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revised What is “the gift of God” in Eph 2:8
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Jul
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comment What is “the gift of God” in Eph 2:8
It occurred to me after writing the question that "grace" and "gift" are likely the same word in Greek--χάρις. But, I just looked it up, and it's not. The far less-common word for "gift" used here is δῶρον, with χάριτί for "grace". I'm not well-enough informed to form a solid argument about what that implies, but I do think it lends support to rejects the first option ("it"=="grace")
Jul
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asked What is “the gift of God” in Eph 2:8
Jul
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comment Does the communion cup emphasize the vessel or the drink?
Ah, I was wrong, actually--"But as for the Gentiles who have believed, we have sent a letter with our judgment that they should abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled." (Acts 15:29)
Jul
19
revised Are all major hermeneutical methods compatible?
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Jul
19
comment Did God create the constellations?
@JonEricson, the term Pleiades does not appear as such in Hebrew--instead it is כימה (kiymah), which means cluster. Likewise the word used here for Orion is כסיל, meaning "fool". Apparently the translators looked at the evidence (e.g., the belt, in the case of the latter), and assigned the Greek names.
Jul
19
comment 1 Corinthians 13:12: “For now we see through a glass, darkly”
I don't know... that's why I didn't write an answer :) The beauty of comments is that I can say whatever I want and not have to do the work of a real answer!
Jul
19
comment 1 Corinthians 13:12: “For now we see through a glass, darkly”
To prime the pump... silvered mirrors as we know them today are a 19th century innovation. In the 1st century, metal-coated mirrors were groundbreaking technology. Anyone still using the older technology at the time would have most likely had a polished-metal mirror instead.
Jul
19
comment Does the communion cup emphasize the vessel or the drink?
In fact, blood was, to my recollection, the only dietary restriction that was required of non-Jewish Christians.
Jul
15
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Why does Jesus refuse to help the Syrophoenician woman, and then help her?
Jul
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answered What is “the hermeneutical circle”?
Jul
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asked What does “because of the angels” refer to in 1 Cor 11:10?
Jul
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on 1-chronicles tag wiki excerpt
Jun
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on What does Matthew 18:8-9 say about eternity?
Jun
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accepted Does Peter intend to identify the Pauline Epistles as canonical?
Jun
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on habakkuk tag wiki excerpt
Jun
15
comment Does Peter intend to identify the Pauline Epistles as canonical?
Very nice! Your argument is very clear and seems to do justice to Peter's point of view. I especially appreciate that this question made you think more deeply about the issue
Jun
14
comment Does Peter intend to identify the Pauline Epistles as canonical?
Thanks for the thoughtful answer, Ignatius. What support is there that γραφὰς must always mean "sacred writings?" Isn't this the normal word for anything written down in Greek, outside of the new testament context? It seems a bit circular to say that each instance is meant in a technical sense because it is always meant in a technical sense in the new testament.
Jun
14
comment Does Peter intend to identify the Pauline Epistles as canonical?
Thanks for the comment and candor. Likewise, I don't doubt the inspiration of these epistles; I just wonder if this verse isn't abused a bit to defend it.
Jun
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asked Does Peter intend to identify the Pauline Epistles as canonical?