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Nov
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answered What is “Midrash” and how does it relate to Christian principles of hermeneutics?
Nov
2
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
2
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
2
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
2
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
2
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
1
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
1
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. ;-)