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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?
Aug
16
comment In what language is the oldest available text of Genesis?
Only the first chapter of Genesis bears any resemblance to the Enuma Elish, and even there the similarity is mainly structural. If Genesis 1 was derived at all from the Enuma Elish, it was more like a parody than "the same story line with a different perspective".
Jan
24
comment Internal Evidence of Authorship of the Fourth Gospel
Yes, and that would be consistent with someone who spent time with Peter during Jesus' ministry, when he was known as both "Simon" and "Peter".
Jan
24
comment Internal Evidence of Authorship of the Fourth Gospel
I also touch a little on internal evidence in my answer to Is John 21 a later addition to the Fourth Gospel?