembles him. The videos ...


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No. To knock the argument down quickly: the generally accepted age of the universe, according to modern cosmology (using the ΛCDM model) is 13.75 +/- 0.11 billion years. This doesn't match the 15.75 billion years claimed. (Not sure what happened to the 7th day? Presumably that is another 125 million years that has been forgotten about?) For further reading:...


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Is it true that there are no textual deviations between the dead sea scrolls and the old testament? No. Most people claiming that there are no differences seem to cherry-pick the texts that they compare. And there are indeed texts which contain only few significant deviations, for example Isaiah. Although even they do contain some differences, such as ...


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Modern Western culture sees rape as a crime in which the woman is the victim. But many cultures, including the ancient Hebrew culture that produced Deuteronomy 22:28-29, view rape as an insult against the woman's family and her father in particular. So when we read the passage we focus on: If a man comes upon a virgin who is not engaged and he seizes ...


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Firstly, I want to point out that the original passage being debated is actually in Matthew and not in Luke as your second link suggests. Their argument is around the translation of the Hebrew word alma. They are taking issue with the fact that when the New Testament was written the Greek word for "virgin" was chosen. It doesn't say elsewhere in Matthew ...


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While it is possible that the ABC poll mentioned may have had flaws, ABC is an experienced polling organization. It is unlikely that it has made an error of tens of percents in the estimates. The given percentage is 61, with a margin of error of about 3%. This is in line with other polls. This one gives 54% as the number who believe in a six-day creation. ...


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No they are clearly not very old homo sapiens. The hypothesis of Dr. Cuozzo completely fails to explain the following evidence (and more). Direct DNA evidence Neanderthal DNA has been mapped multiple times and it is distinguishable from Sapiens DNA. While it is clear that Neanderthals and Sapiens share a lot of DNA, it very evident from DNA sequencing that ...


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Ron Wyatt (1933-1999) was a nurse-anesthetist in a hospital in Madison, Tennessee. His claim of finding 'Wheels from Egyptian Chariots involved in the pursuit of the Israelites from Egypt' has been debunked thoroughly by professional archaeologists and respected biblical scholars. Most professional archaeologists have found so many discrepancies in Wyatt's ...


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We don't have a clear idea of the date on which he was born. In fact, we don't even know the year he was born. Some historians like Robert Price even disagree on his historicity or existence. In another skeptics answer we have shown some indirect historical evidence for his existence, and to be fair, most historians agree that someone like him existed (from ...


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Short Answer: No. This site from California State University Northridge throughly debunks that particular geologic formation (emphasis mine). Abstract A natural rock structure near Dogubayazit, Turkey, has been misidentified as Noah's Ark. Microscopic studies of a supposed iron bracket show that it is derived from weathered volcanic minerals. ...


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There are two parts to this question: Does the Book of Job refer to a spherical Earth? If so, did it beat the other contenders to be the first to have the idea? Part 1 I don't propose to properly answer Part 1. This is a question for Hermeneutics.SE, not Skeptics.SE. I will note the obvious: the modern English translation provided is clearly not evidence ...


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Yes. According to Deuteronomy, if a man rapes or otherwise have sex with a woman who is not married or engaged, he is forced to "set things right" by marrying the woman. Think of it as a shotgun wedding. If a man meets a virgin who is not engaged, and seizes her and lies with her, and they are caught in the act, 29 the man who lay with her shall give ...


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In the past, if a male wanted to marry a female, he'd transfer property, animals or goods to her father. The idea is of giving something valuable in return of a marriage; marriage was just a business deal about trading girls and money. This is called dowry (1) and it is well evidenced in the bible, for example: Genesis 34:12: "Ask me ever so much ...


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It's wrong to say there is literally no difference. The oldest relatively complete copies of the Old Testament are in Greek, so there is no direct comparison. These are the Codex Vaticanus and Codex Alexandrinus. The oldest complete version in Hebrew was the Aleppo Codex. During the pogrom in 1947 the Aleppo Codex was lost and feared destroyed. The book ...


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At best, the answer to this question will be an apples and oranges comparison. Comparing the distribution of a static book to that of a constantly fluctuating periodical is unlikely to produce anything very meaningful. However it is amusing and I like both apples and oranges. So what can we do? Start with the easy apples The IKEA side of things is ...


