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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 :)
Nov
18
comment Why is the observation that “it was good” missing on the second day?
Thanks for pointing out the 7 - unlikely to be coincidence I think. I wonder if other 7s in the Bible are 2+1+4.
Nov
18
comment Why is the observation that “it was good” missing on the second day?
You are welcome :) The reason why I don't feel comfortable with any other division than 'day' is that the one unbroken pattern in the entire account is the day completion formula "and there was evening and there was morning the X day". To my way of thinking (constrained by this logic), the 'waters' (the 'arena' for the sea creatures) are already complete at the end of day 2. The action of gathering the waters together does not complete that creation, but begins the creation of the 'land' arena in preparation for the animals and ultimately humans on day 6.
Nov
18
comment Are the 70 sevens of Daniel 9:24 the fulfillment of Leviticus 26:18-33?
@Joseph thanks for putting the effort in :) my only remaining doubt is whether it's too broad with both questions in place - I wonder if it is better to focus on one or the other (or split the question into two). For me personally it is the second question that is more interesting.
Nov
15
comment Are the 70 sevens of Daniel 9:24 the fulfillment of Leviticus 26:18-33?
This looks to me like a question about Daniel 9:24 with your own answer included - I'd recommend splitting the portions that are your answer out into an actual answer and leaving the core of the question.
Oct
31
comment Does Titus 2:13 refer to one person or two?
@majnemɪzdæn the date seems to be controversial, but this answer at least seems to support Joseph's choice of words.
Oct
30
comment Date of appearance of the New Testament in Syriac (Peshitta)
digging a bit deeper I see the Wikipedia article has been updated
Oct
30
comment Date of appearance of the New Testament in Syriac (Peshitta)
Hi Grzegorz, I can't find support in your Wikipedia link for a 4th century carbon-dating, do you have another source for that?
Oct
24
comment What is the new covenant made with Jews/Israel in Jeremiah 31:31
@ScottS at least three of the five questions (and perhaps all five) could be separate questions in their own right - and they are independent enough that there seems no need to bundle them into one question even if they all arise from the same verse. What advantage do you see in having all the questions rolled into one here?
Oct
24
comment Meaning of στοιχεῖον (stoicheion)
This looks like it might be interesting but is very hard to follow because of the lack of formatting. Can you add some structure like paragraphs, headings, conclusion etc as appropriate?
Oct
20
comment Omission of 'fasting' in Mark 9:29
I'm not sure which I prefer (and I've loved learning from all three answers here) - but I personally have accidents in the 'plausible' category, not just 'possible'. It's a big body of text, and other accidental scribal errors are well-know to have occurred (eg character substitution) - omission of a few words is probably less common, but not implausible for my money.
Oct
20
comment Omission of 'fasting' in Mark 9:29
If I'm understanding you correctly, you are saying that (for example) "A scribe sneezing, and resuming at the wrong spot, is of course possible", but that while possible, it is not plausible, is that right? If so, I guess that is a judgement call we'll all have to make for ourselves :)
Oct
20
comment Omission of 'fasting' in Mark 9:29
Yes, they are classes, but my point in referencing the list is merely that duplication and transposition are types of "addition" with implicit explanation, whereas there is no need to subdivide "omission" into types, because any omission is already plausible (and the kind like this that results in a verse that still makes sense is the kind that is most likely to survive subsequent copying).
Oct
20
comment Omission of 'fasting' in Mark 9:29
Useful additions (+1), but I'm not sure I follow your logic entirely. Wikipedia says "Most typos involve simple duplication, omission, transposition, or substitution of a small number of characters." and I'm inclined to think that any omission has a plausible explanation - eg the copyist just got distracted at the wrong moment. Isn't the burden of plausibility much heavier on additions? Hence duplication, transposition being in the Wikipedia list - both plausible mechanisms.
Oct
20
comment Omission of 'fasting' in Mark 9:29
If we judge a question by it's answers, this one is great. Three excellent answers already that don't agree but are fascinating and informative and all have my upvote.
Oct
17
comment Which Greek NT passage has proven to have the most variant readings?
We might mean the same thing but I see a 'shopping' question as one lending itself to multiple answers rather than one desiring multiple answers, if that makes sense. Either way, your extensions to the question will, I think, make multiple answers very unlikely so I've rescinded my vtc. Hope you get a good answer :)