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Dec
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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.
Dec
14
comment Can we date Mark without first committing to an interpretation of the Olivet Discourse?
@Bruce: That's true, but you can't count on the men who followed Jesus being the lucky ones. Historically, many of his closest followers were martyred. I picked the adult life expectancy since it's the age we can reasonably expect the average person to life to. If we can avoid relying on outliers, that would be best for the argument. ;-)
Dec
14
accepted Can we date Mark without first committing to an interpretation of the Olivet Discourse?
Dec
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comment Can we date Mark without first committing to an interpretation of the Olivet Discourse?
Excellent summary. Dr. Witherington responded to my comment on the topic, with a thumbnail sketch of the same argument. I'm not sure why I didn't think to interpret Mark 13:14 as a direct warning to some of Mark's readers. It wouldn't do much good to warn them after the legions had surrounded the city and occupied the towns of Judea.
Dec
14
comment What is Jesus trying to tell us about divisions in the household?
This is a better question. NIV is fine if that's what you prefer. It tends to have interpretation baked in more than most translations, so the Amplified is perhaps better.
Dec
14
comment What was life like in Eden before the fall?
@Amichai: I struggle with this question as well and I hope my update shows that it's not easy to solve and philosophical preconceptions have a role in determining which answer we might chose. I guess I would say that the world we find today is good, but not very good because humanity is failing in our mission after the fall. But there's no doubt my thinking on this is entirely informed by Paul of Tarsus.
Dec
14
revised What was life like in Eden before the fall?
Added in a philosophical aside that fleshes out theories of the origin of evil.
Dec
13
comment Were the Nephilim in Genesis 6 aliens?
Welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics - Stack Exchange! Some interesting theories, but do you have sources for them? That would really help me. ;-)
Dec
13
comment What is Jesus trying to tell us about divisions in the household?
I think there's an interesting question here, but it's not very clear from the title. Maybe you can focus on one aspect of the passage to ask about in the title? Also, I can't trace which translation you are quoting. Could you specify in the question? Thanks.
Dec
13
comment Why does Jesus include “persecutions” in the list of things received by his followers?
So your answer is that Jesus is saying that persecution is part of the cost of being His follower? Why does he include them in this list? (+1 on the answer, by the way, but it's not quite a complete answer yet. ;-)
Dec
13
comment Why does Jesus include “persecutions” in the list of things received by his followers?
Hyperlinks are in the form [text] (link) without the space, of course.
Dec
13
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Dec
13
comment Can we date Mark without first committing to an interpretation of the Olivet Discourse?
This question was inspired by a blog post by Ben Witherington, who is one of my favorite New Testament scholars. It also is an example of a question that meets this week's challenge.
Dec
13
asked Can we date Mark without first committing to an interpretation of the Olivet Discourse?
Dec
13
answered What was life like in Eden before the fall?
Dec
12
comment Is 1 Corinthians 11:19 intended as irony?
I don't think I read this question when you posted it. Perhaps it got mixed up with the other one you linked to. It seems like other people might have missed it too, so I'm going to put a bounty on it and see what happens. (I might answer too if the mood strikes. ;-)
Dec
12
comment Why does Jesus include “persecutions” in the list of things received by his followers?
This question is loosely derived from a post about "upside-down time" and therefore earns all sorts of challenge points. The connection in my mind (which shows which way I lean on the question) is that Jesus is saying we need to be prepared for times when life is a struggle and not expect nothing but blessings when we follow him.
Dec
12
asked Why does Jesus include “persecutions” in the list of things received by his followers?
Dec
12
comment Why “Inn” for “Kataluma” in Luke 2:7
@Shredder: Not to put words in tladuke's mouth, but there's a subtle difference between believing that the Holy Family showed up at the inn and the ornery inn-keeper put a pregnant woman in the barn versus they showed up at a relative's house and were given a relatively private space on the ground floor. The question is which picture does Luke intend for us to have in mind.