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  1. (Numbers 6:24-26). יְבָרֶכְךָ֥ יְהוָ֖ה וְיִשְׁמְרֶֽךָ יָאֵ֨ר יְהוָ֧ה׀ פָּנָ֛יו אֵלֶ֖יךָ וִֽיחֻנֶּֽךָּ יִשָּׂ֨א יְהוָ֤ה׀ פָּנָיו֙ אֵלֶ֔יךָ וְיָשֵׂ֥ם לְךָ֖ שָׁלֽוֹם May it be that YHVH blesses you and protects you May it be that YHVH causes His presences to shine upon you, in favour of you; May it be that YHVH lifts up His presences upon you, and sets/establishes your peace.
  2. (1) Modalism is also known as Monarchianism, Sabellianism, or patripassianism. (2) Basically, "Modalism is the belief that God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit are three different modes or aspects of one monadic God," See: Patripassianism - Wikipedia EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG or Sabellianism - Wikipedia EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG (3) "there are two types of Modalist, Synonymous and Successive. Successive means the Father, Son and Spirit exist at different points, whereas Synonymous means they exist at the same time but are not three distinct persons" Answering Judaism: Warning: The Modalist Heresy of Itzhak Shapira ANSWERING-JUDAISM.BLOGSPOT.COM Itzhak Shapira is a Messianic Rabbi who runs Ahavat Ammi Ministries and is the author of the book "The Kosher Pig", a book panned by the Ort... Becky thank you for your feedback/reply I will make sure to add definitions and or links to theological terms or unusual vocabulary from now on.
  3. Greetings Innerfire89, I greatly appreciate what I believe is your attempt at starting an apologetic exchange. However, the way the questions quoted above are worded above appears to imply a 'Hasty Generalization' or to 'beg the question'. A non-Trinitarian might, in fact, believe that Jesus was simply a mortal as the questions above implied/assume. On the other hand, a non-Trinitarian might believe that Jesus is God. Take for example a non-Trinitarian could hold to any of the following frameworks and accept that Jesus is God at the same time: (a) Synonymous Modalism (b) Successive Modalism C) Subordinationism (in theory someone could actually hold to the Trinitarian but not the concept of equality between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) (d) Binitarianism (e) Tritheism I like what I believe you are attempting to do, but I believe that your question could be a lot stronger if they were worded differently/ Grace and Peace
  4. However, (some form of ) The noun βιβλία occurs in the New Testament three principle times in John 21:25, 2 Timothy 4:13, and Revelations 20:21. In the Septuagint, this noun occurs 7 times.
  5. Watson, Wilfred G. E. Classical Hebrew Poetry: A Guide to Its Techniques. Vol. 26. Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1986. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series.
  6. In addition to the above one may note that the number of stresses in synonymous parallelism (in classical Hebrew) will also often be mirrored in the colas. A very good example of this can be found in Deuteronomy chapter 32. The Penguin book of Hebrew verse commenting on Deuteronomy 32:1-4 notes that "There are 3 + 3 stresses in each of the first two pairs of versets, and 2 + 2 stresses in the last pair (though here the first words are long and could have been pronounced as having a secondary stress, making the lines equivalent to the previous ones)" (page 59). When words found in parallel in a verset/cola or stanza are not 100% synonymous in meaning they might be in stress, morphological features, or redundant/repetitive in sound.
  7. One, thanks for the explanation and thank you I am glad to be back, too.
  8. I find the concept of every Baptist owning a Strong's Concordance to bit ironic since James Strong was a Methodist Theologian and Exegete. On, the other hand I think Christians regardless of denomination should have a copy of at least one of the following Lexicons: Brown–Driver–Briggs(A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament), The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament, and the 8-volume Dictionary of Classical Hebrew (DCH). The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament and the Theological Lexicon of the Old Testament (Jenni, Westermann) are also helpful. Grace and Peace
  9. Greetings Faber, You raise, in my opinion, a very salient point well worth taking the time to contemplate! You certainly have put in a lot of effort to compile a list of comments and verses you believe relate to or address this issue. I believe, however, that your point would perhaps be stronger if you added a bit of exegesis of Deuteronomy 6:4 and/or examined it in its grammatico-historical context within the canon of scripture. I do want to reiterate that the point you raise in the title and your opening sentence is a very important one!
  10. The above is incorrect as neither the Latin rite (Tridentine Mass) nor the western Roman Catholic Church ever replaced or superseded the rest of Christendom. Case and point think of ecclesiastical communities like but not limited to the: The Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, The Chaldean Catholic Church, The Maronite Church, The Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, The Greek Orthodox Church, The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. Those communities have been reading the Bible in and using ecclesiastic rites in languages like Coptic, Syriac/Aramaic, Koine Greek, Ge'ez, and Amharic. Outside of Christendom, Jewish communities of faith throughout the centuries have largely read the Bible/Tanach in Hebrew (or at least the Sefer Torah) and recited prayers from the Siddur(The prayer book) in Aramaic and Hebrew. Grace and Peace
  11. Welcome to the forums! ברוך הבא
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    Noah's Flood

    Here is one way of thinking through the context of the texts on Noah. Tom Constable’s Expository Notes on the Bible. Galaxie Software, 2003. (screen shot from my Logos Library)
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    Since, you posted this question in the Church of Christ sub-forum I am wondering if you might have the Church of Christ/restoration movement's almost exclusive use of acapella music in mind? In other words were you attempting to ask something like: Is it wrong to listen to/use instrumental music? If, the above is the case then I would answer that members of Churches of Christ do listen to instrumental music outside of public/Congregational worship assembles/settings. So, in general I would doubt that any member of the Churches of Christ have anything against listening to or using instrumental music. .................................................................................................................................................................................. I believe, however, that in worship settings they refrain from instrumental music for the following rationals: (1) in order to follow the pattern they believe the Christians in first century followed (2) Because they believe the NT never explicit mentions (nor commands) the use of instruments in Christ worship Some individuals in the Churches of Christ might answer: (1) Barton Warren Stone and Thomas Campbell (men who helped shape the American restoration movement) were former Presbyterian Ministers at a time when many Presbyterian congregations still practiced Exclusive psalmody and used acapella music exclusively. Actually, the Reformed Presbyterian Church, the American Presbyterian Church (not to be confused with the Presbyterian Church in America), and some the of the Free Presbyterian Churches continue to use acepella music in worship. (2) The early Churches after the 1st and 2nd ceturies remained acepella for a while. (3) Jewish congregations in the past and Orthodox Jewish congregation in the present continue to use acepella music in worship. Grace and Peace
  14. Thank you very much for spotting my blunder and for correcting my post for me! Here is a new image with the correct(or corrected) verse reference:
  15. כן, תודה רבה! אני מתבייש Yes, thank you! How embarrassing. Is there anyway to edited my post? Either way, thank you for catching this blunder of mine. And, I apologize for the mistake/misinformation. שמור על קשר
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