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Identification of genre is both simple and profoundly difficult.1 "Genre", by way of definition, is the technical name given to a "literary category". (Note that "genre can be used of other creative productions, but we're interested in texts in BH.SE.) This answer has three main sections: first, on locating a given text within some genre second, on ...


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Is it possible to be unbiased? No; everybody has biases about all sorts of things. Is it possible to bracket one's biases for the sake of open inquiry? Yes, it is. In fact, some say that bracketing is essential to study talmud (which is based in text). More broadly, there are scientific and unscientific ways of enquiring into the meaning of biblical ...


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Is it possible to "bracket" your bias during interpretation, enabling you to essentially approach the text in an "unbiased" manner, despite the bias that is technically present? It is possible to "bracket" a subset of your bias but not all of it. As an analogy, if you do not like the look of a certain food you can agree to take a blind taste test to ...


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Warning. Giant wall of text from my master's thesis upcoming. tl;dr; It is likely that the discount applied by the steward had no impact on his employer because of the practice of adding excessive commission to sales. The discount can be seen as the steward discounting his own commission in order to gain favor with the debtors. The Parable of The Steward ...


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PROGRESSIVE RECAPITULATORY PARALLELISM "Parallelism" refers to the identification of seven parallel sections of Revelation: -ch1-3 -ch4-7 -ch8-11 -ch12-14 -ch15-16 -ch17-19 -ch20-22 "Recapitulatory" refers to how each of these sections is seen as being somewhat overlapping, with one section recapitulating what another has said, but in a different way. ...


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This is an excellent question and you are right to tag it philosophy. If I may rephrase it slightly: Is Hermeneutics a branch of Epistemology or Ontology? Hermeneutics is the theory (and art) of understanding a text. Epistemology is the philosophical examination of how people obtain knowledge. So if hermeneutics is merely an epistemological endeavour, ...


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That's an interesting question. Jabez isn't mentioned anywhere else, he just appears, prays, and disappears again. I think that given the tone of this interjection, the chronicler's point was theological in nature. This fits with the overall theme of 1-2 Chronicles, which was written after the Jew's return from exile to remind them of God's covenant ...


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A bracketed reading does not allow a reader to approach the text in an essentially unbiased manner. Rather, just the opposite is true: a bracketed reading is one in which the reader adopts a particular and essentially biased viewpoint. The classic example of bracketing is a jury trial in which the jurors are asked to consider only the evidence presented ...


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Hanegraaff's eschatological approach is described in great detail in his book The Apocalypse Code (not to be confused with Apocalypse Code by Hal Lindsey). It is also very clear that his hermeneutic is not even remotely original to him. He hits almost all of the same notes that have been used by preterists for the last few decades, including: Argument for ...


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A parable, I have been taught since childhood, is a "heavenly story with an earthly meaning," which is good as far as it goes. The word parable, however, carries with it the idea of placing alongside. What is placed alongside what? you may ask. The answer is: Our lives are placed alongside the story, and the point of the story is meant to stir ...


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Your distinction between "meaning" and "application" seems more to be a distinction between "translation" and "meaning" - two scholars agree about the translation of a text, but disagree on what it means. They may agree that a certain English word best corresponds with a certain Hebrew word, but they may still disagree on the nuances of the term in its ...


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A Dispensationalist Perspective This question seriously needs input from a dispensationalist point of view, so I thought to oblige. The huge ignorance of dispensationalism displayed by Mike Bull's answer at the least requires a response. An Agreement First, let me state that I (generally) agree with what has been posted thus far that: Theology affects ...


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Genesis 4 brings us a very simple narrative of Abel bringing an offering. The text doesn't even tell us directly that the offering was sacrificed, although it is generally considered a true assumption that it was. Genesis 4:3-4a (ESV) 3  In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, 4  and Abel also ...


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I may not fully understand your question, and it's difficult to parse what you're seeking, but the evidence would indicate that this story was actually a "stock trope" that Jesus leveraged to teach his audience about how to value people above possessions. In the below answer I attempt to address (Luke's) "authorial intent" in the way that he organized the ...


