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Feb
15
comment Do 2nd Peter 3:12 and Amos 5:18 contradict each other in their advice in regard to the day of God?
This question could use a little more explanation. What exactly (in prose) do you think the contradiction would be here?
Feb
5
comment How is the New World Translation's usage of “Jehovah” controversial?
@TRiG Whether this is the "best" answer or not could be disputed but that it is an answer does't seem to be the issue here. In spite of not naming the translation it does address the issue that makes it controversial. See for example the second to last paragraph. That's what NWT did.
Feb
5
comment What is the difference between exegesis and hermeneutics?
Are you sure you don't have your terms cross-wired in part of this answer?
Feb
2
comment Hermeneutically, how do we reconcile Jesus' teaching on loving our enemies and YHWH's telling Israel to destroy their enemies?
I vacillated about migrating it to Christianity but opted against it because I would have to promptly close it there too as it is not addressed at any particular theological tradition. That being said the easiest way I see to to make this workable on SE would be to fix it up for C.SE and if you'd like to go ahead with that I can migrate it there. I don't see any way it even comes close to working on this site.
Feb
2
comment Hermeneutically, how do we reconcile Jesus' teaching on loving our enemies and YHWH's telling Israel to destroy their enemies?
No matter how many times the word "hermeneutically" is inserted here, reconciling apparent issues between OT and NT teachings is clearly a doctrinal issue. As this question does not start from a specific text nor is it about the general field of hermeneutics it is off topic for this site.
Jan
30
comment What do the words “fear and trembling” in Philippians 2 refer to?
I've migrated this to Biblical Hermeneutics because in the absence of a doctrinal framework which you are questioning, "what does X mean" questions are off topic on Christianity. If you'd like to question what the interpretations of a specific theological tradition are then by all means ask there but you must specify.
Dec
29
comment What does “sit” mean in the scripture “The prostitute who sits on many waters.”
As other answers demonstrate it is likely that the general conclusion of this answer isn't far off the mark, but arriving at this conclusion by comparing other English language usages is a completely bogus hermeneutical method. This answer is not useful as far as teaching people how to find answers.
Dec
26
comment What are the translations of the Greek word “monogenes” in Ancient Versions?Is it “only” or “only-begotten”?
Josephus and Plato are not ancient translations of the Bible, they are examples of usage in other literature. None of the other content here appears to be ancient translations. I don't think this does much to answer the original question.
Dec
19
comment Does Exodus explain itself as to why God hardens Pharaoh's heart in chapter 4?
@andrepd No worries. I've closed the question again as it appears this direction is not in line with your intent (which is fine) but if there was some aspect of the text that interested you (or this catches the interest of somebody else who wants to tweak and run with ti) we could certainly re-open it focused on whatever the perceived textual issue is.
Dec
19
comment What Is The Aorist Tense Of A Verb?
@fdb I have to agree this is a bit sketchy. But the real problem is the question. This question specifically and the genre of generic language questions in general was discussed at length on meta and we've pretty much settled that they are outside the scope of the site. There is not much point in debating the merits of answers to questions that are closed for being off topic—unless they are fixed and opened the whole thing is likely to hit the recycle bin eventually. As long as new answers cannot be posted, the pros and cons of existing ones is kind of a moot point.
Dec
19
comment Does Exodus explain itself as to why God hardens Pharaoh's heart in chapter 4?
@JackDouglas I can see your point. I'm not sure I agree that the balance is in favor of this being textual but don't want to be belligerent about it either. Maybe we can think of a away to fine tune the wording a little bit as a warning to would be digressers that the scope of this site needs to start from and stick to interpreting this text. Also maybe there is some nuance in this verse that could be specifically asked about. I'd revert my close vote pretty quickly if I thought there would be a way to moderate answers that approach this from the "wrong" end of the stick (for this site).
Dec
19
comment Does Exodus explain itself as to why God hardens Pharaoh's heart in chapter 4?
@JackDouglas [cont] As I read it the "Why would God ___" part that is the crux of this question would just as easily be attached to any other verse that happened to hit on themes about God's character and his choice of saving a people while rejecting others. I think I could rotate out the verse for a collection of alternates without breaking t he core of the question—which suggests to me it's less textual than it is doctrinal at heart.
Dec
19
comment Does Exodus explain itself as to why God hardens Pharaoh's heart in chapter 4?
@JackDouglas How do you read it? Anything that asks "Why would God do do X" (especially the use of "would") suggests to me a doctrinal question that can only be fully addressed by a theological framework rather than one that can be analyzed and answered in the context of the text in question. How is a question about God's possible motivations not going to lead into more theology and speculation than this site wants to be focused on?
Dec
18
comment Does Exodus explain itself as to why God hardens Pharaoh's heart in chapter 4?
This is really more of a doctrinal question than a textual one. Unless your question is "does the text really say this", it quickly gets into a realm of theology that only a doctrinal framework can reasonably address, and that's generally beyond the scope of this site. On the other hand it would be fair to ask this on Christianity instead, but only with the inclusion of a specific theological tradition which will limit the scope of answers to how that tradition deals with the issue.
Dec
18
comment Do the specific gifts the father gives to the prodigal son have any special significance?
Because its not about Jesus.
Dec
10
comment Is there a case to be made that Luke wrote the book of Hebrews?
See also the existing questions Would it matter if the ID of 'Auctor' was revealed and who are the potential candidates? and Did Paul write the Epistle to the Hebrews? — I would suggest that answers to this question stick to examining just the bits about how Luke might have been involved and leave the other suggestions to be dealt with on the more general questions.
Dec
1
comment What is the meaning of “violence” in Matthew 11:12?
See also What does it mean for the kingdom of heaven to suffer violence? for a broader treatment of this verse, not just the issue of "violence".
Dec
1
comment What does it mean for the kingdom of heaven to suffer violence?
See also What is the meaning of "violence" in Matthew 11:12? for a specific treatment of the work "violence" in this verse. Answers to this question might want to concentrate on the way all the concepts in the verse tie together rather than that specifically.
Dec
1
comment What does it mean for the kingdom of heaven to suffer violence?
@nickalh This site is the way to address this question to a broad audience. The alternative is that it would be outright closed on C.SE because it does not have any scope. In order to ask this question there it would need to be addressed to a specific theological framework. Without that it is what (for lack of a better term) we call "truth questions" which are off-topic entirely.
Nov
13
comment Meaning of the Parable of the Sower
You're welcome to put information about yourself and your works and link to off-site resources in your profile. On the other hand the body of posts on this site is not the place to advertise and posting your contact information is not considered part of an answer per the QnA format of this site. Thanks for understanding.