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Dec
22
comment Statistically, how similar is the NIV to other translations such as the RSV?
Do you think those variations would make a statistically significant difference? I'd been assuming they were too minor for that.
Dec
21
comment Herod The Fox: Luke 13-32
Re-reading this, I'm left wondering, are you assuming that whoever translated the spoken phrase from the Aramaic or Hebrew into Greek did so badly? Only the most deliberately literal translations would leave in a misleading idiom without translating the sense.
Dec
21
comment Does Spiritual blindness mean not knowing God's Word?
@DJClayworth yes they did, and no they didn't. There is knowing and there is knowing.
Dec
19
comment Does Exodus explain itself as to why God hardens Pharaoh's heart in chapter 4?
@Caleb that's just as true of lots of other questions on the site, the one Susan linked to being a more extreme example than this one that at least quotes a single verse. Good answers should build up from the text and if the text addresses God's motivations that does not necessarily mean speculative leaps. I would start with Exodus 7:3-5
Dec
19
comment Does Exodus explain itself as to why God hardens Pharaoh's heart in chapter 4?
This seems like a perfectly good, on topic question to me.
Dec
18
comment Was Jesus’ commandment to “love enemies” (Matthew 5:43) meant literally?
I think this question is just fine on this site - if you want a perspective from a particular denomination you could find that on C.SE - to make it fit here, it helps a lot to quote the primary text you are asking about and it's probably better to say something like "Did Jesus intend X to be taken literally..." rather than "Are we to interpret..." - see here on meta for why.
Dec
17
comment Was Jesus’ commandment to “love enemies” (Matthew 5:43) meant literally?
@H3br3wHamm3r81 it could be hyperbole, and other commands in the Sermon on the Mount usually are read that way. Of course I don't think it is hyperbole, but it isn't axiomatically literal.
Dec
17
comment Was Jesus’ commandment to “love enemies” (Matthew 5:43) meant literally?
@Davïd isn't it obvious that "we" refers to Christians?
Dec
16
comment Does Jesus show compassion to demons in Mark 5:12-13
Can you explain which of his father's commandments he would have broken?
Dec
13
comment Who were the Nicolaitans and why did Jesus hate their deeds?
It's from 1Cor8, the beginning of the train of thought about food sacrificed to idols. I don't think Paul meant it any differently than Irenaeus did. I think Irenaeus also was only concerned about those who knowingly ate food sacrificed to idols with indifference. See this page from a book on Google books for example.
Dec
13
comment Who were the Nicolaitans and why did Jesus hate their deeds?
I wonder what you mean by "rather than any spiritual concern", what could be more spiritual than: "by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ"
Dec
6
comment What is Satan's relationship with God?
related: Is Satan one of the “sons of God”?
Dec
6
comment In John 18, who was high priest at the time of Jesus' arrest?
This is all interesting, but I'm struggling to see how it is relevant to the question about Annas and Caiaphas?
Dec
3
comment What historical reasons resulted in Revelation being included in most Christian canons?
You are welcome, credit is due to ScottS though as he brought this up in chat. It's good to have you active on the site.
Nov
22
comment Clarification on the Greek pronoun allos
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about the Greek language.
Nov
22
comment Why does John not participate properly in worship in the book of Revelation?
OK, but I don't see how that answers the question about why he does not participate properly in worship?
Nov
19
comment What does the vocabulary of 2 Peter indicate about its authorship?
Re your last paragraph, that certainly makes sense if it is backup up with evidence from works by known authors. Do you know of any studies that do similar comparison between the early and late works of someone (eg C S Lewis)?
Nov
19
comment Why does Luke associate the birth of Christ with the census conducted by Quirinus?
Please edit a summary of the link into your answer.
Nov
19
comment What does the vocabulary of 2 Peter indicate about its authorship?
"Considering the brevity of the letter, this is markedly disproportionate" - I think we need to consider not only the number of unique words by length of text, but also by author - ie if Paul wrote twice as much you wouldn't expect the number of unique words to double but perhaps even to go down as he's basically going to be using his normal vocabulary again.
Nov
18
comment Why is the observation that “it was good” missing on the second day?
I'm looking forward to reading the updated version :)