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Oct
20
comment Is there a scriptural warrant for the literal-historical approach?
Hi Bob. I think this is a vitally important question. We can't simply take any approach we feel like to reading sacred scripture. That said, this question is really too broad, as it's asking for a survey of an open-ended number of methodologies. I wonder if it would help to focus on a specific approach, and see if there is biblical precedent for interpreting the text in that manner.
Oct
19
comment Which hermeneutical approaches support a literal interpretation of the Creation account?
This is a very thorough answer, but fails to do what the question asks, which is to provide a hermeneutic that yields the 24-hour day conclusion.
Oct
18
comment Where is the citation of John 7:38 taken from?
Indeed; I was thinking of 1 Cor. 3, where the "you" being labelled as "a temple" is referring to the whole church. Still, allowing that the individual being called a temple is plausible, it is rather far removed from the believer directly being labelled a source of living water. Christ, on the other hand, is referred to as such both directly and indirectly, and the phrase "let him come to me and drink" strongly suggests that he is the source of water in mind in this verse.
Oct
18
comment Where is the citation of John 7:38 taken from?
This might be out of scope for this question/answer, but would be a good follow-up. Briefly, however, I would argue that Paul is arguing that the church as a body is a temple, not that individual believers are temples.
Oct
17
comment Is Keller's view of the father in the Prodigal Son parable a reasonable interpretation?
I've read the book. The argument is really pretty simple, as laid out above. Beyond that, it's mostly just application.
Oct
17
comment What hermeneutical approach does Hebrews use on the Old Testament
Very good point--I was making the assumption that prooftexting is always a "bad" thing, but that may not be warranted.
Oct
17
comment Where is the citation of John 7:38 taken from?
Consider that the NT sometimes refers to the OT in this way without it being a direct quote from a particular verse.
Oct
17
comment What hermeneutical approach does Hebrews use on the Old Testament
For what it's worth, I don't mean to sound irreverent. Hebrews is clearly an inspired book, and I don't mean to accuse it of prooftexting; all I mean is that it seems like this, and I want to know what is really going on.
Oct
14
comment How does Canon Criticism relate to the concept of a Gesamtbiblische Theologie?
Wow, that article is so long, you'd think @JonEricson wrote it
Oct
14
comment Does πορνεία mean premarital sex in 1 Corinthians 5-7?
Thanks for the clarification.
Oct
14
comment Does πορνεία mean premarital sex in 1 Corinthians 5-7?
Are you asking if premarital sex is included in the range of intended meanings? Or if the range is limited to premarital sex? It sounds like your asking the latter, but I would guess that you mean to ask the former.
Oct
13
comment Revelation 21:21 - How can gold appear clear?
Transparent is a poor translation in this context. Glass in the ancient world wasn't clear--it was sparkly, as one would expect streets of gold to be.
Oct
13
comment Hermeneutical Approaches vs. Inductive Bible Study
An unrelated comment: I would have to say, to be fair, the participants in an inductive study are using many of the same hermeneutical tools as the scholars producing commentaries. The answer seems to suggest that hermeneutics is only practiced by those who are aware of it. I would say that you can't not do it. What the OP is asking seems to be more about questions like which of those hermeneutical tools are used in inductive study.
Oct
13
comment Hermeneutical Approaches vs. Inductive Bible Study
I would say that that is a more accurate use of the terms.
Oct
12
comment What is the translation philosophy for tachash skins in Exodus?
Are you asking about the approach? Or what the best translation of this word is? If the former, does this qualify as a hermeneutical question? I don't believed translation approaches have been identified as on topic up to this point
Oct
12
comment What is the tree of life in Proverbs 11:30?
Critically, the tree also appears in Rev. 22 (esv.to/Rv22)
Oct
11
comment What is the 'cock's crow'?
this could be a good question, but it's a fairly low quality post as it stands. Typically on SE on general, I expect to see some work put into grappling with the question. There should probably be some elaboration, some reasoning why you'd think that it's not meant literally, and a Bible quote.
Oct
10
comment Is dispensationalism a theological framework or a hermeneutical approach?
Very well put. I've been surprised actually that I haven't seen the hermeneutical circle brought up on this site until now. Very relevant here.
Oct
9
comment “You are gods” in John 10:30-36
@Caleb, it sounds like what you're getting at is that you'd expect BH.SE to be more exegetically rigorous that C.SE might have been up to this point. Exegetical rigor is definitely called for; there were two main reasons that I skipped it where mentioned: 1) Where I skipped the reasoning, it was for the Psalm, rather than the immediate text in question. 2) I wanted to keep the scope of the question under control. It seems appropriate to me that not every piece of background information would need to be proved in each question, or every answer would be a monster.
Oct
8
comment Translation of κοπιῶντες in Matthew 11:28
Very nice explanation and well thought out. One question--wouldn't the active participle be "laboring", a la, "come to me, all you, laboring and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest", or similar? It's a more awkward construction, of course; just asking about how to preserve the grammar