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Feb
15
comment Who or where is Meroz in Judges 5:23?
@jcsalomon: As you know, Wikipedia is sometimes wrong. ;-) Seriously, I think we just never will know the answer to some questions. This might be one of them and I'm ok with it not being answered. (And I'm also curious if my theory, that it could be Judah or Simeon, holds water.)
Feb
15
accepted How did the Thanksgiving offering work?
Feb
15
comment How did the Thanksgiving offering work?
Thanks for the answer! That's extremely helpful both for getting an idea about what the offering was like and also for understanding Psalm 107. I'm not sure how I missed the "cakes of leavened bread", but that is a lot of food. But for someone who has recently survived great peril, having feast with family and friends seems like a good idea.
Feb
15
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Feb
15
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
14
comment Was Deborah considered a sub-optimal leader?
@Jack: That's a complicated question! We see in the books of Kings and Chronicles that the failure of leadership (or at least inconsistent leadership) was not solved by having a king or by dynastic succession. But if Judges was compiled in the early kingdom period (under Saul, David, or Solomon) the writer might suppose that it was. Deuteronomy 17 anticipates a king and the troubles of one, however. I'd say that the human hope was that dynastic succession and unification under a king would make life better than under judges.
Feb
14
answered Is 1 Corinthians 14:33-35 an interpolation?
Feb
14
revised Was Deborah considered a sub-optimal leader?
I've been reading too much military history, it seems.
Feb
14
asked Who or where is Meroz in Judges 5:23?
Feb
14
revised Was Deborah considered a sub-optimal leader?
Minor spelling problem
Feb
14
answered Was Deborah considered a sub-optimal leader?
Feb
14
comment “A god” or “God” in John 1:1?
Wow! We need more people, such as yourself, who really know Greek grammar. I'd like to encourage you to keep up the good work.
Feb
14
reviewed Approve kjv tag wiki excerpt
Feb
14
reviewed Approve joel tag wiki excerpt
Feb
14
reviewed Approve 2-samuel tag wiki excerpt
Feb
14
reviewed Approve 1-samuel tag wiki excerpt
Feb
14
accepted Was Deborah considered a sub-optimal leader?
Feb
13
comment Does the Shibboleth story help us date the book of Judges?
@Frank: It just so happens that I'm reading Cratylus, which is a Platonic dialogue where Socrates speculates endlessly about the etymology of certain words. It's remarkably speculative and reminds me of the shibboleth story. With that perspective, I can imagine either possibility: preserved or speculative linguistics. (But I agree that there is very old material poking up throughout the Tanakh.)
Feb
13
asked Is 1 Corinthians 14:33-35 an interpolation?
Feb
13
revised What does the prohibition against women speaking in church in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 mean?
I'm going to ask a separate question about the passage, so I want to make the scope of this question clear in the title. (I also added a bit of formatting flourish and explicitly included the version designation.)