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Feb
17
comment Was there an astronomical origin of the Star of Bethlehem in Matthew 2?
Related: christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/12196/…. The event here happened in the right time period.
Feb
12
comment What is an “anachronism” in Biblical Hermeneutics?
@Davïd I'd still go with Heide's date. The scholars in the column only checked a few sites to make their determination. Heide used many sources and sites.
Feb
11
comment When did Joseph, Jesus's father, die?
The reference to "son of Joseph" says nothing either way about Joseph being alive or dead. "Son of" was the common identifier and often used well after the father was dead to distinguish between those with the same personal name. For instance, Joseph ben Matityahu and Simeon ben Gamliel are both referred to that way. ('Ben' meaning 'son of.'
Jan
23
comment A purported Hebrew translation of Deuteronomy 22:5; is it accurate?
Purporting to be clear, they dropped into Yoda-speak.
Jan
16
comment Does the New Testament quote extrabiblical writers?
do you have line numbers for those references? Particularly lines of the Greek? Not doubting, just wanting the reference. Thank you.
Jan
9
comment Herod The Fox: Luke 13-32
@Daи, are you meaning support for Herod being an Edomite or fox a reference to Edomites?
Jan
8
comment Why did the Masoretes take away 100 (or 50) years from the age of the fathers at their first sons' dates of birth?
Hi, and welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics. We do appreciate you posting, but do you have a source for your sixth age statement?
Dec
31
comment Did Jephthah actually sacrifice his daughter?
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Dec
24
comment Was nûn deleted from Psalm 145 in the Masoretic Text?
I checked the Vulgate because Jerome preferred to work from the Hebrew. He is no help here because the Psalm stops with verse 10 in the Vulgate.
Dec
22
comment What was Er's sin?
Ah, s.b. "he was a firstborn and failed to act appropriately." That is, act as a firstborn should act in passing on the name and legacy.
Dec
22
comment What was Er's sin?
@JackDouglas, you mean Er's sin was displeasing because he was a firstborn and act appropriately? I can agree to that.
Dec
20
comment Why did Elisabeth remain in seclusion in Luke 1:24?
We did the same thing: waited to announce until the time when most miscarriages occur was past. Hadn't considered that.
Dec
18
comment Was Achan's family punished along with Achan? or was he alone when punished?
@taurivalor, it's a translation issue. The Hebrew reader would roll with it and not even blink.
Dec
18
comment Interpretation of the dead ones in 1 Peter 4:6?
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Dec
18
comment Who or where is Meroz in Judges 5:23?
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Dec
17
comment How is genre determined?
This should be one of the most important questions on the site.
Nov
23
comment Could the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” mean “tree of intelligence”?
@JackDouglas Right. If we know mentally what is good and what is evil then we can choose to do the good and avoid the evil.
Nov
22
comment Could the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” mean “tree of intelligence”?
@JackDouglas, I would say so. ""Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil [by experiencing it]."
Oct
28
comment Is NWT's translation of John 8:58 reasonable?
@Trig, yes, I can. It is well established in Biblical studies that Jews did use the personal name of God casually (YHWH, often translated "I Am"). In fact, in seeking to put a fence around the commandment not to take his name in vain, they used different circumlocutions (Matthew even hesitates to use "Kingdom of God" preferring "Kingdom of Heaven"). When Jesus says "I am" and they understand it to be blasphemy, the only king of blasphemy that fits is a claim to be God. Claiming to be pre-existent wouldn't cut it. Jesus using the name of God as his own would qualify were it untrue.
Oct
25
comment Do the Dead Sea Scrolls argue against Aramaic primacy?
I can go with official language, but it was also widely used. Josephus records a pun used by common soldiers on the walls of Jerusalem that only makes sense in Hebrew (the Aramaic equivalents of each phrase in the pun don't sound alike).