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Apr
18
comment Is the Old Testament and levitical law valid?
It has been migrated and is available at this URL
Apr
17
comment Is the Old Testament and levitical law valid?
This sort of question is not on topic here. You may wish to ask on Christianity and the question can be migrated if you'd like it to be.
Apr
16
comment How is Jesus with us when two or three are gathered, if he is still hanging out in the clouds?
Questions about "us" are clearly seeking to apply the text to a (presumed) Christian audience, which is off topic here. Also, the connection between these two texts is not clear (aside from a Christian belief in canonicity). This question has been migrated to Christianity.SE. If you'd like to focus the question on a specific text and understanding it within its original historical, linguistic, or literary context (not on its devotional implications for modern-day religious groups), please edit and vote to reopen.
Apr
13
comment To cover, to remain concealed, or against the covering?
the original question simply asked about the meaning of a specific word, which is clear. This is not clear. You are blocking your own road to understanding.
Apr
13
comment To cover, to remain concealed, or against the covering?
I'm not sure what the extra content adds aside from confusion. This makes the question unclear and appears to be much content that belongs in an answer rather than in the question. Also, see this post as there is much ill-informed speculation in this "question".
Apr
9
comment Why is 'Sabbath' often plural in the Greek text (both LXX and NT) yet translated as if it were singular?
I think if this focused on the usage of the term by a specific author or text it would be fine, but it's too broad as is and doesn't focus on understanding a text.
Apr
8
comment Why is 'Sabbath' often plural in the Greek text (both LXX and NT) yet translated as if it were singular?
@Susan nope, closed as off topic :P (feel free to reopen if you disagree, I figured no harm, no foul on my own question)
Mar
28
comment In Acts 2, Which Prophecies Affirm Peter's Claim that the Messiah Would Receive the Holy Spirit?
That's why I didn't close the question. There is definitely a valid argument both ways here. If I was certain, this would be on hold already. Thanks for clarifying.
Mar
28
comment In Acts 2, Which Prophecies Affirm Peter's Claim that the Messiah Would Receive the Holy Spirit?
"Do prophecies...?" sounds a lot like searching for a text to me.
Mar
28
comment Is there anything in Genesis to suggest why the ancient Israelites were made to be slaves in Egypt?
@WoundedEgo if you're looking for an explanation from more than just Genesis, i.e. from all of the Bible, then you should ask on C.SE. Granted, you may receive some answers that cite additional texts, but the burden would be on those answers for connecting the dots from Genesis to those texts, particularly if those texts were written later than Genesis (i.e. not draw anachronistic connections).
Mar
28
comment Is there anything in Genesis to suggest why the ancient Israelites were made to be slaves in Egypt?
I edited this to focus it solely on the Genesis text (asking about the entire Bible or even entire Hebrew Bible is too broad). I also changed "Jews" to "ancient Israelites" to ensure it is focused on the original context and not a modern religious group. Asking about 'scripture' is too broad (first of all, what is "scripture"?).
Mar
23
comment Is there a difference between Heaven and Paradise?
Please focus on a specific text/author. For instance, what is the difference in Luke's Gospel?
Mar
18
comment What arguments exist that would refute the theory concerning Aramaic primacy of the New Testament?
To clarify (as an Orthodox Christian), Orthodox Christians hold the Greek Septuagint as the authoritative Hebrew Bible. Orthodoxy has always held the Greek text of the New Testament as authoritative (the Patriarch even having approved a specific Greek text in 1904).
Mar
14
comment The lexicology of Pharaoh's heart
In the meantime check out this article and this also
Mar
14
comment The lexicology of Pharaoh's heart
I had been taught once that ancient Egyptians had some sort of belief about the heart needing to be as light as a feather in order to enter the afterlife, and that making it heavy showed God's ability to determine the eternal destiny of the "divine" Pharaoh, but I don't currently have a reliable source for that statement.
Mar
14
comment Does Romans 9:5 assert the deity of Christ?
@Susan you got it, Romans 9-11 is off limits for me! :P Check out this article for a quick primer (the author is discussing Corinthians but this post gives an introduction to the idea in Pauline writing in general). The author cites a lot of great sources to learn more. But most importantly, he also gives an alternate perspective (arguments against seeing imperial-cult rhetoric in Paul's writings).
Mar
14
comment Does Romans 9:5 assert the deity of Christ?
It's debatable. Paul uses a lot of rhetoric from the imperial cult, wherein apotheosis and emperor worship were supreme. Perhaps Paul's goal was as political as theological (that distinction itself is an anachronism), Jesus > Caesar.
Mar
14
comment Does Romans 9:5 assert the deity of Christ?
Also, it's important to note that 'deity' wasn't a Boolean category in Greek thought. There were levels of divinity/deity.
Mar
14
comment What is the “Water” of Genesis 1:2?
Also, you may enjoy this book which explores ancient Near Eastern thought (primordial waters show up in numerous ancient creation accounts, including Egyptian and Mesopotamian).
Mar
14
comment What is the “Water” of Genesis 1:2?
Much better, Robert! Thank you. It would also be good to actually add citations to sources. Perhaps cite scientific papers illustrating these concepts. Keep in mind that this is not a religious site, so accepting things on faith is irrelevant here. We care about the historical, linguistic, and literary context, and hermeneutical methods of interpreting the texts. If no one has shared this with you yet, this is a good article summarizing what this site is all about and some of our distinctives.