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Mar
29
comment Plants created before the sun?
There are no contradictions. "Let there be light" means, let there be energy and from that energy matter formed. The first plants fed of heat. We find 'plants' at deep sea vents where there is no light at all.
Mar
23
comment Could saying that Melchizedek was “without beginning of days or end of life” possibly be a textual error?
+1 Thank you. I will use your explanation as a beginning for more investigation.
Mar
15
comment Why is “bloods,” translated as “blood,” in Genesis 4:10?
@Bagpipes. If you put that precondition to the question why ask in this manner? Are you asking for a confirmation of your theory?
Mar
14
comment Why is “bloods,” translated as “blood,” in Genesis 4:10?
Should your question include the possibility that 'bloods' mean the loss of future generations - Abel had no children. I understand that this is a very Mid-Eastern concept and maybe I should not introduce it here.
Mar
7
comment Why Were there 12 Baskets of Leftovers when feeding 5000?
I asked this question on Mi Yodeya and DanF answered it very kindly by pointing out II Kings 4: 42 - 44. It is part of the grace after meals to acknowledge that God provides all food and a meal from God will always have plenty of 'seconds' and leftovers.
Mar
6
comment What is the intended image of “pierced my hands and feet” in Psalm 22:16?
If I can may make an observation based on practical experience: untrained dogs, especially in a group, attack your hands and feet because that is what you use to defend yourself. The same applies to an attack by a group of 'evil-doers'. They grab your arms and if you kick, your legs. The Masoretic text translates as 'lion' as in: "For dogs have encompassed me; a company of evildoers have inclosed me; like a lion, they are at my hands and my feet." The word 'lion' would then mean, 'too strong to break loose'. I think it is a very apt description that might only be appreciated by past victims.
Jan
26
comment Why was, “for they were Ishmaelites” considered an explanation for why the Midianites had golden earrings in Judges 8:24?
Are you asking about the earrings, that the Hebrews might have worn as well, or that they were golden?
Nov
4
comment Who said “of them which thou gavest me have I lost none”?
The simplest explanation is that there were 'scriptures' or 'oral traditions' that we are no longer familiar with or that is no longer part of Christianity. The answer in Hermeneutics (Psalm 41: 9) takes a bit of imagination - the Psalm is about being sick, and maybe only those that have been really sick will understand that 'best friends' are not always 'friends' when one is sick.
Oct
16
comment In Judges 15:8; Hip and thigh?
I'm not sure that the question or answer shows enough research. The answer is clear from the Blue Letter Bible. The thigh was prohibited, the hip was used in sacrifice. The term therefore means 'indiscriminately'. Both the good and bad. The guilty and innocent. Etc
Jul
2
comment Why didn't Jesus 'entrust himself' to his followers? (John 2:23-25)
Maybe look at a couple of translations and then ask the question again.
May
7
comment Why Jeremiah used both encrypted and original name in single verse?
Wow! You are the man! Wonderful answer. Wonderful question.
Jan
17
comment Why did not the Apostle Paul ever say “In the name of him who says” (i.e., Heb. be-shem omro)?
Excellent answer. The issue of rabbinical tradition before 70 has troubled me for some time.
Jan
17
comment What is the meaning of Luke 23:31?
Great answer. I think what it makes absolutely clear is that Biblical context is formed by already held beliefs and not rational thinking.
Jan
15
comment Which apostles did Paul see while he was in Jerusalem after his conversion?
Are you asking if Luke got a little creative with his hero worship of Paul? If so it is a brave question.
Jan
11
comment What does “sit” mean in the scripture “The prostitute who sits on many waters.”
I asked because my King James links Rev 17: 15 with 18: 17 so it is a point that has been raised before and that cannot be dismissed out of hand. Maybe the King James translators are wrong as they are in other instances.
Jan
11
comment Did God say that Adam will die on the same day he ate the fruit?
How about the simple answer that it was awareness of death?
Jan
10
comment What does “sit” mean in the scripture “The prostitute who sits on many waters.”
Why can 'waters' not mean waters? Why must it mean 'men' or 'humanity'? If it meant waters, it would imply maritime control or control of trade, something John would have been familiar with. Then the two verses are easier to understand.
Dec
30
comment Job 38, was God being sarcastic?
Job is everyman, not a man. Man has always had the same problems with God. (Why does God allow tsunamis etc) Good question though as it explains the 'since the beginning' nature of the Book of Job.
Dec
27
comment Does Joshua 6:20 suggest an earthquake occurred at Jericho?
After trying to walk straight through the rubble of a small demolished building I am certain there has to be another understanding of verse five and twenty. Even a small wall would create a mountain of rubble and this wall must have been high and wide. An earthquake would have made an impassable mess. I am most curious to see what solutions are proposed.
Dec
19
comment What does Jesus mean in Luke 5:36-39? (new wine into old wineskins)
This is an interesting understanding you have.