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  1. Sorry, I was thinking that Brown was for California as a “sanctuary state and against the existence of ICE.
  2. William, re: "Jerry Brown suggests that before the laws surrounding whether local law enforcement could not coordinate, communicate, and work with ICE had gone into effect that ICE could have prevented the officer's murder..." I'm confused. That sounds like Brown is saying that before the sanctuary city policies, that ICE could have prevented the officer's murder. Shouldn't that be that ICE couldn't have prevented it anyway? What am I missing?
  3. rstrats

    Mary: the biblical woman behind the cultural legend

    News Feeder, re: "What does the Bible tell us about Mary, the mother of Jesus?" 1. That the Mesiah only spoke to her 3 times. 2. That He only spoke 2 times with regard to what someone said about her . 3. That Mary is not mentioned by any of the writers in the New Testament Epistles including the one to the church at Rome and the two by Peter.
  4. rstrats

    Mary: the biblical woman behind the cultural legend

    I'm not aware of any scripture which says that.
  5. glf, Since you're not a 6th day of the week crucifixion advocate, you probably wouldn't know of any examples.
  6. Ones that have the thickest paper pages and not the thin tissue paper ones that are so prevalent.
  7. atpollard, re: "What scripture says that it didn't?" None that I know of. But you flat out stated that the fast began during the daytime. How do you know that to be an absolute, undeniable fact? re: " It has been shown several examples where 'a daytime or a night time was said to be involved with an event' and 'no part of a daytime or no part of a night' WAS involved in the event if one simple accepts the words as written..." If they have, I haven't seen them. How about pointing out just one that does that. re: " I cannot PROVE that Esther even existed, can you? " Of course not. What's your point? re: "Why are none of your conjectures required to provide any proof..." I'm not aware of having made any conjectures that have any bearing on the OP other than there ought to be examples of that usage in order to be able to make the assertion of commonality. What do you have in mind?
  8. atpollard, re: "Yes, she called for them to start praying during the daytime..." What scripture says that the fast began during the daytime? re: "Why am I required to show that it was impossible?" In order to prove that the Esther account is an example where a daytime or a night time was said to be involved with an event when no part of a daytime or no part of a night could have occurred. re: "Can you show where the Esther account makes it impossible for at least a portion of three daytimes and two full night times to have been involved?" No. Any particular reason for asking?
  9. glf, Since you're not a 6th day of the week crucifixion advocate, you probably won't know of any examples.
  10. Can you show where the Esther account makes it impossible for at least a portion of three daytimes and at least a portion of three night times to have been involved?
  11. atpollard, re: "What would be the point." It would be responsive to the topic. re: "Examples were presented and rejected by fiat." How do you define "fiat" as you are using it here? re: "So 'perhaps someone will present an example that you like [accept]?'" Perhaps. re: "... Maybe the Gospel of Thomas or one of the other rejected books have something you will accept..." Maybe. re: "... since you rejected the biblical example from Esther." As explained above, Esther is not an example. Nothing in the account prohibits at least a portion of 3 daytimes and at least a portion of 3 night times.
  12. reformed baptist, re: "I've given up..." But I haven't. It's still possible that someone in the furture may know of examples.
  13. rstrats

    Easter: The Devil’s Holiday

    Just so it's understood that there is no Biblical record of the apostles or early Christians celebrating the Messiah's resurrection except as a fulfillment of the Feast of First Fruits.
  14. rstrats

    The Passover Problem Solved

    re: "The gospels say Jesus died on the day of preperation - ie Friday (Mat 27:62; Luk 23:54; Jon 19:14; 31; 42" I don't see where those verses say anything about a Friday. re: " Jesus said he would rise on the third day (not after it..." Mark 8:31 - "And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again." re: "It was the third day that Jesus met with his disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:21)" Actually, they said it was "the third since these things happened". That would mean that the crucifixion couldn't have occurred any later than the 5th day of the week.
  15. rstrats

    Defining Easter's Days And Nights

    Don't ask what?

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