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Dec
29
comment How to interpret Isaiah 9:6?
@Jim it's worth remembering that translation is as much art as science. All translation is done through an interpretive lens and the difficulties in correctly understanding any text are considerable (though not, I believe, insurmountably so).
Dec
29
comment How to interpret Isaiah 9:6?
I'm pretty sure this isn't a fair characterization of your reasoning here, is it?
Dec
29
comment Job 38, was God being sarcastic?
I'd be happy to continue this interesting discussion in chat? I understand your POV, but in my view it creates more difficulties than it resolves and I interpret James differently. Of course you may well be right and me wrong: I respect your views and your right to hold them regardless :)
Dec
29
comment Job 38, was God being sarcastic?
I try not to do the attributing, but doesn't God attribute causative responsibility to himself in Job 2:3? Note that this does not mean God is in the wrong, because a) His ultimate intention was good, while Satan's intention was evil, and b) there is none who can sit in the judgement seat over God: that is His place and to ascribe wrongdoing to God pre-supposes the right to judge Him. I find it interesting that God never defends Himself against Job's accusations at the end of the book: He merely crushes the arrogance of a mere man supposing to accuse the almighty.
Dec
28
comment Job 38, was God being sarcastic?
+1, but given Job 2:3, I don't think it'd be inaccurate to say God afflicted Job, but I also don't think that gives Job any right to be aggrieved: the creator may do as He pleases and Job is not his judge regardless.
Dec
27
comment What is the significance of '7 generations' in Luke’s account of Jesus's genealogy?
The main contention is the word 'he', not the word 'fictitious', as Niobius's answer indicates. The NET translators notes have a useful summary of the difficulties with manuscript evidence here.
Dec
23
comment What is Yahweh's gender?
@curiousdannii I was just reading this answer (and upvoting it), but thinking exactly the same thing you commented. Perhaps your thoughts are worth expanding into an answer? You'd certainly also get my upvote.
Dec
22
comment What was Er's sin?
@Frank yes, he behaves 'to type' (not that all firstborns do, but there is a deliberate pattern I think, perhaps even extending to Adam and Meshiach but that may be stretching it :)
Dec
22
comment What was Er's sin?
@Frank I think Amichai's point is there is a pattern of firstborn's displeasing the Lord, ordained by the Lord. In that sense the word 'because' makes perfect sense (at least to me).
Dec
22
comment Is it possible to be unbiased when interpreting Scripture?
Is it really a case of us 'setting aside our bias' or is it a case of God opening blind eyes? It's an old question I know :)
Dec
19
comment Contextually, which English translation/ Greek text seems more probable in Rev. 5:10?
@Richard I've converted your answer to a comment on Swasheck's answer because that's my best guess about what you intended, forgive me if I've got that wrong. The other possibility that occurred to me is that you are really asking a different (albeit related) question, is that the case?
Dec
17
comment How is Adam “son of God” in Luke 3:38?
Do you mean it 'includes' the broader sense? The biological concept is there too (even evident in the quoted genealogy), isn't it?
Dec
10
comment The significance of the designations of families who will mourn in Zechariah 12
An alternative to this edit (discussed here on meta) would be to add more supporting reasoning, joining the dots from the original text all the way through to the conclusions about Yeshua and the Christ. That's certainly possible, would be entirely acceptable, but is a little beyond me!
Dec
7
comment What does it mean to be “born of water”?
Just re-discovered this gem of an answer: hope to have you back sometime (but no pressure intended, we understand life gets in the way :)
Dec
4
comment Why are 2 Peter and Jude usually together in commentaries?
Hi Frank, you might like to know a very similar question has been asked and much of this answer is relevant there too.
Dec
4
comment When was Jesus's body 'broken'?
@user3036 What is the 'NU'?
Dec
2
comment Is the faith of the Torah monotheistic or henotheistic?
Mark, just FYI, Dan's edit was the result of a discussion in The Library, starting about here. afaik everyone thinks your contributions are great and we really appreciate the time you put into these answers: if there is anything you object to about the edit or would like to discuss, please do join us in The Library to chat.
Nov
29
comment Who was Nimrod?
@Frank I've added an excerpt :)
Nov
25
comment Who is the little horn that 'has eyes' and is 'speaking' blasphemous things in Daniel 7?
After careful reading of your answer I've changed my vote. The logic is much easier to follow that I first thought, I think I reacted against the polemic style at first (or perhaps the pre-edit version was a lot different idk). I have one particular request: CAPS are almost universally interpreted as shouting on SE, and aren't that helpful as a form of emphasis. I suggest you use one of the many others.
Nov
22
comment Could the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” mean “tree of intelligence”?
So 'knowing' good and evil it not in itself a bad thing (you aren't meaning 'practice' by 'experience')?