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Jul
22
comment What or Who is the Holy Spirit in 2 Corinthians 13:14?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this question does not start from a text and work upwards.
Jul
20
comment Deuteronomy 4:24 GOD is jealous and translation difference?
You can't see my comment on the answer below that's been deleted, but you can see it here in the chat room instead if you wish.
Jul
13
comment Paul rebukes Peter in Galatians: short and sweet or speech?
Yes, they are all suggestive and some could be reformed to support the opposite conclusion as you say :)
Jun
22
comment Why did Jesus not respond to Herod?
@Jonathan Dick has replied in the chat room - I don't think he's aware that you won't be notified of his message because you haven't been in there recently.
Jun
16
comment What is “the gift of God” in Eph 2:8
+1, but "Having faith is not a work (else the contrast would be meaningless)." presumably only applies to this particular usage, right? cf John 6:29
Jun
16
comment Why does Moses change Hosea's name to Joshua?
This is a very interesting start to an answer - I'd love you to flesh it out.
Jun
15
comment Did Jonah actually die in the whale?
There is of course the possibility that David was (as far as he knew) only talking about himself, and the 'foreseeing' was unintended (or something he was only dimly aware of).
Jun
15
comment Did Jonah actually die in the whale?
I don't mean to suggest (here) that the Psalms I cite here are prophetic - just to demonstrate that the poetic description of 'near death' by using the language of Sheol is common.
Jun
8
comment How is there 'nothing new' in this life? (Ecclesiastes 1:10)
Exactly - it's 'something new' in the context of labour-saving tools, but nothing new in the context of human nature, as evidenced by the lack of satisfaction we have in our shiny gadgets when a new model comes out!
Jun
1
comment Did houses only have one room 2000 years ago?
Yes, it's from an earlier period (as David also mentions in his comment) - so my question is soliciting some sort of evidence as to whether the style was still basically "one room downstairs, further rooms upstairs" in the time of Jesus - I don't want to be told the answer, I want to be shown some evidence - even though I trust you, not everyone who stumbles on the question from Google will, it would be great to have a link at least.
Jun
1
comment Did houses only have one room 2000 years ago?
If the picture linked in David's comment is typical, it appears that there is indeed one big room on the ground floor, which looks like it might be where work is done and light is needed by the whole household.
May
27
comment Why does Mark provide two feeding accounts?
"...Jews are in mind in the first feeding while Gentiles are in view in the second..." I think the geography of the narrative also supports this theory - Jesus has been criss-crossing the lake of Galilee and at the point of feeding the 4,000 he seems to be on the Gentile side.
May
26
comment Did Adam and Eve not have sex in the Garden of Eden?
@Vector of course, but curiousdannii and I were discussing the literal level, and that was the context I was commenting into!
May
25
comment Did Adam and Eve not have sex in the Garden of Eden?
@Vector ^^^^^^^
May
25
comment Did Adam and Eve not have sex in the Garden of Eden?
$Vector most of the events in Gen 1-11 are implausible to some degree if taken as a literal historical narrative.That doesn't necessarily mean they aren't literally true in the historical sense, but it may mean that reading them like that we are mistaking the genre and therefore the message.
May
5
comment 1 Tim 2:12: What about a woman prophesying with authority over a man?
It might be helpful to quote the 1 Tim passage in full if that is where this question starts, but what would be most helpful for clarity's sake would be to re-phrase to make the question clearer - I'm not currently sure exactly what you are asking.
Apr
25
comment Where is the 'Arabia' that Paul went to?
Thanks, I appreciate the feedback which is very interesting. Do you think it's an important enough issue to incorporate into your answer in some way? I'm happy to try editing your map to show Damascus if you think that would help.
Apr
25
comment Where is the 'Arabia' that Paul went to?
Thanks. What I'm slightly confused about then is the phrase "...I went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus..." - doesn't that imply that Damascus is not in Arabia? Or does Paul mean something like "...I went away into the heart of Arabia..."
Apr
25
comment Where is the 'Arabia' that Paul went to?
Where is Damascus on your map?
Apr
21
comment What is the structure of the 'foundations' of the city wall in Revelation 21?
I've made an edit - have I made the question clearer that I am interested in the actual structure of the literal walls/foundations that the passage alludes to?