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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.
Oct
7
comment Who subjected the creation to futility in Rom. 8:20-21?
The Isaiah passage seems to support Adam (and his decedents) rather than God as the defilers of the earth. I suppose it could be argued that God continues to allow the curse to consume the earth and is therefor the true force behind the defiling. Maybe you could expand on that? (But otherwise this is a clear and well researched answer. Thank you.)
Oct
7
comment Who subjected the creation to futility in Rom. 8:20-21?
This is John Piper's answer as well: desiringgod.org/resource-library/sermons/…
Oct
6
comment Why is 1 John 5:7-8, found in the KJV, kept in the NKJV when it is believed to be inauthentic?
Ugh. This is such a terrible translation decision. I enjoy reading and listening to the NKJV, but this choice makes me want to throw my copies away. The footnote on this particular passage reads: "1 John 5:8 NU-Text and M-Text omit the words from in heaven (verse 7) through on earth (verse 8). Only four or five very late manuscripts contain these words in Greek."
Oct
5
comment Which 'modern' English translation of the Bible is considered the 'closest' or most accurate translation?
@Lance Roberts: I don't think so. Often the translators themselves weigh in on how close their translation comes to being literal. The NASB and ESV aim for word-for-word translations and the NIV aims for idea-for-idea translations. Other translations are quite upfront about being paraphrases.
Oct
5
comment What's wrong with cooking a kid in its mother's milk?
To me the idea is disgusting. No particular reason--it just feels wrong. Chicken in omelettes disgust me too even though the odds are very much against the chicken being the one who laid the eggs. Another, somewhat related abhorrent practice is feeding an animal food (meat and bone meal) derived from the same species. Milgrom suggests that the reason for the prohibition is that the practice illicitly mingles life with death. That seems correct to me.