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Andrew W.
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Subject: Greek

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NB: Ancient Greek Find the verb in the following sentence and parse it: ἐξ ἀγορᾶς ὁ Ἀνδρέας ἔρχεται.

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Answer:

Verb: ἔρχεται Parsing: third-person singular, present indicative passive (deponent), from ἔρχομαι ("come, go") (Translation: Andrew comes from the agora.)

Subject: Writing

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How should the following sentence be revised to conform to standard academic writing conventions? Me and John a friend from class is studying for a test.

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John, a friend from class, and I, are studying for a test. 1. In the original sentence, the subject of this sentence is "me and John." When the first-person singular noun is used as the subject, it takes the form "I." 2. It is conventional in formal writing to place the names of others before the first-person singular noun. 3. The phrase "a friend from class" is an appositional phrase, describing one of the subjects, John. Appositional phrases should be set apart from the rest of the phrase in commas. 4. The subject of this sentence is plural; therefore, the verb must agree in number with the subject ("are" instead of "is.")

Subject: Religious Studies

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What influence has the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls had on the field of biblical studies?

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The Dead Sea Scrolls contain a plethora of documents that give insight into the beliefs and customs of a sectarian group (or groups) who lived sometime between the 2nd century BCE and 1st century CE at a site called Qumran. Although there is considerable debate regarding who constituted this group, as well as the extent to which these writings had any currency among other contemporary expressions of Judaism, these documents nevertheless allow scholars to examine one possible strand of belief from this time and place. By gleaning these insights, scholars are able to situate biblical texts in a clearer picture of the context in which they were written. Scholars have also examined similarities and differences in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the biblical literature, with varying degrees of usefulness.

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