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Nov
18
comment Does 1st Kings say that pi = 3?
For some more information about how pi was estimated in ancient times, see this article. The Egyptians apparently used an estimate of 22/7 (which I learned in grade school myself). Details of how they might have applied the knowledge to building pyramids can be found here. Of course, there are lots of strange theories about how the Egyptians might have learned to build the pyramids and most of them are bunk. ;-)
Nov
18
comment Does Genesis say where evil came from?
You lost me at: "This means that they also were tempting Eve in a more obvious fashion." That seems an unwarranted jump as you could also understand the meaning of the phrase to be that the other animals didn't think to tempt Eve at all, for whatever reason. Or perhaps he was more subtle because none of the other animal were clever at all. Or perhaps it's the author's way of introducing a new character.
Nov
17
comment Does 1st Kings say that pi = 3?
+1 for the conclusion alone. Pointing out the difference in genre between what was written and how some people try read it is also very appropriate.
Nov
17
answered How should “ektroma ” be translated in 1 Corinthians 15:8?
Nov
17
asked How should “ektroma ” be translated in 1 Corinthians 15:8?
Nov
17
comment How should we understand the “Cleansing of the Temple”?
discussion in chat
Nov
17
comment What is the meaning of “calculate” in Revelation 13:18?
In textual criticism, it's not unusual to reject the "easy" reading because it's more likely that a scribe altered a passage to make it more understandable than that he would make it less understandable. So if a scribe noticed that Nero satisfies 616, he might "correct" 666. It sounds like Irenaeus used that principle too, which make me all the more interested in the man. :-)
Nov
17
accepted What is the meaning of “calculate” in Revelation 13:18?
Nov
17
comment Does 1st Kings say that pi = 3?
Welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics! This is a well-reasoned response. I too wonder why this explanation was so quickly dismissed in that article.
Nov
17
revised How should we understand the “Cleansing of the Temple”?
Oops. I decided to go with John's account, not Mark.
Nov
17
comment What is the meaning of “calculate” in Revelation 13:18?
The article by J. Hampton Keathley, III is quite enlightening. It also makes me want to read Irenaeus, who seems a very level-headed character.
Nov
16
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Nov
16
comment Did Jesus have the legal authority to cleanse the temple?
@transistor1: You (and only you) can +1.5 it. ;-) (But I actually prefer Monica's answer be accepted, so please don't do that.)
Nov
16
asked What is the meaning of “calculate” in Revelation 13:18?
Nov
16
comment Is the person who “denied the faith” in 1 Timothy 5:8 still a believer?
@Richard: That seems all-to likely. I wonder if we could find a source for that...
Nov
16
answered Is the person who “denied the faith” in 1 Timothy 5:8 still a believer?
Nov
16
answered Did Jesus have the legal authority to cleanse the temple?
Nov
16
comment How should graded numerical parallelism in Hebrew poetry be understood?
I'm sorry Bob, I really don't buy any of this. Plus the answer fails to addresses my question. Why does the author use progressive numerical parallelism? If it's about the Trinity, why are there four things, not three?
Nov
16
comment Does base-10 numbering in Genesis 4:24 argue against the Wiseman hypothesis?
It's clearly not literal, but I don't see how any of this answers my question. The passage doesn't say 70*7 for instance. For another, Jesus says exactly the opposite of Lamech. You have some good ideas, but this answer is a miss.
Nov
15
asked Does base-10 numbering in Genesis 4:24 argue against the Wiseman hypothesis?