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Aug
29
comment In Genesis 3, does the serpent's curse include a demotion?
@All There, I'm finished.
Aug
28
comment In Genesis 3, does the serpent's curse include a demotion?
@All This is an incomplete answer-I hope to finish it when I get the chance.
Aug
25
comment In Genesis 3, does the serpent's curse include a demotion?
It's clear that Paul saw the context figuratively(Rom. 16:20), and from there we can rightly determine if the text was meant 'literal' vs 'figurative'.
Aug
25
comment In Genesis 3, does the serpent's curse include a demotion?
Then I would have even a greater challenge, because the context suggests a "Figurative" interpretation-unless somebody can find an instance where 'serpents'(ie:snakes) walked, and now they don't. If there's no evidence of "de-evolvement"(none that I know of in Scripture), then it's pretty clear God was talking to Satan, which takes us to a "figurative", rather than "Literal" interpretation.
Aug
25
comment In Genesis 3, does the serpent's curse include a demotion?
Oh boy, you are opening a can of worms here... Are we determining whether the context is Literal or Figurative, and whether or not the 'serpent' is a mere reptile, or the embodiment of Satan?
Aug
25
comment Is there a possibility of a gap of time between Gen 1:1 and 1:2?
@PaulGlennCawley This is a "good" question, and ScottS has provided a 'template' for asking it. You don't need to convince us of your position in the question; you can do that in an answer to your question, if you see the need to.
Aug
23
comment Does Song on Songs 6:13 refer to “the perfect one” or “the Shulammite”?
I like this answer, as it goes to the core of understanding the Song of Solomon as more than a "love poem'. These 'double entendre's' are lost in English, but spell out the rich woven fabric of the author's description of God's relationship with Israel.
Aug
22
comment The book of Daniel
@Russell I would have to agree w/David, since handwriting would merely evidence it to the DSS, although that in itself could cause one to question the '165BCE' theory. There are numerous reasons to challenge the validity of the "165 theory", one of which is the hermeneutic one requires to postulate it.
Aug
21
comment How did Ecclesiastes come to be associated with Sukkot?
@BruceJames I did a cursory search of Mi Yodeya and although I found the linkage between Sukkot and Ecclesiastes, I didn't find any reasons given. I too, would be interested in knowing why; also the sources and timeframe. Was it pre-1st Century, or after the Mishnah?
Aug
20
comment What is the difference between a “literal” and “literalistic” interpretation of Scripture?
I would have to agree w/ScottS that there's no such thing as a "pure literalistic interpretation". I believe the author is 'coining' a term to illustrate what he sees as an abherration from a Literal(historical/grammatical) one.
Aug
20
comment What is the difference between a “literal” and “literalistic” interpretation of Scripture?
This answer captures the sum and breadth of a Literal Interpretation-+1.
Aug
19
comment Will the return of Christ (Second Coming) be literal or symbolic?
@Gabe I know you're new here, and perhaps aren't aware of the rules for posting questions on this site. An edit has been suggested, but I sense it's not in line with what your asking. Based on my comment to Caleb, could you clarify your intention? Then perhaps we can pose a question that will pass the board of censors. Thx
Aug
18
comment Will the return of Christ (Second Coming) be literal or symbolic?
@Caleb It is precisely for this reason that I felt an edit was needed. IF: One was ascertaining whether or not Jesus's 2nd Coming was Literal, one could clearly establish it from the text and consequently(IMO) it would be a very valid question. On the other hand, if all one is trying to do is establish that everything in Revelations is Figurative, and therefore one can establish another conclusion than what is plainly written in the text, then unless one is asking a hermeneutics question(they might....?) THEN:I would concede it is off-topic.
Aug
17
comment Does πολιτείας imply citizenship status with Israel?
Thank you for your response! I suspected this, but I have no knowledge of Greek idioms, I thought maybe Paul was using an idiom when he described "citizenship"(a legal term which establishes one's relationship with a sovereign entity), with the believer's inheritance in Christ. This opens up more questions-but this one needed to be answered before I could procede further. Thx
Aug
17
comment Will the return of Christ (Second Coming) be literal or symbolic?
@All I believe there are the makings of a good question here, however as it stands there needs some adjustment to determine the OP's intent.
Aug
15
comment In what language is the oldest available text of Genesis?
Since Moses wrote the Torah, this question is a no-brainer. However, it's not clear whether there were oral sources or other writings(Book of Enoch?) which were copied from.
Aug
10
comment Who is being addressed in Matthew 6:13?
That a Good God, who saw all He created was good, including giving man the ability to choose "life and blessing, or death and cursing"(Dt. 30:19) does not translate into "Dualism". Case in point: Moses told the children of Israel they would abandon God and walk after idols(Dt. 31:29), did that remove the obligation from Israel to obey the Law? Wasn't the Law "good", and their choice to obey it "good" also? The fact that they disobeyed it did not make the Law evil, rather it shows the mercy of God giving them a choice to obey the Law from their heart.
Aug
9
comment Does John 12:31 refer to the event in Revelation 12:9?
Good Question, and one that deserves a good answer. I would like to answer it, when I find the necessary time. Short Answer: Satan is neither Omnipotent, Omniscient, nor Omnipresent. But he is a spirit being, so those that would contend with him must operate in the Spirit. Since our warfare is not "flesh and blood"(Eph. 6), it's important to understand 1) Who we are in Christ, and 2) What we can do to him(under this dispensation). To say he is 'bound' when he roams as a roaring lion is a mistake, just as much as saying we are powerless to prevent his attacks.
Aug
9
comment What is the true name of our creator?
@All I'm going to voice a rare dissent here. I agree the OP doesn't pose a textual reference, but the question can be definitely answered by the text. For a new user, perhaps a non-native speaker, seeking an answer which the text can certainly provide, perhaps some editing of this very answerable question can be afforded. Answering a question like this would make anybody's day IMO.
Aug
9
comment How can Ruth “return” to a place she had never been?
You probably know it's etymology better than the rest of us. Have you done any study on the "Ruth Test"(ie: the process by which one converts to Judaism)?