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Close reading in context will uncover it at least some of the time. Instead of reading at face value you have to ask yourself questions like: Would that person, in that time and place, say that sincerely? What actions did the speaker or listeners take in response? For instance, did anybody follow a command? What do we know about the historical norms ...


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We should avoid the irony of division over the meaning of this text; however, it is most faithful to the text to see it as sarcasm. Paul is Rebuking the Corinthians It is not insignificant for demonstrating their position that Ciampa and Rosner note that Paul is rebuking the Corinthians. I would like to hear how the context plays into Dr. MacArthur's ...


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Just for fun, I'll chip in here. I had to write a brief, final paper for a course on NT studies in which I summarized a few different hermeneutical approaches to Philemon. The purpose of the paper was to simply demonstrate/summarize the approaches and not to definitively answer all questions regarding Philemon. Caveat completed. Paper Link Paul is ...


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"And I believe it in part, for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. " The bold phrase And I believe it in part is an indication that Paul himself recognizes the statement as both true and false. It is false since we have been commanded to be 'one' and to have no divisions. We are 'one body' as ...



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