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comment Does Joh 14:26 speak to assumptions about hermeneutics?
@Bob: As I say, feel free to re-edit. (You may even rollback to your original question.) I may be wrong, but I don't think we care about traffic enough (in the short term) to ask confrontational questions that will set the wrong tone for the community (in the long run). The site will be best served by the tortoise's strategy. We are not going to be in for a pleasant time together if you insist on asking overly-confrontational questions. I hope you'll reconsider.
Nov
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comment Who is included in “us” in Ephesians 1:3-10
This is a good question. I haven't delved into Ephesians enough to feel comfortable answering it at the moment, however.
Nov
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comment Can we use “linguistic fingerprints” to identify different authors of the Bible?
I seem to recall an article very much like this being passed around a year or two ago. Now, as then, I'm frustrated by the lack of detail on exactly what the technique entails. Obviously, a news article can't be expected to be heavy on technically details, however. Perhaps someone can dig up a journal article or paper to help us understand what textual markers are being proposed.
Nov
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comment Can we use “linguistic fingerprints” to identify different authors of the Bible?
I tried editing the question (mostly the title and tags) to narrow the focus a bit. The number of authors question gets complicated quickly, but the "linguistic fingerprints" aspect might be manageably answered. I didn't know exactly what to do with the text of the question, because I don't understand all your terms. If you haven't got the answers you'd like, I suggest providing a bit more detail about what you mean by "graphological" and "old-school" vs. "computer-based techniques".
Nov
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revised Can we use “linguistic fingerprints” to identify different authors of the Bible?
I edited the question to be a bit more manageable. Unfortunately, I don't know what to do with last paragraph.
Nov
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comment How do the books in the Bible get their names?
Welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics! It looks like you got the answer you wanted, but I think the Christianity site is a better venue for the topic. Question here tend to be more associated with the meaning of the texts and techniques for discovering that meaning.
Nov
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comment What was meant by “paradise” when Jesus spoke to the thief on the cross?
+1: N. T. Wright comments (in nearly all the books by him I've read) that the righteous won't go to "heaven" in the Resurrection, but to a new creation, which included a new heaven and a new earth. As you suggest, one guess about what happens to the righteous before the Resurrection is that they wait in paradise.
Nov
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comment Was Ezekiel 37 understood as a prophesy of a literal Resurrection?
An excellent answer that prompts a great many questions! The Talmud is absolutely fascinating and I wish I had enough background to read it without getting stuck every few minute.
Nov
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revised Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?
Clean up my own grammar. Like Mark, I was in a hurry.
Nov
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comment Did King Hezekiah do something wrong in showing off his wealth to emissaries from Babylonia in II Kings 20?
When asking Tanakh questions it probably makes sense to use the JPS translation as you have. I'll try to remember that.
Nov
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comment Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?
I went ahead and answered according to my hermeneutical presupposition. (But as you will see, I use a variety of methods to arrive at an answer. Maybe it would be better to call them "presuppositions".)
Nov
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comment Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?
I went ahead and answered my question. I've thought about the problem a lot and so it was inevitable that I'd have to provide an answer at some point. Feel free to poke any holes you might see in my argument. ;-)
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answered Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?
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comment Does Joh 14:26 speak to assumptions about hermeneutics?
Well, this is my best shot. Most of the work was actually cutting words that don't (in my opinion) help you get the meaning of your question across. I also picked the ESV, which will help an average reader understand the passage better. As always, feel free to re-edit.
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revised Does Joh 14:26 speak to assumptions about hermeneutics?
This is how I would ask the question. As always, feel free to re-edit.
Nov
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comment Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?
@GalacticCowboy: I don't think your first option is possible: "But one of the sons of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped and fled after David." (1 Samuel 22:20 ESV) I believe high priesthood in David's time was for life unlike in Jesus' time. (But I don't have a source at hand for that.)
Nov
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comment Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?
@Bruce: Mark's reluctance to change the name is exactly the reason I think "Jesus misspoke" is a serious possibility. If I recall correctly, Dr. Ehrman makes the case that since there's no reason for someone to add in the mistake, it must go back quite a long way. (He goes too far when he expounds on the dire consequences to our faith if that's true, however.) I agree with your answer except that I think you dismiss one option too quickly. (I'm your +1.)
Nov
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comment Does Jesus address hermeneutical assumptions?
@Bob: I hope you don't feel castigated by me. If so, I apologize. I value your contributions when they are of high quality. I'm sorry we've been butting heads so much today. It's likely I haven't been in the best place to participate here today, so I'll lay low until tomorrow.
Nov
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comment Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?
I might be targeting you a bit. ;-) If this question were asked by a skeptic, such as Dr. Ehrman, your answer would be completely off target. The most probable solution to the apparent contradiction is that someone made a mistake. If the contradiction were within a book, I agree a plausible solution would be preferred over assuming the author didn't know what he was doing. But here, it's possible that Jesus, Mark or both screwed up the name of the high priest. After all, they are only human.