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awarded  Revival
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answered Was the gospel mystery “secret” or “revealed through the prophets”?
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answered What is the difference between historical-grammatical and historical criticism?
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comment What is the difference in response between Zechariah and Mary?
Interesting! I've never noticed this before.
Dec
2
comment What does the prohibition against women speaking in church in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 mean?
The question seems to be on-topic according to our new guideline. There's a possible application, but the question seems focused on Paul's intended meaning. It also, fits with this week's challenge. (There's a lot going on over on the meta side of the site right now.)
Dec
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revised What does the prohibition against women speaking in church in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 mean?
Added the "silence" tag (which fits this week's challenge) and removed "women", which doesn't seem to add much as a tag.
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comment What does the prohibition against women speaking in church in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 mean?
This is a great insight: "Paul's chief concern seems to be shame." Compared to modern cultures, it's quite likely the Corinthians were an honor or shame culture. In the Spanish language congregation I attend, women speak in church all the time. But they would never, ever contradict a man in public. To do so would deeply embarrass the man and, if she were married, her own husband. Thank you for this answer. +1
Dec
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comment Meaning of “Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather.”
Good point. (I've been thinking about bird species lately. ;-) It's also possible the author chose a deliberately ambiguous word so that the image worked both ways. Moving some of your comment into the body of the answer (and even the link from my comment) could help make this an even better response. +1
Dec
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comment Does God intend Jerusalem to be eternally shamed In Ezekiel 16?
This question came from thinking about this week's challenge.
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asked Does God intend Jerusalem to be eternally shamed In Ezekiel 16?
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comment Who are the morning stars in Job 38:7?
+1 A well-thought-out answer. What translation did you quote from?
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comment Meaning of “Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather.”
Strongs does support aetos <105> meaning eagle in some contexts. The NET Bible notes make a case for vulture because of the imagery of the verse. I lean toward the preterist interpretation of this passage, but I'm not convinced of using "eagle" here.
Dec
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revised Why isn't there a taxonomic distinction between clean and unclean birds?
deleted 59 characters in body; edited title
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comment Did Ahaz burn up his sons in the fire or pass them through the fire?
You might consider using an online source for the purposes of linking. For instance, the NET Bible (classic) site transliterates it as: ba`ar <01197>.
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comment Why isn't there a taxonomic distinction between clean and unclean birds?
@Richard: The JewFAQ says: "Other birds are permitted, such as chicken, geese, ducks and turkeys. However, some people avoid turkey, because it is was unknown at the time of the giving of the Torah, leaving room for doubt." The article you linked to suggests that there was confusion about where turkeys came from (some believed they were from Turkey or India and could therefore be known to Moses), but now the bird is permitted since so many Jews have eaten it in the past. It sounds complicated. ;-)
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comment Meaning of “Body of Flesh” in Colossians 2:11
@Kazark: The NET Bible (classic) is my go-to source for translation and textual criticism issues. Thanks for the extra +1.5 for accepting my answer. I'll try to make up excess +0.5 by quoting Lewis some other time. ;-)
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asked Why isn't there a taxonomic distinction between clean and unclean birds?
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comment Who are the morning stars in Job 38:7?
It may be that limiting the question to just Job will get you better answers. It's not clear to me whether either Revelation or Isaiah are referring to same person as Job or if they merely use the same imagery. Apocalyptic works have a separate set of metaphors than typical poetic passages in the Bible. It's possible that Job has something entirely different in mind.
Dec
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comment How big were the nomadic clans of the patriarchs?
@Richard: I agree with your bounty description. It's a simple question that will be best answered from a variety of angles. It's a good idea to highlight it.
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comment Who are the morning stars in Job 38:7?
Welcome to Hermeneutics.SE! Great question. Tolkien seemed to have played off of this verse in the opening passages of "The Silmarillion". (Which translation did you quote, by the way? It's best to at least mention it once in a post.)