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One Dispensationalist's Perspective You ask a number of subsidiary questions in your comments to Mike's answer. I will likely attempt to answer some of those in this answer as well, since some relate. Also, in general, this will not agree with Mike's perspective on why dispensationalists interpret as they do. Finally, my dispensational articulation here ...


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There are definitely limits as to how the approach should be used, and it is not an exegetical approach. Instead it is an approach which says that it is important that we see an overarching metanarrative through the whole Bible and that its focus is on Jesus. Graeme Goldsworthy says: The immediate appeal of biblical theology to preachers, teachers and ...


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**1bi·as noun \ˈbī-əs\ : a tendency to believe that some people, ideas, etc., are better than others that usually results in treating some people unfairly** (Merriam Webster Dictionary). Yes, it is possible to lay aside bias when approaching Scripture to interpret it. It is essential to humble oneself before Scriptural and the Spirit of ...


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Years ago I read with interest Berger and Luckmann's classic The Social Construction of Reality. As near as I could tell, Berger was a sociologist who may have been (and still is?) a Christian. He taught at a variety of schools, including Evangelische Akademie in Germany, the University of North Carolina, Hartford Theological Seminary, the New School for ...


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According to the Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (with judicious editing by me), the Greek phrase from which we get the English phrase "to possess one's own vessel" is probably better translated "how to acquire (get for himself) his own vessel"; that is, that each Christian man should have his own wife so as to avoid fornication (see 1 ...


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What is 'hermeneutics'? I covered the definition of hermeneutics in more detail in this answer, but in a nutshell, hermeneutics is the field of study concerned with how we interpret communication. (Biblical Hermeneutics is specifically concerned with how we interpret the Biblical text.) Why hermeneutics? That is a really great question. There are a ...


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If we take the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) as an example, Jesus frequently took statements, some from the Hebrew scriptures, and some from Jewish traditions, and then upped the ante by giving his own moral standards. This involved exegesis as the meaning of those statements is important - reading always involved exegesis. The exegesis isn't however ...


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Another name for Dual Fulfillment is Dual Reference: Definition of Dual Reference (J. Dwight Pentecost) "Two events, widely separated as to the time of their fulfillment, may be brought together into the scope of one prophecy. This was done because the prophet had a message for his own day as well as for a future time . . . It was the purpose of ...


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I have found nothing on exegesis or hermeneutics that technically defines this word specifically or uniquely for this discipline. Yet, an online search provides an ample demonstration of its usage. Programmatic appears to be merely an adjective employed by theologians and scholars to articulate what they perceive a passage does. The definition of the word ...


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A MEDICAL ANALOGY In medicine, doctors through the past few centuries have often noticed that some patients come in with the same or similar symptoms as each other. For instance, many patients will come in complaining of a one-sided throbbing headache which is exacerbated by light, noise, and exercise, which often occurs about once a month (sometimes more, ...


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Areas of study can be found more interesting to some than others. That said, I confess I have not studied this topic at all. However, I know where I can get information from for an answer. To start, the following came from: https://bible.org/seriespage/21-putting-past-perspective-acts-1313-52 The third point in the “Characteristics of This Sermon” ...


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Your question poses an either/or choice where there are, in fact, many intermediate possibilities. An editor could have taken a collection of love poems and edited them, with allegorical or other intent. The editing could easily have introduced the linking themes. A single author might have intended a poetic conceit in a cycle of love poems. The idea of ...


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The Song of Salomon is attributed to Salomon as the author according to verse 1. It is clear to scholars if Salomon is actually speaking from experience. It is more likely that he wrote about the idea romance and the people are supposed to be archetypes. The name of the bride is "Shulamit" (7:1). It has the same hebrew root as Salomon and therefore it is ...


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The traditional allegories are anachronistic. So, if you accept the text as a product of human effort, it's not one of them. I'm unaware of anyone who has ever argued that it was written (in the ordinary sense) by a person intending an allegory -- that is, an allegory that made sense to someone reading at the time. The Christian version wasn't going to ...


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I am sure there are many ways to read these references, if this is what you wish to do. Apparently this was originally an operetta. Although this poem is attributed to Solomon, the language and style indicate that it was actually written after the end of the Babylonian Exile. The Song of Solomon tells the sexual experiences and thoughts of a black or ...



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