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Jan
29
comment Did God say that Adam will die on the same day he ate the fruit?
The problem with using 1 Kings 2 as a parallel is that, as soon as Solomon found out about Shimei's offense, Solomon summoned him and had him executed. This is very different from what happens when God learns of Adam and Eve's transgression.
Nov
2
comment Harmonizing Matthew 10:10, Luke 9:3, Mark 6:8
This seems like a very messy solution, especially given that the introduction to Luke's gospel states outright that he is not an eyewitness, but that he is aware of multiple written accounts of Jesus' life. To suggest he chose here to not use/modify any of those accounts (whether they be Mark and "Q" or Mark and Matthew) but to go with a separate, apparently oral, "eyewitness" testimony--and that Matthew likewise chose to ignore the written testimony he had available--raises more questions than it solves.
Sep
29
comment Can we tell from the text who wrote Hebrews?
@WoundedEgo The concept of authorship was different in ancient times than it is today. In some circumstances, Paul could be considered the author even if he never saw the letter--for instance, if the writer had been taught these things by Paul, and then written them down for others, Paul might be considered the author even if he wasn't the writer.
May
7
comment Does the Bible say the Earth is flat?
Similarly, Jesus undoubtedly said the mustard seed is the smallest of all seeds (even though it's not). But Jesus wasn't trying to teach his followers about horticulture. It would be wrong to say Jesus taught the mustard seed is the smallest seed, but we shouldn't deny he said it.
May
7
comment Does the Bible say the Earth is flat?
I think you missed the point of the question. The OP is not asking whether the Bible teaches that the earth is flat, but whether it says the earth is flat--even in an incidental phrase. You're correct that none of these passages have the intent of teaching a flat-earth cosmology, but it's a stretch to say those poetic statements were not written by someone who thought the earth was flat.
Apr
23
comment Was Moses the probable author of Genesis?
Let us continue this discussion in chat.
Apr
23
comment Was Moses the probable author of Genesis?
@BlessedGeek That's why I mentioned the RSV and NRSV. They made the decision--highly controversial in some Christian circles--to stick with the Masoretic text even where it conflicts with Christian doctrine. (The most notable example is "the young woman is with child" in Isaiah 7:14. That one got these translations banned by some Christian denominations.) Yet RSV and NRSV both say "book" in Numbers 21:14.
Apr
22
comment Was Moses the probable author of Genesis?
@BlessedGeek Although many English translations rely on the Septuagint, some--notably the Revised Standard Version and the New Revised Standard--use the Masoretic text. Both the RSV and the NRSV have "book" here.
Apr
22
comment Was Moses the probable author of Genesis?
@BlessedGeek I don't know Hebrew. But I do know this: more than 90% of English translations use the word "book" here. Are you claiming that most Bible translators have misread or misunderstood the Hebrew?
Mar
27
comment Did Abraham leave Haran before or after his father died?
Did you read the question? According to Genesis, Abraham was 75 when he left Haran, and 135 when his father died. So despite Stephen's speech in Acts, it's not so clear.
Mar
8
comment Does Isaiah 7:14 indicate that the young woman is already pregnant?
But if the child of Isaiah 7 is to be named Immanuel, why did Isaiah name his own son Maher-shalal-hash-baz? Is it possible these are two different children?
Mar
5
comment Is there a better translation for “Union” in Zechariah 11:14?
Other versions translate it as bands or unity. Don't know if that helps.
Mar
5
comment What are the arguments in favor of Markan priority?
I think this is the start of a good answer. Can you elaborate more on Mark's errors and how they support Markan priority?
Mar
5
comment Difference among “Word”, “word” and “Doctrine”
There is no difference between Word and word in the Bible. They are both the English translation of the Greek word logos. And the Bible was written before the invention of lowercase letters, so everything was written in all caps.
Mar
5
comment Why did Jesus enter Jerusalem on a donkey?
@MatthewMiller The introduction to The Last Week by Crossan and Borg talks about Jesus' entry to Jerusalem on a donkey as well as Pilate's annual entry to Jerusalem on a war horse followed by a host of Roman soldiers. The contrast would have been blatantly obvious to those living at the time.
Feb
6
comment Evidence from early manuscripts of Revelation 13:18?
@Random832: I can't find a definitive source, but Wikipedia says the miniscule style originated in the 9th and 10th centuries. That's well beyond the lifetime of John of Patmos.
Dec
19
comment How to save Paul from the Galatians 3 “seed” vs “seeds” argument blunder?
Regarding your followup, I think you'd have a hard time finding many scholars who classify Galatians as Deutero-Pauline. If Paul didn't write Galatians, he probably didn't write anything at all.
Sep
29
comment Is there any reason to think that Mark 7:19 has a later addition?
It's hard to find a way to interpret that in such a way as to suggest Jesus was upholding the kosher laws, regardless of whether Mark says Jesus was putting an end to them. Third, by comparing only the KJV and the NIV, you've ignored virtually the entire history of translation of this verse into English. At least since the ASV of 1901, the majority of translators have interpreted this as Jesus saying all foods are now clean.
Sep
29
comment Is there any reason to think that Mark 7:19 has a later addition?
-1 This answer has a lot of problems. First, before relying solely on the KJV's phrase "purging all meats", take a look at the NKJV's rendering: "thus purifying all foods". That's closer to what the readers of the KJV would have understood this to be saying. Second, regardless of the word "purging" or "purifying", it is clear that Jesus is saying the food passes through the system and does not make the person impure.
Aug
18
comment Was Job short-changed in the end?
That's an interesting interpretation. Have you located the source?