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comment Who were the “sons of God” (bene elohim) in Genesis 6:2?
I was just curious why you did not cite Job in your research, when it is the only other place in the Hebrew Bible where "sons of God" appear; and secondly, the events of Job (the person of Job) pre-existed Moses, so the term "sons of God" had reference to angels in the (proto-)Hebrew language at that time. Why you make no mention of intra-Biblical references (to the Book of Job) as part of your research is thus my question.
Apr
15
comment Are the periods in Revelation a single period of 3 and 1/2 years or something else?
Very detailed - thanks. Grammatical nuance also appears in Revelation 8:1 (please click here) to indicate the apparent midpoint of the seven year period.
Apr
15
comment What does “being salted with fire” mean in Mark 9:49?
Please see my comments here, which allude not only to complete sterility, but also to a permanent state of desolation.
Apr
15
comment Who were the “sons of God” (bene elohim) in Genesis 6:2?
Where would the "Sons of God" or heavenly council mentioned in the Book of Job (Chapter 1, Chapter 2 and Chapter 38) fit in your explanation? What constitutes one (whether angel or man) to be call "Son of God" in the Bible? For example, Adam was "the Son of God" (Luke 3:38). Why would angels, Adam, and finally Jesus be termed "Sons of God" in the Bible? Thanks in advance.
Apr
8
comment Are the 'vessels of wrath' in Romans 9:22 'prepared for' or are they 'preparing themselves for destruction'?
@H3br3wHamm3r81 - It is not my eyes, but my memory of Greek that fails me - I deleted the passaged concerned, and I hope that the remainder of the post holds water! I need to just go back to Hebrew :) Like research papers, sometimes several iterations are necessary to clarify what you-think-you-thought-you-wrote.
Apr
8
comment Are the 'vessels of wrath' in Romans 9:22 'prepared for' or are they 'preparing themselves for destruction'?
OK - will do - thx.
Apr
8
comment Are the 'vessels of wrath' in Romans 9:22 'prepared for' or are they 'preparing themselves for destruction'?
@Daи - Thanks for the feedback - I am editing with more relevant verses to reinforce the points. Finally, while there are Greek scholars among us, I prefer to write in simple and plain language so that more than just a few may understand "what is written."
Apr
8
comment Are the 'vessels of wrath' in Romans 9:22 'prepared for' or are they 'preparing themselves for destruction'?
@Daи - Be careful you do not throw out the baby with the bath water. The example from Heb 10:5 provides an example of the middle voice occurring when the simple active voice would have sufficed. In other words, the middle voice does not detract from the "active" or "passive" meaning of the verb.
Apr
8
comment Are the 'vessels of wrath' in Romans 9:22 'prepared for' or are they 'preparing themselves for destruction'?
@ScottS - As you know, inanimate fishing nets do not repair themselves. But the passive participle and the object (nets) are in the accusative plural. So the participle is not passive, but middle, since the subject of the participle (James and John) are acting not in a passive voice of the verb on themselves, but middle voice, since they are repairing the nets in their own self-interest (middle voice). Again, it is physically impossible and illogical for inanimate nets to repair themselves (passive voice).
Mar
31
comment What is the Fear/fear of Isaac?
This "fear" is reminiscent of the "fear" mentioned in Hebrews 2:15. There is a nuance worth consideration. Please click here.
Mar
25
comment What does Peter mean by “partakers of the divine Nature”
Mike, well-done (very exceptional) and I agree +1,000% with EVERYTHING you say, but I bristle when I see references to Systematic Theology and terms like Hypostatic Union (which I embrace 1000%). Is there a way to connect the concepts with verses? In other words, it is not what you're saying, but how you are presenting what you are saying, which appears as Systematic Theology. Again, I bow and sit at your feet in humbleness and Christian submission to your interpretations, but we are more on the hermeneutical side here. Very Very Very Respectfully Submitted, Joseph
Mar
25
comment Is it likely that there is an intentional relationship between ἐγένετο in Jn 1:3 and Jn 1:6?
