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I'm a born-again Christian, active member of the body of Christ, husband and father, and Bible teacher. I love to study Scripture, and firmly believe it is the only credible standard for truth.

Aside from my devotion to God, His people, and His word, I don't really have any loyalty to a particular doctrine or creed.

(The guy in the picture is Zhuge Liang from the movie Red Cliff.)


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revised Does John 12:31 refer to the event in Revelation 12:9?
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comment “Overcome” vs “comprehend” in John 1:5
@Susan Glad it helped. RE: the ESV, some see this section as an introduction to the whole book, so they could argue that the broader context allows for "overcome", but I would argue that "misunderstanding Jesus" is such a major theme in the book that the scale still weighs heavily in favor of "comprehend" even in the broader context.
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answered Does John 12:31 refer to the event in Revelation 12:9?
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answered “Overcome” vs “comprehend” in John 1:5
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comment In the Gospel of John, why does Jesus say (four times), “I will raise him up at the last day”?
@DavePritchard We can continue our discussion here.
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revised In the Gospel of John, why does Jesus say (four times), “I will raise him up at the last day”?
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comment In the Gospel of John, why does Jesus say (four times), “I will raise him up at the last day”?
@DavePritchard The Scriptures are the word of God to His people. They are simultaneously ancient human communication. The two should not be divorced. Understanding the Scriptures requires that we read them in context. That means we need to understand the original setting, including the occasion of the writing and the effect the author was seeking to have on his audience. This does not diminish the power of the Scriptures; it is actually the foundation of it.
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revised What is the significance of locations in hermeneutics? Amos 5:4-6 as case passage
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comment What is the significance of locations in hermeneutics? Amos 5:4-6 as case passage
@JoshuaBigbee OK, I updated it with a final section per your request. Let me know if that helps. For many of these examples there are a variety of ways the texts could be handled under each hermeneutic, but hopefully this gives you a general idea of how they work.
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comment Matthew vs Levi in the Gospel according to Matthew
@DavidH I take Matthew the tax collector to be the author of the Gospel. From your perspective I'm confused, from my perspective you are confused. If you want to make a case for Matthew not being the author of the Gospel (as he has traditionally been taken to be) you might consider posting a separate Q&A on that topic.
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answered What is the significance of locations in hermeneutics? Amos 5:4-6 as case passage
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comment Matthew vs Levi in the Gospel according to Matthew
FWIW it was not uncommon in their culture to have more than one name. Jesus Himself gave people new names. If Matthew was Levi's new name from Jesus, it would make sense that Matthew would identify himself with this new name, while Mark and Luke would be more interested in his name at the time of the event being recorded. It may also be helpful to note that there is evidence that suggests Matthew was written to a more Hebrew audience. So if Mark and Luke were written to gentile audiences and Matthew was his Hebrew name, that would also explain it.
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comment Does Isaiah 40 indicate (along with science) that the universe is expanding?
@Jonathan Regarding the Song of Songs example, the key in both places is to recognize what similarity the author is trying to emphasize. Obviously in Song of Songs he's not relating them on the basis of them both being wooly. So in the Isaiah example, we need to ask what similarity the heavens have to a curtain or a tent -- and the answer is that they were all spread out as a sort of covering for something, as the text indicates.
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comment Does Isaiah 40 indicate (along with science) that the universe is expanding?
@Jonathan To my knowledge tents did not "expand" in their day; their coverings were manually draped over their supports. So it wasn't like today with our elastic carbon-fiber rods that sort of explode into place when you shake it. Point being, the "tent" is mentioned here as an example of a covering which is spread out over the tent supports, in much the same way as a curtain is spread out over a window.
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answered In the Gospel of John, why does Jesus say (four times), “I will raise him up at the last day”?
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comment What historical reasons resulted in Revelation being included in most Christian canons?
@Bloch The same could be said of any NT genre though.