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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.)
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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.)
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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.
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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.
Oct
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comment Does Jesus address hermeneutical assumptions?
Well said. One quibble: the two inventions that have done the most to change the way we think about preserving the past (photography and audio recording) are more like 150 and 125 years old respectively. I'd also suggest the printing press and etching prints have had a more significant impact on our expectations than you hint at.
Oct
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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.
Oct
31
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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Oct
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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.)
Oct
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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.