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Jul
28
comment Morality of God's commandment to kill rebels
@AlanArellano I have taken the liberty of removing your last sentence, which leads towards a pastoral advice question, replacing it by one that examines the text, from what I believe was your perspective. If you disagree, please feel free to roll back my changes.
Jul
28
revised Morality of God's commandment to kill rebels
Change last sentence to create a question more within guidelines
Jul
28
answered Are the “rulers of this age” of 1 Corinthians 2:8 human rulers or demonic rulers?
Jul
26
comment Does Genesis 1:2 refer to the Spirit or a wind?
@rhetorician I have created a chat room, where you can put your views and open them for discussion at chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/26250/…
Jul
26
comment Does Genesis 1:2 refer to the Spirit or a wind?
Let us continue this discussion in chat.
Jul
26
revised Does Genesis 1:2 refer to the Spirit or a wind?
My preconceptions in context
Jul
25
comment Does Genesis 1:2 refer to the Spirit or a wind?
@rhetorician Thank you for your comment, saying that you have no problem with my "breath of God," since the word "breath" used figuratively leaves plenty of room for the breath being God's Spirit! -- This is very close to my own understanding of the text.
Jul
25
comment Does Genesis 1:2 refer to the Spirit or a wind?
@rhetorician You believe a basic rule of hermeneutics is that not a single verse of the Bible should be read out of the largest possible context as possible; namely, the entire Bible. This seems a minority view among critical scholars, who try to read meaning out of the text as written, looking at other texts more to understand how later authors understood a particular text
Jul
25
comment Does Genesis 1:2 refer to the Spirit or a wind?
@Susan Of course I have preconceptions, as has every single person who reads or comments on the Bible. In case it seems that I value my 'preconceptions' higher than those of other commentators, I have updated my answer to say, "I believe ..."
Jul
25
revised Does Genesis 1:2 refer to the Spirit or a wind?
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Jul
25
answered Does Genesis 1:2 refer to the Spirit or a wind?
Jul
23
answered Did Mother Mary believe Jesus was crazy
Jul
19
comment Genesis 37: Any difference between “Ishmeelites” and “Midianites”?
@brilliant No, this is not necessarily the case. As Kass explains, "the Midianites had the same idea that Judah had had, but beat him to it." Had they not done so, option 1 would become the outcome.
Jul
19
revised What are the criteria for identifying an allusion?
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Jul
19
answered What are the criteria for identifying an allusion?
Jul
19
answered Genesis 37: Any difference between “Ishmeelites” and “Midianites”?
Jul
18
answered Do the Mari or Armana documents substantiate the Exodus account of wandering in the desert?
Jul
18
comment How should the chronologies of Galatians 1:16-17 and Acts 9 be reconciled?
@JonathanChell Unless you can show evidence for this chronology, it is speculation and can not be used to explain this problem. Are you saying that, in spite of Acts 9:20-24, Paul casually went to Arabia and returned before the Jews decided to try to kill him? It doesn't make sense.
Jul
18
comment How should the chronologies of Galatians 1:16-17 and Acts 9 be reconciled?
Whether the Jews sought to kill Paul (Acts) or the governor sought to arrest Paul (Paul), it is clear that his presence in Damascus was so dangerous he had to flee, making it unlikely that he would return. Yet Mr Reymond's synthesis has him return and presumably spend a long time there, after his trip to Arabia and back. How does Reymond explain Paul's confidence in his safety?
Jul
17
comment How should the chronologies of Galatians 1:16-17 and Acts 9 be reconciled?
@EmanuelCardona Most scholars look at Paul's itinerary in totality, meaning they are well aware of significant differences in the two account - eg no reference by Paul to the events of the First Missionary Journey (who would not want to talk of the magic he performed in defeating Elymas and the important work in converting the Roman deputy for Cyprus?). They tend to try to explain the differences, usually by reference to theology, rather than attempting to harmonise small sections of the overall chronology..