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Oct
7
comment Should John 1:18 read “the only begotten God”?
monogenes theos appears to be the best reading (due to a lectio difficilior potior), though, it would be more likely to take 'God' appositionally, to render something like "the unique and beloved one, [himself] God"
Oct
7
comment How does the Noah's Ark narrative relate to the Gilgamesh flood account?
I see this as potentially borderline. Whether or not you (or I) subscribe to them, there are generally accepted hermeneutical approaches that do take parallel stories like this into account when interpreting Biblical texts like this.
Oct
7
comment Is Keller's view of the father in the Prodigal Son parable a reasonable interpretation?
@hawkeye, I think you might be misunderstanding something about Keller's extension to the father. In his mind, "prodigal" does not mean reckless, but extravagant. So the father is not reckless, but he welcomes him back extravagantly, just as the son spent extravagantly. Likewise, then, God welcomes back his wayward children in a similar "prodigal" way.
Oct
7
comment Is Keller's view of the father in the Prodigal Son parable a reasonable interpretation?
Just want to point out that Keller's work is really not a doctrinal one; simply a (relatively) novel interpretation. It is really a popular level expositional commentary that happens to pretty heavy on application.
Oct
6
comment How can we understand “fear”?
Great question! I've wondered how those two command ("fear God" and "do not fear") interact...
Oct
6
comment How can we understand “fear”?
How do you explain Eph 5:33--"the wife must respect her husband"; the word "respect" here is φοβέω, literally "fear"
Oct
6
comment What does it mean to be “born of water”?
The assumption that "water" is "flesh" and "spirit" is "spirit" lacks support. Not to get too far into it (though it would be a great follow-up), but I would argue that what Jesus is getting at is that one who is the natural human family generated only more of the same, to be contrasted with the Spirit begetting spiritual people. In other words, one does not move from flesh to spirit, but requires instead a new birth. Nicodemus, as "teacher of Israel" should have known this (v10) from his study of the Old Testament verses like the one cited above
Oct
6
comment What does the prohibition against women speaking in church in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 mean?
@LanceRoberts, try to understand that the historical-grammatical method is a rather popular one, and certainly valid at least in terms of the scope of this site. This question is simply employing that method on these verses.
Oct
5
comment What does it mean that “Scripture interprets Scripture”?
Ah, I see what you mean. My conservative protestant ears are so used to hearing of the rule of faith in connection with "scripture interprets scripture" that I forget that the concepts are not always so tightly linked.
Oct
5
comment Which hermeneutical approaches support a literal interpretation of the Creation account?
I'm not arguing for two sites. Rather, I'm saying that questions that are actually about hermeneutics are no less on-topic than questions about exegesis. Your point about the question being overly broad, OTOH, is well taken.
Oct
5
comment Which hermeneutical approaches support a literal interpretation of the Creation account?
Lance, to see them as the same is simply ignoring the meaning of the words. See this question: hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/36/…
Oct
5
comment What does it mean that “Scripture interprets Scripture”?
possible duplicate of What is "Regula Fidei"?
Oct
5
comment What is a Horizon of Understanding and how can it be applied to understanding the Bible?
+1 by the way :) For concretizing for my analytical brain
Oct
5
comment What is a Horizon of Understanding and how can it be applied to understanding the Bible?
So, then, if my horizon and (say) Paul's horizon are separated by a couple thousand years, a language, culture, etc., are we hopelessly prone to misunderstanding each other? Or are you saying that by working to grasp the culture, I am moving toward Paul's horizon and thus I can understand his letters from his perspective.
Oct
5
comment Which hermeneutical approaches support a literal interpretation of the Creation account?
@LanceRoberts 1. This is absolutely a hermeneutical question--asking what hermeneutical principals support that interpretation. 2. Your example is not even a hermeneutical question.