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There does not seem to be an abundance of evidence, although it is the opinion of scholars that King David likely existed. The evidence we do have: The Tel Dan Stele The Tel Dan Stele is written in Aramaic script without vowels which makes translation difficult, allowing for multiple interpretations. Scholars seem to agree that the first part of a phrase ...


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Yes, it is true to the extent that we can date accurately (see the Wikipedia links you provided, or this summary article). The best estimates right now are that Mitochondrial Eve lived 200+-13 kya, while Y-chromosomal Adam lived 142+-15 kya. It is also true that Genesis describes Noah and his three sons (one Y chromosome) and his wife and sons' wives (4 ...


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To repeat Oddthinking's answer, that is a simple NO. The mustard seed is far from the smallest. That distinction belongs to the Orchid. With over 26,000 species, many having seeds no larger than grains of dust from 0.4mm to 0.2mm in size. This document (PDF) actually gives a pretty full accounting of Orchid seeds.


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In his essay, Was There an Exodus?, Joshua Berman states that the book of Exodus was written by someone intimately familiar with the structure of early Egyptian dynastic life; and that the Biblical account is supported by recent archaeological discoveries that could not have been known at the time when the Old Testament was compiled: There is rich ...


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I have been unable to find any corroborating source concerning the planks glued together (even the Wyatt Museum website says nothing of this); at this time it appears to have originated with this article. I have sent an email requesting references, and will provide an update later. What I do know: The Witnesses Dr. Brandenburger Ohio State University's ...


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The comments on this question have correctly pointed out that it is possibly unanswerable because of the variety of meanings attributed to the word "Judaism." The question, as well as the encyclopedia sources it cites, seems to equate Judaism with the monotheistic worship of the Jewish people. When the Jews became monotheistic believers in "Judaism" is up ...


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Criteria Since it's virtually impossible to count the number of people who have read any published book, the claim must be analysed on purely statistical/circumstantial evidence. I propose to show whether the Bible is the most widely available book in terms of translations and copies. Then I will examine whether a copy of the Bible is more or less likely ...


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The paper that sparked the news story states in its conclusion: Considering the historical documents attesting the occurrence in the “Old Jerusalem” of a disastrous earthquake in 33 A.D., the authors assume that a seismic event with magnitude ranging from the 8th to the 9th degree in the Richter scale could have produced a thermal neutron flux of up to ...


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Context suggests that that commandment is more related to wealth than sex: “You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's.” (Exodus 20:17, ESV) Modern translations usually only render the Hebrew word here as ...


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Before we get started, it's worth observing that the appearance of a date on a poster inside an episode of The Simpsons can hardly be taken as an assertion of historical fact. The show is known for being provocative and including parodies of reality. Bart Simpson should hardly be our go-to expert on history1 even though it turns out this instance wasn't just ...


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Do we know the words used by the original authors of the New Testament? The answer is a qualified yes. As tniles09 comments, the (scientific) discipline that studies this is called Textual Criticism, and has had an enourmous development, especially during the last two centuries. You can check the current consensus of the scholars in the majority of ...


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No. Several sources put mustard seeds as between 1 and 2 or 3 mm in diameter. For example: During the hulling of white mustard seeds and rapeseeds, 1.4 mm to 2.8 mm in diameter, on a disk equipped with blades [...] Meanwhile, begonia seeds, as an example, are much smaller: Species description Begonia fangii [...] Seeds many, brown, ellipsoid, 0.5-...


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The Dracaena cinnabari (Socotra dragon tree or dragon blood tree) is well known for having a distinct red sap or resin and there are a number of other plants that also exhibit similar "Dragons's Blood". As noted in the Wikipedia article on Dragon's Blood: The dragon's blood known to the ancient Romans was mostly collected from D. cinnabari, and is ...


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TL;DR: The claim has dubious origins and no solid proof I have seen this claim repeated by numerologists, but not by literature experts. In fact, from a literature standpoint, it is a pretty ludicrous claim, since we are not even sure that Shakespeare wrote the text that is actually attributed to him, let alone the King James version of the Bible. The ...


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