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Oct
17
comment Is Keller's view of the father in the Prodigal Son parable a reasonable interpretation?
Your sketch of the argument plus @Ray's clarification sounds reasonable, but to really answer the question I think one would need to read the whole book. Is there a chance you could isolate one particular argument to highlight that could stand on its own? Otherwise, the question may need to wait for someone who has read the book to answer.
Oct
16
comment What is “Midrash” and how does it relate to Christian principles of hermeneutics?
Do you have a source for the story of Jesus asking about the stones? It isn't in the Luke account and the other canonical gospels don't talk about Jesus' youth.
Oct
16
comment How does Jesus' being from Nazareth fulfill the prophets?
Great question. I hope someone has a satisfactory answer. :-/
Oct
14
comment Why is the Septuagint (LXX) significant?
I don't know why this answer was downvoted. It's a legitimate stance.
Oct
14
comment Who is being “taken” in Matthew 24:40-41?
Excellent parallel. That's a far simpler (and therefore better) answer than my own. ;-)
Oct
13
comment Hermeneutical Approaches vs. Inductive Bible Study
@Ray: Thanks for helping clear up my use of terms. I've tried again. Does the latest version use "hermeneutics" more appropriately?
Oct
12
comment Understanding argument in Galatians 3:19-20
I'm sorry for the extreme length. (I just reread the answer and I barely slogged through it.) It's really a tricky question that gets at the heart of Paul's argument.
Oct
12
comment Understanding argument in Galatians 3:19-20
@Richard: I'd love to see your answer since (as I just answered) I think it isn't related to the Trinity as much as I'd like it to be. ;-)
Oct
12
comment How does the Noah's Ark narrative relate to the Gilgamesh flood account?
Here's my suggestion to revive this question: grab a copy of Gilgamesh and the Genesis flood account and put them side by side (or on top of each other as is more natural to the site). Then post a few representative parallel passages to ask about. I'm not sure that will work, but I do think it will be a good next step.
Oct
12
comment What did Isaiah intend with his unusual usage of “create” in Isaiah 45:7?
My point is that you already did. ;-)
Oct
12
comment What did Isaiah intend with his unusual usage of “create” in Isaiah 45:7?
Well, here's one dissenting opinion: biblica.com/niv/study-bible/isaiah But more to the point, I don't know how much any of these theories on the date and authorship of Isaiah are required to understand the text. The one possible exception seems to be the idea that Isaiah is reflecting (or forming) Israel's rejection of the existence of competing gods. That's a good suggestion and worth thinking about, but the extra (not so easily accepted) bits of this answer cloud that insight.
Oct
11
comment What did Isaiah intend with his unusual usage of “create” in Isaiah 45:7?
It certainly makes sense to expand God's dominion to things like calamity in the context of oppression by a foreign power. If darkness is under God's command as light is, you don't have to fear the darkness itself. Isaiah 45:12 is certainly a reference to Genesis 1 and 2.
Oct
11
comment What did Isaiah intend with his unusual usage of “create” in Isaiah 45:7?
References would be nice, however. I believe there is some disagreement over the idea of Deutero-Isaiah, the dating of the text, and the idea that Israel was not monotheistic in its early history.
Oct
11
comment Peter's Psalm quotations in Acts 1:20
This answer would be stronger if you quoted a gospel passage (especially from Mark) that shows the author thought of David as a prefiguring of Jesus. Mark 12:35-37 does the job well, I'd say.
Oct
10
comment What language did Jesus commonly speak?
N.B. I'm not so sure the question, as asked, is right for this site: Should all questions of interpretation include specific texts?
Oct
10
comment What is the meaning of “encircled” in Jeremiah 31:22?
I'm really glad I asked! This seems like the answer I'll accept.
Oct
10
comment What language did Jesus commonly speak?
This is a case where asking the question well required enough research that I was able to provide my own answer. Feel free to answer the question yourself. (I'd especially appreciate dissenting opinions.)
Oct
10
comment Did John know about the Synoptics?
Concerning the structure of the gospels, I'm not sure what other order would be possible either chronologically or thematically. If the elements you listed are included at all, it seems the baptism and calling of disciples must be near the beginning and the Passion and Resurrection at the end. Even the order of the stories is logically locked. (Resurrection must follow the Passion if it is included at all, for instance.) Could not the convergence on a single structure indicate John and Mark are both familiar with the same historical events rather than with each other?
Oct
9
comment Is Paul's visit to Jerusalem detailed in Galatians 2 the Jerusalem Council?
Excellent survey! I have long leaned in the direction you suggest, but I have never had everything organized this well. Thank you.
Oct
7
comment “You are gods” in John 10:30-36
Wow! Nicely done. I've read comments that Jesus in John is arrogant and in the Synoptics he's humble to the point of not letting people call him God. (Based mostly on verses such as Mark 1:24-5, I think.) This is a useful story to illustrate why Jesus sometimes held off on claiming all of his titles at once. Thanks.