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Nov
4
comment What is the relationship between the “Adversary” in Job and the serpent in Genesis?
Oh. A fifth option is that the Adversary is not to be taken literally.
Nov
4
comment What is the relationship between the “Adversary” in Job and the serpent in Genesis?
My comment was putting two of your exegetical suggestions in a particular doctrinal context. (My own. ;-) I notice you didn't argue for the connection, but argued that the objections are not deadly to the connection. I think that's fair, but it's not the whole story. (And perhaps the texts don't address my question at all. That seems likely if the authors of Job and Genesis didn't know the other text.)
Nov
4
comment What is the relationship between the “Adversary” in Job and the serpent in Genesis?
From a Christian perspective, your 3rd and 4th options make sense as a sort of "anti-Incarnation." And of course, we are cursed as men and women because of the sins of Adam and Eve--things we have no control over.
Nov
3
comment How did Biblical translators decide on cypress for the type of wood in Noah's ark?
Excellent analysis! It's fascinating to me that the word for pitch in Hebrew also means a bribe. I wonder what the etymology of that could be?
Nov
3
comment How did Biblical translators decide on cypress for the type of wood in Noah's ark?
See also: Translation philosophy for tachash skins in Exodus?.
Nov
3
comment Are the 'ten virgins' told in Jesus' parable multiple brides or just general wedding party?
Let's see: Samuel's father and the variety of legal decisions about multiple wives. It's also interesting that the ban on polygamy is so recent (1000 C.E.). But avi's comment on the second helps even more! If we could hunt down his source, I think it would be very strong evidence here.
Nov
3
comment Does Genesis say where evil came from?
I asked the next step of the question about the Adversary in Job.
Nov
3
comment How did Biblical translators decide on cypress for the type of wood in Noah's ark?
@GalacticCowboy: Do you have references in the work itself? It sounds like referencing Strong's and a Hebrew copy of the text would be a good start toward backing up the argument you sketched out here.
Nov
2
comment Are the 'ten virgins' told in Jesus' parable multiple brides or just general wedding party?
The first has a really helpful answer that threatens to change my understanding of polygamy, if not the parable. The second is too young yet to know.
Nov
2
comment Are the 'ten virgins' told in Jesus' parable multiple brides or just general wedding party?
The biggest problem I have with the multiple bride theory is that I can't imagine a wedding with 10 brides in any culture. (I'm sure someone will suggest a culture, but that won't change my ability to imagine it. ;-) I see now that your suggestion is that the man might pick just one of the virgins at the last minute. So my comment missed the mark there. (By the way, it might be good to link to the other questions assuming they are getting answers.)
Nov
2
comment Does Genesis say where evil came from?
@Amichai: Done. I wonder if it still will require a book to answer, however. ;-)
Nov
2
comment Does Genesis say where evil came from?
@Monica: I don't think so. Perhaps that's part of the question: what started humanity on a downward spiral from the "very good" of Genesis 1 to the "great wickedness" of Genesis 6? Was it questioning God's goodness? But that would make the question even bigger. Do you have a suggestion of how to narrow it down or break it up? Should I remove the question from Job?
Nov
2
comment Does Genesis say where evil came from?
I'm still trying to ask more tanakh questions. This one arose from a book I'm currently reading: "The God I Don't Understand".
Nov
2
comment Does Joh 14:26 speak to assumptions about hermeneutics?
@Bob: As I say, feel free to re-edit. (You may even rollback to your original question.) I may be wrong, but I don't think we care about traffic enough (in the short term) to ask confrontational questions that will set the wrong tone for the community (in the long run). The site will be best served by the tortoise's strategy. We are not going to be in for a pleasant time together if you insist on asking overly-confrontational questions. I hope you'll reconsider.
Nov
1
comment Who is included in “us” in Ephesians 1:3-10
This is a good question. I haven't delved into Ephesians enough to feel comfortable answering it at the moment, however.
Nov
1
comment Can we use “linguistic fingerprints” to identify different authors of the Bible?
I seem to recall an article very much like this being passed around a year or two ago. Now, as then, I'm frustrated by the lack of detail on exactly what the technique entails. Obviously, a news article can't be expected to be heavy on technically details, however. Perhaps someone can dig up a journal article or paper to help us understand what textual markers are being proposed.
Nov
1
comment Can we use “linguistic fingerprints” to identify different authors of the Bible?
I tried editing the question (mostly the title and tags) to narrow the focus a bit. The number of authors question gets complicated quickly, but the "linguistic fingerprints" aspect might be manageably answered. I didn't know exactly what to do with the text of the question, because I don't understand all your terms. If you haven't got the answers you'd like, I suggest providing a bit more detail about what you mean by "graphological" and "old-school" vs. "computer-based techniques".
Nov
1
comment How do the books in the Bible get their names?
Welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics! It looks like you got the answer you wanted, but I think the Christianity site is a better venue for the topic. Question here tend to be more associated with the meaning of the texts and techniques for discovering that meaning.
Nov
1
comment What was meant by “paradise” when Jesus spoke to the thief on the cross?
+1: N. T. Wright comments (in nearly all the books by him I've read) that the righteous won't go to "heaven" in the Resurrection, but to a new creation, which included a new heaven and a new earth. As you suggest, one guess about what happens to the righteous before the Resurrection is that they wait in paradise.
Nov
1
comment Was Ezekiel 37 understood as a prophesy of a literal Resurrection?
An excellent answer that prompts a great many questions! The Talmud is absolutely fascinating and I wish I had enough background to read it without getting stuck every few minute.