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Jun
28
comment Will unbelievers burn for eternity in the lake of fire?
This is a theology question. Belongs on C.SE.
Jun
28
comment Does the Bible say the Earth is flat?
@BruceAlderman Also it's pretty clear from the OP's explanation (never mind the site they posted on) that they were looking for contextually-sensitive exegesis. Out of curiosity, did you actually read the entire question and my entire response?
Jun
28
comment Does the Bible say the Earth is flat?
@BruceAlderman Thank you for that unsubstantiated assertion... Regarding Jesus' statement about the smallest seed in the garden, please post a separate question. I can't chase tangents in the comments.
Jun
28
comment How to separate exegesis from eisegesis in this example?
@e.s.kohen Haha... True, I took it as a given that he read the text. Of course I did so because I know Mike & had a good idea what he was driving at with his question... which is an important part of exegesis. So maybe we could at least agree that I attempted exegesis? Mike's response would seem to indicate my assumption was correct and so I'd argue on that basis that I successfully attempted exegesis, and therefore I think it's safe to say I did exegesis. Thanks for the brain twister though!
Jun
28
comment What is Paul referring to in 1 Timothy 4:14?
Thanks. +1. I'm not as interested in tradition, but I appreciated the exegetical insights.
Jun
28
comment What is Paul referring to in 1 Timothy 4:14?
Hmm... interesting take. +1 I heard something recently that defined Evangelist in the same way you have here.
Jun
28
comment Qualifications for deacons and pastors in 1 Timothy 3:1-12
@RalphM.Rickenbach That is a common assumption made by many modern Western Protestants. As to whether Scripture agrees, that is debated. Personally I think not; Shepherd is a gift, like Prophet or Apostle, determined solely by the will of God, irrespective of character. Elder, in contrast, is an office, to be sought after, based on character and experience -- not gifting. Totally different on all three counts. (Caveat being that Elders have to do some "shepherding", just as fathers do, whether they're gifted as a Shepherd or not.)
Apr
14
comment Does Granville Sharp's Rule indicate that “God” and “Savior” share a referent in Titus 2:13 and 2 Peter 1:1?
I can't reverse my DV unless you make an edit.
Apr
7
comment Why did Abel keep flocks if man wasn't supposed to eat flesh til after the Flood?
They're also good for sacrificing.
Apr
1
comment What is “the stump of Jesse”?
@Schuh You'll have to help me out here, I'm not following... What is it about the historical setting that is at odds with my answer?
Mar
19
comment What are the arguments in favor of Matthean Priority?
Could you add some examples under Textual Evidence #1? Thanks in advance.
Mar
13
comment Did Mark intend to end his gospel at 16:8?
Matthew, you're clearly very intelligent and creative, and brought up a number of interesting points here. I'm just not sure the conclusions are reliable-- for a couple of reasons. First, this entire line of thought is nullified if the ending is indeed original, which is where the evidence seems to me to point. Second, a lot of these arguments rely on drawing lines between different passages based on a single shared word or phrase, and that method is highly suspect. It just doesn't work consistently. You have to prove that the author intended the link, and one word isn't enough to do so.
Feb
24
comment Background to the phrase “fall from heaven like lightning”?
@Davïd It could be. I was wondering if it was a common saying in His day, for instance, like we might say "another one bites the dust", and what the background on the saying was.
Feb
23
comment Who was Abram's mother?
Thanks for the answer. Can you expand on "daughter of Karnebo"? Would that make her a Canaanite? A Horite priestess? If you can address this I can accept the answer and vote it up. Thanks.
Feb
23
comment Who was Abram's mother?
@DickHarfield My point was simply that this question wouldn't make it very far on that site because they don't even believe Abram existed. The sources I've seen respected the historicity of Abram and suggested he was a Canaanite. I'm wondering if there's any evidence behind that assertion. Hope that helps...
Feb
22
comment Concealing & revealing in Proverbs 25:2
Interesting. So the king searching a matter out wouldn't have anything to do with getting to the bottom of legal disputes then.
Jan
24
comment According to 1 Corinthians 10:1-4, does the Red Sea in Exodus 14:22 represent Jesus' Blood?
You've got me curious now... which hermeneutics class are you in, if you don't mind me asking? If you don't want to say which school specifically, could you tell me whether it's undergrad or graduate, and what branch of the church it is associated with?
Jan
20
comment Was Elijah REALLY taken to Heaven?
Great question. Some factors to explore: (A) Does "ascended" have the idea of "returned" here? (B) Does "ει μαι" mean "if not" ("unless") here? (C) Does 2 Chronicles refer to the same "Elijah"? (D) Did 2 Chronicles 21 definitely take place after Elijah's death? (E) There is another NT passage that suggests Elijah was "transferred"; does the Hebrew actually mean that he "ascended" in the way Jesus did? ...anyway, I haven't studied this particular question in depth (yet), but these are some of the things I would look at before drawing conclusions.
Jan
9
comment What is the significance of the definite article in 1 Cor 14:2?
This isn't a complete answer, but hopefully it is helpful in pointing you in the right direction.
Dec
28
comment The Euphrates River Drying up?
You don't have to entertain the Mormon doctrine of people living on the sun in order to explain their teaching on it. Same with Preterism. I agree it's a flawed system, but I still think this question is interesting -- and useful. Maherlalhashbaz came before Christ, Antiochus Epiphanes before Antichrist, etc. Preterists tend to be good at the "local fulfillment".