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Sep
13
comment How would Elisha plowing with 12 oxen have been understood at the time of writing?
When you say "I'm not looking for an allegorical answer" do you mean you don't want modern allegory read back into the passage or are you trying to exclude any argument that the 12 oxen would have been understood allegorically at the time?
Sep
11
comment What does it mean for someone to be another person's “portion”?
Dan this is the beginnings of an answer and I'm not going to convert it into a comment because that would be a waste (comments are temporal and generally pretty useless for anything approaching an answer). Please edit if and when you have the time, otherwise it is better as it is!
Sep
10
comment What is the symbolism of the Song of Moses and the Song of the Lamb?
I don't know why this was downvoted, although obviously these questions can be very difficult to answer convincingly.
Sep
7
comment Jesus's genealogy: 28 generations or 41 since David?
interesting, thanks and well done for mastering the 'edit' feature so quickly! I've added in some formatting, hope that is OK.
Sep
3
comment “A god” or “God” in John 1:1?
As the comments on your other answer point out, your reasoning there is fatally flawed.
Aug
10
comment Why Moses ordered to keep virgins alive but kill all non-virgins and males in Numbers 31:17-18?
My 2c: this is just the sort of answer we need on this site, it starts from the text and where the question leaves off, building conclusions logically and with support. I've made an edit to add references (please check you are happy with them) and adjusted the language slightly, but +1 from me regardless.
Aug
9
comment How should πονηρός be translated in Matthew 7:11, and why?
The answers we want here stem from and work up from the text
Aug
4
comment Has the NIV incorrectly added “had” in Luke 10:40?
Thanks for being so gracious H3br3wHamm3r81. @swasheck, I might have implied something I didn't mean to: I was just making the practical point that because translations are imperfect it can be handy to compare a couple (I don't know the source languages myself). Having said that I am unashamed to say if I could only have one Bible I would close NASB or ESV over NIV: that is a matter of personal preference though rather than suggesting one is inately superior: I think all three are highly regarded for their quality of translation.
Aug
3
comment Has the NIV incorrectly added “had” in Luke 10:40?
The NIV is not a paraphrase as such, rather it attempts to strike a balance between dynamic and formal equivalence. It can be useful when studying to read and compare two translations: one that leans more towards formal and one more towards dynamic equivalence. Especially if you aren't a Greek scholar.
Jul
18
comment What range of meaning is allowed by διὰ in Ephesians 2:8?
Sorry, I mean 'less instrumental' - does that make sense? So if I defeat an enemy with my army, the army is understood to be not just my instrument but probably essential to the victory, whereas if I travel to Wales via the M4, the M4 is still my chosen route, but it may be that I could perfectly well have chosen a different one. It is quite possible that I'm missing the technical meaning of 'instrumental' completely, am I?
Jul
17
comment What range of meaning is allowed by διὰ in Ephesians 2:8?
Thanks very much for this! Should I take it that 'instrumental of manner' excludes a 'weaker' linkage with the verb such as the English 'via'?
Jun
14
comment Did Paul expect Timothy to see “the last days”?
Thanks for the edit Jeff, we appreciate you taking the time.
Jun
13
comment Interpretations of Elihu in Job
@MVS I don't think anyone is attacking your answer or saying it is 'wrong' we welcome contributions from people with your beliefs whether or not we share them, if we can follow the logic of what you are saying. That might be easier if you explained yourself more fully in the answer: please take the time to flesh out what your argument from scripture is, as it is certainly not obvious to me. For example, are you arguing that the KJV is a good translations and others are not? Are you arguing that the 3rd person is not usually used except by the author? We don't know unless you tell us.
Jun
6
comment Worms or Anguish in Mark 9:48? (Is “worms” a bad translation?)
@Richard, are you back? I hope so!
Jun
6
comment Is God still at war with Amalek?
In other words it has prophetic overtones and v6 could be anticipating a future fulfilment (perhaps in addition to a past, lesser fulfilment)?
Jun
5
comment Is God still at war with Amalek?
also he links to Esau as does Joseph in his answer
Jun
5
comment Is God still at war with Amalek?
Thanks! He also cross-references Numbers 24:20, which is interesting as (eg) judgement against Edom can be directly compared to judgement against Amalek.
Jun
5
comment Is God still at war with Amalek?
Out of interest, I've discovered Psalm 9:5-6 where David uses similar language.
May
12
comment Why does the Septuagint contain non-Tanakh books?
also, please try and back up any such factual claim with evidence (eg sources etc)!
May
12
comment Why does the Septuagint contain non-Tanakh books?
If I understand you correctly, you are disputing that "the Septuagint was a Jewish publication", or perhaps even that it was a distinct 'publication' at all? If so, please edit your answer to make that clear (including the relevant parts of your comments here), thanks!