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  1. SeaJay

    Passover Meal

    Thank you for the reply. I can now move on with my research.
  2. SeaJay

    Passover Meal

    Ok thank you for the advice.
  3. SeaJay

    Passover Meal

    Does anyone know which day of the week the Jewish meal of Passover is eaten? I'm researching something and I'm not sure. Thanks all.
  4. Ok thank you all for the information.
  5. Yes, it means 'Son of the Father' or something similar.
  6. Yes, that's what I got from the few articles I read. As I understand it, whilst the human race can be traced back to one female ("Mitochondrial Eve") in Africa, some 200,000 years ago, she wasn't the only female around at that time, and there were many females before her. She is simply the most recent female to have all our genetic make up (for want of a better term). Thanks all for the feedback.
  7. And breathe... www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/no-mitochondrial-eve-not-first-female-species-180959593/
  8. "In 1987, Cann, Stoneking, and Wilson published the results of their study as "Mitochondrial DNA and Human Evolution." By combining mtDNA sequence data from different human geographic populations and applying the molecular clock hypothesis, Cann, Stoneking, and Wilson traced the modern human gene pool to Africa and a common female ancestor who lived approximately 200,000 years ago. Mass media called this ancestor Mitochondrial Eve or African Eve." https://embryo.asu.edu/pages/allan-charles-wilson-1934-1991 Please forgive my ignorance here, but, is the above saying the e
  9. I've had a google at it but precious little came up, apart from one website where Christians were debating (with each other) about the veracity of the claim that the Romans would release a prisoner (Barabbas) on some, "annual holiday" (as Richard Carrier called it). Carrier said there is no record outside the NT of this happening, but the above Christian website did pull out a few possible scenarios where this might have happened. If anyone is interested, the website, and possible sources from antiquity, is located here: http://apologeticsuk.blogspot.com/2012/04/would-pontius-pila
  10. I was looking at it from a textual criticism point of view, and wondering if there was an error in the text.
  11. But, I can't accept that such a blatant blunder would be made concerning Christ's genealogy. What I mean to say is, the differing genealogies are so obvious, front, and centre, the discrepancy would have been noticed and corrected. The fact is hasn't, tells me it is not meant to be, so another reason (given above) must be forthcoming.
  12. Thanks for the info pantheory
  13. I think the first suggestion is the best and more logical explanation for the alleged discrepancy concerning Joseph's father (the second explanation is also plausible but wouldn't be my preferred choice). MAT 1:16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. LUK 3:23 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli. The Jewish levirate law states that when a man dies childless his widow - "shall not marry to another; but his brother shall take
  14. Ok thank you for clarifying.
  15. Thanks all for the replies. Very helpful.
  16. The Rosetta Stone is a broken part of a bigger stone slab that has text written in three types of writing (scripts). It allowed experts to learn to read Egyptian hieroglyphs. Do we know if it reveals anything about the Bible, or is that not its function (i.e. it's not recording passages of history); it is just just passages of script that allows the deciphering of hieroglyphs?
  17. And apparently there were other storied in the ANE that were quite similar.
  18. Of course. Good point. Thanks for clarifying.
  19. My thoughts exactly. It's all very, wishy-washy.
  20. This is interesting, two schools of thought about why the term "firmament" was used for "raqiya" Secular book I'm reading: "Hebrew scholars translate their Scriptures into Greek (the Septuagint or LXX version of the Hebrew Bible) and employ the Greek word stereoma, based on stereos, which means "firm/hard, as the closest equivalent to the Hebrew word, raqia." Christian website (which I only read because I wanted to make sure the secular version was accurate): "But which is the correct term to use? Where did the word firmament come from? The Sept
  21. I don't think I could have said it better myself. And I have tried.
  22. No I am not. EDIT: Sorry, my initial reply was terse of me. I am researching theist and no-theist claims and weighing up the evidence as I continue my journey. I'm trying to make sure I am doing the right thing. At least, trying to make sure as much as I possible can.
  23. I am reading a (secular) book and it is talking about creation as depicted in Genesis. At one point it mentioned the term "firmament" ("raqiya") and gave its meaning (something that is hammered out, like a bronze tin or similar). I double checked this online and one of the first hits that came up was the following: www.ancient-hebrew.org/definition/firmament.htm Granted I haven't clarified the "source" of the site, but I was interested in this particular part: "There are some scientists who have speculated that before the flood there was a thick sheet of wa
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