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Nov
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accepted What is the relationship between the “Adversary” in Job and the serpent in Genesis?
Nov
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accepted Does Peter suggest Jesus “descended into hell”?
Nov
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answered What does “reconciling all things” mean in Colossians 1:20?
Nov
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comment What do we learn from the different usages of “aman” and “batach” in the OT?
Thank you for helping me understand.
Nov
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comment What do we learn from the different usages of “aman” and “batach” in the OT?
If your life depended on knowing the relationship of the length the hypotenuse to the sides of a right triangle (because of the structural integrity of the platform you are standing on or some such), might you have boteach in the Pythagorean theorem? (I think I understand, but I want to verify.)
Nov
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comment What do we learn from the different usages of “aman” and “batach” in the OT?
+1: I don't know enough about Hebrew to answer this question, but I'd probably start by seeing how LXX translated those words into Greek.
Nov
7
comment What does “reconciling all things” mean in Colossians 1:20?
I just had to highlight this question, which made me smile: "Assuming that Paul is not contradicting himself in the span of a couple verse, how can we reconcile these two sets of verses?"
Nov
7
comment Does Daniel 12 imply the righteous will become stars?
@GalacticCowboy: Wright says about this passage that it wasn't even talking about Jews in general, but to the oppressors and martyrs in the conflicts described in Daniel. It was initially interpreted as a way to put things right for just those particular people. According to him, the idea of a general resurrection began when the Maccabees co-opted this and other passages to explain their own martyrs.
Nov
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comment Does Daniel 12 imply the righteous will become stars?
@GalacticCowboy: Thanks for including the cross-references in comments. If you accept them as Scripture, they pretty much blow away the question, don't they? ;-)
Nov
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comment Does Daniel 12 imply the righteous will become stars?
Good callback. I hadn't made that connection.
Nov
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answered What restrictions would Paul have been preaching against in Colossians 2?
Nov
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comment Does Daniel 12 imply the righteous will become stars?
I came across this question in N. T. Wright's Resurrection of the Son of God. It's clear to me that because of the context of chapter 11, the resolution is an example of God providing peace or shalom for his people.
Nov
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asked Does Daniel 12 imply the righteous will become stars?
Nov
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comment Chronology of Jesus' ministry: John and the Synoptics
@ed: Hmmm... from that point, I could see arguing for either a very early date (because John's death could be "current events" like 9/11 is now) or a much later date (because the fate of John would be recorded elsewhere).
Nov
7
comment Should we read Melchizedek in Genesis 14 to be metaphorical?
Abraham is famous for being a "stranger and sojourner". I think if he had gotten involved in political loyalty it would have resulted skipping the time in Egypt and the Exodus. So it's helpful to have this story explain exactly why he didn't settle down at that point. (But the case for insertion is circumstantial as far as I can see.)
Nov
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comment What is the relationship between the “Adversary” in Job and the serpent in Genesis?
@Monica: I would disagree with Richard that all opposition to God comes from Satan. In a sense, Satan was part of the process of bringing sin into the world, but humanity is in rebellion against God because of Adam. In the Day of the Lord, there's no doubt the wicked will be divided from the righteous, but in the meantime, humanity has the potential to be counted among the righteous and Satan does not. But to flesh that out takes more than a comment. ;-)
Nov
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comment Where was the dinner in John 12?
Welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics.SE! Thanks for the answer.
Nov
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comment Chronology of Jesus' ministry: John and the Synoptics
A belated welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics! From your profile, it seems you're more qualified to answer this than I am, so I look forward to your review of the book. ;-)
Nov
5
comment Should we read Melchizedek in Genesis 14 to be metaphorical?
+1. To play devil's advocate for a moment: most of these questions could be answered easily if the Melchizedek incident is a later insertion. The narrative with the kings is one of the few times that Abraham is portrayed as having a political claim in the region. In the narrative arc of the Torah, it's important that Israel have only God's promise to trust in until they reach the promised land at the end of the Exodus. Giving a tithe and refusing to take a portion of the plunder is important to the theme of the broad story.
Nov
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revised Does Joh 14:26 speak to assumptions about hermeneutics?
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