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Thank you for your post. It is easy, as you showed, to turn texts into chiastic-like structure. Why is this so and how do we know which ones if any were the author's actual intent? One reason that it seems easy to make some texts look like a chiasm, even if they were not the author's intent, is because the texts in general have actually been written ...


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There are a number of indicators: Themes In the texts in Chapter 11 and earlier, all of the stories are about God's punishment of mankind. While the theme of salvation is present in these texts, there is also a theme of the depravity of mankind and their continual fall from grace. This theme isn't really present in the texts after Chapter 11 - only the ...


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Is there an explicit proof-text? No. There is nothing in the Bible that says "Thou shalt interpret the unclear in light of the clear" or anything like that. Are proponents reasoning from proof-texts? Yes. Those who hold to this method of interpretation are leaning on a set of proof-texts. Here is the chain of logic: The chain begins with the fundamental ...


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I have found that the best way to understand the value of this interpretation methodology is to compare interpretation of Pericopes and Biblical texts to understanding the works of William Shakespeare. The best way to understand them is to use the tools at your disposal. One such method would be to use interpretation of other scriptures to inform how you ...


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A basic principle of learning is that we define and understand what words mean by using other words, a dictionary. When it comes to understanding a verse or verses of the Holy Scriptures we are to use other verses of the Holy Scriptures. This is why it is of the utmost importance to know all the verses of the Holy Scriptures. There will always be two or more ...


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The short answer is "Yes, Dr. Ehrman is a respected scholar, and is generally regarded quite highly by his peers". He learned to read Hebrew, Coptic, Greek, Latin, German, and French in order study the oldest manuscripts of biblical texts, and the most important criticism of them. The overwhelming majority of Ehrman's critics are fundamentalist evangelical ...



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