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Dec
22
comment How would Adam know what “you shall surely die” meant?
To be sure, a perplexing question, Jack. While I do not dare to provide an answer, I will say this: When we tell our children "No. You mustn't do ____," they seldom understand fully the consequences of going against our command. Their ignorance in no way lessens the certainty of punishment for their disobedience--assuming the parents follow through on their punishment (unless of course it's a hot-stove issue, so the child's getting burned is sufficient punishment!). All the child needs in order to be able to obey or disobey is the necessary intelligence, which I assume Adam had in full. Don
Dec
21
answered Did Ezekiel intend to contradict Exodus 20?
Dec
20
revised Does God think something untrue in Jeremiah 3:7?
included a direct answer the OP's question in my very first sentence.
Dec
20
answered Does God think something untrue in Jeremiah 3:7?
Dec
15
comment What is the framework for the structure of the Sermon on the Mount?
Oh, by the way, Matthew did not employ the word "sermon" in Matthew 5. As with most, if not all, chapter headings (themselves a construct, and not a part of the text of Scripture), they can at times be helpful and even informative, but they have been added to the text by people who were not inspired in the same way the actual authors were inspired by the Holy Spirit. The words Matthew uses to describe Jesus' words to his disciples are found in the infinitive "to teach" (5:2, "He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying . . . ). Don
Dec
15
comment What is the framework for the structure of the Sermon on the Mount?
@Peter: Forgive me for not reading the whole article. If I'd known Anderson fell into lockstep with the presuppositions of the higher (so-called) critics, I would've taken the time to flesh out Bornkamm's theory, which to me seems to have real possibilities. As you can tell, I am not in sympathy with the school of thought which derogates the very notion of the inspiration of Scripture and gets caught up in the minutiae of who wrote what and when and why and how (straining at a gnat, so to speak) but ignores the sacredness of holy writ.
Dec
14
revised What is Micah 5:5-6 talking about?
minor spelling- and syntax changes
Dec
14
revised What is Micah 5:5-6 talking about?
spelling change
Dec
12
comment A manger vs The manger in Luke 2
Just be careful you don't fall into the trap of saying baby Jesus was born in a manger! He was BORN in a stable, but LAID in a manger! Don
Dec
9
answered What is the framework for the structure of the Sermon on the Mount?
Dec
9
comment What is the framework for the structure of the Sermon on the Mount?
A good place to start your investigations in the SOM's structure is with Dale C. Anderson's article here: biblicalstudies.org.uk/pdf/jbl/1987_allison.pdf. Anderson takes on Gunther Bornkamm's theory on SOM's structure and exposes what seem to Anderson to be flaws in Bornkamm's explanation. Best wishes!
Nov
28
comment Why does Jesus tell the Samaritan woman to “Go, call your husband”?
simply living in the 21st century. Nothing could be further from the truth. The ever-present and time-insensitive aspects of living as a human being in this or any other age are part of the reason God gave us his living word. To be sure, timing is very important to God (Galatians 4:4) and we need to immerse ourselves, so to speak, in the history, language, and culture of the times in which Scripture came into being. However, the Bible expresses timeless truths which, though they may at times take considerable effort to interpret--and some more than others, are evergreen for all generations.
Nov
28
comment Why does Jesus tell the Samaritan woman to “Go, call your husband”?
@MatthewMiller: You're right! The evangelist's Gospel wasn't written for 21st century Christians. It was written for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th . . . 20th, AND 21st century Christians. While not discounting the linguistic and cultural aspects of John's gospel which are foreign to us today, we must also remember that John articulated some timeless truths. Another contributor to the SE used a term recently which I'm beginning to appreciate more and more: presentism. By that s/he means that we in the 21st century think that we're so superior and advanced today by virtue of our
Nov
25
comment Redaction criticism and grammatical-historical hermeneutics
Thanks for the link to Professor Hanko's articles. I enjoyed reading them and look forward to delving into them more at length. Don
Nov
14
comment What is the meaning of “He is to thee a covering of the eyes”(Gen. 20:16)?
Fine answer. Don
Oct
12
revised “You will have delivered your soul” in Ezekiel 3
Hey, I did the best I could to un-confuse things a bit
Oct
12
revised What is the meaning of the symbols that appear in the text of the Hebrew Bible?
provided English translation of the Hebrew in order to include readers who are not schooled in Hebrew
Oct
9
answered Who is Jesus addressing in John 13:27?
Oct
9
comment Luke 22:31-32 - What is the significance of ὑμᾶς?
Thou mayest doest whatsoe'er thou wilt! (Smiley face emoticon!) Don
Oct
9
comment Luke 22:31-32 - What is the significance of ὑμᾶς?
You might edit this post to include the NET Bible's translation: 31 “Simon, Simon, pay attention! Satan has demanded to have you all, to sift you like wheat, 32 but I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. When you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”