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comment Are there differences in how the Spirit empowers people?
This makes no sense. Keep in mind that part of showing work is clearly connecting the dots beginning from the text. Much of your conclusion is non sequitur.
Sep
9
comment What does the oil in the ten virgins parable represent?
Well said, rhetorician. My point is that this question appears it may be asking for application: "our life... we are to pay... our life..." etc. The OP should note we stop short of this and focus solely on the text in its original context. We are not an exclusively Christian site, so such prescriptions should not be imposed on readers.
Sep
8
comment What does the oil in the ten virgins parable represent?
Welcome to BH.SE! Please take our site tour. and check out what makes us different from other sites that study the Bible. Be sure to properly cite the text you're asking about. The chapter and verse numbers do not always line up between the Hebrew, Greek, and English texts. Also please note that this is not a Christian site, we focus on the text in its original context.
Sep
6
comment About prophesies in the Book of Daniel
@davidbrainerd and user128932: This conversation does indeed need to be moved to chat and should not continue here. Comments are not a debate platform.
Sep
3
comment Is there a difference between “punishment” and “discipline”?
@Andrew We're a little different from other sites. You'll need to justify quoting from both Hebrew Bible and NT texts and relating them like this (they are written in different languages and time periods), this is likely too broad for asking here as is. You seem to be starting from a theological idea and then asking us to find biblical support for it - which doesn't work here. You must start from a text and attempt to minimize your presuppositions when asking ideally. This question seems better for Christianity.
Sep
3
comment Statistically, how similar is the NIV to other translations such as the RSV?
I'm trying to find something about their comparison methodology to no avail. If you use a different methodology than the one used to derive those statistics, you won't be comparing apples to apples. I can't find how they are doing it, though. Do they map English words/clauses to the original language in a specific critical text or do they simply compare English words and phrases? How are differences in word order with essentially the same words taken into account? Etc. I know how to go about answering this kind of question but need to know their methodology to make a good comparison.
Sep
1
comment What did Paul mean by “Arsenokoitēs”? Was he condemning homosexual activity as we know it today?
This is an otherwise great answer.
Sep
1
comment What did Paul mean by “Arsenokoitēs”? Was he condemning homosexual activity as we know it today?
thanks for dialing it back. The issue is when you go past the original audience to saying there is forgiveness of 'whomever we are'... our sin - you are clearly applying it to us - not just the original audience. But now it is only one line rather than a major thrust towards the end, so I'll leave it be - but do keep in mind that this constitutes prescription (it could be reworded by simply removing 'our' in the last sentence and it will then be an accurate descriptive statement about Paul's teachings). You could also qualify it, i.e. "from a Christian perspective, ... we... our...."
Aug
30
comment Is there bible translation that is more literal than Young Literal Translation
See also Which 'modern' English translation of the Bible is considered the 'closest' or most accurate translation?
Aug
30
comment What did Paul mean by “Arsenokoitēs”? Was he condemning homosexual activity as we know it today?
Please remain focused on the text in its original context. Moving beyond this to applying it to contemporary religious movements belongs at Christianity or Mi Yodeya. Please don't "preach" at readers. Instead, describe your perspective without prescribing it. We're looking for lectures rather than sermons. Please keep in mind that not all of your readers here are Christians. My edit helps this stick to the text and its original context to its original audience
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