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Feb
25
comment Should The Creation Story in Genesis Be Understood as Metaphorical?
What part are you asking whether it should be understood as metaphorical? The "six days"? Adam and Eve? For some peope, the answer might depend on which part you are focusing on.
Feb
23
comment Should The Creation Story in Genesis Be Understood as Metaphorical?
If you're really looking for arguments both for and against, you're probably better off splitting this into two questions.
Jan
22
comment Would it matter if the ID of 'Auctor' was revealed and who are the potential candidates?
For a summary of Harnack's case for Priscilla as the author, see this question from Christianity.SE. Most of Harnack's arguments actually point to Priscilla and Aquila as joint authors.
Jan
22
comment Would it matter if the ID of 'Auctor' was revealed and who are the potential candidates?
+1 for an excellent summary. Could you expand a little on what the implications are for the New Perspective if Hebrews was written by Paul?
Aug
17
comment How is it that Jesus could be “three days and three nights in the heart of the earth”?
Good answer! I'll defer to GoneQuiet on the Hebrew, but in Greek "three days and three nights" certainly had the idiomatic connotation you've mentioned. Early Christians who translated the gospels from Greek to Latin and later to other languages explained the phrase precisely on those grounds.
May
20
comment Are women really saved by childbearing according to 1 Timothy 2:15?
@Kazark: It turns out Witherington doesn't either, at least not exclusively. Witherington says the unusual structure of the sentence, including using "she" in the subject and "they" following the verb, contributes to his conclusion that this is intended to point to Christ's birth.
May
18
comment Are women really saved by childbearing according to 1 Timothy 2:15?
@Kazark: Gill's commentary (linked in your answer) makes this same case, that this refers to a specific birth: "and the sense is, that notwithstanding the fall of man by the means of the woman, yet there is salvation for both men and women, through the birth of Immanuel, the child born, and Son given; at whose birth, the angels sung peace on earth, good will to men; through the true Messiah, the deed of the woman, through the incarnate Saviour, who was made of a woman, there is salvation for lost sinners: he was born of a woman, and came into the world in order to obtain salvation for them".
Apr
11
comment Was Moses the probable author of Genesis?
@RonMaimon: I never noticed the doublets--not their significance, anyway--until someone pointed out the pattern to me. Accusing others of willful blindness is not likely to help the conversation.
Apr
6
comment What are the arguments in favor of Markan priority?
Just another angle on rough edges: Most translations won't show it (Young's Literal Translation does), but Mark often writes in ungrammatical Greek, switching from present to past tense and back--sometimes in the same sentence. Matthew and especially Luke don't make the same grammatical mistakes.
Apr
6
comment What are the arguments in favor of Markan priority?
Thanks for the thoroughness of this answer.
Apr
3
comment How can the Pastoral Epistles not be Pauline?
That Wikipedia article appears to have been written from a particular point of view. This one is a little more balanced.
Apr
3
comment How can the Pastoral Epistles not be Pauline?
I'll try to add more early church references; while the canon wasn't fully settled until the 4th century, the 13 letters with the name Paul at the top were not disputed.
Mar
20
comment What are the arguments in favor of Matthean Priority?
This is a very thorough explanation.
Mar
19
comment What are the arguments in favor of Matthean Priority?
Markan priority doesn't necessarily require a Q document.
Mar
18
comment Did Luke use Josephus as a source?
@FrankLuke: I'm not looking for live chat. Please see here for what I'm envisioning.
Mar
16
comment Did Luke use Josephus as a source?
Fair enough. I don't want to hijack the comments, but I'd be interested in discussing more about early vs late dating, and which gospels relied on which. Would you be interested in discussing this in a chat room? (That goes for @Jon too.)
Mar
15
comment Did Luke use Josephus as a source?
@Frank: If you date Luke-Acts pre-64, then what does that do to its relationship with the other synoptics? Mark makes a reference to the First Jewish-Roman War as a contemporary event ("let the reader understand" in Mark 13:14), which would place Mark sometime between 66 and 73. So was Luke the earliest gospel? Or do you understand Mark 13:14 differently? (If so, please take a shot at this question.)
Mar
8
comment Is John 7:53-8:11 original to John's gospel?
I'll make further comments in chat.
Mar
8
comment Is John 7:53-8:11 original to John's gospel?
I'm not so sure his comments aren't germane. It seems this question is premised on the assumption that textual criticism can determine what is inspired. If we don't make that assumption, how would we reach that conclusion?
Mar
8
comment Why did the witnesses lay their coats at Paul's feet?
Also, it would have been widely understood that Hellenized Jews had the power in Jerusalem. The Romans, after all, had allowed Temple worship to continue only on the condition that the Romans got to choose the High Priest.