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2h
comment In Genesis 28:13, is the Lord above or beside Jacob?
At the risk of fuelling this beyond what is warranted, your ##1 and 5 are simply wrong, implying #4 also off the mark, and #2 moot (!). Please see BDB on נִצָּב; cf. HALOT, which gives "1. place oneself... 2. be positioned, stand...". | Septuagint's interpretation of the Hebrew סלם as κλῖμαξ is reasonable evidence by itself : of course it is, but once noted, piling up Greek references gets you no further. | HTH.
13h
comment In Genesis 28:13, is the Lord above or beside Jacob?
(2) Your argument about "standing" is fatally flawed. The idiom to attend to is נִצָּב עַל, and in spite of your noting the correct verb, you then pick up the (odd) LXX handling, find that Greek verb in a different [LXX] text (2 Sam 1:6), then explain the Gen 28:13 meaning on the basis of a completely different and unrelated Hebrew verb (not n-ṣ-b + prep. ʿal, but š-ʿ-n). That simply doesn't work! / Glad you enjoyed the research, but it doesn't really bear on the question about divine location in Gen 28:13.
13h
comment In Genesis 28:13, is the Lord above or beside Jacob?
Much industry, but (I'm afraid) not much illumination for the Question as posed (there is illumination of other kinds!) -- IMO, of course. (1) I share your sense about "ladder"; I make brief comment on this in my footnote 1. But sullām is a hapax, as you note, and piling up references for κλῖμαξ does not take us very far: we only find out more about κλῖμαξ, not about sullām. We need other kinds of evidence to get a sharper picture of sullām. / ... cont'd
14h
revised In Genesis 28:13, is the Lord above or beside Jacob?
added BDB link for √nṣb
18h
revised What did the Philippian jailer mean by “saved”?
a wee typo in a key term
23h
comment What did the Philippian jailer mean by “saved”?
Long time waggling on the tee -- short swing! ;) What does it mean to be "saved", here, in this verse (or verses - see also 16:31, but do Paul & Silas mean what the jailer means?)? Cf. Ac 11:14; 15:1, 11; 27:20, 31 - all using σώζω. Also cf.2:37, 40. On Jas 3.1's methodological point, cf. Soards, Speeches in Acts, and F.F. Bruce's brace of articles, from 1942 and 1974. On σώζω: Foerster classes 16:30-31 among the "general terms for Xn salvation" (like 4:12) in TDNT vol. 7 p. 997. FWIW.
Nov
20
comment Why is the light in day 1 of creation not an 'it'?
.../cont'd] On language: וַיְהִי [wayəhî] occurs almost 800x! The construction is not ambiguous in Hebrew: it's very clear. I also don't understand what you mean by a "substantive construction", in spite of your kindly including a definition. There are no inferences required here of the kind you seem to be suggesting.
Nov
20
comment Why is the light in day 1 of creation not an 'it'?
If, and Only If--one thing was created on the first day--And If Also--only one act of creation occurred on the first day, then this argument would be valid. But this is precisely what Genesis 1:3-5 says, in a precisely "text only approach". On "Day One" of creation, Gen 1:3-5 depicts God as uttering one creative word, having one outcome. The other things you describe are not presented in Gen 1:1-5 as part of divine creating activity. As deep and profound as the mystery may be, that's how it is! ... /2
Nov
20
awarded  Enlightened
Nov
20
revised Daniel 7:27 translation
link to Driver; format; re-tag
Nov
20
revised Daniel 7:27 translation
a typo (!); and clarified word identified while I was at it
Nov
19
comment What does the vocabulary of 2 Peter indicate about its authorship?
FWIW, my £0.02: the question is fine. It operates within normal bounds of evidence and argument. Scott (if you're reading!): look at the number of times you've said "in my view" in the preceding comments. Just so. Most forms of orthodox Christianity do not include a dictation view of inspiration, and you're very close to this (in your first "enumerated" comment). I'm beginning to wonder, given your commitments, why you're more active on BH.SE than Xnty.SE! You know that not everyone on BH.SE aligns with the totality of your views. So perhaps no need to police questions here?
Nov
19
comment What does the vocabulary of 2 Peter indicate about its authorship?
See paragraph following the heading: "a. Some characteristics". Related, on Pastorals and Paul. It would be good to get some "density" and distribution stats, but no time to chase up just now. Some intrepid answerer will no doubt oblige! ;)
Nov
18
revised Why is the light in day 1 of creation not an 'it'?
fixed Day 4 in chart: can't believe noone corrected me on this! Oopsie!
Nov
18
revised Why is the observation that “it was good” missing on the second day?
made chart/images clickable for full-size (the difference is subtle!) ;)
Nov
17
awarded  Necromancer
Nov
17
comment Are there intra-textual supports for a politicized reading of Revelation?
@JonEricson (and anyone else watching) - I ran across this older Q&A, and have to add my favourite article on the theme of politics in the Apocalypse: Oliver O'Donovan, "The Political Thought of the Book of Revelation", Tyndale Bulletin 37 (1986): 61-94. It's in Kraybill's bibliography, but very much worth a read. (IMO) ;)
Nov
17
comment Why does John not participate properly in worship in the book of Revelation?
I think there is an interesting question here, that could be stated clearly and briefly this way: "In light of John's experience on Patmos (Rev 1:17), how can his prostration (equated with worship) before created beings in 19:10 and 22:8-9 be explained or understood?" Would that do it?
Nov
15
revised What is the meaning of the repetition of “holy” in Isaiah 6:3?
typo (grrr)
Nov
15
answered What is the meaning of the repetition of “holy” in Isaiah 6:3?