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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
15
reviewed Approve Why does Jesus refuse to help the Syrophoenician woman, and then help her?
Jul
11
answered What is “the hermeneutical circle”?
Jul
10
asked What does “because of the angels” refer to in 1 Cor 11:10?
Jul
1
reviewed Approve 1-chronicles tag wiki excerpt
Jun
15
reviewed Approve What does Matthew 18:8-9 say about eternity?
Jun
15
accepted Does Peter intend to identify the Pauline Epistles as canonical?
Jun
15
reviewed Approve 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
13
asked Does Peter intend to identify the Pauline Epistles as canonical?
Jun
12
comment Was there an eclipse just before Jesus died?
Bob, what do these maps show? Is there record of an eclipse around the time of Jesus' death?
Jun
9
comment What is the “Theological Interpretation of Scripture” movement?
Thanks for the follow up--and the interesting meta-analysis!
Jun
8
comment What is the “Theological Interpretation of Scripture” movement?
I appreciate the breakdown, but I think "Theological Interpretation of Scripture" is used as a technical term. Most of what I read about it from Googling around seems to be interacting with this movement, or talking about people who are doing so. The TIS movement seems to be trying to propose an alternative to the methodologies you suggest
May
31
asked What is the “Theological Interpretation of Scripture” movement?
May
21
comment How should ἱλαστήριον (hilasterion) be translated in Romans 3:25?
Propitiation and expiation have different objects, though the same act. God is propitiated, whereas sin is expiated. That is, propitiation means that God is appeased and his wrath is turned aside; expiation means that sin and guilt is taken away, covered up, or atoned for. So the two go hand in hand--when God's wrath is turned aside, he covers our sin; when he covers our sin, his wrath is turned aside. More specifically, when God's wrath is diverted from us to Jesus, his blood covers our sin; that act in turn reconciles us to God.
May
17
comment Twenty plus twenty-five plus fifteen in Ezekiel 45:12
If that were the case, I would just say "three twenty-shekels is a mina"