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May
31
comment How should James 2:18 be translated?
Related: Who is speaking in James 2:18?
May
29
comment Why is David's throne established by so much deceit?
Thanks for the ideas. I was thinking more along theological purposes, so I wasn't anticipating political purposes; but those are also worth consideration.
May
21
comment Are women really saved by childbearing according to 1 Timothy 2:15?
Thanks for adding this answer, Bruce.
May
18
comment Twenty plus twenty-five plus fifteen in Ezekiel 45:12
@Ray, I was thinking they would have only one of each weight. Maybe similar to this puzzle.
May
17
comment Are there scriptural warrants for using the rule of first mention?
@BobJones - I'm not disputing the claim that all Scripture speaks of Jesus, I'm disputing how all Scripture speaks of him. Here's a different example: Jesus says John is Elijah. (Matthew 17:10-13) John says he's not Elijah (John 1:21). They're both right because Elijah is a type for John (in which case John is Elijah), and Elijah is a type for Christ (in which case John is not Elijah). Also, the gospels never record the woman removing Jesus' shoes.
May
17
comment Twenty plus twenty-five plus fifteen in Ezekiel 45:12
Interested to see if other people have ideas; I might guess 15, 20, and 25 were standard weights in a normal set (like, four quarters shall be your dollar). But the ending of Ezekiel is very confusing to me.
May
16
comment Are there scriptural warrants for using the rule of first mention?
@BobJones - Your questions are all good. I'll try to amend my answer (or add some comments) to address them soon.
May
12
comment What is meant by “Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire”?
@Kazark - Certainly death is portrayed as a defeated enemy, one who is vanquished. But I'm not so sure how neatly everything is sealed off as you say. Rev. 14:10-11 suggests to me otherwise. I'll have to think about it, though.
May
9
comment Is David the Godfather?
Thanks; this is a good and well-argued answer.
May
9
comment Who/what are the two witnesses in Revelation 11?
I was reading the Zechariah passage the other day and realized that chapter 4 provided the background for this passage in Revelation (verse 14 caught my attention). Still not sure what to make of that, though, since Joshua and Zerubbabel are themselves symbols.
May
7
comment How can we understand “another gospel” in its historical context?
@Ray I'm not sure if this gets at what you're asking. And I've purposefully left vague the term "observing the law", which might be the heart of what you're wanting to understand. Also, I did not draw out parallels/differences between this false gospel and the "social gospel" and "prosperity gospel" since you didn't ask for that. I'll be glad to amend what I've written if you had in mind a different contour for what an answer would look like.
May
3
comment Is David the Godfather?
@swasheck Solomon gives the order to kill Joab in 2:31 and then to kill Shimei in 2:46.
May
2
comment Is David the Godfather?
@JonEricson Probably right about the title, but I couldn't resist :)
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.