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Dec
10
comment Does Scripture imply that Judas knew that the high-priests and elders' goal was to have Jesus killed?
One interpretation I've seen is that Judas was expecting Jesus to lead a rebellion against Rome, and was getting restless waiting for it to happen. By having Jesus arrested he was hoping to force Jesus' hand and get the rebellion started. When events played out in a very different way, Judas committed suicide.
Dec
10
comment How can we understand differences between the NWT and Latin/Hebrew/Greek on Zechariah 12:10?
FWIW, the Revised Standard Version and New Revised Standard Version also translate this him/the one who was pierced, presumably for different reasons than the NWT.
Nov
13
comment What evidence exists that supports the understanding of the Exodus as a deliverance metanarrative and not as a historical narrative?
Isn't this now asking the opposite of the original question?
Oct
22
comment What are the evidences that Luke is written after/before the fall of Jerusalem?
The issue is not that nobody could have foreseen the destruction of the temple; it's that putting Jesus' prediction in writing makes more sense if the readers already know it was fulfilled. In fact, both Matthew (24:15) and Mark (14:13) have parenthetical notes to the reader emphasizing this very point.
Oct
22
comment What are the evidences that Luke is written after/before the fall of Jerusalem?
Is this a sincere question?
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.