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Aug
8
comment Blessed is the man who WALKS NOT or HAS NOT WALKED?
@Sarah, there is a discussion on the tense system here and here. It degenerates into a forum fight, but just those two posts have some good information.
Aug
8
comment Blessed is the man who WALKS NOT or HAS NOT WALKED?
@Sarah, Biblical Hebrew verbs don't have tense as we know it (modern Hebrew does). The same form of a verb can be past, present, or future. Let me give an example: barak can mean "he blessed," "he blesses," or even "he will bless" depending on the context. Typically, a verb in the imperfect state will be future tense, but it doesn't have to be. If I put a waw-consecutive on it, it's past tense.
Aug
4
comment Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?
@hannes, Abraham did know him by YHWH, that is seen many times in Genesis. A promise was given to Abraham (and one to Eve as well).
Aug
2
comment Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?
@hannes, I quoted him for completeness as he does present a defensible answer. However, I concluded that the beth essentia answered the question better.
Jul
30
comment Are the Hebrew Scriptures in general to be understood as continuous discourses or fragmental remains of much larger collections?
Walter Kaiser has a book Recovering the Unity of the Bible where he addresses themes appearing throughout the Bible. Also Gleason Archer's A Survey of Old Testament Introduction addresses the multiple author arguments of the Old Testament works. To me, they are settled as single author (with a few later edits).
Jul
26
comment Is the study of Typology and inter-textual scriptural analysis taught in seminary?
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Jul
25
comment Is “Gospel”, or “Good News of Military Victory” what “Evangelion” means in Greek?
@Mattias, I left you the names of some traditional scholars who are dealing with the exact kind of arguments Atwill uses. I really suggest you read some of those for a balanced opinion.
Jul
24
comment Is there any exegetical reason for believing the seven churches of Revelation correspond to seven successive “church ages”?
@MikeBull, "I don't think you'd advise that we read each book or letter (or Testament) in a total literary vacuum." Bingo. That's why genre is so important. Words are used differently in apocalyptic writings than in historical narrative. Prose structures are not the same as poetry structures. And before you ask again, I will answer again. Yes, I think about genre with everything I read. I don't read a mystery the same way I read sagas.
Jul
22
comment Could the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” mean “tree of intelligence”?
He is asking about the connotation of the phrase not the denotation.
Jul
16
comment In John 14:2, what is Jesus' Father's house?
-1. This doesn't address the question of "what is the Father's house that Jesus goes to prepare?" Also, you say Abraham, but I think you mean Adam.
Jul
15
comment What is the origin of the household tables?
-1. So much here doesn't address the question. I appreciate you sharing your hermeneutic, though.
Jul
10
comment Why is this same word translated both “they”, “he” and “him” in Luke 10:38?
Like this: net.bible.org/#!bible/Luke+10:38. That'll get you to the verse in the text side and then just scroll for the notes.
Jul
5
comment How can we ensure a given “chiasm” was intentional by the author, and is not merely fanciful eisegesis?
If you just have the idea at the start and end with differing amounts in the middle, that sounds more like an inclusio than a chiasm.
Jun
26
comment Blessed is the man who WALKS NOT or HAS NOT WALKED?
Welcome aboard! I agree that Hebrew verbs must be translated from context, but it would help readers if you would use the scholarly-accepted names for Hebrew verb states. I had to read this a few times to get the sense of what you are saying. Are my edits in line with your intentions?
Jun
21
comment Acts 23:6: Were Sadducces different in their outward apparel from the Pharisees?
I never thought about this, but it's a great question.
Jun
20
comment Is Paul speaking with sarcasm in Acts 24:21?
@brilliant, Acts 23:6 "Then when Paul noticed that part of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees, he shouted out in the council, "Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the dead!" Paul didn't merely state his beliefs. He took the opportunity to identify squarely with one side of the council and say that the charges were an attack against one of their core doctrines.
Jun
20
comment Is Paul speaking with sarcasm in Acts 24:21?
@brilliant, it was Paul's fault that the particular meeting was adjourned in dissension. But the two groups making up the Sanhedrin, the Pharisees and Sadducees, had been at odds over doctrine and practice for years at this point.
Jun
19
comment Differences in Genesis creation stories
Also the two kinds of vegetation here are specified as "of the field."
Jun
19
comment Can the word translated as “messiah” be considered a title when referring to Jesus?
Last names weren't used the same way back then as now. Can you show some evidence that Paul regarded Christos as the last name of Jesus of Nazareth?
Jun
17
comment Interpretations of Elihu in Job
Where to put the quotation marks is a big question when translating Job. The same issue described in that question appears in this chapter. Job and the others all speak in the first person at some point in their speeches. Just one example for each: Job (3:2), Eliphaz (4:12), Bildad (8:9), Zophar (20:2), and Elihu (32:6). So 1st person doesn't help us narrow down an author.