The Bible Pages, key-word index, section Miracles to Mystery
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Section Miracles to Mystery (the other sections → key00.htm)
- The English word “miracle” comes from the Latin noun miraculum which meant “a marvellous thing”, “a wonder”. (Compare with the Latin verb miror, “to wonder”, “to marvel”, “to admire”.) Regarding the relevant Hebrew and Greek words in the Bible, see below.
- The Hebrew words behind the translation “miracle” in the KJV1769 Old Testament:
- Exodus 7:9 and Deuteronomy 29:3, mowpheth (“a wonder”, “a sign”).
- Numbers 14:22 and Deuteronomy 11:3, owth (“a sign”, “a token”).
- Judges 6:13, pala (a verb), “to be wonderful, “to be extraordinary”.
- The Greek words behind the translation “miracle” in the KJV1769 New Testament:
- Mark 6:52 – an added word, not found in the Greek text.
- Mark 9:39 – the Greek text has dunamis, “power”. Same in Acts 2:22, 8:13 and 19:11, 1 Corinthians 12:10, 12:28–29, Galatians 3:5 and Hebrews 2:4.
- Luke 23:8 – the Greek text has sêmeion, “sign”. Same in John 2:23, 3:2, 4:54, 6:2, 6:14, 6:26, 7:31, 9:16, 10:41, 11:47, 12:18 and 12:37, Acts 4:16, 4:22 6:8, 8:6 and 15:12 and Revelation 13:14, 16:14 and 19:20.
- Jesus gave his disciples power to perform things that we would call miracles. → eaa097.htm
- The miracle when the Israelites crossed over the Red Sea – exactly where did it take place? → eoa067.htm
- Look also under the heading “Sign”.
Mirror (1 Corinthians 13:12 and James 1:23, NKJV)
- The Greek text of those verses contains the word esoptron, “mirror”. In some bible-versions, it is translated as “glass”, but in those days mirrors were probably made of polished metal and not of glass.
MKJV (A bible-translation.) → esa095.htm
Moab – Moses was never allowed enter the Promised Land. But, the Lord allowed him to see it, from the top of a mountain in the land of Moab, east of the river Jordan. → (eoa067.htm, see also the map in that article)
Money – monetary things in connection with religion
- In the Bible, the words “silver” and “gold” are sometimes used as synonyms for money, but not always. For instance in Haggai 2, they are not that. In that passage, the words “the silver is mine and the gold is mine” do not refer to money, or even to silver and gold in general, but only to the temple-silver and temple-gold which had been taken from Jerusalem to Babylon (and later returned). The article ema018.htm, which is about the “tithe question”, has some notes on this.
- Acts 20:35 – what the apostle Paul meant when he reminded the elders from Ephesus that it is more blessed to give than to receive. → ema026.htm
- The words “God loves a cheerful giver” in 2 Corinthians 9:7 do not refer giving money to Paul for his own use. That verse and its wider context refer to a collection of aid for poor saints [in Jerusalem]. → ema026.htm
- The Bible teaches giving – aiding the poor and needy. → eba117.htm – ega086.htm – ema076.htm
- Love of money – the meaning of the Greek text in 1 Timothy 6:10 appears to be “for the love of money is a root of all these evils”. The context shows which particular evils Paul referred to. → ema089.htm
- What is the truth about tithing, the concept of giving “tithes” to a church? Does the Bible mention “tithes on money”? No. The concept of exacting a tithe on money (such as wages) was introduced by the Catholic Church, in the Middle Ages. The Old Covenant had a tithe system, but that tithe was only on the agricultural produce of the land of Israel. Craftsmen and wageworkers did not tithe. → ema018.htm
- Some notes on 1 Corinthians 9:14–18. → ema058.htm
- When Jesus sent out the twelve, he said to them, “freely you have received, freely give”. What did he mean by that? → ema058.htm
- A number of bible-translators have put into 2 Corinthians 11:8 such wordings as “I robbed other churches, taking wages of them”. Is that correct? Did the apostle Paul really receive wages for his proclaiming work? → ema097.htm
- On the translation and meaning of Galatians 6:6. Does it refer to joining in in doing good, as the Greek text indicates, or to sharing one’s goods with a preacher, as some translations have it? → ema047.htm
- Is giving money to some church or preacher, an “act of worship”? → ema018.htm – eaa047.htm
- On Philippians 4:14–16. → ema107.htm
- On the translation and meaning of 1 Thessalonians 2:6. Were Paul, Silvanus and Timothy talking about dignity, or about a “right to be burdensome”? → ema067.htm
- How the saints took care of the elderly and the poor. → ema076.htm
- Titus 1:15, “with the pure, all things are pure”. Paul was not talking about “foods” as some claim. He was talking about elders (and money). → eea056.htm
- In the New Testament, money-related things are sometimes mentioned in connection with marking and avoiding people. → eaa108.htm
- Does the Bible support the claim that believers should give money to some church or preacher? → ema058.htm – ema026.htm – ema018.htm – ema037.htm – ema047.htm – ema067.htm – ema097.htm – ema107.htm
- For more, see the other parts of this multi-page index, or use the search function.
