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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.


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revised What evidence exists to show that the Galatians could understand Greek?
Edited for clarity
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comment Can αδελφοί refer to cousins?
@Susan: I tweaked the wording of the first bullet point and added a footnote describing what I meant. Basically, my bullet points ascend in the number of the group being included by the term.
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revised Can αδελφοί refer to cousins?
Added explanation of Act 7:2 statement
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answered Can αδελφοί refer to cousins?
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answered What evidence exists to show that the Galatians could understand Greek?
Jul
26
comment Isaiah 46:10 and the implications of verse 11: Do any modern theologians dare pay attention to verse 11?
The Bible does not have many true runon sentences, but does have many compound and/or complex sentences. I've updated with a discussion of the sentence structure of the Hebrew in the passage.
Jul
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revised Isaiah 46:10 and the implications of verse 11: Do any modern theologians dare pay attention to verse 11?
Added grammatical explanation
Jul
25
answered Isaiah 46:10 and the implications of verse 11: Do any modern theologians dare pay attention to verse 11?
Jul
25
answered Why does Matthew use the plural form of “Key(s)” as opposed to other singular references according to the original Greek texts?
Jul
25
comment What evidence exists to show that the Galatians could understand Greek?
Two things about the link you give: (1) it refers to Galilee/Palestine (which might apply to Galatia, but you must make a case); (2) it argues opposite your view, as the paragraph following your quote states: "However, the evidence showing that reading and writing were widely practiced in Jesus’ age grows with every discovery of a new inscription. Much ... comes from religious and governmental circles, but a great deal of it does not," and concludes "that writing and reading were widely practiced in the Palestine of Jesus’ day."
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
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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
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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
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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
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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).