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Oct
28
comment Was Ezekiel 37 understood as a prophesy of a literal Resurrection?
I answer my own challenge!
Oct
28
comment How do you know an allegory is valid?
I certainly didn't mean any disrespect. (Perhaps you missed the little smiley at the end?) I honestly understand the method better thanks to that phrase.
Oct
28
comment The meaning of “I” in Zechariah 7:3
Would you say, therefore, that this might be a translation problem?
Oct
28
comment How does Jesus' argument from David and the showbread work?
Good example of the minimum speed limit. (But I had to read it a few times to get the gist. Maybe I'm being dense today. I think it would help to spell out the two possible interpretations of the minimum speed, i.e, never drop below it or sometimes safety requires stopping. ;-)
Oct
28
comment Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?
@Ray: We need to be prepared to answer questions that make unstated premises and question the authority of Scripture. I hope that someone like the younger Dr. Ehrman (when he was not yet committed to debunking the Bible) would be able to ask questions like this and get helpful answers. I encourage you to submit your own answer.
Oct
28
comment How do you know an allegory is valid?
Do you know, this answer helps me understand the method quite a bit. May I use the following definition? Sensus plenior: "the scriptures are viewed as a giant crossword puzzle." ;-)
Oct
28
comment Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?
David coming to Ahimelech in Nob seems to be the direct reason Saul killed him. Abiathar managed to escape. So you are right to say that the time Jesus refers to was a time of transition in the high priesthood.
Oct
28
comment Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?
@Ray: That, of course, also answers the question. (However, Jesus was talking about the high priest, which means one person, and referencing a story from before the First Temple. So be careful. ;-)
Oct
27
comment How do you know an allegory is valid?
It occurs to me that this is a very Cartesian (skeptical of tradition) answer and I don't usually take that position. Hmmmm...
Oct
27
comment How do you know an allegory is valid?
Excellent! (But does the KJV really use seethe rather than boil? Maybe another translation would be more applicable to the question.)
Oct
27
comment Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?
Another data point in Mark is in 1:2 when he quotes Isaiah and Malachi, but only cites Isaiah.
Oct
27
comment How do you know an allegory is valid?
I know the context, but I think it would help to make it explicit. My suggestion would be to quote the passage that brought up the comment and ask if boiling can be a symbol of tribulation here. The question underneath is good, but I'm afraid the context will be missing for most readers. (I'd rather not vote to close this question, but it's a bit to specific to a particular time and place for this site as it's currently phrased.)
Oct
27
comment Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?
@ashansky: Thanks for the pointer. I wouldn't accept the accepted answer here, however. ;-) It's a really tricky hermeneutical problem.
Oct
27
comment Redaction criticism and grammatical-historical hermeneutics
let us continue this discussion in chat
Oct
25
comment Does the Sadducees' question in Mark 12 imply polygamy was considered sinful?
Well, the Sadducees didn't believe in the resurrection at all and Moses did command remarriage, so the question seems totally benign to their system of belief. What happens after death, before and during the Resurrection was a problem for the Pharisees, not the Sadducees. Jesus' solution was likely one of several. (And I think we are once again agreeing different. ;-)
Oct
25
comment Does the Sadducees' question in Mark 12 imply polygamy was considered sinful?
I'm glad I asked. I'll have to re-think the passage. (But I wonder if a possible answer to the Sadducees would be that death does not annul the marriage. The first man was never "divorced" from his wife. (Jesus' response is exactly the opposite by the way.))
Oct
25
comment Does the Sadducees' question in Mark 12 imply polygamy was considered sinful?
The idea to ask this came from an answer to another question. (I just wanted to establish the link. ;-)
Oct
25
comment What is the difference between historical-grammatical and historical criticism?
Related (but not identical) is hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/231/… My answer there would be a good place to start, in my oh-so-humble opinion. ;-)
Oct
25
comment How did the Greek “charis” come to imply “favor?”
Sounds plausible to me. I wonder if the book is in one of my local libraries...
Oct
25
comment Are the 'ten virgins' told in Jesus' parable multiple brides or just general wedding party?
s/roll/role/ (Great question, by the way. I've never thought the women could all be brides.)