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comment Is Matthew 27:25 a Reference to Exodus 24:8?
Isn't it obvious? I mean Moses sprinkled the Israelites with the blood of the sacrificial animals to seal their covenant with God. The people at the trial of Jesus are, in a sense, asking to be sprinkled with the blood of the sacrificial lamb even though they're unaware of what they're asking. Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but it seems as if Matthew may be implying a parallel there even if the people aren't aware of it.
Apr
17
comment Why is “maranatha” in 1 Cor 16:22?
This is absolutely fascinating. I'm sure it's old hat to professionals in the field of Biblical scholarship but to an interested amateur like me this is a fascinating discussion.
Apr
16
comment What Evidence Supports The Gospel Of Thomas Being Q?
@JonathanChell Excellent point but I was under the impression (perhaps mistaken) that the general consensus of scholars is that there was a Q document at some point in history.
Apr
15
comment What Evidence Supports The Gospel Of Thomas Being Q?
I seem to recall the theory being put forth in "The Five Gospels" but my memory may be flawed.
Nov
10
comment Where Could One Find Introductory Material On Structural Analysis Of Text?
Thanks for taking the time to comment @David and thanks for the pointer to that other answer.
Dec
26
comment What is James point about oaths in James 5:12?
cf. Matthew 5:33-5:37.
Sep
8
comment What Is The Aorist Tense Of A Verb?
Well Dan, not that it really makes any difference but the FAQ you're referencing is from August 6. You'll notice my question was posted back in February of 2012--long before the FAQ was written. I'd close the question myself if I could but I would also say you're being a bit pedantic.
Sep
7
comment What Is The Aorist Tense Of A Verb?
By the way @Dan just because there's something on Wikipedia doesn't make this totally off-topic. Reread my question: part of my question is regarding how the aorist verb impacts translation.
Sep
7
comment What Is The Aorist Tense Of A Verb?
Tried to delete the question but I cannot.
Jun
24
comment What does “My Lord and my God” Mean?
Thanks to both of you for such enlightened (and enlightening) commentary. Biblical hermeneutics is an avocation for me so I don't follow all the technical details but thanks to both of you for laying out this level of detail.
Feb
25
comment Should The Creation Story in Genesis Be Understood as Metaphorical?
@JonEricson Good suggestion. I'll try to think of ways to fix the question to reduce the possibility of a flame war.
Feb
22
comment Should The Creation Story in Genesis Be Understood as Metaphorical?
I was looking for something along the lines of some historical evidence either way. Since this seems to merely be a potential point of heated arguments, I'm deleting the question.
Feb
22
comment Should The Creation Story in Genesis Be Understood as Metaphorical?
Thanks for that lucid response.
Feb
1
comment Should Matthew 27:6-7 Be Taken as a Demonstration of Hypocrisy?
Thanks Mike--I think you did answer my question; I just needed to ponder your answer a bit further is all.
Feb
1
comment Is Luke's “Theophilus” An Actual Person or an Allegorical Person
Good to know, at least, that it's not a dumb question. :-)
Jan
31
comment Should Matthew 27:6-7 Be Taken as a Demonstration of Hypocrisy?
I understand we perceive this as hypocritical--what I'm wondering about is Matthew's intention in including it in his Gospel account. Was he trying to paint the chief priests as being hypocrites?
Jan
31
comment What is the significance of 153 fish?
Does the 153 have any significance in light of gnostic beliefs?
Jan
31
comment Is Luke's “Theophilus” An Actual Person or an Allegorical Person
Thank you for that excellent and thorough response. I had always wondered about "most excellent". I assumed it had some special meaning and wasn't just flattery.
Sep
12
comment Does Paul command the Corinthians to remain unmarried?
I won't post this as an answer but it is wise in evaluating texts of this sort to bear context in mind. It's likely that Paul like other early Christians held the belief that the second coming was going to occur any time. Any earthly attachments, including marriage, would be tying someone to this Earthly life. I can't take credit for this observation but I also cannot recall where I read it--hence I add this as a comment.
Jun
15
comment Was there an eclipse just before Jesus died?
Or perhaps as they so often did, the evangelists weren't really bound by "history" in the sense that we understand it but were speaking metaphorically of the passing of the light from this world.