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Does Abba (Mark 14:36, Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:6) mean “daddy” or just “father” in Aramaic?

Abba in the Aramaic sections of the Old Testament is the standard Aramaic word for father, for example “our fathers” in Ezra 4:15, 5:12, Daniel 2:23, or in the singular: Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, […]

If you were initially baptised in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Mat. 28:19) do you need to be re-baptised because you were not baptized in Jesus’ name (as per Acts 2:38)?

If I understood the question correctly, this is a question about the two differing descriptions applied to Christian baptism. Acts 2:38 talks about being baptised “in the name of Jesus Christ” whereas Matthew 28:19 talks about being baptised “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. The question […]

Why does Jesus call the Father ʺhis Godʺ (Rev 1:6)?

… and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen (Rev 1:6) This is just one of a number of passage which speak of the God of Jesus: And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” […]

How is God our father?

On one level, God is our father because he created us.  For example, in Luke’s genealogy of Jesus, he says: Luke 3:38  the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God. And Deuteronomy 32:6 Do you thus repay the LORD, you foolish and senseless people? Is not he […]

Why does the Bible say, “Call no man father on earth”?

Your full question: Why does the Bible (Matt 23:9) say call no man father on earth?  Are we wrong to call our biological fathers, father? We are not wrong to call our biological fathers “father”.  In Matthew 23:9, Jesus is using exaggerated language to make a point – much like when he said in Mark […]

Is the word “father” in the bible a metaphor?

Obviously “father” is often used literally, as in “Ham was the father of Canaan” (Genesis 9:18) and countless other examples. But sometimes, it is used metaphorically. Some examples follow. Adah bore Jabal; he was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock. 21 His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father […]

What does the Bible say about parenting?

It’s not that long ago that it was commonplace to hear the phrase, ‘Children should be seen and not heard!’ but the Bible is very different. We find that that Jesus is far more welcoming: Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven. […]