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Orthodox Christian, g33k, ham radio operator, musician, etc. This profile does not reflect my real age ;)


Aug
21
comment Here are about 40 Biblical Scholars that hold to the Gap Principal of Genesis. How do you rate their exegesis?
Thank you for adding the names of the scholars, but please do not post the question twice, editing the original is sufficient. Unfortunately, there are still a few more unaddressed issues, namely it is unclear specifically what you're asking for. See my comments on your original question.
Aug
21
comment What is “the law of liberty” in James 2:12?
Hey Steve, please keep in mind that this is not a Christian site. Be sure to check out what makes us different from other sites that study the Bible. I made a slight edit to clearly focus this on the text and its original audience (rather than on contemporary faith communities and how the passage might apply in practice today, which is off topic here but can be addressed on Christianity). It's a good textual question, I just wanted to make that clarification.
Aug
20
comment Sin vs trespass vs transgression
Please give at least one example of each term being used in Leviticus and specify the translation you are using. I've placed this on hold for now to prevent it from gathering answers to the wrong question. Alternatively you could focus on just the Torah which expands this a little bit to five different texts. Let's chat a little more if you disagree, I'm open to other options, but this needs to be narrowed down somehow.
Aug
20
comment Sin vs trespass vs transgression
@RaphaelRosch the problem is that the Hebrew Bible and NT are written in two different languages and in different time periods, so asking for 'the whole Bible' (which none of us even agree on the definition of) is just too broad. This should focus on some specific texts by a specific author or genre, as the answer will necessarily change between authors, genres, languages, and historical settings/context. For instance, you could focus solely on the book of Leviticus. However, the English translation you are using will also affect this.
Aug
20
comment In what language is the oldest available text of Genesis?
Granted, I know this is correct (I've studied Biblical Hebrew/Aramaic), but again, we're looking to be more than your average forum. This is a Q&A site and we have a requirement to show your work, i.e. tell us how you know this, not just what you know (even when it's trivial).
Aug
20
comment In what language is the oldest available text of Genesis?
Could you expand this some more? Perhaps mention which critical text you're using, explain which extant codex/ms is oldest and which the critical text (BHS/Q) is based on, etc.? As it stands, the OP just has to take your word for it - just like every other site on the Internet.
Aug
20
comment “but” deliver us from evil
Basic English grammar, yes. But this text wasn't originally written in English....
Aug
20
comment “but” deliver us from evil
Hi Tom, could you please expand this more? We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don't just give a one-line answer; explain why your answer is right, ideally with citations. Answers that don't include explanations may be removed.
Aug
14
comment Could Adam's age have referred only to his time after the fall?
Very interesting +1. Thanks, James. Could you add the information from your comment into your answer so that future readers more easily find it? Comments aren't always permanent, so any citation information should be in the answer itself. Thanks
Aug
14
comment How are contractions formed in Hebrew and how does YHWH become Yah?
Hey James, we require answers to be supported by facts and citations, not mere speculation. Could you back this up with some sources for your claims or provide evidence?
Aug
13
comment What was the lesson Elisha wanted to teach Joash using the arrows?
@Zoe excellent! There are ways to expound a little by footnoting and whatnot, but the key thing is to describe your beliefs without prescribing them. Good job, +1
Aug
13
comment Why is Tamar “more righteous” than Judah?
You took a Hebrew Bible text and jumped to talking about Jesus without showing any work for making such a connection. Check out this post on showing work, specifically the third paragraph.
Aug
13
comment What was the lesson Elisha wanted to teach Joash using the arrows?
Specifically, you took a Hebrew Bible text and jumped to talking about Jesus without showing any work for making such a connection, and when it has no bearing on the answer. Check out this post on showing work, specifically the third paragraph.
Aug
13
comment What was the lesson Elisha wanted to teach Joash using the arrows?
I was with you until it got prescriptive". Please read this meta post on 'preaching' and note that we prefer *descriptive language ("I believe...", "Christians believe...") rather than prescriptive ("You should..."). Note that your audience is not exclusively Christian. Also note in our site distinctives that "We stop short of application when answering questions about the Bible (which means we don't fully exegete the text in the religious sense of the practice)."
Aug
12
comment John 12:24--In what way does the grain of wheat die?
No @Sarah I think it's fine as is, it is clear you are asking about the linguistic aspect(s) of the text. I was responding to your comment (and indirectly I was responding to some of the other commenters) ;)
Aug
12
comment John 12:24--In what way does the grain of wheat die?
How the grain of wheat dies is a question for biology experts, not biblical experts (which it seems you've asked, that is good). But we can help you understand what the underlying Greek is saying.
Aug
12
comment Does Paul refer to his past or present evil/sin in Romans 7
Hello bry and welcome to BH.SE. Be sure to take our site tour. We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don't just give an opinionated statement with no work shown backing it up; explain why your answer is right, ideally with citations. Answers that don't include explanations may be removed.
Aug
10
comment Interpretation of Genesis 1:26?
Welcome to BH.SE, Jasoin. Be sure to take our site tour to learn more about us. We're different from many other sites. Could you add some sources to back up your claims (that the language is borrowed from other ANE cultures, etc.)? We require answers to 'show their work', which means connecting all of the dots for us, to include citing sources for factual claims such as these. Thanks
Aug
8
comment What is the meaning of “calculate” in Revelation 13:18?
The OP wrote: "Please note: The question is not about the significance of the number itself or what it might refer to in the past, present or future. Please avoid any speculation, doctrinally-specific interpretations, and wild tangents."
Aug
8
comment If all flesh will be resurrected, will dinosaurs be resurrected?
It's a crap question, but not a bad answer. I gave you an upvote to neutralize whoever downvoted.