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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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Has a "chariot army" been found at the bottom of the Red Sea?

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 ...
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Did a Jewish rabbi precisely calculate the duration of the full moon cycle 1800 years ago?

Maimonidies (12th Century) puts it at 29.530594. His source is the Talmud (Bavli RH 25a) (~7th century quoting a rabbi from the 2nd century). (For the curious the precise number given is 29 days, 12 ...
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Are rape victims forced to marry their rapist, according to the Old Testament?

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 ...
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Was marriage defined as "selling your daughter for three goats and a cow" in the Bible?

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 ...
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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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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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Is the mustard seed the smallest of seeds?

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 ...
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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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Did the Hebrew exodus from Egypt ever happen?

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 ...
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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 the mustard seed the smallest of seeds?

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 ...
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Are Muslims allowed to deceive non-Muslims through a practice called Taqiyya?

Are Muslims allowed to deceive non-muslims through a practice called Taqiyya? Wikipedia says, In Islam, taqiyya تقية (alternative spellings taqiyeh, taqiya, taqiyah, tuqyah) is a form of religious ...
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Did a Jewish rabbi precisely calculate the duration of the full moon cycle 1800 years ago?

The measurement of the mean lunar month as 29 days, 12 hours, and 793/1080 of an hour is (in this notation) first found in Treatise on the Computation of the Chronology of the Jews and their Festivals ...
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Have there been documented cases of "blood pumping from the trunks of trees"?

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"...
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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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Did the Hebrew exodus from Egypt ever happen?

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,...
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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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Has anyone ever memorized the entire bible?

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 ...
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Are rape victims forced to marry their rapist, according to the Old Testament?

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 ...
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Does the Torah-encoded age of the universe match science?

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 ...
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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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Did William Shakespeare help make the KJV bible?

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.] ...
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Is the mustard seed the smallest of seeds?

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 ...
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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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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 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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