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Does Revelation 21 demonstrate pre-scientific knowledge about precious stones?

It doesn't require advanced scientific knowledge to preferentially select optically anisotropic gems True, a modern definition of optical anisotropy (more specifically known as "birefringence&...
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Are there textual deviations between the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Old Testament?

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 ...
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Does Revelation 21 demonstrate pre-scientific knowledge about precious stones?

There are a lot of extremely shaky claims here: The article quotes a single English translation (the New International Version from 1978) of a Greek text written nearly two thousand years ago. A ...
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Does Revelation 21 demonstrate pre-scientific knowledge about precious stones?

ShadowRanger pulls apart the details of the claim. I'd like to make a note about the dangers of applying modern meaning to the words in the Bible. As noted in the footnotes for Rev 21:19-20, "the ...
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Did "thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife" originally refer not to sex but to housework?

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 ...
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Are there textual deviations between the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Old Testament?

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 ...
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Do certain religious traditions believe that Eve had sex with the Serpent?

Eve having Sex with the serpent This is also called the serpent seed theory. The idea is that the arch angel Samael was the serpent and used that form to have sex with Eve, which then resulted in the ...
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Is the New Testament significantly corrupted from its originally intended form?

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 ...
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Is there a place in the world where two oceans meet and they don't mix?

To answer your question, "Is there a place in the world where two oceans meet and they don't mix?" No, the water mixes it just isn't instantaneous. Saline, temperature differences, and pollutants can ...
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Does the bible explicitly forbide homosexuality?

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 ...
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Did the ten plagues take place in Ancient Egypt?

I'll take a crack at an answer based on Matthew's sources (Ipuwer papyrus. This is a "best effort" answer, since we don't really have anything definitive, and can't prove a negative. ...
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Is sex only mentioned in one of the 200 tantric scriptures?

I can see why this question is not answered yet, because a prospective answerer must first determine: how many tantras actually exist? And surprisingly, this is not easily answerable: try to find a ...
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Was the Pentateuch dated back to the second millenium B.C.E?

The source you quote makes the case for authorship in the Mosaic era (or even by Moses himself, as is the tradition), based on internal textual evidence and where there is an apparent lack of motive ...
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Is this the Oath to become a Master Mason?

The same oath also occurs in Morgan's Exposure of Freemasonry, on pages 47 and 48. However, it seems that Freemasonry has never confirmed any of the exposures. Therefore, we can never know for certain....
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Did Winston Churchill say the King James Bible had been translated into more than 760 languages?

It appears he said it in A History of the English - Speaking Peoples, Vol. 2 The New World. A short paper authored by Calvin George in 2009 quotes the book directly If the adventurers took ...
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Did the ten plagues take place in Ancient Egypt?

Cristobol's answer discusses an Egyptian text that lists generic disasters hitting Egypt. There is, however, another Egyptian source which connects such disasters to the Jewish Exodus... supposedly. ...
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Are the various claims regarding Ancient Indian Science made in the AICTE/MHRD new book "Bharatiya Vidya Sar" for a Indian Elective Course true?

5.The speed of light has been accurately mentioned in Rigveda The speed of light is not mentioned in the Rig Veda. Instead, as stated in footnote b of page 132 of Rig-Veda-sanhita (1850) ...
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Did the Quran predict the speed of light?

The most straight-up reading of the passage suggests nothing about a speed of travel through space. If anything, it seems to be another rendition of the common idea that "divine time" is ...
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Did the Hebrew exodus from Egypt ever happen?

The Exodus The Exodus is considered a myth by most non biblical historians. Wikipedia defines the Exodus as: The Exodus (Hebrew: יציאת מצרים, Yeẓi’at Miẓrayim: lit. 'Departure from Egypt') is the ...
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Does the Quran advise men to beat their wives if they disobey them?

According to Wife Battery in Islam: Comprehensive Understanding of Interpretations Violence Against Women Volume 13 Number 5 May 2007 pages 516-526. It is possible to classify the understanding of ...
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Did the Qur'an predict the defeat of the Persians at the Battle of Issus?

The challenge was that the victory will be 3 to 9 years later. The word in English "soon" doesn't have this meaning but in Arabic it does بِضْعِ سِنِينَ This is a fact that is approved by Arabic ...
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Did William Shakespeare help make the KJV bible?

The translation of King James was a big project that took at least 47 scholars six years to complete. The translators and revisers were organised in 6 teams, overseen by the Bishop of Canterbury (...
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Does the bible explicitly forbide homosexuality?

Yes it does, in many places. Some examples from NLT translation: Leviticus 18:22 "Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin." Leviticus ...
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Did a Jewish rabbi precisely calculate the duration of the full moon cycle 1800 years ago?

It is written in the Talmud (Rosh Hashanah p.25), which is dated 200-500 CE, and attributed of Gamlial (a Jewish leader early in the first century CE), who claimed to have learnt it from his ...
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Did the Quran predict the speed of light?

The question explicitly stated "geocentric frame", so all answers using "sidereal" measurements of months, days, and years for this question are pointless. Using synodic ...
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Are the Claims of Edward Carpenter (and others) historically accurate regarding the Zodiac and biblical interpretation?

According to the New York Times article Archeologists Unearth 'Golden Calf' in Israel 25 July 1990: The early Israelites are believed to have been a breakaway Canaanite sect. They forged their own ...
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