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Jan
5
comment Who believes, is baptized, and is saved in Acts 16?
+1 It's interesting that the various baptism controversies began arising when Western culture began to shift toward individualism.
Jan
5
answered What happens to a Paidagogos (in Gal. 3.24) when the son grows up?
Jan
5
answered What specific charge is brought against God in Romans 9:14?
Jan
5
answered Evidence outside Matthew for Matthew 27:52-53
Jan
5
answered Definition of light in Matthew 5:16
Jan
5
comment Reconciling the accounts of the calling of Simon Peter
+1 While I agree there need not be a contradiction, Matthew sure makes it sound like the disciples had never met Jesus before they were called. Bonhoeffer in The Cost of Discipleship characterized the call as answered by faith and not reputation or former friendship or any prior contact.
Dec
28
revised Why did John take Mary, who was married, into his home?
Spelling; grammar; added links
Dec
19
comment Why didn't Joseph try to contact his father from Egypt?
+1. Excellent observations all around.
Dec
19
answered Why didn't Joseph try to contact his father from Egypt?
Dec
16
comment When was the book of Joel written?
Nicely done. I can't put my finger on exactly why, but Joel sounds like it comes from the time of the Assyrian Empire rather than the Babylonian or later. So I agree with your dating and it's awesome to have so many points of reference to back that up.
Dec
16
comment Why isn't there a taxonomic distinction between clean and unclean birds?
@Dave: That would be an interesting place to take the question. I have read that Deuteronomy fits the format of a Hittite treaty, which might explain why it repeats and reformulates laws from the previous three books. But maybe all of this ought to start from a different question?
Dec
15
comment Historically, how was Jonah classified in terms of literary genre?
I think you get some bonus points for this question. ;-)
Dec
15
comment What is the difference in response between Zechariah and Mary?
This has also been asked on the Christianity site.
Dec
14
comment Why isn't there a taxonomic distinction between clean and unclean birds?
They did have chickens according to what I've read. And of course they had pigeons and doves for sacrifice. But that's an interesting point that I hadn't heard before. Even with modern conveniences such as binoculars and bird-identification books, I can testify that determining species from afar is a tricky business. ("Off Bilbo had to go, before he could explain that he could not hoot even once like any kind of owl any more than fly like a bat."---The Hobbit)
Dec
14
comment Why does Jesus include “persecutions” in the list of things received by his followers?
Cool. I think I would have said it the other way around: it's a warning. Jesus is telling us we're going to get some great "stuff", but it's not without cost. The rich young man went away sad because he had no idea that by keeping his riches he was losing out on so much more. But Peter didn't (yet) understand that following Jesus would mean persecution too. It's not the case that following Jesus brings automatic blessings and no sorrows. (At least not in this world.) Thanks for your thoughts!
Dec
14
comment What sort of disaster is Joel addressing?
Obviously, I'm very excited about this answer. Not only is it jam-packed with interesting ideas, it spawned another interesting question! It seems the most appropriate imagery for locusts are military motifs, even in a BBC documentary.
Dec
14
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Dec
14
accepted What sort of disaster is Joel addressing?
Dec
14
comment Why isn't there a taxonomic distinction between clean and unclean birds?
@Dave: I can easily imagine a rule: "no carrion birds or birds of prey" that would fit many of the unclean birds and with work, I'm sure there's a distinction that covers all the birds listed and no others known to Moses. But is this the sort of generalization encouraged by the text? Is the point avoiding disease or honoring God or something else? So yeah. I think there's a deeper question, but I think nailing down the distinction between clean and unclean birds might be a good starting point.
Dec
14
comment Can we date Mark without first committing to an interpretation of the Olivet Discourse?
@cwallenpoole: I agree. My suggestion was based on the idea that we can't count on the eyewitnesses living exceptionally long lives. We're lucky John lived such a long life, but it's even better if Mark wrote while many eyewitnesses could have corroborated (or disputed) his accounts of Jesus.