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Apr
27
comment Does the seventh seal do anything?
A little late for the challenge...
Apr
20
comment Was Jesus anointed once or twice on the feet with perfume?
It's a good argument; however, it still leaves the work of reconciling Luke's account. Also, one could read it as John distinguishing between Mary's - i.e. this Mary, who poured perfume unlike the other Mary.
Apr
12
comment What does “more than conquerors” mean in Romans 8:37?
@Kazark I've been wondering lately whether there is a connection to the whole of Psalm 44 (from 8:36). They had victory of the sword, now they're plundered; but they're righteous, so how can Psalm 1 be true (i.e. the righteous prosper)? Romans 8 answers that question promising to the righteous glory in suffering incomparably greater than victory of the sword.
Apr
10
comment Why does Paul get annoyed with the slave girl in Acts 16?
It's interesting that the NIV, NET, ESV, NASB and KJV all have the definite article here, esp. since it is present in the Greek seemingly everywhere else (e.g. 9:2 or 18:25) but not here.
Apr
5
comment Was Nathan a false prophet?
@JonEricson I always appreciate the connections other people make between texts, so I'm glad this one could help.
Mar
22
comment Why does Matthew link Jesus' healing miracles to the title “Son of David?”
So you're saying that perhaps Matthew juxtaposes the title with the healings in order to make the point that Jesus fulfills both ideas of the Messiah? Or perhaps combining what you're saying with what swasheck seems to say: Matthew is illustrating Jesus as simultaneously both priest and king?
Mar
16
comment What is the “first resurrection”?
@JonEricson Well, it's been good for me too; eschatology has always been a topic I just kinda avoided. And really, both this answer and the one I linked are highly indebted to Sam Storms. But thank you for precipitating a lot of my inquiry.
Mar
11
comment Who was a greater king: Hezekiah or Josiah?
@AffableGeek I'm, of course, not really asking for a ranking of the kings; just interested in how the apparent contradiction can be resolved.
Feb
29
comment Is Keller's view of the father in the Prodigal Son parable a reasonable interpretation?
I've only heard his sermon series on The Prodigal God, not read the book; but Keller's perspective I don't think is too different from what you've written here. He sees both brothers as wanting their father's things rather than their father, and I'm pretty sure he argues that the elder brother should have been working to reconcile the younger brother back to the family just as in the other two parables (coin and sheep) someone seeks what was lost.
Feb
23
comment Did Jephthah actually sacrifice his daughter?
@FrankLuke I guess I'd say the ending of her father's line would be part of the tragedy in her death, but also just that it was considered a disgrace for a woman to remain barren (cf. Gen. 30:23, Ruth 1:12-13, 1 Sam. 1:6-7, Luke 1:25) because her felt telos was bound up with providing children (esp. sons). Naomi is hopeless not because she has lost her sons (though of course she weeps for that), but because she cannot provide new sons for her daughters-in-law.
Feb
17
comment What does “the grace of life” refer to in 1 Peter 3:7?
Yeah, didn't mean to limit it to sons; obviously there are the daughters of Zelophehad, etc.. I just mean there is a familial connection to the giver of the inheritance.
Feb
17
comment What does “the grace of life” refer to in 1 Peter 3:7?
You raise a good point about the tight connection. It seems to me still a very strange use of "heir", though, which conveys sonship. (Just thinking out loud.)
Feb
17
comment Why is “rega`” translated “peace” in Job 21:13?
Is your thought, then, that the word "peace" in English should be reserved as a technical word conveying the Hebrew concept of shalom?
Feb
17
comment Did John know about the Synoptics?
@JonEricson He only spends a couple of the 600+ pages on this question, so I wouldn't get it just for that; but overall I do recommend the book. (And thanks!)
Feb
15
comment Do some of the manuscripts have a blank spot in Ephesians 1:1?
Thanks a lot. This is really helpful. And I appreciate the link to your blog post. Welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics.
Feb
13
comment Does the Hebrew in Judges 4:4 explicitly identify Deborah as a woman?
@JonEricson I read quite some time ago that the first 5-6 phrases in the Hebrew all identify Deborah as a woman, as if the author is going out of the way to point this out. Your question definitely prompted me to follow up on this and try and search it out for myself.
Feb
13
comment Does the Hebrew in Judges 4:4 explicitly identify Deborah as a woman?
Thanks for the information about the marker. That's a helpful thing to know even beyond this verse.
Feb
10
comment Was the Beloved Disciple the author of the Fourth Gospel?
Also, there is no manuscript evidence that they were swapped; some scholars just think that the narrative flows better if the chapters are switched.
Feb
3
comment Does the Shibboleth story help us date the book of Judges?
I'm curious to see where you're going with this - clearly you have some idea, otherwise why the question. :)
Jan
28
comment Are Job's friends the voice of the Accuser?
Some interesting thoughts in here, especially the part about Leviathan. If I might make one suggestion - it would help your argument to substantiate this claim a little: "There are strong echoes of the Adversary in these lines and in other parts of Elihu's speech."