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Jun
7
comment Were all the cananites slaughtered or not?
@Niclas Nilsson: It's pretty likely that Joshua 10 is hyperbole. Ancient writings often exaggerated the accomplishments of kings in this way. See, for instance, the Merneptah Stele which (falsely) asserts that a number of people groups, including Israel, were wiped out by Egypt's pharoah.
Jun
7
comment Does the Bible mention unicorns?
Hi Nathan and welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics! Please consider creating an account. While I agree that rhinoceros is one likely possibility for what the Hebrew word referred, I think it's misleading to use the 1828 Webster's definition. In this day and age, "unicorn" means something entirely different. (You covered that ground better in your video. Could I persuade you to edit this answer to go into a bit more detail?)
Jun
4
comment Was the LXX ending to Job written in Greek?
Interesting. Do you happen to have a link to the Septuagint text of Job or an English translation? (If it's easy for you to add, it'll save me a few minutes to look one up. ;-)
Jun
3
comment What is the meaning of “day and hour unknown”?
I agree with @Tim that there are other possible interpretations of these verses. Note that this is an example of the triple tradition of the parable of the fig tree. One plausible interpretation is that the tree represents the temple. If so, it might have next to nothing to do with Matthew 25:13, which is in the context of the parable of the virgins.
May
25
comment Why does Jesus tell his mother his “hour has not yet come”?
Hi Kate and welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics! This is a very helpful answer--especially after your edit. I'll have to think about it, but this is a plausible (likely even) explanation. Thank you.
May
24
comment Is there a modern English translation of the Bible that uses the second-person plural pronoun?
Wow! That's awesome. I'm giving you a big ol' +1 for your works which is exactly what I was looking for! I'd love to accept and make a big deal your answer... but it's not really a full answer. Maybe you could copy-n-paste the details text you wrote up for the app. But even better would be if you explained how you managed it. Did you learn something new about the Biblical languages? I'd love to hear more. In any case, a hearty "Welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics to you!"
May
24
comment What does it mean that the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than John the Baptist?
I'm protecting this question because I think it's a difficult one to answer for people who aren't familiar with the sort of answers we are looking for. New users might want to spend some time answering other questions first to build up the minimal reputation needed to post an answer to this question.
May
23
comment Why does the Hebrew word “chesed” in Psalm 136 have two meanings?
Hi alvoutila. I'm not sure I understand the question. Every verse in Psalm 136 uses the same refrain that includes חסד. So I don't understand why you are picking out verses 23 and 24. Can you help me understand the question?
May
21
comment How does Peter fit the events of Acts 2 into the apocalyptic imagery of Joel?
There's lot's of interesting stuff here. You've given me a ton to think about. (+1) It would be interesting to unpack the final paragraph, which makes a bold claim that many interpreters would likely dispute. But that's a whole 'nother question. Have you considered self-answering your own questions?
May
21
comment How does Peter fit the events of Acts 2 into the apocalyptic imagery of Joel?
One candidate for the desecration is the sacrifice made to the standards of Rome shortly before the temple was put to the torch. But it seems like you got off course since my question was about Acts and not Matthew 24. (I do find the Preterist interpretation compelling, as you might have guessed. ;-) (+1 for the first paragraph, which makes a good connection.)
May
21
comment How does Peter fit the events of Acts 2 into the apocalyptic imagery of Joel?
@brilliant: I have not. Wow! That's a lot of material. I'll take a look.
May
21
comment How does Peter fit the events of Acts 2 into the apocalyptic imagery of Joel?
I gave this a +1 largely for the first paragraph. But Peter could have ended the quotation before the apocalyptic imagery. Why did he choose to continue the quotation? In particular, it seems like he continued the quote just to get in the "everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Then he shifts back to preaching about the earthly life of Jesus. That seems strange.
May
17
comment Are men (brethren) really men or are they human?
This seems to be true for a great many languages, including Greek and the Romance languages. An expanded answer might include details about how one might tell if males only are intended and examine the reasoning for translating into English (where the rule does not hold) one way versus another.
May
13
comment What is the difference in meaning between Χριστός Ἰησοῦς and Ἰησοῦς Χριστός?
I'm troubled by the final paragraph, which is just bad theology. But more importantly to this site, I'm curious if you have a source to back up the claim in the first paragraph.
May
10
comment Psalm 51:5 CEV vs ESV
See also: To what extent is Psalm 51:4 poetic exaggeration?
May
9
comment Did Mark intend to end his gospel at 16:8?
See also: Does the “lost leaf” theory for Mark's abrupt ending fail if written on a scroll?
May
6
comment How should we understand the “Cleansing of the Temple”?
+1. In addition, the money changers themselves (even if they were completely honest) would have been one of the barriers to worship for foreigners. Since the temple did not take foreign currencies, a person from a distant nation would have needed to take an extra step that a local would not have. The final quote from Isaiah 2 fits in well with the Mark version which includes the fig-tree miracle: "And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’..." (Mark 11:22-23a ESV)
May
6
comment How should we understand the “Cleansing of the Temple”?
I'm not sure how I missed this until now, but thanks for the answer. Out of curiousity, why did you skip Matthew?
May
6
comment Did Jesus have the legal authority to cleanse the temple?
Hmmm... I suppose it depends a bit on how effective Jesus action was in reforming the Temple. My thought is that after a few hours, the tables had been set right, the money-changers were back in action and the animals (whether blemished or not) were waiting to be slaughtered. In other words, the action itself was not effective. In that scenario, Jesus' authority as builder of the temple would have been less immediate to his role as prophet. But ultimately, as you say, if Jesus saw himself as David's son, he had authority in the temple for that reason as well.
May
6
comment Did Jesus have the legal authority to cleanse the temple?
Hi Matthew and welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics! This is an excellent answer and well argued. Since I wrote my answer, I've read The Challenge of Jesus by N. T. Wright. He suggests that Jesus' action in the temple was symbolic judgment against it along the lines of Jeremiah smashing clay jars or Ezekiel lying on his side. I don't think that view conflicts with the view that Jesus was taking on the role of King and son of David, however. Thanks again for the answer and I'm looking forward to more. :)