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Jul
14
comment Are there scriptural warrants for using the rule of first mention?
Any one of these will do. I don't know where it first appeared bu tlots of people mention it. google.com/…
Jul
13
comment Does the Gospel of Thomas help in reproducing the hermeneutical methods of the apostles?
Aren't you first interpreting Thomas as though it is literal in order to produce your conclusion? The question is really, Do the apostles and Thomas read the OT in similar fashions, and how does Thomas help us reproduce the apostle's elusive hermeneutic?
Jul
13
comment Does the Gospel of Thomas help in reproducing the hermeneutical methods of the apostles?
The last saying you quote is parallel to this: Mt 23:13 ¶ But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in [yourselves], neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Thomas uses the "kingdom of heaven" as a reference to the esoteric knowledge.
Jul
12
comment Were offices given to produce “unity of the faith” or to hold things in place until Christ comes and gives it to us?
"These type of believers he calls men." Are you intentionally or accidentally supporting the SP metaphor that woman represents those who don't see clearly, or the blind, and men represent those who understand (the seeing)?
Jul
10
comment What does the prohibition against women speaking in church in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 mean?
@soldarnal Does that mean you don't think the possibility that Paul isn't even speaking of a literal woman is even important if the OP didn't ask about it? or ever?
Jul
10
comment Is hermeneutics primarily descriptive or prescriptive?
@Galactic "The concept of hermeneutics has acquired at least two different but related meanings which are in use today. Firstly, in the older sense, Biblical hermeneutics may be understood as the theological principles of exegesis which is often virtually synonymous with 'principles of biblical interpretation' or methodology of Biblical exegesis. Secondly, the more recent development is to understand the term 'Biblical hermeneutics' as the broader philosophy and linguistic underpinnings of interpretation. " I am old enough to use the older definition ;-)
Jul
9
comment Are there scriptural warrants for using the rule of first mention?
lets discuss this so we can accept it: chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/4051/first-mention
Jul
9
comment According to Scripture, how should we interpret Scripture?
It appears that rules and principles are being used interchangeably. Shouldn't this get sorted out?
Jul
8
comment What is “the hermeneutical circle”?
@swashek Thanks. I didn't think we were too far apart in our thinking on it.
Jul
8
comment What is “the hermeneutical circle”?
@swasheck Sorry if it sounds accusatory, not intended. I am trying to understand the dynamic you propose with the spirit guiding into different meanings. I would make the case that with a proper hermeneutic and guidance by the Spirit, we can know God's intended meaning (unity of the faith). I am hearing you say that multiple meanings are OK as long as they are guided by the spirit, as if there is not a meaning attributable to the text itself. Where am I missing it? The free-for-all appears to be attributed to the Spirit.
Jul
8
comment What is “the hermeneutical circle”?
@swasheck why have hermeneutics at all if the Spirit is free to guide us in any direction from the text. Why have a text at all?
Jul
8
comment How can we determine if a text is sarcastic?
@Richard Rabbi Eliezer's rule 32 permits anachronism (out of order interpretation) A method should be judged by the claims it makes for itself, not by those imposed by another system. Besides, the order of publication tells us nothing about the order they were taught. It is plausible that the letters contain teachings that were common to Paul wherever he went, and the letters just remind them of his teaching to address current issues.
Jul
8
comment What does the prohibition against women speaking in church in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 mean?
1Sa 2:9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail. Here the wicked are silent and 'concealed' in darkness. Perhaps Paul is making reference to this?
Jul
8
comment What does the prohibition against women speaking in church in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 mean?
None of the answers address Paul's teaching that there is no male or female in Christ Jesus. If it that apparent contradiction is not explained, a full understanding of this passage cannot be claimed. Likewise, Jeremiah claims that all men will become pregnant. That sure confuses the issue concerning gender.
Jul
8
comment According to Scripture, how should we interpret Scripture?
@Jas actually, these rules are derived from the text, but a bit simplistic: To let scripture interpret scripture: 1. Read the scripture 2. Read the scripture around the scripture. The first goes without saying, but the second is too broad to be helpful. What is the context? In SP it is the context of all the scriptures which are linked by way of using the same words and ideas in the text and immediate context of the verse being considered.
Jul
8
comment The number two in the book of Zechariah
You have been in Zech a while. If you would like to see the whole book unpacked, drop me a note and I'll start working on it. I'd have to do it through e-mail because I don't know what format it would take here.
Jul
8
comment The number two in the book of Zechariah
Just a note.. 7 is the number of completeness in SP. There are six spatial rays of direction, and a seventh in time (you cannot go back in time). 4 is the whole word of God as revealed through prophet, priest, king and judge. These are duals of duals (HH, HE, EH, EE) The duality of time is between time/eternity. As for rhetorical emphasis, tere is a Jewsih rule that says a double letter is not a new root, but an expansion (of some sort) of the root with a single letter. Using this rule it is determined that Cain had a twin sister and Abel had two twin sisters (triplets)
Jul
8
comment The number two in the book of Zechariah
@Kazark Try applying it everywhere you see it. If it only works here it is just free-for-all allegory with a coincidental application. If it works everywhere, it is God's intended meaning.
Jul
7
comment What is “the hermeneutical circle”?
If a hermeneutical principle is not derived from the scriptures, then it is by definition man-made. No wonder we have free-for-all hermeneutics ;-)
Jul
7
comment What is “the hermeneutical circle”?
Hmmm... I seem to remember that a programming language wasn't considered a real language if it's own compiler couldn't be written in it. So why would asking for hermeneutical principles derived from the scriptures be any different?