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I'm basically a self-taught, now inactive, web designer who still seeks to learn more about css (and some javascript) while pushing it to its limits: all as a part-time hobby between my Ph.D. studies in Systematic Theology. For those interacting with me on Biblical Hermeneutics, this meta question of mine will reveal a lot about where I come from regarding that topic.


Jul
21
comment Which of Paul's letters were written to strangers?
@Jas3.1 Assuming Ephesians was to Ephesus, there is no doubt Paul knew them, as he spent two years there (Act 19:1, 8-10). Also v.10 ("all the residents of Asia" ESV) favors knowing some from Colossae (in Asia). Not that v.10 means Paul personally taught everyone in Asia, but his teaching was being discussed. Important thinkers in Colossae likely went to hear Paul personally, thus some were probably known. Philemon's salvation seems due to Paul (Phlm 19), and if Archippus (Phlm 2) is the same as in Collosae (Col 4:17), more connection.
Jul
20
answered How many daughters did Lot have, two or four?
Jul
16
comment Is the Son of Man passage in Matthew 25 a reference to 1 Enoch?
Let us continue this discussion in chat.
Jul
16
comment Is the Son of Man passage in Matthew 25 a reference to 1 Enoch?
That link speaks of Assumption of Moses issues in connecting (not having a manuscript having that passage is fairly critical). The reference to ten thousands of His saints in 1:9 could be more related to Dt 33:2, or as some say, Jewish traditions apart from Enoch itself (who would be drawing from the same traditions; making the tradition the link, not the text of 1 Enoch per se). So it should not boggle your mind too much that there are numerous reasons to also doubt direct connections.
Jul
16
comment Is the Son of Man passage in Matthew 25 a reference to 1 Enoch?
The problem is the facts are rather loose about the connections.
Jul
16
comment Is the Son of Man passage in Matthew 25 a reference to 1 Enoch?
FYI: You state, "I know of no one who denies that Jude (the half-brother of Jesus) refers to the very section of 1 Enoch in question," yet there are many who question the connection. A quick internet search found one here (Church of Christ perspective, so not even my same camp). I'm sure I could dredge up some who do flatly deny it (which would also be unprovable unless better evidence for dating proved later date of Enoch).
Jul
16
comment Is the Son of Man passage in Matthew 25 a reference to 1 Enoch?
@FrankLuke: Agreed that "a work doesn't have to be canonical to be quoted," but at the same time, such "quotes" need not actually be references from those works at all (unless specifically so noted, such as Paul's reference to the Greek philosophers). My argument here is that everything exists in the OT for Christ to make the statements He did about the Son of Man and the throne without the necessity of having any actual literary relation at all to 1 Enoch. Hence, possible, but unprovable; and also, as you said, why Enoch can have gotten some of it right (using the same OT source).
Jul
15
revised What was granted in Philippians 1:29?
Gave clarity to the section edited
Jul
14
answered What was granted in Philippians 1:29?
Jul
14
comment Is the “7th seal” opened before the “6th seal” book of Revelation
@Caleb I leave it to those who believe those other views to offer their version of a defense for this (I do not believe them, and also note mine is futurist), though what I do know of them falls in my broad statement that 6 is contemporaneous or before 7 (just identifying different events/concepts in association with the seals vs. the futurist).
Jul
13
comment Is the Son of Man passage in Matthew 25 a reference to 1 Enoch?
@Susan No, I did not. Corrected.
Jul
13
revised Is the Son of Man passage in Matthew 25 a reference to 1 Enoch?
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Jul
12
revised Is the Son of Man passage in Matthew 25 a reference to 1 Enoch?
Added more evidence of non-necessity
Jul
12
revised What evidence supports Matthew as Paul's source?
Revised language to reflect more probablity than certainty regarding the conclusions achievable by the evidence gathered
Jul
11
comment What's the difference between a “lying tongue” and a “false witness” in Proverbs 6?
Christ's challenge of "without sin" reflected on the fact that if she was caught in the act as they said (v.4), then where was the man who was with her (who was also to be stoned per Lev 20:10 and Dt 22:22)? Somebody was lying, because either (1) she was not caught in the act, or (2) one of them was the guilty party with her and they all knew it, or (3) they intentionally disobeyed the law letting the man go and did not want to admit it. All involve a lie if they proceeded without the man. Anyway, this is not the place to debate, but I wanted you to know why I found the argument unconvincing.
Jul
11
comment What's the difference between a “lying tongue” and a “false witness” in Proverbs 6?
I understand what you are stating your understanding is. I'm just not seeing how its supported by Dt 19:16-19, when it appears that one can be a malicious witness, yet not a false witness (and only if one is both does one incur the penalty themselves... i.e. speaking lies for malicious purposes). Jesus' challenge in Jn 8:7 was based on Dt 17:6-7 (the witnesses were to be the first to cast), it did not matter what Christ had to say (per their question v.5), because He could not condemn her without their testimony (v.9-11), not Himself being a witness nor a judge (at that time). Cont....
Jul
10
comment What's the difference between a “lying tongue” and a “false witness” in Proverbs 6?
Problem: The malicious (חָמָס) witness (Dt 19:16) is not automatically false simply for having testified on his own. As v.18-19 show, the judge must inquire to determine if the witness is false (שֶׁ֫קֶר) or not (so malicious does not equal false). Further, when you say "Liars tell lies ... All liars are false witnesses, but not all false witnesses tell lies," I disagree, because (1) liars do not always lie (and all people lie sometime), and opposite you (2) "Not all liars are false witnesses (not all lies are about another), but all false witnesses tell a lie (else they are not false)."
Jul
10
answered What's the difference between a “lying tongue” and a “false witness” in Proverbs 6?
Jul
9
comment Is the “7th seal” opened before the “6th seal” book of Revelation
@Bagpipes Every time a trumpet sounds, judgment is triggered. Chap. 8-16 show that. The 7th Trumpet sounds, but that does not mean that a "loud voice" cannot also be the start of the pouring. At the 7th Trumpet is the opening of the temple in heaven (11:19), from which 2 angels come out for the harvest reaping of the earth (14:15, 17), and out of which comes the 7 angels who will pour the 7 last plagues (15:5-6), and the temple is effectively "closed" for entry until their work is done (15:8), but from the open (at Trumpet 7) yet closed temple comes the voice starting bowl judgments (16:1).
Jul
9
comment Is the “7th seal” opened before the “6th seal” book of Revelation
@Bagpipes That is a totally different question than the order of the 6th/7th seals being opened. In short, though, why do you think a "trumpet" needs to signal the pouring? The 7 Trumpets already sounded (are sounding?). In both of the telescopic views above, the Bowls are contained within the 7th Trumpet, but do not necessarily (and indeed, do not) start pouring at the beginning of the sounding of it. Only that the 7th Trumpet sounding precedes the Bowls (whether still sounding or having finished sounding during the Bowls). So the voice of Rev 16:1 need not negate the idea.