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What God or Gods matches up the most with being the "God of Fortresses" mentioned in the Bible in Daniel 11:38?

It is mentioned in the Bible in the book of Daniel, Chapter 11 in verse 38, that the man who is called the little horn (who is to become the "antichrist" as Christians call him) will: ...
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Are There Biblical References to Good Magic?

I believe in God and Christianity and have had this question for a while. Are there scriptural references to good magic outside of heavenly miracles or priesthood? I know there are many stories of (...
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Would Lilith's pact with God be obsolete?

God curses Lilith for her defiance in the Garden of Eden, and as such, Hebraic tradition depicts her as a temptress and slayer of children. She eventually marries Asmodeus, himself a tempter and a ...
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Is there a detailed analysis comparing Jonah's story in the Bible with the Sun and the seasons?

In this video Derek of Myth vision explores the story of Jonah and the Fish swallowing him. There is this comment below in that video. This seems like a very interesting allegory of nature. Has some ...
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Where was the "garden of Eden" located?

According to biblical tradition, where was the garden of Eden located? The garden of Eden being the earthly paradise where God placed Adam and Eve.
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Was the historical Hyksos account, the real story behind the biblical exodus narrative?

Hyksos The Hyksos (/ˈhɪksɒs/; Egyptian ḥqꜣ(w)-ḫꜣswt, Egyptological pronunciation: hekau khasut,[4] "ruler(s) of foreign lands"; Ancient Greek: Ὑκσώς, Ὑξώς) were people of probable Levantine ...
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Did the sun stand still at around the same time in Toltec and Biblical traditions?

As I learned from my previous question, the Toltecs had a myth where the Sun did not move for a day. In the year 8 Tochtli, which was 1,347 years after the second calamity and 4,779 years since the ...
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Why did God prefer Abel's offering to Cain's?

In the Old Testament, God accepts Abel's offering but rejects Cain's: Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an ...
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What is the symbolism of horses in Canaanite sun worship?

In the Book of Kings it says: "He [King Josiah] did away with the horses that the kings of Judah had dedicated to the sun, at the entrance of the House of the LORD, near the chamber of the ...
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Are the Anunnaki mentioned in the Bible?

The following Bible passages mention “Anakim” and “Anak”: Num 13:22; 13:28; 13:33 Deut 1:28; 2:10-11; 2:21, 9:2 Josh 11:21-22; 14:12; 14:15; 15:13-14; 21:11 Judg 1:20. They sound similar. Is there ...
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Are the Nephilim the demi-gods of the bible?

The Nephilim were not aliens, angels, “Watchers,” or rock monsters; they were literal, physical beings produced from the union of the sons of God and the daughters of men. When man began to ...
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Significance of Enoch's age in the Hebrew Bible and identification with seventh antediluvian king/sage from Mesopotamian mythology

In the Hebrew Bible, Genesis 5:23 records Enoch's age as 365 years. As far as I can tell based on my review of the BHS and Göttingen LXX apparatus, there are no alternate readings of this number as ...
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Ba'al-Pe'or outside of Jewish sources

In the Tanach, Ba'al-Pe'or was a Moabite deity used by the Moabites and Midianites to cause the People of Israel to sin with idolatry and immorality (Numbers 25). Ba'al Pe'or is further mentioned in ...
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Is there any historical documentation about witches using windows for divination?

Is there any historical documentation about witches using windows for divination? I have seen some rabbinic scholars (like Alshich, Albo, Abarbanel, and Saba) ntrepret the Biblical passages concerning ...
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What inspired the story of The Sinai Event and what other stories did it inspire?

This is a two-part question: 1: What are the earliest known examples of a group believing in a story that is based on or inspired by the story of The Sinai Event? (The Samaritans are a good example, ...
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Was Eannatum, the real historical figure that was characterised as Adam, in the Garden of Eden narrative?

