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comment Where did Samuel come from when he was summoned by the Medium of En-dor?
I wholeheartedly agree with your final point (and much of the rest of the answer). It does seem likely that the woman never saw anything like what happened when Samuel approached her.
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comment Does Joh 14:26 speak to assumptions about hermeneutics?
This question seems overly confrontational and rhetorical. If this were your first question, I'd probably overlook it and try to answer earnestly. But I find myself having the same reaction to each of your questions. How can we convince you to write better, more approachable questions?
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asked Where did Samuel come from when he was summoned by the Medium of En-dor?
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comment Does Jesus address hermeneutical assumptions?
I've provided an answer, but this question is borderline in my opinion. It just seems confrontational and not open to getting a range of answers. The last paragraph seems like a rhetorical question with an implied answer of "None". I'm also feeling like you aren't asking questions in earnest, but pushing an agenda. I know you've denied it in the past, but actions speak louder than words.
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answered Does Jesus address hermeneutical assumptions?
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comment What is the tree of life in Proverbs 11:30?
I've started a meta question to see if as a community we think citing sources ought to be required. @Bob: I know you have some issues with the idea, so it would really help to make your case there. (Please don't take this as personal. There have been a few answers in the past that needed be more careful with sources, but their authors aren't as prolific as you. Personally, I think source citations would make your answers better.)
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comment Can we use “linguistic fingerprints” to identify different authors of the Bible?
Welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics! I think the question is too broad for the site at the moment and it would be best to narrow the question down to one book or class of books (Torah, New Testament letters, Psalms, Proverbs, etc.). One of your answers, for instance limited itself to just the Torah and if you edited your question to just ask about that, it would be easier to answer. (I'm quite interested in the topic and will look at the Linguistics question too.)
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comment Has Pesharim left any mark on modern hermeneutics?
Gnosticism in the 1st and 2nd centuries was an ill-defined belief system. (One might argue that by it's very nature Gnosticism can't be precisely pinned down.) Considering that the Gospel of Thomas originated on the other side of the world from where Paul operated and likely well after his death, its unlikely Paul had an opinion on it one way or other.
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comment Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?
-1: "Therefore, the solution is that Abiathar was assisting in the temple when David approached Ahimelech." The temple was build by David's son, Solomon. The answer to this question requires precision, not speculation.
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comment Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?
I think another possibility is that Jesus misspoke, Mark recorded the words faithfully and Matthew corrected the mistake when he copied it from Mark. If you don't assume Jesus was unable to make mistakes, there's a lot going for this scenario in my opinion.
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comment Does Peter suggest Jesus “descended into hell”?
I'm not sold on his exegesis of this passage, but the rest of the article is very impressive. Personally, I think I'll stick to the Nicene Creed which seems to have a better pedigree.
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comment What is the tree of life in Proverbs 11:30?
Ah. That does seem more likely (and manageable). I am curious about your footnote, but comments aren't likely the best place to have that discussion.
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comment What is the tree of life in Proverbs 11:30?
@msh210: I agree. If possible, it would really help to cite sources. As for the interpretation itself, it's inevitable that Jesus is found in the Tanakh due to the answer's Sensus Plenior perspective. Since the answer is not doctrinally-neutral, it's not a good answer here, in my opinion. Further, I think it draws a false analogy.