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Aug
24
comment Sin vs trespass vs transgression
I cleaned this up a little bit, but it still needs some of the fixes Dan suggested. Can you edit to narrow this down to a couple specific words in specific contexts rather than being a nebulous "whole Bible on the topic of sin"?
Aug
24
comment Is Paul quoting the “Apocrypha” in Colossians 1:17?
@Susan Is the Sirach originally in Greek like Colossians was? That seems like it may or may not be a relevant comparison if the original language was Hebrew or something.
Aug
18
comment Will the return of Christ (Second Coming) be literal or symbolic?
@user2479 The OP's intent seems pretty clear. It might be a good question, but it's off topic for this site. It's not about a textual issue, it's looking for a doctrinal position. This site isn't about presenting doctrinal positions (even with textual support). We only handle things the other way around.
Aug
13
comment Is the 1500-Year-Old Gospel of Barnabas found in Turkey claiming Jesus was never crucified genuine or a hoax?
@Bobson I'm sorry if your world just became a bleaker place. But never fear, there is plenty of real intrigue and adventure to be found. It's just not this fiction.
Aug
13
comment Is the 1500-Year-Old Gospel of Barnabas found in Turkey claiming Jesus was never crucified genuine or a hoax?
@DavidMulder With that in mind I've cleaned it up some and expanded on the logic. It could still use some of the actual textual analysis, but I'm wondering if a separate question might not be a better venue for that.
Aug
13
comment Is the 1500-Year-Old Gospel of Barnabas found in Turkey claiming Jesus was never crucified genuine or a hoax?
@DavidMulder You're right. In fact you could go a lot farther than this. This isn't ever really an appeal to authority as I've cited virtually nothing and only given some background off the top of my head. I'll try to expand the bit about why scholars agree the book does not represent the Biblical Barnabas, but frankly it's hard to be motivated when the question itself shows so little research effort or inclination to go after facts.
Aug
12
comment Was John the Baptist a Christian?
Whether something or someone "is Christian" or not is really not a question of hermeneutics at all. This depends entirely on how you define the term "Christian". A question about how the term was used in the context of Scripture would be on topic here, but this question is really a doctrinal one, not a textual one. A doctrinal question about what a specific doctrinal tradition defines as Christian or not in regards to faith figures at various points in history would be on topic over on [chrstianity.se], but it would definitely need to be asked according to a specific theological tradition.
Aug
9
comment What are “works of the law”?
This question would have needed to question a specific doctrinal framework in order to work over on Christianity, so I have taken the easier route and modified it to be more explicitly about the textual issue so that it fits this site.
Aug
8
comment Was baptism practiced by first-century Jews?
See also: Was baptism practiced before Christ?
Jul
25
comment What is the oldest existing copy of Genesis?
I've migrated this to the Biblical Hermeneutics site for you because the expertise in manuscripts is more up the alley of the folks here. It was fine to ask on Christianity, but I think you'll get better answers for this particular issue here.
Jul
23
comment What is special about the Feast of Tabernacles in Zechariah 14?
This post does answer the question and does explain itself, but it does not show how you arrived at this conclusion which is expected of answers an this site. You make two statements ("the prophet is using" and "Zechariah is using") but don't show how you came up with those conclusions. Could you edit to show your work in arriving at this interpretation rather than just giving us the results?
Jul
14
comment Is the “7th seal” opened before the “6th seal” book of Revelation
This covers the futurist approach quite well, but it would be helpful to at least have a paragraph or two noting how historicist, preterist, and idealist approaches deal with this issue and whether the outcome is any different for this particular question.
Jul
13
comment What evidence supports Matthew as Paul's source?
Mod notice: Comments are not the correct venue to discuss the subject matter of question. If you have an answer to provide, do that. If not and you think the question needs clarification to be answerable, then comment and ask for clarification. But if you want to discuss the issue raised by the question, please take it to Biblical Hermeneutics Chat.
Jul
9
comment The number 40's “real meaning”
Really? Where to even start … … You don't think “3” might have some relation to the Trinity? You know the current calendar system that places the 0 year where it is didn't get assigned until much later right?
Jun
30
comment Why would Jesus look for figs out of season?
There may be something to the symbolism here, but this answer fails to engage the details of the text to show us HOW such a conclusion can be drawn. Where does the symbolic representation come from? How do we just discard the physical details in Mark's narrative like where and when this happened?
Jun
30
comment What does the word “Sword” mean in Mathew 10:24
Habakook you are off on the wrong foot here. Please slow down a second and actually read some of the posts @Daи linked you to. This isn't a place to answer Bible questions, it's a place specifically to study hermeneutics and the process of HOW interpretations are arrived at. As such this answer does not currently meet those expectations. Worse, the tone of your comment suggests you aren't interested in figuring out what this site is about. It is incumbent on you as an answerer to show why you think these pieces go together, not on readers to divine whether your source is "higher" or "lower".
Jun
16
comment Ancient Hebrew Calendar(s) and Modern Translations of “Years”
See also: How does one "add a year" in the Hebrew calendar?
Jun
12
comment Why does the word “void” in Romans 3:31 mean “nullify”?
For reference, it does not appear to be a footnote issue, what you linked to had alternate translations. Some translators chose "make void" and others "nullify" but the general sense is the same. Can you clarify whether your question here is about the meaning of the verse or an issue with the word "void" in English? Judging from the E&L site sending this here there seems to be some confusion about what your actual question is here. Can you clarify so we can handle this properly?
Jun
9
comment Which is considered more reliable about Jesus' words, Mark or Q?
@ScottS Fair enough, that would be needed to make this even a half way decent answer. On the other hand I wrote it as a a kind of canary to see what sort of answer the OP was looking for. At this point I'm not sure I want to sink time into something that is ½ an inch from community closure and the OP has demonstrated that they are fishing for the answer they want to hear, not the actual answer. I'll try to find a few minutes to expand, but I'm feeling like the canary died.
Jun
8
comment Are bats described as birds?
@Davïd and Mark, this question was spawned by some controversial comments included in an answer to a related question on a much higher traffic SE site. The thread has been cleaned up but the link to this remains and the question hit the SE network wide hot-list spilling some traffic over here: hence the unusual voting pattern.