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Disclosure: This represents an Eastern Christian perspective (yet its applicability is not confined solely to Eastern Christians). I've met many very intellectually gifted Protestants who share their hermeneutical approach to scripture and yet come up with widely varying positions on the interpretation of various passages. Hence 23,000+ Protestant ...


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The bridge that connects Jesus the Nazarene as "Yahweh" is Isaiah 8:13-14, which both Paul (in Romans 9:33) and Peter (in 1 Peter 2:6-8) use to make the nexus between "calling on Jesus" and "calling on Yahweh" to be saved. First, in Psalm 118:22 we find an unqualified mention of a stone "which the builders rejected" that in turn "became the chief ...


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I was taught in seminary 2 foundational rules to remember before all others. Pay attention to the text. Pay attention to the context. While you won't see these rules stated verbatim in Scripture, you will certainly see them applied. Notice throughout the NT how the phrase, "It is written" and similar phrases appear. These are always used with quotes of ...


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My answer might not be in line with the question if you only mean technical methods. However there is the obvious notion of prayer and reliance upon the Holy Spirit to open our eyes to what He has written to us. After all if the Spirit is the true author and men only the medium, we have more advantage in understanding the words by the Spirit than we would if ...


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My understanding of Childs' canonical criticism is that it allows one to circumvent difficulties brought about by historical criticism. With Childs a lack of historicity is not a problem. The canonical form of the Bible is that what God wanted to communicate to us. Canonical criticism views the final canon, the way the scriptures ended up being as being ...


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Yes, I would suggest pay a lot of attention to the context, start basically when Jesus started, the exegetical rules of His time. One of the major hermeneutic approach of His time descends from the principles that Rab. Hillel recorded. The Seven Rules of Hillel: They are as follows: Ḳal (ḳol) wa-ḥomer: "Argumentum a minori ad majus" or "a majori ...


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I find this to be a little bit of a loaded question; it makes a broad assumption that I don't fully agree with. But let me illustrate: Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may ...


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The New American Bible, in note 4 to 2 Kings chapter 3, does initially attribute this triumph to the god Chemosh. However, the New American Bible then suggests an alternative, monotheistic explanation, which inevitably recognises the polytheistic beliefs of the early Israelites and their belief in the efficacy of child sacrifice: The wrath against ...


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Probably Not, since v.11 is only a Specific Example of the Universal Your questions are (as they stand at this writing): So my question is, are there any modern scholars/theologians/commentators who dare publicly take that position? Are there any citations anyone knows of in which anyway has the spine to take this more obviously contextual ...


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In John 6:37, it is written, Πᾶν ὃ δίδωσίν μοι ὁ πατὴρ πρὸς ἐμὲ ἥξει καὶ τὸν ἐρχόμενον πρὸς με οὐ μὴ ἐκβάλω ἔξω Everyone whom the Father gives me, he will come to me, and I will certainly not cast out him who comes to me. Thus, we see that those who come to Jesus and are henceforth not cast out are those whom the Father gives him. In John 6:39, ...


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Joh 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. An orthodox Christian site says: "A Biblical Christian is the one who, wherever he looks, on every page of Scripture, finds everywhere Christ." The fundamental rule is that all the scriptures speak of Christ, and until you see him in ...


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The pattern of misunderstanding is charachterized by the following elements: (1) Jesus makes a statement, (2) it is misunderstood and (3) he or the narrator in turn must decipher the meaning of what has been said. The pattern itself suggests its function. In his book the Anatomy of the Fourth Gospel, R. Alan Culpepper notes that the misunderstandings ...


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Two scriptures immediately come to mind. I'm not striving for best answer, so excuse the brevity. 1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. John 3:12 If I have told you earthly things, and you do not ...


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Establishing the most foundational rule of hermeneutics is a bit like choosing your favorite child. The reality is that exegesis is a combination of methods to arrive at the best exposition of the true meaning of a passage. These methods include a variety of principles or rules, some of which are justified by the internal claims of the Bible itself, and some ...


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In context, Paul is talking about Christ crucified (1:23), i.e. a submission to shameful death which surely looked too "weak" to be the activity of God. And yet this "weakness" is stronger than men's strength, because through it God conquered sin and death.


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Short Answer: Yes, the "fear of death" refers to being afraid of physically dying, as shown by the context in which it is used. The point is that Christ's solidarity with His people gave His people hope, thereby freeing them up to live the life He was calling them to without concern for what it might cost them. The passage is not about unbelievers and ...


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I'm currently reading Edmund P. Clowney's Preaching Christ in All of Scripture. In it he quotes C. H. Dodd: Wherever the term Kyrios, Lord, is applied to Jehovah in the OT, Paul seems to hold that it points forward to the coming revelation of God in the Lord Jesus Christ.—The Epistle of Paul to the Romans, 169. Note that Kyrios is a Greek word, ...


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A literal reading of Genesis 3:16 certainly seems to imply that pain (even pain associated with childbirth) pre-existed sin. However, having tagged "contradiction," it seems you have a problem with pain being described as good. So let's explore that. Pain doesn't FEEL good; so how can it BE good? Stepping beyond the shallow machismo behind pithy ...


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The Douay-Rheims Bible - slightly older than the KJV, renders the passage as such: 2Ki 3:27 Then he took his eldest son, that should have reigned in his stead, and offered him for a burnt offering upon the wall: and there was great indignation in Israel, and presently they departed from him, and returned into their own country. It may seem odd to say ...


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The Hebrew text does not contain a word that must be translated "divine", but instead "גָּד֥וֹל", which is often translated as "great", for example in Genesis 4:13. My punishment is too great to bear! The sacrifice of the King's heir caused an outburst of great anger from the Moabite soldiers who fought fiercely due to the King's sacrifice and drove ...


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You may first wish to begin by consulting a parallel Bible or a more modern translation. It is important to update the grammar of the Bible periodically lest important meaning be lost in words that fall out of the collective English vocabulary or (and perhaps worse) meaning appear where there was none as meanings and language evolves and changes. ...


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Piggybacking on ScottS, v11 is simply an application v10. Most of the major Calvinist preachers/teachers I am aware of do not shy away from v11 as much as they simply cut to the "heart" of it in v10. The entire book of Isaiah shows God's undisputed sovereignty over Israel's fate. Yes, v11 absolutely is a fulfillment of Deut 28's promises. However, read ...


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To an unbeliever, there are two deaths. First the physical death, then the eternal death. An unbeliever will not acknowledge the second and therefore can only fear the physical. "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth ...


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When we seem to face contradiction, it sometimes comes from different meanings of words. (I also appreciated sarah's pointing out the grammar in the Y that came to precede the Hoshea which became in transliteration Iesous (Septuagint Greek for Joshua and Greek for Yehoshua, that is Jesus)). An important aspect to consider may be this one, in addition: ...



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