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Nov
4
comment What is the relationship between the “Adversary” in Job and the serpent in Genesis?
I'm not claiming that any of these perspectives are from any given doctrine (Christian, Jewish, Luciferian Christianity, etc.). I'm just giving a few examples of how some ideas might reconcile these concepts, rather than trying to address the doctrine behind the concepts. Ultimately, the correct answer to this question would be more of a doctrinal answer than an exegetical answer. I'm just completely sidestepping that by throwing a few theoretical doctrines out there.
Nov
3
comment How did Biblical translators decide on cypress for the type of wood in Noah's ark?
@GalacticCowboy Here is the entire Hebrew Bible, interlinear. If that doesn't work, it's a mystery to me.
Nov
3
comment What does “the assembly of the LORD” refer to?
Welcome to BH.SE! :D
Nov
3
comment How did Biblical translators decide on cypress for the type of wood in Noah's ark?
Here's a Hebrew interlinear, if anyone cares
Nov
3
comment What is meant in the NT by the “laying on of hands”?
My children might have a different perspective of this phrase...
Nov
1
comment Did King Hezekiah do something wrong in showing off his wealth to emissaries from Babylonia in II Kings 20?
My guess: pride. It seems to be the fall of many men. (Again, just a guess.)
Oct
29
comment Does 2 Corinthians 9:6 indicate a reaping of earthly wealth?
Yes, it is a bit too far into doctrine, I believe. However, I'm not sure what the guidelines are on doctrine, so it's hard to say. For example, I could imagine this in a commentary.
Oct
26
comment Does Jesus show compassion to demons in Mark 5:12-13
Should this be Mark 5:2-13 instead of 12-13? I think verse 10 is a key verse for this question and I see the story really beginning in verse 2.
Oct
26
comment Are the 'ten virgins' told in Jesus' parable multiple brides or just general wedding party?
So, if the virgins are the bridal party, when Jesus (the groom) comes for the wedding party, he will leave the church (the virgins) behind? He'll invite them to the wedding party and then send them on their way after the party is over? Also, doesn't this imply that we do not belong to Jesus, since he--as the groom--has some other bride? If Jesus is the groom, who's the bride? This interpretation falls short.
Oct
25
comment Are the 'ten virgins' told in Jesus' parable multiple brides or just general wedding party?
@JessicaBrown Thank you for pointing this out. It made me research the history of bridesmaids. I've updated my answer to show that the concept of bridesmaids would have been anachronistic to the Roman empire.
Oct
25
comment Does the Sadducees' question in Mark 12 imply polygamy was considered sinful?
@JonEricson Aah, great point! I have a hard time keeping historical belief systems straight. ;) So it sounds like they were trying to trip him up on a paradox they saw with the Pharisees' beliefs. Thanks for pointing this out!
Oct
25
comment Does the Sadducees' question in Mark 12 imply polygamy was considered sinful?
Also of interesting note, the Matthew 5:32 exclusion to divorce, "except for the reason of unchastity", shows that the woman has already committed adultery. In essence, Matthew 5:32 says that if you divorce your wife, you make her commit adultery unless she already has!
Oct
25
comment Does the Sadducees' question in Mark 12 imply polygamy was considered sinful?
At first glance, it seems that Sadducees believe that marriage lasts beyond the grave. However, if this were truly the case, why would they permit remarriage under any circumstances? They were attempting to back Jesus into a corner with a seeming paradox. Clearly, death annuls all marriages and there is no marriage in the afterlife.
Oct
25
comment Does the Sadducees' question in Mark 12 imply polygamy was considered sinful?
It's important to note the difference between polygyny and polyandry. It may seem subtle, but doctrinally, it's a huge gap. The word "polygamy" covers polygyny, polyandry, and polyamory (which is just a wild free-for-all).
Oct
25
comment What is the difference between historical-grammatical and historical criticism?
Excellent question! +1 (I'd like to encourage others to vote this up as well.)
Oct
25
comment Are the 'ten virgins' told in Jesus' parable multiple brides or just general wedding party?
@JonEricson Heh. I never thought that they could be anything but brides! ;)
Oct
25
comment Are the 'ten virgins' told in Jesus' parable multiple brides or just general wedding party?
In all the synoptics? I thought the parable only existed in Matthew... Are there other places where we can see Jesus referring to wedding guests awaiting the groom (in particular virgins)? If so, I'm open to considering it.
Oct
25
comment Are the 'ten virgins' told in Jesus' parable multiple brides or just general wedding party?
No, I'm saying that you're assuming that the virgins are not the brides. Given how common polygyny was back in that day, and given the marriage traditions of the day, and given the eschatological implications of it, it makes a lot of sense to understand these ten virgins as the brides of the coming groom.
Oct
25
comment Are the 'ten virgins' told in Jesus' parable multiple brides or just general wedding party?
You begin with It would be ridiculous to ask, "Who is the bride in this little analogy here?" but then conclude with the assumption that the ten virgins are not the brides. That's a very bold assumption and can't really be supported with the text.
Oct
25
comment Does Peter suggest Jesus “descended into hell”?
Yes... there's a lot of C.SE posts that have spawned BH.SE questions. here's another