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Feb
9
comment How should 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 be interpreted?
I challenge your use of the term "majority." What I THINK you mean (correct me if I'm wrong) is: "the majority of liberal scholars." If I'm right, then you and I agree that the majority of liberal biblical scholars think 2 Thessalonians wasn't written by Paul. I would venture a guess, however, that the vast majority of CONSERVATIVE biblical scholars would take a contrary view; namely, that when a biblical epistle bears the name of the apostle Paul we can safely assume it was in fact written by Paul.
Feb
8
comment How should 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 be interpreted?
Who are those scholars with the weighty opinions whom you refer to in the last paragraph of your answer? What makes their opinion weighty and the opinion of theologians and scholars who believe that Paul DID write Thessalonians not so weighty? Isn't it simply a matter of liberal versus conservative? (In other words, it's a matter of differing presuppositions; e.g., liberals tend to discount the reliability of the text, assuming that it cannot possibly be error-free, whereas conservatives see no reason why the text can't be error-free.) religioustolerance.org/chr_ntb3.htm Don
Feb
8
revised What is the proper translation of Genesis 32:28?
a few errata, and I added and/or subtracted a few words here and there
Feb
7
answered What is the proper translation of Genesis 32:28?
Feb
6
comment What language did Jesus commonly speak?
Great answer! A nitpicker might want to bust your chops for not being more punctiliously scrupulous in your citations, but not being a nitpicker of that sort, I commend you for the time and effort you invested in your answer. Recently, I've viewed some uTube videos on the Al Franken/Bill O'Reilly debate, in which Franken IS punctiliously scrupulous in verifying O'Reilly's public pronouncements. Each "side" has a point, I guess, but with whom one sides is likely determined by two colors: red and blue! Don
Feb
6
comment What is the meaning of Elijah's reply to Elisha in 1 Kings 19:20?
@Tau: Thanks for the vote of confidence. Someone just obviated your vote, however. Oh well . . .. Don
Feb
6
answered What does “Grace upon grace” mean?
Feb
5
answered What is the meaning of Elijah's reply to Elisha in 1 Kings 19:20?
Feb
4
comment 1 Cor 13 gongs and cymbals: waking the gods
An additional thought. See 1 Kings 18:20-46, but especially v.27, which reads: "It came about at noon, that Elijah mocked [the prophets of Baal] and said, 'Call out with a loud voice, for he is a god; either he is occupied or gone aside [i.e., he's relieving himself!] or is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and needs to be awakened.'" A humorous passage, to be sure. Of interest to you (and apropos your question) is Elijah's comment about Baal being asleep and in need being woken up! No gong is mentioned, but the idea of a god being asleep is laughable. Cf. Psalm 121:4. Don
Feb
3
comment 1 Cor 13 gongs and cymbals: waking the gods
For what it's worth, if you go to this site, you'll read an anecdote provided by missionaries(?) Harriet Elizabeth and Francis Edward Clark in their book Our Journey Around the World. books.google.com/…
Feb
3
revised What type of plant was the bush of Exodus 3:2?
corrected misspelling
Feb
2
comment Hermeneutically, how do we reconcile Jesus' teaching on loving our enemies and YHWH's telling Israel to destroy their enemies?
@Tau: When I'm rested, I'll give it the ol' SE/BHB try! Don
Feb
2
revised Hermeneutically, how do we reconcile Jesus' teaching on loving our enemies and YHWH's telling Israel to destroy their enemies?
fixed a few errata; added more meat here and there
Feb
2
revised Hermeneutically, how do we reconcile Jesus' teaching on loving our enemies and YHWH's telling Israel to destroy their enemies?
omitted a caveat
Feb
1
answered Hermeneutically, how do we reconcile Jesus' teaching on loving our enemies and YHWH's telling Israel to destroy their enemies?
Feb
1
asked Hermeneutically, how do we reconcile Jesus' teaching on loving our enemies and YHWH's telling Israel to destroy their enemies?
Jan
19
answered Are 2 Samuel 1:25 and 1:27 questions or an exclamations?
Jan
7
comment Where was Jesus when he received word of Lazarus' illness?
@ScottS: Thanks for coming to my defense. Actually, my arithmetic WAS faulty, but I provided answerer GreatBigBore with a couple alternative explanations, one humorous and one serious. Don. By the way, I just now finished writing my latest gripe in BHB Meta. You may be interested in checking it out. If not, that's OK, too.
Jan
7
comment Where was Jesus when he received word of Lazarus' illness?
@GreatBigBore: Good catch! I forgot to say that Jesus, et al., stopped at Red Roof Inn about half-way between where he was (when the news came to him) and Bethany. Evidently, the inn had an all-you-can-eat buffet for a fixed price, with free swimming privileges! Seriously, however, since we don't know exactly when Lazarus died, there are any number of scenarios I could spin from the given facts. Who knows, maybe Jesus stopped to "minister" to people on the way to Bethany, so the journey took two days instead of one. Maybe the messenger took two days to reach Jesus and Laz. died after one day?
Jan
6
revised Where was Jesus when he received word of Lazarus' illness?
reworded a couple things