- The new moon was a factor in regard to the timing of the ancient Israelites’ annual high days. → exa088.htm
- Was the biblical new moon a full moon, as some bible-versions make it seem in Psalms 81:3 (80:4)? → exa088.htm
- The Old Covenant’s high day Feast of Trumpets was on a new moon day. → exa037.htm – (exa088.htm)
- On the forty-two months or three and a half years when the two witnesses will be active. → eta017.htm
- Paul to the saints in Colosse: “Let no man therefore judge you in regard to food or drink, or in respect of a highday or new moon or sabbath days” (Colossians 2:16). Exactly what did he mean and refer to? → eoa076.htm
- The Exodus began on a full moon day, the 15th of the Israelites’ first month. They reached the desert of Sinai one and a half months later, on a new moon day. → eoa067.htm
- It was only a month after the Israelites’ departure from Rameses in Egypt, that they reached the desert of Sinai. So, where was Sinai actually located? → eoa067.htm
Moriah – the land of Moriah, Genesis 22:2, and Mount Moriah, 2 Chronicles 3:1 – Look under the heading “Jebus”.
Morning, mornings – On the word “morning” in the Old Testament. → (exa088.htm)
Morrow – On the word “morrow” in the Old Testament (Leviticus 23:11, Numbers 33:3, et cetera).→ (exa088.htm)
- Word origin: The word “mortal” comes from the Latin adjective mortalis, “subject to death” (from the noun mors, mortis, “death”).
- Where the 1769 KJ version’s New Testament part has “mortal” or “mortality”, the Greek NT text has thnêtos. (Romans 6:12 and 8:11, 1 Corinthians 15:53–54, 2 Corinthians 4:11 and 5:4.) The adjective thnêtos was related to the verb thneskô, “to die”, “to be dead”.
- Humans are mortal and do not have everlasting life in themselves; that is something they must be given by God. The concept “immortal soul” is not found in the Bible; it is of Catholic origin.
- Look also under the headings “Soul”, “Resurrection” and “Immortal”.
- In the Hebrew OT text, the name is Mosheh.
- In the Septuagint (LXX), it is spelled Môusês, whence the spellings “Moyses” and “Moises” which some use.
- In NT Greek, it is spelled Môseus.
- The English spelling “Moses” is copied from the Latin text of the Catholic Vulgate version.
- Moses was an Israelite of the tribe of Levi, born in Egypt, son of Amram and Jochebed and brother of Aaron and Miriam. Because of the event at Meribah (Numbers 20), he and Aaron were not allowed to enter the Promised Land. At the age of 120 years Moses died, and the Lord buried him in the land of Moab (Deuteronomy 34).
- Various things regarding the man Moses. → eoa087.htm
- Similarities between Moses and Jesus. → eoa087.htm
- Jesus is the “second Moses” (Deuteronomy 18:15, Acts 3:22 and 7:37, et cetera). → eoa087.htm
- Does Matthew 23:2 mean that the Pharisees had a right to “Moses’ seat”? → eoa127.htm – eoa087.htm
- Who is “Moses” for today? → eoa087.htm
- Moses saw the burning bush by Mount Horeb (Sinai) in the land of Midian. Exactly where was that? → eoa067.htm
- The Exodus (the Israelites’ departure from Egypt) and the following 40 years in the desert. → eoa067.htm
- The Decalogue. → eca058.htm
- Regarding the five books of Moses, look under the headings “Genesis”, “Exodus”, “Leviticus”, “Numbers”, “Deuteronomy”, “Pentateuch” and “Torah”.
- Look also under the headings “Egypt”, “Midian”, “Exodus”, “Zin”, “Sinai” and “Decalogue”.
Mother (Galatians 4:26) – Is some church “the mother of all saints”, as some say? → eaa027.htm
- Mount Horeb – the same as Mount Sinai – and its actual location. Look under the heading “Sinai”.
- Mount Moriah – Look under the heading “Moriah”.
- Mount Sinai (Horeb) and its actual location. – Look under the heading “Sinai”.
- Mount Zion – Look under the heading “Zion”.
- The temple mount in Jerusalem, how it got its location. – Look under the heading “Jebus”.
- “The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated; also, they are seven kings” (Revelation 17:9). → ewa037.htm
MSG (A bible-translation.) → esa095.htm
Multitude – The great multitude and the 144000, and the difference between those groups. → eta037.htm
MUR (A bible-translation.) → esa095.htm
- Many bible-versions translate the old Greek noun mustêrion as “mystery”, but that word simply meant “a secret”.
- For more on “secret-” or “mystery”-related matters in the Bible, look under the heading “Secret”.
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