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comment What is the author's purpose in writing Acts?
@Tau Reading the question the way I did, and taking the ordinary meaning of the words, I hope you would now agree that I have correctly understood the question and therefore answered this question, not a 'different question'.
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comment What is the author's purpose in writing Acts?
@Tau Thank you for your comment. Whenever I receive helpful comments I try to use them to improve my answer, as I hope I have done in this case. First, I note that the question, as I read it, is not about whether Theophilus was a real person. I think the question only raises this for context. I have stuck to the question in the title and in the final statement of question: "What can be adduced as far as the author's purpose(s) in writing this book?" However, your comments have prompted me to draw my hermeneutics together into a logical conclusion, which I think you felt was absent.
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comment Is there evidence to suggest a link between Daniel's wise-men in Babylon and the 3 Magi (Wise Men) who visit Jesus as a child?
@fdb We both know our Zoroastrian scriptures.
Jan
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comment Is there evidence to suggest a link between Daniel's wise-men in Babylon and the 3 Magi (Wise Men) who visit Jesus as a child?
@fdb Granted - and see my wording, "In both books, the authors appear to have been referring to ... " However, in support of the Zoroastrian connection, the Matthean magoi were coming from the east and Zoroastrians had a prophecy of a virgin birth similar to that of Jesus, with the Saoshyant coming to help fight evil. It is, as you say, much debated, but it does make sense that the Matthean author could see the parallels.
Jan
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comment How can I interpret the blessings Joseph in context of the concept that Judah's blessing by Jacob was foreshadowing of Jesus?
@JoshuaBigbee It's the fact that we all have different ways of looking at things that makes the world interesting. The Jewish 'prophecies' were, by and large, different to the Christian ones, but just as sincerely accepted. Some Muslims even posit a few prophecies of Muhammad in the Bible!
Jan
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answered What does it mean when Queen Vashti “displays her beauty” in Esther 1:11
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comment What does it mean when Queen Vashti “displays her beauty” in Esther 1:11
Unsourced anecdotes are fine in a question that seeks evidence in an answer either for the truth of those anecdotes or otherwise. Unsourced anecdotes in an answer are a different matter.
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answered Is there evidence to suggest a link between Daniel's wise-men in Babylon and the 3 Magi (Wise Men) who visit Jesus as a child?
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answered What is the Meaning of Gen. 37:10 ?
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comment How can I interpret the blessings Joseph in context of the concept that Judah's blessing by Jacob was foreshadowing of Jesus?
@rhetorician Thanks Don. Yes, I cited Mack (Professor of Theology) because I think he was making the same point as is made in comments to the question above. Some attempts to find hundreds of prophecies in the OT are either self-delusion or attempts to deceive readers. Surely Christianity does not need this! Once I have made my point, I will probably remove this answer.
Jan
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answered Why did Jesus not allow demons to proclaim his name
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revised How can I interpret the blessings Joseph in context of the concept that Judah's blessing by Jacob was foreshadowing of Jesus?
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answered How can I interpret the blessings Joseph in context of the concept that Judah's blessing by Jacob was foreshadowing of Jesus?
Jan
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reviewed Approve Is Jesus the Good Samaritan?
Jan
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comment Joseph's proclamation while riding in the chariot in Egypt
In support of this being a possible Aramaism, "the majority of modern biblical scholars date the Joseph story in its current form to the 5th century BCE Persian era at the earliest."
Jan
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comment Is Jesus the Good Samaritan?
Ninety per cent of this entirely avoids the question, discussing a whole range of other issues the writer seems to find interesting. I'm not even sure the last paragraph actually addresses the question as put.
Jan
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answered Is Jesus the Good Samaritan?
Jan
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comment What is sacred prostitution?
@JoshuaBigbee Your view that answers on Christianity.SE should have less textual criticism is note. However, you will have seen that the question was probably going to be migrated to this site, where some textual criticism is generally appropriate. I think that, in order to go beyond a mere dictionary statement of what sacred prostitution was, I had to present a cultural context ('apparently' Tamar) and explain the veil that protected Tamar's identity but would likely also have identified a sacred prostitute.
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