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In Search of Lost Lilies (and reliable Bible commentaries) “[A]lthough there is little doubt that the word [κρίνον] denotes some plant of the lily species, it is by no means certain what individual of this class it especially designates.” So William Smith framed his widely-quoted and, as we’ll see, outdated entry for ‘Lily’ in his popular Bible ...


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It's possible that both interpretations are in play and that the word pleion (translated "more") has a double meaning. Nolland (NIGTC) acknowledges: It is commonly taken to mean: 'life and body are greater than that which nurtures them physically; so, since God has given the greater, should we not have confidence that he will give the lesser?'1 So it ...


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It is an argument of "Greater Vs. Lesser" The Body is Greater than the clothing that covers it Life is more than Feasting it's not about that God gave us the Body and the Life, it is that He cares about the small things in our lives. He feeds and clothes the birds NIV Version Matthew 6:26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or ...


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I suspect that lurking behind Piper's formulation is awareness of forms of rabbinic interpretation. The principle in question here is the so-called qal waḥomer, literally "the light and the weighty". This was the logical move either from greater to lesser (a majori ad minus) or vice-versa (a minori ad majus). This form of argument was accredited to Hillel, ...


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In addition to several of the meanings of Salt given here in other answers, the word Salary is derived from the latin "salarium" which is associated with Roman soldiers who were paid in salt according to Roman historian Pliny the Elder in Plinius Naturalis Historia XXXI. In this writing he states "[I]n Rome... the soldier's pay was originally salt and the ...


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One-eyed and one-handed people aren't immune from sin (though zero-headed people are!) So Jesus' teachings in this passage shouldn't be read as a practical method, but instead intended to demonstrate the seriousness with which we must attempt to deal with our sin: if gouging our eyes would fix our sin (even though we know it won't) then we should not ...


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Introduction A search of the W/H Greek NT and the LXX for μακαρι% οτι using a tool like the Unbound Bible, say, will reveal that the Beatitudes of Matthew 5 reveal a literary form that is particular, but not exclusive, to Jesus. The form is: Blessed ... because ... The search is not exhaustive, of course, because verse boundaries prevent instances like ...



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