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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.
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comment What is the tree of life in Proverbs 11:30?
All I know about Malbim is from Wikipedia, but it sounds like he wouldn't make this connection because of "his proven principle that there are no true synonyms in the Tanach." ;-) But in this case the connection certainly seems not to be there. Would you say it's more similar to the tree analogy drawn in Psalm 1?
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comment Was Ezekiel 37 understood as a prophesy of a literal Resurrection?
My son is dressing up as a skeleton this year for Halloween. I may tell people he's going as Ezekiel 37!
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comment Was Ezekiel 37 understood as a prophesy of a literal Resurrection?
I answer my own challenge!
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asked Was Ezekiel 37 understood as a prophesy of a literal Resurrection?
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comment How do you know an allegory is valid?
I certainly didn't mean any disrespect. (Perhaps you missed the little smiley at the end?) I honestly understand the method better thanks to that phrase.
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revised What is the significance of “east” in the Scriptures?
Ez is the shortened version of Ezra. I'm sure you meant Ezekiel throughout.