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answered What is the significance of '14 generations' in Matthew’s account of Jesus's genealogy?
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comment Internal Evidence of Authorship of the Fourth Gospel
The Gospel of John doesn't explicitly name its author as John. It is the "beloved disciple" who wrote the book. Conservative scholar Ben Witherington argues that it was more likely Lazarus who is identified as the substantial author of the gospel (he's called the "beloved" in John 11:3). It may bear the name of John because after his exile, "[o]ne of the things he did was edit and promulgate the Fourth Gospel on behalf of the Beloved Disciple."
Dec
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comment Is there a sacramentalism in the “Bread of Life” discourse?
A note on your second sentence: Craig Blomberg argues for Johannine primacy in the historical timeline of events in The Historical Reliability John’s Gospel, which is summarized in his book on the reliability of the gospels in general.
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comment What's the importance of Melchizedek from a Hebrew Bible-only point of view?
There is also the reference to him in Psalm 110:4.
Dec
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comment What's the importance of Melchizedek from a Hebrew Bible-only point of view?
FWIW, Job also seems to be a non-Israelite who worshiped Abraham's God.
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comment What does Jesus mean in Luke 5:36-39? (new wine into old wineskins)
@gideonmarx, The verses about the bridegroom indicate clearly that sincere fasting still has some place in the New Covenant (cf. Mt 6:16; etc.). John's preparatory asceticism and faithful following of the Old Covenant fasts has been fulfilled in the Messiah's arrival, and so it is now out of place. The long awaited Servant, the ultimate object of all these fasts, has come at last, and John's followers will need to adapt to the new circumstances. After Christ, there are no prescribed fasts, though fasting as an individual or corporate act of dependence and repentance is still legitimate.
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comment How is genre determined?
I don't think scholars have abandoned the idea that Genesis 1 was poetry of a sort, though they have nuanced it a bit. Walter Brueggemann categorizes it as "poetic narrative" (both poetic and narrative in form), and Tim Keller calls it "elevated prose." Others say things like, "It is poetry but also more than poetry." (That post also notes one way that genre is identified -- by characteristic verb forms and patterns of speech.)
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comment What does Jesus mean in Luke 5:36-39? (new wine into old wineskins)
@LanceRoberts, these parables come in response to the Pharisees asking Jesus about his practice of fasting in comparison to their own and to John's (Lk 5:33), and the answer do seem to apply to both, though in different ways. Note that in contrast to the Pharisees, Jesus had a very high opinion of John, but he also apparently saw John's ministry as belonging to the Old Covenant that was being renewed and fulfilled by him: "I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he" (7:28). I edited to clarify this.
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comment What does Jesus mean in Luke 5:36-39? (new wine into old wineskins)
There's no actual quote from the dictionary entry. I just summarized it from memory after re-reading it. The source is cited there, so hopefully you'll pardon me if my noodle retained any exact phrasing from the exercise.
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