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Apr
26
comment Historical Evidence of Interpreting the Sabbath Rest to Begin the Preceding Night?
Text styling is one of those things where less is more man. I'm all for formatting things for readability and to give content some semantic meaning, but this is so excessive it reduces the clarity. You have as much bold here as normal text, 3 sizes, italics for no apparent reason, and the whole thing is organized in a way that makes it hard to just read. One's eye can only skip around this; it can't be just read because there are so many visual diversions the main point is smothered. Please consider using less formatting and thinking about the overall flow in your posts.
Apr
22
comment Was the LXX used in Palestine in the First Century?
I kind of disagree with the original question closure here on BH and have migrated the closed version from C.SE back here and tweaked it a little. More refinement could probably be done but this is squarely in the area of expertise of this site. If there are further objections to it here it's probably worth opening a Biblical Hermeneutics Meta post about it.
Apr
16
comment How could Moses have written the first five books of the Bible?
Most of this is pretty good but towards the end, esp. the final "What if…" paragraph, makes some flying leaps of logic that I don't think are necessarily supportable from the text and detract from the quality of the rest of the answer.
Apr
16
comment How could Moses have written the first five books of the Bible?
@Marisa Would you please ask about this on Biblical Hermeneutics Meta? I see where you are coming from (and indeed disagree with Dick on this for some of the same reasons you are objecting) but at the same time there are reasons why this is a valid answer post for this site. Explaining that might take more space than comments here, so let's do it on meta.
Apr
9
comment James and Jacob are translated as the same name. What were the criteria followed for name translations?
The exact same issue exists in the Turkish translations I'm familiar with. James, Jacob, and sometimes Judah get mixed up all the time because they are translated inconsistently, sometimes the same as each-other, other times different. I've heard some explanations about phonetics coming from Hebrew vs. Greek and traditions of names in other languages, but none that I really buy. It will be interesting to see what answers can bring to light.
Apr
7
comment Is the 'Lamb's Book of Life' the same thing as the 'Tree/Book of Life' in Revelation?
Asserting that variances in translation constitute adding or taking away from Scripture is one of the silliest interpretations of this passage I can think of. The only way you can blow this off so lightly is if you've given up on the idea of Scripture even being in any sense God's words—at which point I wonder what your interest in them even is. On the other hand if these scriptures are indeed inspired in any sense one must wrestle with what they actually mean: and this would not be it.
Apr
5
comment How much were sacrificial animals worth?
This question asks about the Levitical system. Answering relative to first century Palastine doesn't seem relevant (and if it is the question would need to be fixed first).
Mar
5
comment What did Pharaoh mean by “sin” and “righteous”?
Orthography and etymology are certainly interesting things to trace, but this usage in the interpretative process is just רעדיכולוס.
Feb
19
comment Which 'modern' English translation of the Bible is considered the 'closest' or most accurate translation?
The clarification on how meaningless "literal" is is good, but you need to actually answer the question as well. Can you edit this with some remarks about what translations employ more formal rather than dynamic equivalence so that this can stand alone as an answer to this question?
Jan
31
comment Jesus and the adulterous woman: was stoning a practical possiblity?
Why the leading and trailing gibberish that isn't even part of an answer?
Jan
5
comment Is there any evidence that 'knei bosem' is cannabis or ganja?
@JimThio Both in this comment and your original question, you're chasing false cognates. The site you linked also makes this mistake and demonstrates very poor understanding of the languages it comments on. You should let these much more educated answers set the record straight. No, the connection you are trying to make is not there.
Dec
21
comment What does it mean that the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than John the Baptist?
«Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”»
Dec
17
comment In Isaiah 14:12 did the King James translator make a mistake using the term Lucifer to describe morning star?
@BruceJames Reformed Christianity (and many other theological traditions including before the Reformation) would agree with you on that point. Satan is God's Satan, a created being that operates only subject to God's authority. Anything less and God becomes not-so-sovereign. So a more accurate statement would be "Some Christians may see it that way…", but ascribing that form of idolatry to all of Christianity is not accurate.
Nov
22
comment What is the difference between ζωὴ and ψυχὴ?
Glaringly wrong is the methodology employed here. This site is more about methods and the process of applying interpretation techniques than it is about specific conclusions. Even wrong-conclusions are sometimes up-vote worthy if they teach something useful about methodology. This is the opposite of that. Parsing an interlinear Bible is simply not the tool for this job. You really need to learn the limitations of —and appropriate applications for— the available tools so you don't end up in a broken hermeneutic circle.
Nov
22
comment What is the difference between en/eis for Pauline “Faith in Christ” phrases?
@enegue That's not how the system works. Nobody is required to leave comments with downvotes, and dowvoters are not supposed to wait to give you a chance to avoid them. They are supposed to sort the answers by relative usefulness based on the current state of the answer. No commenting or waiting is required for that. Also they are reversible so if your answer changes voters can change their vote. Also typically comments asking about DVs are discouraged: instead if you are legitimately confused why your posts are not well received you can ask on Biblical Hermeneutics Meta for feedback.
Nov
19
comment Gal 5:18 vs John 3:16
@Smartis + flaggers: This question isn't worded in a way that would work on Christianity. We don't do truth questions about how thing "should" be interpreted. This could be edited to ask specifically about how a certain theological framework resolves this issue, but an analysis of the text and whether they are or not in conflict would be more the scope of this site to handle.
Nov
19
comment Why did Paul use χρηματισμός to introduce his quotation from the Elijah narrative in Romans 11?
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Nov
16
comment What is the relationship between light and life in John 1:4b
The assertion «Adam's life simply IS, by the same reasoning that God IS» is neither supported by the text in question here nor, indeed, anywhere else in Scripture. Only the second Adam is talked about it terms of being co-eternal.
Nov
13
comment What sort of phrasing is “the many” in Romans 5?
You're killing me man! This question was actually not for myself so much as a Turkish pastor friend of mine who doesn't speak English at all and is trying to preach through Romans. I posed the question based on a combination of his misunderstandings and my own inability to succinctly defend exactly why this bit meant what I thought it meant. Thanks for addressing the specific misconceptions, that did make it a lot easier to sit down and talk through. However working through 30 pages of your [very specifically worded] paper trying to translate the gist of it into Turkish was a bit taxing.
Nov
7
comment Terminology of “goodness” in Romans 7
Actually, you do have to be a master to spot when something that seems obvious to untrained eyes actually involves important subtleties. I may not know Greek but I am bilingual and I know from experience that the sort of thing your asserting is obvious might actually have other explanations. And it seems you are unable to rule out other possibilities because you don't even know what they might be. Ergo my assessment that this unconvincing.