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Feb
22
comment How would Elisha plowing with 12 oxen have been understood at the time of writing?
Do you mean in terms of socioeconomic status?
Feb
19
comment Why does everyone in John misunderstand Jesus?
I think you're on the right track here. I'm trying to put together a compelling argument that this is the case from within John. 3:12 will be helpful.
Feb
14
comment What was Noah thinking when he sent a raven from the ark?
Another interesting answer, but could you perhaps tease out more the narrative's correspondence to the festal calendar?
Jan
14
comment What is the purpose of Elijah's travels?
Thanks for the sleuthing, but I'm still thinking there's a connection to Joshua. Even if it's a different Gilgal, the miraculous parting of the Jordan alone (and together with Jericho all the more) is enough in my mind to connect the narrative to Joshua. And a direct route or not, the text's mention of the LORD's prompting suggests more than a simple travel log.
Jan
11
comment Is conscience (συνείδησις) a particularly Pauline idea?
@H3br3wHamm3r81 On the other hand, it does appear in Acts twice, and Luke records quite a number of speakers between Luke and Acts, so it's interesting that the word only ever appears on Paul's lips.
Jan
8
comment What are the holy Scriptures that Timothy has known from his youth?
Wouldn't Timothy's youth rather make it more possible for parts of the NT to be written even while he was a child?
Jan
4
comment Why does Jehoash cry “The chariots and horsemen of Israel”?
Thanks, your last remark resonates quite a bit given that the phrase is used at the end of the lives of each prophet. Also, welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics!
Dec
26
comment Who does Jesus refer to by the phrase “another who testifies about me” in John 5:32?
I'm confused by your answer. Did you mean 5:32? Or are you referring back to chapter 3 somehow?
Dec
13
comment Who does Jesus refer to by the phrase “another who testifies about me” in John 5:32?
I read 33-35 as an interlude. The Jews probably thought that he was alluding to John when he said that another testified, but Jesus clarifies that yes John gave valid testimony, yet in fact Jesus is speaking of a greater witness than John. I don't think the idea of the gradation can hold for two reason: 1) Jesus already has appealed to the Father as a witness in 23-24, and 2) the gradation moves from John to the Father to the Scriptures and its hard to see how the Scriptures are weightier than the Father.
Dec
5
comment What and where is the Kerith ravine?
@EliRosencruft Obadiah's character is interesting, and I'm having trouble figuring him out. On the one hand the text is emphatic that he is a devout worshiper of the LORD. On the other hand, he also has two masters (he calls Elijah his lord in 18:7 but Ahab is also his master in 18:10f) which is reflective of Ahab and the people who "waver between two opinions" (in contrast to Elijah and Jezebel).
Dec
5
comment What is the function of the sandwich stories in Mark?
Two great answers in a row! Thanks. You took a broader approach to the book with this than I was expecting. One touch I like with the story of the bleeding woman is that Jesus calls her, "Daughter", such that on the way to heal Jairus's daughter, Jesus stops to heal his own.
Dec
4
comment Why does Mark mention Elijah before Moses?
Thanks for giving a reasoned response. Even though it doesn't quite get me to a conclusion yet, I wish I could vote it up more than once. One quick note: if you compare Mark 1:6 and 2 Kings 1:8, it seems hard to argue that Mark did not associate John with Elijah.
Nov
30
comment Is the rich man in James 1:10 a brother?
Hi Zorro, welcome to this site and thanks for the answer here. The two "characters" idea is interesting; there certainly are a lot of dichotomies in James. I'll have to go back and examine that; though it might make your answer more helpful if you developed that a little more here.
Nov
23
comment How ought we to take Paul's comments on getting drunk?
My pastor mentioned this too. He contrasted getting drunk with wine and being filled with the Spirit as things which control our thinking.
Nov
18
comment Why does Mark mention Elijah before Moses?
So you're arguing then that in Mark the word order is insignificant, while in Matthew and Luke it was imbued with meaning?
Nov
18
comment Why does Mark mention Elijah before Moses?
@BobJones I think even the most conservative interpreters recognize that word order is sometimes used to convey a certain emphasis. I don't know that Mark is doing that here, but the fact that he deviates from every other pair of "Moses and Elijah" suggests so to me.
Nov
13
comment What and where is the Kerith ravine?
@EliRosencruft I'm not done with this answer, but I'm done for this night. I'll have to think some more about the implications of the Mosaic parallels, and then probably there is something to do with Noah as well (so the Talmud tells me). Not sure what you're getting at yet with the reference to Obadiah, though. Obviously Elijah is provided with food, while Obadiah provides food; but not sure what the implications of that would be.
Oct
30
comment How does Pharaoh know to summon Abram?
Thanks, this question was a shot in the dark to see if anyone had any insights I might have missed, but you're probably right that the text just doesn't give us enough information to know.
Oct
17
comment What does Jesus mean in Matthew 26:64 with “You have said so”?
Welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics. While you address the question in your last sentence, it's difficult to see how the earlier parts of your answer contribute to answering the question. Also, unless there is some really important part of the text you want to highlight, I'd suggest simply linking to any texts you want to quote as there are plenty of online Bible resources.
Oct
6
comment Why are 2 Peter and Jude usually together in commentaries?
Yeah, I almost immediately followed this up with a question about Jude :)