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Jul
3
comment How good or bad was Jesus relationship with Pharisee?
I recommend reading How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee by Ehrman and Jesus and the Victory of God vol. 2 by Wright for a good balance (also read vol. 1 by Wright for more context). A cursory search also revealed books like this one which you may find interesting (it appears to echo ideas I've encountered in Wright's first volume).
Jul
3
comment How good or bad was Jesus relationship with Pharisee?
I agree that Jesus likely wasn't nearly as hostile to Pharisees as many of the gospels as we have them today seem to indicate, so I am sympathetic to this question. The problem is that it is way too broad and starts from an idea rather than from a specific text. If it were focused on understanding a particular text and addressing its meaning and historicity or whatnot, that could work. But addressing this entire question would require a comprehensive book walking through all of the gospels, early history, etc.
Jul
3
comment How good or bad was Jesus relationship with Pharisee?
I think there's a good question buried in here, but it needs some focus.
Jun
21
comment Born of water and of the Spirit
From a textual perspective, we've covered this passage exhaustively. As a start, check out the following: Does the phrase “born of water and the Spirit” refer to one, or two births? --- What does it mean to be “born of water”? --- What is the precedent for using water as a symbol for God's Spirit in John 3:5? --- Does the idea of being “born again” have a root earlier than John/Peter (or Jesus)?
Jun
21
comment Born of water and of the Spirit
We don't allow questions that are searching for a text, and this is linking multiple books together (John and Acts, at minimum) without really explaining that connection and asking for historical knowledge not found in either. From a Christian perspective, this makes perfect sense, but we're a little different here. I've migrated this question to Christianity, a site that can handle this question better from that perspective for you.
Jun
19
comment What is the original Number of the Beast?
Please edit these into your answer. I'm also not so sure you're gematria is adding up, but that's another issue.
Jun
18
comment What is the original Number of the Beast?
The source you cited doesn't back up many of these claims, nor is it a proper reference that helps us find the specific source you are using. Please cite sources for your claims. We require this here and call it 'showing your work'.
Jun
14
comment Why is the Greek word ἀγάπη often translated as “charity” in the New Testament?
This question is not on topic, as has been recently clarified.
Jun
14
comment What does it mean for someone to be another person's “portion”?
Questions about the meaning or translation of a specific word or phrase are off topic if they 1) are not seeking to understand any one specific text; 2) are not seeking to understand the use of the specific word or phrase by one specific author (where specific texts are given as examples of this author's usage of the word or phrase); and 3) can be answered by consulting a standard concordance, lexicon or other lexical resource. (source)
Jun
14
comment Translation of “ἐλπίς”
Questions about the meaning or translation of a specific word or phrase are off topic if they 1) are not seeking to understand any one specific text; 2) are not seeking to understand the use of the specific word or phrase by one specific author (where specific texts are given as examples of this author's usage of the word or phrase); and 3) can be answered by consulting a standard concordance, lexicon or other lexical resource. (source)
Jun
14
comment Which beast does the number 666 represent
I decided to (finally) write an answer giving more context for that video. Also, I disagree with the highest-voted answer (since it ignores the plain sense of the text as to who the subject is).
Jun
14
comment What can we infer from the different nativity accounts in Matthew and Luke?
Debate comments removed. +1 from me @DickHarfield -- it's too bad folks DV anything from a historical-critical perspective regardless of how well the answer is written (trust me, I get similar DVs)
May
9
comment What do the jeers towards Elisha of “Go on up” mean?
Please include a summary of the relevant portion. This alone is insufficient.
Mar
18
comment What did Sarah mean by calling Abraham her “lord”?
Keep in mind that etymology and current meaning in context are orthogonal issues. Check out Strong's is a concordance, not a lexicon.
Mar
18
comment Which Documentary Hypothesis sources does Jesus quote from?
Unfortunately this question is too subjective for this Q&A format.
Feb
28
comment What is the meaning of the repetition of “holy” in Isaiah 6:3?
"Judaism has a tendency to do things in three times (actually all Semitic cultures)." Please provide support for this statement - you've offered none.
Feb
28
comment Why didn't Sarah refuse to go to Abimelech?
Could you support this with sources rather then pure speculation? I.e. references about ancient Mesopotamian and Babylonian familial relations, etc. We call this 'showing your work' and it's a requirement here.
Jan
30
comment What is the meaning of this part of 2 Timothy 1:3?
@curiousdannii note my edit, that comment was intended for kmote, not you. My apologies for the false ping. I've retained your comments since they are focused on factual issues.
Jan
30
comment What is the meaning of this part of 2 Timothy 1:3?
@kmote please use comments to point out factual issues with the post, vague disagreements such as 'anti-conservative bias' are not constructive.
Jan
30
comment What is the meaning of this part of 2 Timothy 1:3?
@DickHarfield I agree with those accusations as being unhelpful. I'd love to see you incorporate your citations of Ehrman and Mack into the post (comments are temporary).