@CamilStaps - The Lord created everything through the articulation of his word, which commanded all things into existence. That "Word" is the PERSON, by whom all things come into existence. (Paul leverages that concept to fit the PERSON into the Law of Moses in Rom 10:6-8.) In other words, everything exists through the "Word" of God, who is the PERSON of Jesus the Christ (cf. Jn 1:3 and Jn 1:10; Rom 11:36; 1 Cor 8:6; Col 1:16-17; Heb 1:2; Heb 2:9-10; and Rev 4:11).
Mar
25
comment Is it likely that there is an intentional relationship between ἐγένετο in Jn 1:3 and Jn 1:6?
Thanks, I also changed the active voice to the middle voice.
Mar
24
comment How do you reconcile I Tim 2 saying that a woman is not to teach a man and the account of Priscilla and Aquila teaching Apollos who was a man?
@tina - in Hebrew הֲלֹא indicates a rhetorical question or politeness. Deborah uses the word when addressing Barak (Ju 4:6 & Ju 4:16), which has the force of "please," and so she was not commanding Barak, but deferring in respect. Please see Biblical Hebrew Syntax (Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 1990), p. 684, fn. 48. Finally, she includes him among those who "led" Israel while excluding herself (Ju 5:9). Please see the lexicon discussion, ref. para (3), of פָּרַע here; she was among those who "followed."
Mar
24
comment What is the meaning of 'said' and 'whispered' from Luke 12:2,3?
You are setting the example for me to follow! +1 (BTW, I did not cast the original down vote)
Mar
23
comment What is the meaning of 'said' and 'whispered' from Luke 12:2,3?
Don - thank you for your exposition, but you missed Matthew 10:26-27, which are the exact parallel verses to Luke 12:2-3. In other words, what is "hidden" is the mystery of the gospel, which Jesus speaks to us. Can you revise your comments to include Matthew 10:26-27, and relate how the meaning fits into your exposition? Thank you - Very Respectfully, Joseph
Mar
20
comment Distinction between παρὰ τοῦ θεοῦ ἐξῆλθον and ἐκ τοῦ θεοῦ ἐξῆλθον
Please click here. Please note the verses where the exact Greek word occurs in the LXX in conjunction with the preposition. Look at the first example (Gen 24:50), where the ordinance originates from the Lord; or the second & third verses (Lev 9:24 and Lev 10:2), where fire originates from the Lord. Or the fourth verse (Nu 11:31), where the wind originates from the Lord. In these inanimate examples, the idea is still one of origination (like a birth).
Mar
20
comment Distinction between παρὰ τοῦ θεοῦ ἐξῆλθον and ἐκ τοῦ θεοῦ ἐξῆλθον
You can go that route - that is, amplify the scope, and look at the verb forms of έρχομαι but with the prepositional phrase in different genders and referents - so you may found thousands (literally). The question is scope. The online tool for LXX searching is very time-efficient for research purposes in that regard.
Mar
20
comment Distinction between παρὰ τοῦ θεοῦ ἐξῆλθον and ἐκ τοῦ θεοῦ ἐξῆλθον
Please click here, and try searching the Greek terms in the LXX. (Remember to set the Book Range to "Old Testament.") While there were 14 examples of παρὰ τοῦ θεοῦ, none included the verb έρχομαι (or its derivatives). Of course the phrase ἐκ τοῦ θεοῦ does not occur in the LXX, and if you look at the prepositional phrase ἐκ τοῦ, the referents are mostly inanimate objects. Where people are involved, the idea is progeny, or birthing.
Feb
4
comment Who is the referent of 'us' (ἡμῖν) in Matthew 3:15 if not merely Jesus and John?
Are you interested in perspectives that use the Bible as the primary source (to include the perspectives derived from the original languages)? My question in very sincere, very ingenuous, and very honest.