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Nov
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answered Did Jephthah have pets?
Nov
3
answered What is meant in the NT by the “laying on of hands”?
Nov
3
comment How did Biblical translators decide on cypress for the type of wood in Noah's ark?
See also: Translation philosophy for tachash skins in Exodus?.
Nov
3
comment Are the 'ten virgins' told in Jesus' parable multiple brides or just general wedding party?
Let's see: Samuel's father and the variety of legal decisions about multiple wives. It's also interesting that the ban on polygamy is so recent (1000 C.E.). But avi's comment on the second helps even more! If we could hunt down his source, I think it would be very strong evidence here.
Nov
3
comment Does Genesis say where evil came from?
I asked the next step of the question about the Adversary in Job.
Nov
3
asked What is the relationship between the “Adversary” in Job and the serpent in Genesis?
Nov
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comment How did Biblical translators decide on cypress for the type of wood in Noah's ark?
@GalacticCowboy: Do you have references in the work itself? It sounds like referencing Strong's and a Hebrew copy of the text would be a good start toward backing up the argument you sketched out here.
Nov
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answered What is “Midrash” and how does it relate to Christian principles of hermeneutics?
Nov
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comment Are the 'ten virgins' told in Jesus' parable multiple brides or just general wedding party?
The first has a really helpful answer that threatens to change my understanding of polygamy, if not the parable. The second is too young yet to know.
Nov
2
comment Are the 'ten virgins' told in Jesus' parable multiple brides or just general wedding party?
The biggest problem I have with the multiple bride theory is that I can't imagine a wedding with 10 brides in any culture. (I'm sure someone will suggest a culture, but that won't change my ability to imagine it. ;-) I see now that your suggestion is that the man might pick just one of the virgins at the last minute. So my comment missed the mark there. (By the way, it might be good to link to the other questions assuming they are getting answers.)
Nov
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comment Does Genesis say where evil came from?
@Amichai: Done. I wonder if it still will require a book to answer, however. ;-)
Nov
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revised Does Genesis say where evil came from?
Narrow the focus based on comments.
Nov
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comment Does Genesis say where evil came from?
@Monica: I don't think so. Perhaps that's part of the question: what started humanity on a downward spiral from the "very good" of Genesis 1 to the "great wickedness" of Genesis 6? Was it questioning God's goodness? But that would make the question even bigger. Do you have a suggestion of how to narrow it down or break it up? Should I remove the question from Job?
Nov
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comment Does Genesis say where evil came from?
I'm still trying to ask more tanakh questions. This one arose from a book I'm currently reading: "The God I Don't Understand".
Nov
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asked Does Genesis say where evil came from?
Nov
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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.