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Apr
21
comment What is the structure of the 'foundations' of the city wall in Revelation 21?
Whether you read the text as literal or symbolic, the question is still about literal foundations - there needs to be something concrete to base a metaphor on. Based on Isaiah 28:16 I'm guessing foundations were usually large stones, either brought in and dropped in a hole, or just discovered by digging down, but I'd like to know if we have archeological or literary evidence to support a theory.
Feb
10
comment Where was Adam created?
interesting, thanks :) Gen 3:23 is what I had in mind when asking the question.
Jan
14
comment Does Gen 1:1 refer to day 1 or the entire 6 days of creation?
btw why two answers? Can you edit one of them to include the content of both or did you mean to post that way?
Jan
14
comment Does Gen 1:1 refer to day 1 or the entire 6 days of creation?
I've amended the opening of the question - my bias is actually in the opposite direction but I'd like to keep the question neutral on that issue.
Jan
11
comment What does 'prayers' mean in 1 Timothy 2:1 as distinct from supplications, intercessions, and thanksgivings?
It's very useful, I appreciate it a lot - should have accepted it before (can't imagin how it has a DV). I take it you agree with Witsius' summary?
Jan
9
comment Frequency of each binyan in the OT?
@Davïd my reading of the meta discussion about this sort of question is that it is on-topic if it's not a language question that could be asked independent of the texts.
Jan
6
comment Where was Jesus when he received word of Lazarus' illness?
@Dick, I really appreciate the reference (although having read it through, I found it - to put it mildly - unconvincing, but that isn't really important). It'd be great to link to that pdf in the body of your answer too if you are willing to edit it in, I suspect these comments will eventually get deleted.
Jan
6
comment Where was Jesus when he received word of Lazarus' illness?
That's an excellent reference, thank you, I've edited it in to the answer.
Jan
6
comment Where was Jesus when he received word of Lazarus' illness?
Interesting answer: I wonder why you connect the Lazarus of the parable with the brother of Mary and Martha though; that seems quite a leap just based on the name (the resurrections aren't comparable as one is related to the general resurrection at the end of time, and the other is in the vein of the miracles of the prophets) - is there any other reason to make the connection? Your mention that "...the gods could not revive someone who had been dead for more than three days..." is fascinating, do you happen to have a reference for that?
Jan
2
comment What did 'adoption' mean to the Romans?
Hi Hello, you can comment on David's answer - editing your question isn't the way to do 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
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
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?