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m.a. biblical studies (new testament)

thesis: the grammatical and cultural role of luke's portrayal of possessions in luke-acts


Jun
14
comment Is the usual translation of “ηὐχόμην” as “I could wish” justified in Romans 9:3?
I will note however, that middle/passive is quite a common convention in most academic circles.
Jun
14
comment What does Matthew 18:8-9 say about eternity?
In the greater context of the passage, I'd say that what this passage says about eternity is that it's much better than anything temporal. There are things that seem important to us right now - things that can be spiritually destructive. However, cast in light of eternity, they are relatively unimportant.
Jun
12
comment Are the rings for carrying the incense altar pure gold?
nice. so now the question becomes whether or not the weight is distributed well enough to ensure that the combined tensile strength of the gold rings is not exceeded. (Tensile strength 70-120 MPa)
Jun
12
comment Are the rings for carrying the incense altar pure gold?
Also, what is the biblical conception of "pure gold?"
Jun
12
comment Are the rings for carrying the incense altar pure gold?
Additionally, it would be an interesting undertaking to approximate the weight of the ark itself, and then calculate the weight distribution.
Jun
12
comment Cutting body and pagan tattoos forbidden in Leviticus 19, what pagan group?
Not an answer but I'm just hoping to toss some info in for anyone who may be answering ... Ketovet Ka'aka is a hapax legomenon (only occurs once).
Jun
12
comment Is the usual translation of “ηὐχόμην” as “I could wish” justified in Romans 9:3?
Yes, sorry. The / was a lazy way of writing that either middle or passive voices can be deponent. In this case it is clearly a middle (though in other instances it is not so clear as to whether or not it is middle or passive). I updated to just have "middle" (though there are passive deponents in the GNT).
Jun
11
comment How should James 2:18 be translated?
I guess I prefer something of a courtroom setting (which is legitimate, given the context of the συναγωγὴν, "assembly") in which James believes he has concluded his argument in v. 23 and turns to the "audience" in the synagogue (v. 24) explaining the implications of his conclusion/justification to explain justification by faith AND works in the "real-world" example of Rahab. Abraham refutes the theological objection, Rahab refutes the practical, "everyman" objection on the same principle.
Jun
5
comment Why did Stephen give such a long speech?
@BobJones this comports well with the analysis of a good deal of scholarship
May
31
comment Who is speaking in James 2:18?
I just posted an answer on a related question: hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/a/1864/367
May
30
comment Who Killed Saul?
I appreciate your clarification on the corroboration point. I clearly read way too much into it
May
30
comment Who Killed Saul?
Hooray. My first downvote!
May
30
comment Why does the household table in Colossians spend so long on slaves?
I wonder if the Philemon-Onesimus tie-in with Colossae has something to do with this.
May
30
comment What is the “worship of angels”?
Nice job pointing out the difference between the "subjective" and "objective" genitive.
May
24
comment Existing beliefs or contents of the text more formative in hermeneutics?
My understanding of hermeneutics is that it is so regimented and disciplined for the purpose of reducing as much bias as possible from the discipline of interpretation.
May
21
comment Who incited David to take a census and what's wrong with taking a census anyway?
In addition to taxation, I've also heard that censuses were used as a means of displaying military might. Whatever it was, it didn't make sense even to someone as bellicose as Joab: 3 But Joab replied to the king, "May the LORD your God multiply the troops a hundred times over, and may the eyes of my lord the king see it. But why does my lord the king want to do such a thing?"
May
21
comment Was there an eclipse just before Jesus died?
That is a very long eclipse - too long to be coincidental. If it was an eclipse, I would say that it falls under the same jurisdiction as Joshua 10.
May
19
comment Where did Abel get the idea to sacrifice sheep?
@BobJones I am familiar with Wiseman - familiar enough to know that his theory is wholly unconvincing and has serious flaws. It seems to be more of a means of supporting a bias than scholarly rigor. Calling it anachronistic is not a conclusion that I have based on tradition, but rather on common sense. You'll note, that I mentioned orality as the means by which such an event would have been transmitted.
May
18
comment Where did Abel get the idea to sacrifice sheep?
There is no documented sacrifice prior to this. Interestingly, God gives Cain an 'out' ... an opportunity to be accepted. What does "to do well" mean? All of this conversation about the animal and why and how Abel came to this conclusion just seems like it's much ado about nothing and constructing an argument based on information that was not available to the brothers at this time.
May
18
comment Where did Abel get the idea to sacrifice sheep?
Furthermore, I believe that the curse plays a greater role in informing the actions of the brothers than the object. Which animal was sacrificed is left to speculation and is largely irrelevant, unless we want to base an argument for the authority of Scripture on a speculated animal (which I would find to be a flawed foundation). A more intriguing question, to me, is where did Cain and Abel get the idea to sacrifice in the first place?