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Oct
20
comment What is Apostle Paul's “thorn in the flesh”?
Hey Brian, could you cite any of these 'many commentators'? We prefer that answers show their work, and citations are part of that when claims like this are made (we'd like them to be supported). It's a good answer but could benefit strongly from citing sources. Thanks!
Oct
20
comment What is Apostle Paul's “thorn in the flesh”?
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. I've removed the prescriptive content.
Oct
3
comment What is the meaning behind the parable of Children in the Marketplace in Luke 7:31-35?
Welcome to BH.SE! Please take our site tour. and check out what makes us different from other sites that study the Bible. Could you elaborate more on how you came to the conclusion Jesus is quoting Aesop's fables? Ideally cite some scholars who think so (we are interested in what experts think). Please don't just tell us what you know, tell us how you know it.
Oct
2
comment What does the word 'evil' mean in In Isaiah 45.7
I just added yet another book to my reading list ;) - great answer, +1
Oct
2
comment Why is the observation that “it was good” missing on the second day?
to an extent, it is always helpful to translate or find English resources. My point is that if you only have a Hebrew source and translating all but the relevant parts would be tangential to an answer, don't hesitate to link to the Hebrew text. Make no mistake about it, our goal is to build a site for experts - it's ok to require prerequisite knowledge (most other SE sites do).
Oct
2
comment Why is the observation that “it was good” missing on the second day?
thanks! Although note that linking to the Hebrew is also fine. Generally speaking, an expert in Biblical Studies likely can read Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, and often also French and German.
Oct
1
comment Luke 4:6-7 How do we read that Satan receives authority over the kingdoms of the world?
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.
Sep
30
comment Why is the observation that “it was good” missing on the second day?
I just realized it was your question initially ;)
Sep
30
comment Why is the observation that “it was good” missing on the second day?
Hey Bruce, glad to see your answer! :) Would you mind checking out What would be the best way to present ancient Jewish sources? We've clarified what we're looking for in Jewish citations a little more, as this will help all participants. Thanks!
Sep
23
comment Does Leviticus 19:28 in the original text instruct not to tattoo for the dead or not to tattoo at all?
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. This doesn't answer the question. Please edit it to answer the question fully after reading about our site distinctives.
Sep
18
comment Are there differences in how the Spirit empowers people?
Just about everything doesn't follow from the preceding section. For instance, how is the Greek word's meaning relevant unless you are making a point using the Septuagint (which you do not appear to be doing)?
Sep
15
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?