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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.
Nov
29
comment What language did Jesus commonly speak?
@e.s.kohen, because of where I am and time, scrounging up manuscripts is difficult. Wikipedia (I'll start there and upward), states MH was a spoken language up through the 4th century CE. The Hebrew academy likewise lists MH1 as a spoken language (cutting it off ca 200 AD). They cite Segal's work (above) as demonstrating it was a living language.
Nov
26
comment What language did Jesus commonly speak?
@e.s.kohen, Yadin says there were Hebrew letters in the cave also. JSTOR offers a review of the book. The review mentions "detailed and useful grammatical surveys of the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Nabatean-Aramaic of the texts." The Greek docs are in a different volume.
Nov
26
comment What language did Jesus commonly speak?
@e.s.kohen, like The Masada Fragments (from above)? 13 of the Bar Cochva letters are in Hebrew. But you aren't understanding what Josephus is pointing out. He shows that the common people (soldiers on the wall) used a pun that does not work in Aramaic or Greek, but does work in Hebrew.
Nov
26
comment What language did Jesus commonly speak?
@e.s.kohen, you did notice the references and footnotes in the answer, didn't you? For example, Josephus (War 5:269-272) points out the common soldiers using a pun that works in Hebrew but not in Aramaic. More of the Bar Cochva letters are in Hebrew than in Aramaic (cited above). There are all kinds of work shown above.
Nov
26
comment Does “Hebrew” refer to the language or the language family?
@e.s.kohen, there's lots of evidence for Mishnaic Hebrew as a spoken language. The evidence in that answer can be found in the sources footnoted.
Nov
25
comment What arguments exist that would refute the theory concerning Aramaic primacy of the New Testament?
@e.s.kohen, we do things differently now. It's not that these had some Hebrew and then something else which was the common language. These had only Hebrew.