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Feb
29
comment How was David's sin possible?
I would have to find my sources for citation and can't guarantee that I can. Therefore a comment, instead of an answer. David was on the roof, not looking out the window (11:2). There was a set time of day when women bathed in walled areas and the men stayed off the roofs out of respect and courtesy to them. That David is on the roof during this time means he's looking.
Jan
19
comment Arguments for early/late date of authorship of Daniel
@MarkEdward, you are correct. I was going off memory and forgot those guides.
Aug
17
comment Bart D. Ehrman - respected critic?
@WadCheber, my statements on Ehrman and the resurrection is an example of when he does not apply his own methodology. And I agree that evaluating on a person's beliefs is a terrible way to evaluate their contribution to a field of study, which is one reason I don't evaluate that way.
Jul
31
comment How many Isaiahs?
Yes, single Isaiah. I'd write it up as a full answer if I remembered more details. ;)
Jul
31
comment How many Isaiahs?
Stanley Horton supports the unity of Isaiah in his thesis and in commentaries. He supports it partially based on knowledge of Israel's flora, geography, and fauna in the "latter Isaiahs" that a member of the dispersion would not have. Likewise, those "latter Isaiahs," writing from the Babylonian captivity, do not make reference to Babylonian flora, fauna, geography. amazon.com/Isaiah-A-Logion-Press-Commentary/dp/0882433016
Jul
10
comment Who is the “we” that plays the flute and sings the dirge in Luke 7:32?
As an aside, you can get my 5-year-old to do almost anything if it means he will get to boss his older brother around in the doing.
Mar
25
comment Circumcision “reversal” in 1 Corinthians
@Tau, Gal 2 says nothing about Peter being uncirc. It says that he lived like a gentile until men from James came. He feared the party of the circumcision. In Acts, we see that the party of circumcision was a group that argued gentiles must be circumcised to be Christians. Paul and Peter both argued against this. Paul had Timothy circumcised because T's mother was Jewish. However, he refused to let Titus be circumcised because Titus was gentile on both sides. Clearly, Paul uses circumcised to mean the operation at times. We can't blanket say it always means living by the law.
Mar
23
comment Circumcision “reversal” in 1 Corinthians
We must be careful applying modern meanings onto ancient ways. Just because a "true" uncircumcision was not possible until the 20th century does not mean that the epispasm procedure would not be considered uncircumcision back then. One reason it was practiced was because of Greek gymnasiums. In them, the workout areas were clothing free. Anyone could tell circumcision with a glance by the absence of skin. If there was skin, you'd have to get closer to determine if the skin was original or from an epispasm.
Jan
23
comment Did original Scripture say Noah was a “son” of 600 years when the water landed?
@JohnMartin Yeah, let's do that.
Jan
23
comment Did original Scripture say Noah was a “son” of 600 years when the water landed?
@JohnMartin, I think you are forcing idioms to be more exact then they need to be.
Jan
23
comment Did Luke base the story of Paul's conversion on the ancient play, the Bacchae, by Euripides
Paul grew up in a city of Greek philosophy. He quotes and refers to Greek writers and philosophers in his letters and speeches (Titus 1:12 and 1 Cor 15:33 are the most well known, but there are others). If Paul enjoys doing this, why wouldn't Jesus do this when speaking to Paul?
Jan
23
comment Did original Scripture say Noah was a “son” of 600 years when the water landed?
@JohnMartin, I'm not certain why you subtract 1 from each part of his age (600th year, 2nd month, 17th day -> 599 years, 1 month, and 16 days).
Jan
5
comment What Scriptures is Paul referring to in 1 Cor 15:4
@Dan, I can shorten it and/or make part of it a self answer. The original question was shorter but then I was asked in comments how I was sure that Paul referred to a canonical document. So I edited that in.
Dec
18
comment How did Biblical translators decide on cypress for the type of wood in Noah's ark?
Welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics. We're a little different from other sites. We do require that answers have support. This one doesn't. Can you work with the text to tell us why GFR refers to the length, width, and thickness and why the term for ark doesn't mean "boat." Also, Noah's age really isn't the question here.
Dec
17
comment Does “days” in prophecy equal “years” (Daniel 9 - Seventy Weeks)
Welcome to the site. I edited your post to spell out the books of the Bible and make it easier to read. The formatting script here is nice once you get the hang of it.
Dec
12
comment What historical reasons resulted in Revelation being included in most Christian canons?
This was prior research. "Formation of the Biblical Canon" required a term paper in two parts: 1) a book rejected by the majority of Christianity and 2) a book debated and then accepted into the canon. 1 Enoch was part 1. Revelation was part 2.
Dec
7
comment What historical reasons resulted in Revelation being included in most Christian canons?
@Bloch, I always wait to accept answers, also. And thank you.
Dec
1
comment Was Enoch taken because he was righteous? Genesis 5:24
Hello! There isn't much we know about Enoch from the Bible itself. There are legends and traditions about him (at least somewhat based on the biblical record). Would those satisfy your question?
Nov
29
comment What language did Jesus commonly speak?
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Nov
29
comment What language did Jesus commonly speak?
The Encyclopdeia Britannica s.v. (Mishnaic Hebrew language) states "From 1200 bc to c. ad 200, Hebrew was a spoken language in Palestine, first as biblical Hebrew, then as Mishnaic Hebrew..." Also Parallel Developments in Mishnaic Hebrew, Colloquial Aramaic, and Other Varaties of Spoken Semitic shows characteristics of MH seen in spoken languages.