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Apr
13
comment What does UNDER THE SUN relate to in Ecclesiastes?
More like "God sees it" than what? This question reads a little like a rant, which is okay for a forum but not for Q&A site like this. If you are asking a genuine question, you need to reduce the amount of argument in your question—or add counterargument. Then, you are allowed to post an answer to your own question. Though I would caution you that answers which do not cite specific parts of the text and show contextually why you think they mean what they do are unlikely to be favored on an exegetical site.
Apr
13
comment Does Paul refer to his past or present evil/sin in Romans 7
You seem to be equivocating on "flesh". What exactly do you mean by it?
Jan
3
comment What does 'Dominon' mean in Genesis?
This question looks a bit like it is trying to pick a fight. Do you have any example of anyone who claims that it means "plunder and make use of"? If not, what makes you think it might mean that? The question appears rhetorical to me, and as such stands in danger of being closed as "not a real question" or "not constructive".
Jan
3
comment How did the shadow move back ten steps in 2 Kings 20:8-11?
Wow, those are some fascinating claims! Do you have references?
Dec
29
comment Ecclesiastes 4:12 A cord of three strands is not quickly broken
+1, especially for the technical details as to the construction of rope.
Dec
21
comment How are we to take the fact that Lot offered his daughters for rape?
A wicked man offers his daughters to be raped. But the Bible speaks of many wicked people who do horrific things. So I'm not sure the point of the question. (The question could be strengthened by bringing a NT citation that calls him righteous. At that point you could tag it with contradiction.)
Dec
21
comment How often does the Bible use “God of Jacob” versus “God of Israel”?
Is the question in the title the same one as in the body?
Dec
19
comment What does “because of the angels” refer to in 1 Cor 11:10?
Somehow I do not find that exegetically convincing.
Oct
20
comment The beloved disciple vs Peter
In addition, your answer is not very focused.
Oct
4
comment Is LXX “Enoch pleased God” a reasonable idiomatic translation of Hebrew “Enoch walked with God”?
Even tho I had already upvoted and accepted, I finally just got to read this answer in detail. It deserves every upvote it has and I hope it picks up several more because it is exemplary of what answers here should be.
Sep
29
comment Satan: Stumbling Block or Accuser?
I'm curious where the snake in Genesis fits into this.
Sep
27
comment Ecclesiastes 4:12 A cord of three strands is not quickly broken
@J.C.Salomon Thank you. :) I am hesitant about qualifying phrases, because if I continually relativize my beliefs, I destroy them (since they defy relativism). But I have added something of a qualifying phrase to properly note in the answer itself that Jewish scolarship would differ on this point. And we can leave these comments in place as well.
Sep
27
comment Ecclesiastes 4:12 A cord of three strands is not quickly broken
@J.C.Salomon As someone who holds firmly to a Triune God, when I read a passage inspired by that God that asserts the superiority of three, I would be remiss to neglect the reference... these frictions are inevitable at an ecumenical hermeneutics site. I reject the idea that Christians and Jews have some deeper level of agreement which allows for neutral discussions. Occassionally we will say say similar things, but fundamentally we will always mean very different things. For me to separate Christology or Trinitarianism from my Old Testament exegesis to give up my faith.
Sep
24
comment Did Job believe in an afterlife where wrongs could be righted?
Jon, I trust that you will forgive me for posting several rebuttals of your posts in the last few days! I do want to admit that I find your argument from the overall point of the text (not questioning God even when he seems questionable) very strong. So +1 for that and a helpful introduction to the textual issues. (For the record, though, I am no fan of Wright!)
Sep
24
comment Does “foundations of the earth” in Job 38:4 refer to just the earth, or is it a metaphor for more?
Yes. Dealing with matter in the abstract is very Greek. The Scriptures have a radically approach to ontology than the philosophers; I would be tempted to answer this question with a simple N/A! Moreover, music as we know is only possible via sound waves, so whatever this singing is it is not music as we know it anyway. Which is more primordial is not even a question within the realm of possibility in Bible. Rather God is the Creator and has preëminence over man, and in this case specifically, Job. +1
Sep
24
comment Does “foundations of the earth” in Job 38:4 refer to just the earth, or is it a metaphor for more?
@Caleb Yes, I think there are two questions here.
Sep
23
comment Were the Nephilim in Genesis 6 aliens?
@JonEricson נֶפֶל means a premature birth, or a miscarried or aborted baby; literally/etymologically (I think), "that which has fallen [from the womb]" (Job 3:15; Psalm 58:8; Ecclesiastes 6:3).
Sep
23
comment Was 'σκύβαλον' (skubalon) profanity?
@Mike Okay, thanks. Have a look (don't be freaked out by the way the diffing engine makes everything go red and green...some of that is just removal of bolding). Once again, if you don't like it, feel free to change it or roll it back. I can be a brutal editor when unleashed. This edit doesn't have so much to do with my analysis of the Greek (though I did look into that a little) but simply with the mode of presentation of your argument. I hope I have well preserved your intention and perhaps shored up the presentation a little. :)
Sep
23
comment How did mankind's way of relating to God change in Genesis 4:26?
You bring up some interesting points here, but I disagree with your conclusion. I've added a section to my answer to rebut your position. See what you think.
Sep
22
comment What does “invoke the name of the LORD” mean in Genesis?
@JonEricson How's that? Kind of an awkward operation, because I haven't researched done specific research on the passages the question now refers to, but I think it was for the better...