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Mar
25
comment Who is the woman in Revelation 12?
@JohnMartin That's not really how this works. Some things can be fixed by third party edits, but the sort of re-focusing I suggested would need to come from the author. I've given my suggestion for how the answer could me improved. It's up to Jas to try to implement it or not; he already has my upvote this is just a suggested for fixing one area where it is weak. If I was going to do it I would spend the time answering myself.
Feb
21
comment What is the meaning of “violence” in Matthew 11:12?
Defering to doctrinal frameworks is great in principle, but you seem to dodge the bullet a little early here. Interpretation in not done in a vacuum, but it isn't pure 'spin' either. What are the possibilities and what factors have to be in place to interpret the word one way or another? It seems like there should be more groundwork done in the text itself before layering on doctrinal considerations.
Feb
14
comment Was there an astronomical origin of the Star of Bethlehem in Matthew 2?
The article A Further Examination of the Gospel in the Stars touches on this as a tangential to another issue. You might find it interesting reading.
Feb
13
comment How should we understand the “Cleansing of the Temple”?
@BobJones A lot has changed over the year you've been gone. Not everything is perfect but we have some more experience under our belt. While in some senses our posting guidelines have gotten more stringent, we've also learned to adapt them some for different hermeneutical approaches. If you were willing to work with us a little I think you'd find there are ways to address the problems that we saw before but didn't even have suggestions on how to resolve.
Feb
13
comment How should we understand the “Cleansing of the Temple”?
@BobJones You say this can't work without a place to systematically present the hermeneutic. I agree, but I think this can be that place. Tell me: what exactly should I ask about the hermeneutical approach that would give answers a chance to do just that?
Feb
13
comment How should we understand the “Cleansing of the Temple”?
@BobJones We're willing to adapt as long as each answer shows enough of the process that somebody who understands SP could verify that it is being done correctly. The problem is we don't have a anybody besides you here that claims to know the rules. That and the main point of this site is not to have a bunch of answers but to have a bunch of things that teach how to get answers. Your goal when posting here should not be to give somebody the answer, but to teach them how to find it. I realize that's a lot of work for SP, but –you judge– is it worth it?
Feb
7
comment How did the widow have water for Elijah in 1 Kings 17?
@rhetorician Do you see how different a wavelength that comment is on? I stopped after resolving the perceived issue in the text, you are stretching my answer to apply to Californian politics. Even in comments let's keep the venue in mind. Why are we here? To examine the text and understand it on its own terms. What we do with that knowledge is the scope of a different venue.
Jan
31
comment How does John use the Feast of Dedication in John 10?
Please use less ellipsis () and instead actually use the space here to fully explain the relevant issues. This is almost impossible to follow. You can use the edit link below your post to improve it.
Jan
29
comment What does the Greek word αἰῶνας refer to in Heb. 1:2?
Somebody took care of some of the issues in your original question and I have migrated it to the site where that question is on topic. Please see the comments on the version at CSE for some hints on what other related questions you could ask. Your original question version can be viewed here for reference if you need it.
Jan
29
comment What does the Greek word αἰῶνας refer to in Heb. 1:2?
@H3br3wHamm3r81 Migration complete. EPIC salvage job by the way.
Jan
29
comment How did the widow have water for Elijah in 1 Kings 17?
Sorry about the hacked together first version of my answer. This site does not lend itself to missives typed from mobile. I've fixed it up a bit so that I'm at least not embarrassed by the 'accept'.
Jan
27
comment What would Jesus' qualifications have been for a “worthy” person for the disciples to stay within the Matthew 10 narrative?
Please review the way I edited this question so that you have a better idea what our expectations are. You didn't even include a question body in your original. I have tried to write a suitable one for you, but we will expect some investment on your part to develop your own questions in the future. We know this isn't easy, but asking questions here is expected to take some work to do well.
Jan
26
comment Why did Moses get away with intermarriage?
Re: your original post. If you have something you would like to discuss about the way this site functions you may do so on our Biblical Hermeneutics Meta site. Here on the main site answers are required to stick to directly answering the original questions. On the meta site you may solicit feedback form the community on issues concerning the nature of the site and the way we handle things here. I know the learning curve is steep, but we're willing to help. Before you come out of the gate swinging at the community here though you should read up on how we do things and what this site is about.
Jan
24
comment What is the context in Mark and Luke as regards the buying and preparing of the spices?
You make a number of allusions (e.g. to some stuff you say is in the Torah) but you don't actually give us references out quotes that can be verified. The same goes for historical and other assertions here. Sarah's edit is a big help to following your main point, but it is still nearly impossible to reconstruct your argument because you haven't given us all the pieces. With something that reads contrary to conventional wisdom, you will have to be more detailed in order for anyone to buy this.
Jan
23
comment Internal Evidence of Authorship of the Fourth Gospel
Textual criticism and authorship are definitely more suited to the hermeneutics site...
Jan
20
comment What does the phrase “son of the morning” mean?
See also Why is Isaiah 14:12-15 interpreted by some to refer to Satan?
Dec
30
comment Was the 'Great Bible' a translation from Latin or from original Hebrew and Greek scriptures?
Hmmm I wasn't trying to criticize your question, sorry if that came over wrong. I migrated it here because I thought it deserved a look from this sites niche expertise! Even knowing quite a bit of Latin and using the Vulgate on a regular basis I may not be able to answer this myself, I can only say that this should be possible for the right expert to answer and confirm.
Dec
30
comment What does it mean that Jesus was a priest like the “Order of Melchizedek” in Hebrews 7:11?
I have asked a separate question for the secondary item asked about here so as to leave the focus of this question on the main question from the title. Where does the extra information about Melchizedek come from in Hebrews 7?
Dec
30
comment How can one determine that a passage is “programmatic”?
I guess the question then becomes "what clues factor into a theologian or scholars' perception"? This is a good start but I'm hoping for a more thorough treatment that covers that aspect.
Dec
29
comment Did Jesus ever write anything?
-1 because "This question does not show any research effort […]" (citation from the downvote tooltip)