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comment Why does John interweave the stories of Jesus' questioning and Peter's denial?
Good answer. Do you think it's coincidence that Malchus' name means king or kingdom? Jesus says in John 18:36, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” But there's a problem with that statement. Peter has been fighting. And he attacked a man named kingdom.
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comment Signficance of name change from Saul to Paul
Did you think it had something to do with the proconsul, Lucius Sergius Paulus, also having the name Paulus?
May
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comment What significance does John perceive in the piercing of Christ's side and the flow of blood and water?
+1 Welcome to Biblical Hermenutics SE!
May
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comment “which translated means…”
Good question. I have always taken the Aramaic to be evidence of Markan priority. But you're right. Why did he want us to hear the Aramaic?
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comment Who or what are the “no gods” in Galatians 4:8?
Good question. But why do you assume they are Jews and not Gentiles?
May
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comment What did Jesus mean by “be perfect” in the Sermon on the Mount?
+1 Good Answer. "Be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect" does double duty. It is both a summation of Jesus' teaching on love and his teaching concerning the law.
May
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comment Is the water jar in John 4:28 a symbol?
@Jas3.1 I also think "John expected his readers to see the water jar as an actual, literal, physical water jar." But that does not rule out symbolism. I asked did John intend his audience to see it as more than literal NOT less. As I stated in my original question, "a symbol is a tangiable representation of an intangiable idea." That definition says nothing about the literalness or historical fact of the symbolic object, action, charachter, or image.
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revised Is the water jar in John 4:28 a symbol?
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comment Why does Jesus tell his mother his “hour has not yet come”?
I think you're absolutly right. But this site is about offering evidence for our conclusions. Would you describe a little in more detail just how you arrived at this conclusion.
May
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comment How can we determine when an image is a symbol?
Absolutely. Thank you. I do appreciate the discussion. It truly helps. My question is what would it take to change your mind? Is this an ideological objection or is it a point I have yet to prove? If the later how can I improve the argument? RE: Matthew 13 "Seed" isn't used altogether differently. It's the word which germinates as people. And I don't deny that water ceases to be water or light ceases to be light when used symbolically. Thanks again. I'd love to chat more if you're willing.
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comment How can we determine when an image is a symbol?
I understand your caution with regards to ITT. I agree it would be fallacious for instance to arbitrarily equate Paul's use of "seed" in the context of Galatians 3 with "seed" in Matthew 13. They appear in different contexts, have different genres, authors and clearly mean different things. Just like your "lion" example. BUT each individual authorial work IS a self-contained contextual unite. It should not be partitioned in the same way. Especially when a symbol is clearly invoked without immediate interpretation. "Night" at Judas' departure (John 13:30) is more than a description of time.
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answered What did Jesus mean by “be perfect” in the Sermon on the Mount?
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comment How can we determine if a text is sarcastic?
@JonEricson I think the second verse you cite would be classified as simply hyperbole - deliberate overstatement for effect. Sarcasm and hyperbole are connected but since the statement is about what he has done for others it seems his intent is to incite their sympathy and not to drive a wedge between them as sarcasm does.
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asked Is the water jar in John 4:28 a symbol?
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comment How can we determine when an image is a symbol?
Would you explain how I can show that "John was also intentionally establishing a symbol (vs. intentionally including the discourse for another reason)?" I really thought that's what I was doing in my answer.