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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 "...


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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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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 evidence ...


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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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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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Yes, the Bible explicitly and clearly forbids homosexuality, in the Old and New Testament. Those are the passages: Leviticus 20:13: If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads. Leviticus 18:22: Do not practice ...


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There were many reports claiming that people have memorized the entire bible. For example: 15 years ago, Baptist Press released an article reported that Nadine Hammonds, a blind woman, has memorized the New Testament Nadine says it took her about three years to get the memorization done. She had memorized Scripture all her life, so she did have a history ...


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NOTE: This answer has been heavily rewritten. As requested it now discusses the opinions of Bible scholars on the subject. The interpretation of the law in the infographic is not based on known historical facts. It is based on unfavorable and unproven assumptions about the culture to which it belonged, prejudices if you will. For this reason it is ...


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I like the other answers, but I like the question so I wanted to give a more complete and thorough answer. I'd have to say, though I much prefer religious folk contorting their holy books to match science rather than trying to contort science to match their holy books. So firstly, as Oddthinking points out in his answer, the age of the universe is not some ...


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The overwhelming consensus of scholars, based on sound evidence, is that the Exodus from Egypt never happened as described in the Bible. Wikipedia describes the Exodus as the founding myth of Israel, but says most histories of ancient Israel no longer consider information about it recoverable or even relevant to the story of Israel's emergence. A century ...


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North Korea claims to have limited freedom of religion and has a few Christian churches. However, these are widely believed to be for show for the purposes of foreigners: Except at the handful of state-controlled houses of worship, which are widely believed to exist for the benefit of foreigners, religious believers typically practice their faith ...


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I don't know if there is a verse in the Bible which states that slavery is good - or bad, for that matter. However, there are many verses that treat slavery as a normal, and explain how slaves should be treated. It should be kept in mind that slaves were treated in different ways by different societies and at different times. For example, in may societies, ...


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No, but one should not expect a literal interpretation of of parable. It is a good idea to use an interlinerar bible when reading translated works. A concordance or other search tool that allows you to search in multiple languages can also be useful to determine the best translation. In this particular instance, the translation you quoted above seems fairly ...


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No, this is not naturally possible. All "fish" fill their mouths and stomachs with water. A person in said mouth or stomach would therefore drown very quickly regardless of what animal they were inside of. Furthermore, only sperm whales are physically capable of swallowing a human. The sperm whale's stomach could not hold enough air for a resting man to ...


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Some scholars will tell you that the evidence for a David, even a dynasty founding king David, might be there. Sonny Ordell's answer lists the sparse and weak evidence we have for that. But the way you phrased the question poses an additional difficulty: the listed qualities attributed to that King David cannot be all true. The archaeological evidence for ...


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It's not true, simply because the numbers are off. We can count the words ourselves. Psalm 46, KJV (1611): 1 [To1 the2 chiefe3 Musician4 for5 the6 sonnes7 of8 Korah9, a10 song11 vpon12 Alamoth13.] God14 is15 our16 refuge17 and18 strength19: a20 very21 present22 helpe23 in24 trouble25. 2 Therfore26 will27 not28 we29 feare30, though31 the32 earth33 be34 ...


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