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May
29
comment In what way Jesus is God's Wisdom in 1 Corinthians 1:24
I think that Radz is paraphrasing the verse, not quoting a translation
May
15
comment What does it mean to be “born of water”?
Great work! Is this your own interpretation or have you seen a study along these lines?
May
12
comment What is the difference in meaning between Χριστός Ἰησοῦς and Ἰησοῦς Χριστός?
Can you expand on this? What meaning is intended to be conveyed by choosing one emphasis over another?
May
10
comment What does it mean that the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than John the Baptist?
@Alex, when you say John represents the law, are you referring to e.g., Acts 19:4, where Paul says that John's baptism was one of repentance? Perhaps you could strengthen your answer by bringing in that text and interacting with it.
May
9
comment What is the 'cock's crow'?
So, Aaron, how do you understand the cock's crow occurring three times? Does that mean three dawns?
May
9
comment Did God make an idol?
Also, it may be beneficial to be clear on what an "idol" is--is it a forbidden image, or is it a false god?
May
9
comment Did God make an idol?
I find it interesting how you set up your question--you contrast man making an image in the form of a created being against God making an image in the form of himself. Perhaps man is not a forbidden image because God is not created?
May
8
comment Is there any exegetical reason for believing the seven churches of Revelation correspond to seven successive “church ages”?
Mike, The idea that the earthly tabernacle is a copy of the heavenly one is explicit in scripture. Perhaps you could strengthen your argument with such citations.
Apr
12
comment If a “house divided cannot stand” how did non-disciples cast out demons?
@swasheck, If you could expand on your thoughts, I'd welcome it as an answer.
Aug
14
comment Bart D. Ehrman - respected critic?
I appreciate the fair and balanced review. The important point here is to distinguish between textual criticism and theology of scripture. It appears that he is excellent with the former while letting his biases creep in to the latter. It also seems that he neglects to take care to delineate the two in his popular works, potentially misleading many readers.
Jul
31
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
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.
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
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