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Mar
5
comment What is the significance of the names of the pillars in Solomon's temple?
Hi Rachael. I'm not sure I track with what you are saying here. Can you point me to the mystical traditions you are talking about? Are they from Kabbalah?
Mar
4
comment Before the Tower of Babel did all speak Hebrew as the original human language?
One thing to note: we tend to associate the Hebrew language with the Hebrew script, but a number of lettering system have been used to write Hebrew in its history. Presumably, Hebrew scribes could have used cuneiform or (easier yet) hieroglyphics. And, as you mention, spoken language (which seems to be what the Babel story is all about) existed before written language. Even so, +1 for bringing useful evidence to the question.
Mar
4
comment Meaning of N .. N+1 pattern in Amos, Proverbs, Job and Psalms
How are the questions different? I mean, the way they are phrased is certainly different, but I think the concept they refer to is the same. (There's no shame in closing as a duplicate. I bet more people would have asked the way you did then the way I did, so this question will probably bring in more traffic than mine in the long run.)
Mar
1
comment Recensions of the Septuagint
Nicely done. Not only can I add a new word to my vocabulary, I learned quite a bit about the history of the translation of the Hebrew scriptures. Thank you!
Mar
1
comment New American Standard Bible vs English Standard Version: Which one's more faithful to the original text?
@Caleb and trusktr (oh, I just got the meaning of that handle!): I've edited the question quite a bit to bring it into what I consider on-topic territory. What do you think?
Mar
1
comment Was the word ἐπιούσιον used prior to the Lord's prayer? What does it mean?
I like where you are going with this answer (so +1), but I think you need to make clear right from the start that you are assuming "daily bread" and not some other meaning is correct. The point of this question is that the translation of this word is tricky because Matthew, Luke, or their common Greek source (Q) invented it. Nobody had thought to compile dictionaries, so we need to find how the word is used elsewhere to know what it means. But it's unique to the Gospels!
Feb
28
comment Does Genesis contain a “death sandwich”?
@MGoneQuiet: I think the theory is that the mere location of the words themselves (with no reference to death themes and life themes) make up the inclusio. מָוֶת looks promising with results clustered around chapters 21-27. It seems to me that an answer that documents the difficulties reproducing the result would be very valuable.
Feb
28
comment Was the word ἐπιούσιον used prior to the Lord's prayer? What does it mean?
Howdy, theosis! I've hunted down an article that I think explains the Latin translation and why you might think it's wrong. You would be much better served by summarizing that (or something like it) rather than simply asserting "Truth". Our site prioritized the display of your exegetical process more than individual conclusions. (As an Evangelical, I'd prefer if you engaged more with the text and less with Church history, but that's your call, really.)
Feb
28
comment Does Genesis contain a “death sandwich”?
Primarily the first. The second question is included so that someone who agrees with the study has something to answer. ;-)
Feb
26
comment Was Abimelech's mother an Israelite?
Whether or not something is allowed by the Tanakh seems not to be critical to whether or not it was practiced in Israel during the time of the Judges. ;-) Could you expand on this answer, please?
Feb
22
comment Should The Creation Story in Genesis Be Understood as Metaphorical?
I think you can't delete your question now that it has an upvoted response. Let's think about ways to fix it instead!
Feb
21
comment When the Bible says “the world”, does that only include Eurasia and Africa?
@Frank Luke: That is exactly the theory I was thinking of. I updated the answer to make it more clear. Thanks!
Feb
21
comment Is synoptic parallelism a valid hermeneutic?
Hi Derek. I'm glad you are putting so much into the site and that you seem to have gotten a lot out of it too. I hope you aren't getting discouraged by the way things work around here; the Stack Exchange sites have little quirks that make them different from other sites you might be familiar with. For one thing, answers are really designed to focus on the question itself. So your second paragraph and the last one seem a little too "chatty". Have you seen our tour page?
Feb
20
comment Is synoptic parallelism a valid hermeneutic?
FYI, this question (and other recent ones along this same line) are being discussed in The Library. Do you mean something along the lines of: "Is synoptic parallelism compatible with modern Textual Criticism scholarship?" Because we don't all agree on what "valid" means. ;)
Feb
19
comment What arguments exist that would refute the theory concerning Aramaic primacy of the New Testament?
An excellent, well-balanced answer. Thank you!
Feb
19
comment What “is lacking in Christ's afflictions” according to Paul?
Thank you for the answer. Certainly that translation suggests a different meaning than the usual translations. Food for thought.
Feb
19
comment What is the judgment in Psalm 1?
@bmargulies: I don't have any particular preference. I wouldn't complain about a concordance answer if there was analysis thrown it. ;-)
Feb
19
comment Why are the Psalms broken into five books?
I'm awarding the bounty to this answer because I find it interesting and it was the only answer to be given in the bounty period. The pattern you've describe is very interesting, but I can't help but notice this answer spends more time explaining Revelation than it does the Psalms! For that reason, I can't upvote. Perhaps if you summarized Ray Sutton's work, the answer would be more on point.
Feb
18
comment In 1 Peter 1:4, why did the translators of the KJV translate εἰς ἡμᾶς as “for you”?
Whatever else may be said about the King James Bible, it was beautifully typeset. They don't make 'em like they used to.
Feb
18
comment Contextually, which English translation/ Greek text seems more probable in Rev. 5:10?
@swasheck: I think this may be a case where another question (or several!) might be in order. We've gotten two pretty good answers on the textual criticism aspect: which Greek text is most likely original based on manuscript evidence. But there are a few other questions embedded in this question that might need to be asked. One might be to ask what the implications are if the Textus Receptus variation is assumed to be authentic.