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Jun
24
comment How can we ensure a given “chiasm” was intentional by the author, and is not merely fanciful eisegesis?
I'm curious how you apply this to the Genesis passage in your question above. There is a strong pattern in chapter 3 of serpent -> woman -> man : man -> woman -> serpent : serpent -> woman -> man. Are elements of that properly called a chiasm?
Jun
13
comment Does John 21:20-24 indicate that the original author of the Fourth Gospel was dead?
I ended up creating a question for the bigger question, in case you want to move some of your content here over there.
Jun
13
comment Does John 21:20-24 indicate that the original author of the Fourth Gospel was dead?
I think I'm understanding now, but it feels like a thin reed, so maybe I don't have it right still. Basically you think there's a literary correspondence that exists only if 1-20 and 21 are viewed separately and the best opportunity for that is a two stage composition/"publication"?
Jun
12
comment Does John 21:20-24 indicate that the original author of the Fourth Gospel was dead?
Thanks Matthew. The parallels with Ecclesiastes are interesting. Could you clarify why the pattern of the three "love" questions is more fitting of a later addition?
Jun
7
comment Locations of the graves of the Patriarchs
@BruceJames That he clearly understands his own culture and their manners of speaking much better than us? I think it says far more about us and our blind spots in interpretation if we consider something an obvious error that was no error at all.
Jun
7
comment Locations of the graves of the Patriarchs
@BruceJames Exactly. That none of Luke's contemporaries corrected what to us looks like such an obvious mistake indicates that Stephen wasn't considered to be in error at all.
Jun
5
comment To whom should we attribute John 3:16?
Interesting, I wouldn't have thought of a literary/structural approach.
Jun
4
comment Was the LXX ending to Job written in Greek?
@JonEricson Added a link. The LXX version of Job indeed has some interesting differences compared to the MT.
Jun
4
comment What was Noah thinking when he sent a raven from the ark?
Thanks, Mike. I'd read through The Bible Matrix and that helped me understand your position as well, and I already upvoted your answer from before, but I appreciate you taking the time to update it.
Jun
1
comment Why does John interweave the stories of Jesus' questioning and Peter's denial?
@MatthewMiller That's a good question, so I asked it. :)
Jun
1
comment What significance does John perceive in the piercing of Christ's side and the flow of blood and water?
A lot of great stuff here. I see the allusion to Eve as an extension of the second theme: the release of the Spirit. There is a tight connection in John's writings between the Spirit, the bride and water, culminating in Rev. 22:17. Do you think there is any significance to the way John interweaves the resurrection narrative in chapter 20 between Mary and the disciples?
May
25
comment Is the water jar in John 4:28 a symbol?
Where would something like the twelve stones on the high priest's robe fit in? Do they symbolize anything in your view? Or do the number of stones match the number of tribes by coincidence? Or is there some eschatological truth behind them?
May
25
comment Is the water jar in John 4:28 a symbol?
I guess I assumed the standard definition of a symbol as something that stands in for or represents something else. What definition do you consider the OP to be using?
May
6
comment How should we understand the “Cleansing of the Temple”?
@JonEricson Matthew's account is similar to Mark's and Luke's, but the literary structure doesn't make it quite as obvious and so it would take longer to explain. If you'd like I can add that in as well for completeness; I just thought it would stretch the length of the answer without adding much value.
May
4
comment Why did Paul collect and deliver an offering for the Jerusalem church?
@H3br3wHamm3r81 But also see 2 Cor. 8:1-2
May
4
comment Why does Mark provide two feeding accounts?
Hey Matthew, thanks for the answer and welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics! Hope you'll stay around and continue to provide answers like this one.
Apr
22
comment What is the referent of “body of Christ” in 1 Corinthians 11:29?
Thanks, Mike, for providing a more comprehensive answer here. Incidentally, I do hold the last view.
Apr
18
comment Does John distinguish between terms for love?
I will try to make these references interlinear later.
Apr
17
comment What is the referent of “body of Christ” in 1 Corinthians 11:29?
Thanks, and welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics. It might help clarify if you explained what Paul intends the Corinthians to "discern." Does it mean to come into contact with the spiritual reality?
Mar
26
comment Why does the YLT render “thunder” as “voices” in Exodus 20:18?
As an aside, John 12:29, Rev. 1:12 and Rev. 10:3-4 are interesting cross references.