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Oct
31
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.
Oct
31
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?
Oct
28
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!
Oct
28
comment Was Ezekiel 37 understood as a prophesy of a literal Resurrection?
I answer my own challenge!
Oct
28
asked Was Ezekiel 37 understood as a prophesy of a literal Resurrection?
Oct
28
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.
Oct
28
revised What is the significance of “east” in the Scriptures?
Ez is the shortened version of Ezra. I'm sure you meant Ezekiel throughout.
Oct
28
answered What is the significance of “east” in the Scriptures?
Oct
28
comment The meaning of “I” in Zechariah 7:3
Would you say, therefore, that this might be a translation problem?
Oct
28
comment How does Jesus' argument from David and the show bread work?
Good example of the minimum speed limit. (But I had to read it a few times to get the gist. Maybe I'm being dense today. I think it would help to spell out the two possible interpretations of the minimum speed, i.e, never drop below it or sometimes safety requires stopping. ;-)
Oct
28
comment Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?
@Ray: We need to be prepared to answer questions that make unstated premises and question the authority of Scripture. I hope that someone like the younger Dr. Ehrman (when he was not yet committed to debunking the Bible) would be able to ask questions like this and get helpful answers. I encourage you to submit your own answer.
Oct
28
comment How do you know an allegory is valid?
Do you know, this answer helps me understand the method quite a bit. May I use the following definition? Sensus plenior: "the scriptures are viewed as a giant crossword puzzle." ;-)
Oct
28
revised How does Jesus' argument from David and the show bread work?
More clarifying details
Oct
28
comment Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?
David coming to Ahimelech in Nob seems to be the direct reason Saul killed him. Abiathar managed to escape. So you are right to say that the time Jesus refers to was a time of transition in the high priesthood.
Oct
28
comment Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?
@Ray: That, of course, also answers the question. (However, Jesus was talking about the high priest, which means one person, and referencing a story from before the First Temple. So be careful. ;-)
Oct
27
accepted Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?
Oct
27
comment How do you know an allegory is valid?
It occurs to me that this is a very Cartesian (skeptical of tradition) answer and I don't usually take that position. Hmmmm...
Oct
27
answered How do you know an allegory is valid?
Oct
27
comment How do you know an allegory is valid?
Excellent! (But does the KJV really use seethe rather than boil? Maybe another translation would be more applicable to the question.)
Oct
27
answered What are higher and lower criticism?