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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.
Mar
14
comment Where does “by the mercy shown to you” belong in Romans 11:31?
Check out Sanday & Headlam's take.
Mar
13
comment What is the “Water” of Genesis 1:2?
Agreed, but be sure to edit your post to add references (preferably something scholarly, not just PBS). Check out this helpful post which further explains our site requirement that answers "show their work" and how you can go about doing that.
Mar
13
comment What is the “Water” of Genesis 1:2?
Yes, you would need to edit the post to add this homework, not comment about it.
Mar
13
comment What is the “Water” of Genesis 1:2?
Ok, thanks for clarifying. We are certainly open to this perspective, but we require answers to "show their work", which means clearly connecting the dots starting from the text. In this case, it would be helpful to cite experts who share this perspective. We don't simply want to know what you know, but how you know it. Think of it like math homework, giving the answer doesn't count without showing how you derived/prove the answer.
Mar
13
comment Who made the election in 1 Thessalonians 1:4? Election of what?
@davidbrainerd I think it is certainly possible to answer purely from the original historical, linguistic, and literary context. Then one could bring up how later Christian thinkers came to view soteriological views concerning election, but not until they first do the former.
Mar
13
comment What is the “Water” of Genesis 1:2?
Is this an answer or a question?
Mar
8
comment What is the proper translation of Proverbs 22:6?
Also, you may benefit from reading this post on the rationale behind downvoting
Mar
8
comment What is the proper translation of Proverbs 22:6?
a reply to your question concerning the (now-removed) 'yellow box' has been posted on meta.
Mar
7
comment How should Genesis 3:4 be punctuated?
@Decrypted many local psychiatric wards, for starters.
Mar
7
comment What is the meaning of 'the Sun and the Moon' in Joseph's dream?
Unfortunately, good answers take a considerable amount of time to develop and write in many cases. You are free to offer Christian perspectives, but you need to label the specific hermeneutical principles and assumptions you are using and clearly connect the dots beginning from the text in its original context. This is moreso an exposition of the Revelation text that (anachronistically) is applied as the lens through which to interpret the Genesis passage. As it stands this is a valid answer, but not a good one by this site's standards -- so there is no need to delete your account.
Mar
7
comment How should Genesis 3:4 be punctuated?
I also recommend reading these two meta posts: (1) Strong's is a concordance, not a lexicon; and (2) Minimal Research Effort in Questions About the Original Languages
Mar
7
comment How should Genesis 3:4 be punctuated?
I recommend actually studying Hebrew from a reputable program somewhere. There are online classes or you can even purchase lectures on video that accompany a textbook. Many of these questions and your answers show a complete ignorance of even the basics of the Hebrew language. I would also recommend a basic course in linguistics and semantics.
Mar
7
comment What is the author's purpose in writing Acts?
Interesting premise. Although I'd argue that all approaches to the text bring bias, so Christian interpretation is just as eisegetical as applying source-critical methods, I found the answer interesting. +1
Mar
6
comment What is the proper translation of Proverbs 22:6?
I removed the portion of this question asking for additional questions. Questions that are "searching for a text" are off topic here. Otherwise excellent question.
Mar
6
comment In Acts 22:16 - Which Verb is “Washed Away” Derived From?
Etymology is not directly correlative to how a word could or should be translated in a later context.
Mar
5
comment What is the meaning of 'the Sun and the Moon' in Joseph's dream?
I should clarify that we do welcome Christian perspectives, but we require that you "show your work", i.e. connect the dots. You jumped straight from the Hebrew Bible to texts written by different authors thousands of years later in a different language. Please begin from the text itself in its original context and then bring in Christian hermeneutical approaches (stating the specific approach(es) being used and citing experts who have also used these approaches ideally)
Mar
5
comment What is the meaning of 'the Sun and the Moon' in Joseph's dream?
be sure to take our site tour and read about what makes us different from other sites that study the biblical texts. Most notably, this is not a Christian site.