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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.
Oct
26
comment Could the Gospel of Matthew be dependent on Luke's Gospel?
I'm sure the names and facts involved here are relevant, but this answer seems too short on opinion to me. That may seem like an odd complaint, but as someone who is not an expert in this particular issue this answer doesn't help me gain any perspective. Are the scholars mentioned "respected"? Are they in the majority or minority? Is this just a few examples or an exhaustive run-down of the support? Are you able to draw a conclusion to the question title?
Oct
24
comment Are the words “wife” and “woman” the same in Hebrew and Greek?
@JimThio Watch your language man. Throwing around gratuitous terms that don't belong in an academic setting is not allowed here. I edited that one out for you but it will not be tolerated in the future.
Oct
17
comment Did Jeremiah complain about corrupt torah in Jeremiah 8:8?
Is Jeremiah 8:8 implying that the biblical text was changed?
Oct
13
comment What is the literal meaning of “royal priesthood” in 1 Peter 2:9?
Compounding the issue of Strong's being the wrong tool to define what a word means, you appear to have referenced at entry that is a known error.
Oct
13
comment What is the literal meaning of “royal priesthood” in 1 Peter 2:9?
You appear to have mistakenly used a concordance rather than a lexicon to define a word. In reviewing the actual usage instances your statement that «"royal" is βασίλειον typically means palace» seems to be unsubstantiated. After that this becomes pretty sketchy as far as hermeneutic process goes. Can you provide something a little more robust to back this up?
Oct
7
comment Were 1 John and John’s gospel written by the same person?
@curiousdannii The for/against split is mainly only necessary on C.SE because we don't have the expertise across multiple theological frameworks to include consistently good arguments from both sides of an issue in single posts. That is much less of a problem for textual analysis questions like this one and we don't generally do that split on this site. In fact we encourage answers to include analysis of all positions and to conclude with whatever one seems most favorable to the author. That model implodes on C.SE but works alright here where "showing work" is a mandatory part of answering.
Oct
2
comment Does Titus 2:13 refer to one person or two?
Mod notice: Comments are for requesting or suggesting improvements to posts, not for debating the issues posts happen to be about.
Sep
29
comment Is there any reason to think that Mark 7:19 has a later addition?
As someone who is fluent in a language structurally very different from English, this is utterly unconvincing. Just because there are not one-to-one matches for the words does not mean there was an "addition". I can easily compose sentences in Turkish with clauses that cannot be translated into English without adding a considerable number of words to describe the implication of the clause that are clearly not there in the Turkish. Without dealing with the actual Greek grammar and how the words that are there relate to the rest of the text, any accusation of things being added rings hollow.
Sep
26
comment How best to understand the relationship between Exodus 20:3 and 20:4?
What makes you think the verse number annotations typically found in our Bibles are of any significance to translation/interpretation in the first place? I'm unsure what "evidence" you expect to turn up or on what basis you think a verse marker should or should not be in any particular location.
Sep
20
comment Does God have DNA?
Now assuming the former would you please edit this to ask a question rather than make a statement about whether that word in that verse is referring to sperm or to something else?
Sep
20
comment Does God have DNA?
Look man first of all, loose the attitude. I know I'm coming on strong here but this was a mess going down hill fast and I don't have time to beat around the bush. If you want to ask a serious question about the proper interpretation of a word in a verse and get it answered by experts who know what to do with the verse, then lets cut the nonsense and just do that. If you're trying to make a point in spite of what answers you get and plan to argue with everyone that tries to help you get this straightened out then we're just going to shut it down.
Aug
30
comment Why does the ESV use “surely” in Genesis 2:16 when all others say “freely”?
I have yet to hear any Calvinists make such an argument based on this translation or even the verse in general. I don't know why the word choice was made by the ESV translators, but the word they picked does not seem to carry the particular implication you are reading into it. A more modern expression might be 'of course' as in, "Of course you can go to the party, just come home by 10." The choice of 'surely' doesn't seem to have any different implications than 'freely', and the doctrinal case for whether the fall was predestined is surely not built on this verse.
Aug
26
comment What were the wise men?
This is good stuff and I'm all for editing to improve posts for almost any reason (I'm even down with minor edits), but bumping the question to the homepage 17 times now is a little excessive. Can we ask you batch edits in slightly larger groups? There is a fully rendered preview below the edit box so you can proof read the output and edit as you review without saving a bunch of in-between states. Thanks...
Aug
24
comment Is Paul quoting the “Apocrypha” in Colossians 1:17?
@Susan Oh right: Paul's habit of quoting from the LXX makes that quite relevant, my bad. Whatever the Hebrew source said is not that important if it can be shown that he was indeed quoting the work using the Greek translation. Not enough coffee yet this morning ;-)