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


May
8
comment What does μονογενὴς Θεὸς means in John 1:18?
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. While you will undoubtedly hear Christian perspectives, we don't have any definition of 'orthodoxy' and welcome all perspectives here. If you would like an interpretation from a specific Christian perspective, you might try Christianity.SE.
May
8
comment How do the traditions of the LXX and MT versions of Jeremiah relate?
Welcome to BH.SE! Could you cite some sources to back up your claims?
May
7
comment Why is the “give to Caesar what is Caesar's” answer so great?
I was with you right up until your Western post-Enlightenment ideal that you injected into a first century Near-Eastern text.
May
6
comment Prominence of Judah and Joseph in Tribal Allotments
@DickHarfield you got a +1 from me. The OP should not bias towards those who only accept biblical inerrancy or who do not want historical accounts outside of the Biblical texts themselves. This site is the ideal setting for these kinds of answers.
May
2
comment Jeremiah 30:9, David as King
This was edited to make it more fitting here, as this is not an explicitly Christian site.
May
1
comment Why did God allow satan to take lives just to prove that Job is loyal?
@ScottS in this case it's awesome that this question attracted a pearl, but usually that's not the case (as evidenced by the other two answers). Check out this SE blog post.
Apr
30
comment Are the 'vessels of wrath' in Romans 9:22 'prepared for' or are they 'preparing themselves for destruction'?
@ScottS thanks for the edit, this is an exceptional answer. Bounty awarded.
Apr
29
comment Are the 'vessels of wrath' in Romans 9:22 'prepared for' or are they 'preparing themselves for destruction'?
OUTSTANDING! I am awarding this with a bounty (I have to wait 24 hours before the system lets me). I hope you don't mind my nitpicky edits. Your analysis of the Greek is impeccable. My only critique would be that you pulled in James to make a theological point without in any way showing work for the connection (I can follow citing other works of Paul). I'm of the mindset that Paul and James are not in agreement. However, with the rest of the answer being superb, it didn't stop me from giving a +1 and awarding a bounty for your considerable effort. Great job and thank you!
Apr
29
comment Why did God allow satan to take lives just to prove that Job is loyal?
This is a philosophical question, not really a textual one. The question fundamentally boils down to "Why did God..." which is largely opinion-based and not answerable from the text in many cases.
Apr
29
comment Does Luke show Agabus as errant in his prophecy in Acts 21?
thanks for sharing! Very interesting....
Apr
29
comment Does Luke show Agabus as errant in his prophecy in Acts 21?
I'm curious where you came across this view...?
Apr
24
comment Did Paul think in Hebrew?
whoops! Glad it worked out.
Apr
24
comment Did Paul think in Hebrew?
sorry for the nitpicky edit, I figured you wouldn't mind. Awesome answer!
Apr
24
comment What did the 70 elders see, if man can't see God and live?
Welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics Stack Exchange! Be sure to take our site tour to learn more about us. We're a little different from other sites. I made a slight edit to your post to correct a minor spelling error and to correct the italics/emphasis. If I got it wrong, be sure to edit again and/or roll back my edit.
Apr
24
comment How is 2 Maccabees 12:40-46 to be understood?
"Can we pray for the dead?" would be out of scope in my opinion because it would be applying the text to modern practice. Observing/describing that some do practice it today is fine, prescribing it to readers is best saved for C.SE, not here.
Apr
23
comment How is 2 Maccabees 12:40-46 to be understood?
We do not officially teach that there is any 'second chance' or postmortem repentance, but we hold out hope for it. Check out my answer here and also this one where I've elaborated on this before if you're interested.
Apr
23
comment How is 2 Maccabees 12:40-46 to be understood?
We (I am Eastern Orthodox) do not believe in purgatory, but we do have a concept of a purgative experience after death for some. It would be hard to explain it all in comments.
Apr
23
comment How is 2 Maccabees 12:40-46 to be understood?
This is not the place to refute or support the theology of one text on the basis of others - but we can explain the meaning of the text in its context. Hence my edit.
Apr
22
comment Did Jehoahaz and Jehoash's reign overlap?
Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here (summarize the relevant portions of the resource that answer this question), and provide the link for reference.
Apr
22
comment Difference between dedicating a person vs a house in leviticus 27?
Please cite a specific translation as various versions don't always line up. See this explanation of why this is important that gives examples of what we're looking for.