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Nov
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comment Is the “captain of the Lord's host” an angel or God Himself?
Hi Raphael. Could you take a moment or two to edit your answer for spelling, grammar, and punctuation? As it is, I'm having a tough time reading your answer. While you are at it, could you read through what we are looking for in answers? It seems like you are skipping some steps in your exegesis.
Oct
22
comment Humankind divided up among the gods?
Welcome, Richard, to Biblical Hermeneutics! Could you summarize the argument you linked to? It seems like you have some very clear ideas about this passage, which we'd love to hear you share.
Oct
9
comment What are the limits to the Christological hermeneutic?
Thanks for researching the quote's source and for the very useful example concerning granularity.
Sep
24
comment Why does Jesus tell the disciples to buy swords?
@iconoclast: I've expanded on my answer. The immediate context does indicate literal swords, but it's impossible for me to fit that into the broad context of Luke's narrative. I'd encourage you to try your hand at an alternate answer if you disagree.
Sep
20
comment When did the textual variation in Daniel 7:13 arise?
I'm sorry, Joseph, but I just don't see how this answers my question, which had less to do with the meaning of the text and everything to do with the textual variation found in the translation evidence.
Sep
19
comment When did the textual variation in Daniel 7:13 arise?
Disappointing about the scroll. (Though I love the image of cave worms chewing through the prophecy of the a coming king whose kingdom is said not to pass away.)
Sep
11
comment What is the “first resurrection”?
@user2572: Absolutely. "Old [Stack Exchange questions] never die; they just fade away." ;-)
Sep
9
comment Was the Beloved Disciple the author of the Fourth Gospel?
Hi Jack. I edited your answer a touch. Please take a moment to read about our (rather unusual format) on the About page. Your last paragraph is far and away the best argument against John as the "Beloved disciple". But that's a slightly different question.
Aug
27
comment Why is “rega`” translated “peace” in Job 21:13?
@bjorne: That's true. However, I don't know how much weight we should place on the meaning of raga`. (That's mostly because my Hebrew is at best second-hand. ;-) The English word "salary" has it's roots in the Latin word for salt. But I would not be happy if my employer paid me in sodium chloride!
Aug
27
comment Why is “rega`” translated “peace” in Job 21:13?
It's never too late for a good answer! Thank you for bringing out the Jewish commentators and taking the time for such a detailed response.
Aug
21
comment Why does Jesus tell his mother his “hour has not yet come”?
I haven't had the pleasure to read one of your answers here yet. Welcome to the site! It seems like John's gospel needs to be read forwards and backwards to catch all the references. Thanks for the answer.
Jul
30
comment What were the Corinthians doing when they “baptized on behalf of the dead”?
This sounds like a very reasonable interpretation given our knowledge of the Corinthian church from the rest of the letter. I wouldn't put much of anything past them. ;-) Could you take a moment to address why Paul didn't argue against that heresy as he did against so many of the others he discovered in Corinth?
Jul
30
comment What were the Corinthians doing when they “baptized on behalf of the dead”?
I think you are on to something here. To leave out the military imagery, Paul is asking why Christians choose to identify so strongly (and perilously) with a dead man and the community of people (many of whom have died as well). I believe that fits the context of Paul's letter.
Jul
12
comment Was 1 John an unfinished letter?
I agree with @Richard on this: would you mind moving the comment into your answer. There's lots of good stuff in the post itself, but I felt like it didn't quite answer the question. (My guess reading the question was that 2 and 3 John contained the greeting and salutations.)
Jul
12
comment What does Azazel mean in Leviticus 16:8?
Could you please drop a link or a really short description in the first paragraph about what the traditional interpretation is? Also, I think it would be helpful if you point out there that your interpretation isn't something you made up, but is the result of extensive reading and pondering the options. The way you wrote the first paragraph makes it sound... controversial?... novel? I'm not sure the right word to use, but I think it would make your answer stronger if it didn't start off calling out "the traditional Orthodox Jewish understanding". (But this is a very interesting answer!)
Jul
9
comment Why does the Bible say that Abraham sacrificed his “only-begotten son”?
Hi hannes. Could you provide a bit more detail about your conclusions? As it is, it sounds like you are making a comment.
Jul
3
comment How should we contextualize Paul's “Jesus is accursed” in I Co 12:3?
@Ali: If it directly answered the question, please use that information to answer the question below. Remember, our goal is to understand Paul's letter to the Corinthians.
Jul
2
comment Where does the Tanakh differ from the Christian Old Testament?
@Ali: Not at all! A better analogy is that oranges bought in one store are the same as oranges sold in another even though they are packaged differently.
Jul
1
comment When is allegorization of scripture productive?
I would say that Paul and the author of Hebrews must have been steeped in the traditions of rabbinical interpretation. God's hand was clearly evident in Israel's history and they believed His plan culminated in the person of Jesus. Paul explains things this way: "Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come." (1 Corinthians 10:11 ESV) Paul's point is that even history is written in order to instruct and not just to report. (This is true, in my opinion.)
Jun
26
comment Why does Jesus heal the blind man twice?
See also: What did the blind man from Bethsaida see?