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Apr
23
comment What exactly did Moses do wrong at Meribah?
The connection between the punishment the people received for listening to 10 of the 12 spies with Moses' punishment is one I hadn't considered before. I don't see in the text that Moses actually tries speaking to the rock. It makes me wonder: did he feel foolish for trying or did he just neglect to do it in his anger and frustration. At any rate, thanks for the answer; it's helpful.
Apr
18
comment Does John distinguish between terms for love?
"The Father's love for the Son" pair is particularly striking. As you say, if the distinction exists, it requires more context than a single sentence/verse.
Apr
16
comment To what extent is Psalm 51:4 poetic exaggeration?
Welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics. The information from the Babylonian Talmud is interesting, but I see nothing in Nathan's parable that lets the rich man off the hook. As David himself said, “As the LORD lives, the man who has done this deserves to die, and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.” (2 Samuel 12:5b-6 ESV) Certainly he could not restore what he took from Uriah, but that doesn't remove the moral debt, does it? At any rate, +1 for an interesting answer and I look forward to reading more like it.
Apr
16
comment To what extent is Psalm 51:4 poetic exaggeration?
Thank you for a comprehensive answer. On point #2: Is there a sense in which God is glorified when He justifies David because David is the king of the people that God intends to use to glorify Himself? Or do you see it as more basic than that: God glorifies Himself by showing mercy? (Or maybe I'm not understanding you somehow?)
Apr
16
comment What is the “first resurrection”?
Could you provide a source for the textual criticism you present in the first paragraph? It isn't noted in the NET Bible. I also don't find it in this list of variations.
Apr
16
comment What did Job believe?
I get tripped up a bit by the various ways you describe relationship with God. Would it be fair to say that you are asking if Job had a covenant relationship with God and if it was based on the same covenant as the one He established with Abraham?
Apr
12
comment Does the qal in Amos 3:6 automatically imply causation?
See also: Why is “raah” usually translated differently in Amos 3:6 and 9:4 ?
Apr
9
comment To what extent is Psalm 51:4 poetic exaggeration?
Hi hannes and welcome to the site. I appreciate the answer and agree that part of the reason David phrases it the way he does is the emphasize the immensity of sin against God. I encourage you to continue thinking about the question. You might be interested in reading What are we looking for in answers? Don't forget, you can always come back and edit this answer. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts.
Apr
6
comment Where can I find Greek and Hebrew plain text sources?
Welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics, Qoheleth-Tech! I'm sorry we have to close this question and it doesn't reflect poorly on you in any way. It's marginally off-topic in the sense that it isn't really asking about the texts or about a specific hermeneutical approach, but is rather asking where to find resources. I picked the "Not Constructive" reason since it doesn't really fit with the way Stack Exchange functions. I see you've gotten involved in chat, which is really the best place to discuss this. I look forward to seeing you around and reading your future answers!
Mar
29
comment Where did that camel come from?
See also: Should we have an event similar to “Purim Torah”?
Mar
26
comment How should רָגַז be translated in Psalm 4?
@Joseph: Thanks for the reminder. It was actually your answer that got me looking at this Psalm. ;) It sounds like, at the very least, if the command was to "be a hothead" the Psalmist could have used another word.
Mar
26
comment What is Paul's advice on anger?
@Frank Luke and Joseph: It seems the LXX uses the same word (ὀργίζω‌​) that Paul did. I've asked a related question about the translation of the Hebrew word, if you are interested.
Mar
25
comment Where did that camel come from?
Please engage the sarcasm meter.
Mar
25
comment Where did that camel come from?
@GoneQuiet and bmargulies: I'm sorry I missed the question the first time around. But I have tried my hand at an answer. Thank you for giving me an example of a question that needs a current event post notice!
Mar
22
comment Redaction criticism and grammatical-historical hermeneutics
@Noah Snyder: I've edited the answer to be a bit more balanced. How does it strike you?
Mar
22
comment When the Kingdom of Israel split, what happened to Benjamin?
2 Chronicles 11 tells us that Rehoboam consolidated his kingdom in the fortified towns of Judah and Benjamin. 1 Kings 12 is parallel and also shows an alliance between Judah and Benjamin. Is that what you are looking for?
Mar
22
comment When did separation between Israel and Judah happen?
Do you mean "12 kings of Israel before the Kingdom of David"? Are you asking about a specific text? If not, this seems to be more of a History or Mi Yodeya question.
Mar
21
comment Does Deuteronomy 12:21 reference a missing commandment?
The links are a little slow for me, but they eventually go through to chabad.org. It's possible there's some sort of network issue between you're machine and theirs. I did get your ping yesterday. I haven't had time to consider the matter, however.
Mar
20
comment What is the meaning of “calculate” in Revelation 13:18?
Thank you very much for this answer. I added a quote to Solomon's gold bars and links to the other passages you cited. To be honest, I did not understand the core of your answer the first time through because I hadn't searched for 666 in a long time. Now I understand your answer and, while I don't agree with all of what you say, it does have merit. +1.
Mar
20
comment Are Psalms 23 and 24 both by David according to their prefixes?
Interesting find. See also: Who is “I” in Psalm 4.