Eannatum Eannatum (Sumerian: 𒂍𒀭𒈾𒁺 É.AN.NA-tum2) was a Sumerian Ensi (ruler or king) of Lagash circa 2500–2400 BCE. He established one of the first verifiable empires in history: he subdued Elam ...
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Do any ancient sources describe Set as a mortal? And could Set be Sekhen?

Set Set /sɛt/ or Seth /sɛθ/ (Egyptian: stẖ;[a]) is a god of deserts, storms, disorder, violence, and foreigners in ancient Egyptian religion.1 In Ancient Greek, the god's name is given as Sēth (Σήθ). ...
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Tubal-cain (תּוּבַל קַיִן) and Vulcan

In Hebrew, "B" and "V" are the same letter (ב), so without the "Tu", Tubalcain (תּוּבַל קַיִן) and Vulcan are very similar names. The French spelling is "Vulcain&...
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Does the Abrahamic God smite people with lightning?

A recent question on similarities between Zeus and the Christian God, and it occurred to me God striking down sinners with lightning is a trope, but, offhand, I can't think of stories from the bible ...
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Any stories in Bible/Christian mythology about person regaining Adam's primeval innocence?

I read about a sect of Early Christianity called the Adamites who claimed to have regained the innocence that Adam had in the Garden of Eden before he ate the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. Has ...
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Satan and Angra Mainyu

Many people say that Satan(Lucifer's Devil side) completely originated from Ahriman. I don't know much about the Avesta of Zoroaster but is that true?
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Definitive text on special stones

I'm wondering if there are any definitive texts, ancient or modern, that give some more depth to the origin of the meaning ascribed to them such as like here: Lapis is an excellent stone for ...
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Why is the story of Odin hanging from Yggdrasil so similar to that of Jesus on the cross?

I hope this actually has an answer, I couldn't find anything but speculation on the web. Basically, the story of Odin hanging from Yggdrasil is very similar to that of Jesus on the cross. Here are ...
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Greek or Roman equivalent of Bible

Wondering if there are any documents that document the Greek or Roman mythologies in a way similar to the bible, in that it acts as a comprehensive resource for all the knowledge about it. Maybe ...
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Did the inhabitants of the ancient Near East believe in an ocean in the sky?

An ocean in the sky shows up quite a lot in depictions, for example Psalms 148:4: Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! But finding good evidence for it in Egyptian ...
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Who/what is Lilith?

So I was playing The Binding of Isaac the other day, and there's this character called Lilith. Now I have good reason to believe that this is mythological. For one thing, all of the characters are ...
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Does the Christian bible forbid marriage out of Christianity? [closed]

Does the bible, specifically say a Christian can not marry someone who is not Christian?
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Have Adam and Eve ever eaten the fruit from Tree of Life?

Did YWHW ever forbid Adam and Eve to eat the fruit from Tree of Life, or it was only forbidden after they ate the fruit from Tree of Good and Evil? Were they being expelled from Eden only because YWHW ...
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According to Biblical account, why fallen angels' offspring are giants? Or are they egg-born?

In the epic of Sodom and Gomorrah the angels appeared to Abraham were comely men desired by the citizens there, that is, they appeared as normal humans to the people except they were extraordinarily ...
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Who commands the Heavenly Host in combat?

According to the bible, Heaven is defended by an army of good angels known as the Heavenly Host. For example, Christian mythology from the Book of Revelation states that the Heavenly Host will take ...
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What was Jesus's original name?

It seems that the name of Jesus is mentioned in the Bible under a few different names. Hence the curiosity to know what His real name was when he walked on earth.
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In Leviticus, who or what is Azazel?

In Leviticus 16.8-10, there is a reference to Azazel (עֲזָאזֵל): חוְנָתַן אַהֲרֹן עַל שְׁנֵי הַשְּׂעִירִם גֹּרָלוֹת גּוֹרָל אֶחָד לַיהֹוָה וְגוֹרָל אֶחָד לַעֲזָאזֵל: טוְהִקְרִיב אַהֲרֹן אֶת ...