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Aug
16
comment What does “Ek merous” mean in 1 Corinthians 13:9-10?
@DownunderwriterDavid - The idea is mutual edification. The self-licking ice-cream cone is the illustration. If your knowledge is not edifying, or if that knowledge is sealed inside an untranslated language, then you are the self-licking ice-cream cone. The gift of knowledge and the communication of that knowledge in foreign languages are intended to edify, because we perceive in part. When we one day will "know as we are known," then those communication gifts will no longer be necessary. The bottom line is that you should love the people around you enough in order to edify them.
Jul
15
comment Why is δεδικαίωται translated “freed” in many English versions?
@Susan - The analysis is entirely my own.
Jul
14
comment Why is δεδικαίωται translated “freed” in many English versions?
@Susan - The body of Jesus died on the cross because of imputed sin. That appears to be the context of Romans 6:6 - that is, the body of Jesus is in immediate view. Our bodies today are "alive" but they are to be considered "dead" to sin because of our union with Christ. The body of Christ died to sin (or we could say that sin "did justice" in precipitating his death). Since we are united to him, our earthly bodies are "dead" to sin through him, and at the same time "alive" to God, because Jesus not only died because of sin, but rose from the dead (and we are in union with him).
Jul
13
comment Paul rebukes Peter in Galatians: short and sweet or speech?
Acts 15:34 is actually an insertion from a later manuscript. Thus, in order for the reader to see a gap of time between Acts 15:33 and Acts 15:35, there was the insertion of the phrase,"But it seemed good to Silas to remain there." Silas was the one who accompanied Paul when Barnabas parted ways with Paul. Thus between Acts 15:33 and Acts 15:35 there was a gap of time in which Peter had to travel to Antioch to clarify matters regarding the role of Jewish Law in Christian living. It was at this time that Paul confronted Peter and Barnabas publicly, for which Barnabas was less than appreciative.
Jul
13
comment Paul rebukes Peter in Galatians: short and sweet or speech?
Hi, Jack. Could you fit Barnabas into this picture? Barnabas and Paul had parted ways because of their sharp disagreement over John Mark (Acts 15:38). This break-up occurred right after the confrontation with Peter (Acts 15:35). That is, Barnabas was aligned with Peter when Paul confronted Peter (and Barnabas) in Antioch. Could the sharp disagreement over John Mark therefore have had more to do with Paul's confrontation with Peter and Barnabas? In other words, could Barnabas's sharp disagreement with Paul stem from his own indignation of public correction (and perceived humiliation) from Paul?
Jun
28
comment Does Paul believe that God sandbagged the Jews with a law they couldn't keep?
Ginny - thank you for these insights, and I am sure that absolutely no one will disagree with you. But can you tell us the why behind your statements? Why was shrimp, lobster, and pork unclean to God? (Why can we eat these foods as delicacies before God today with a "clean" conscience?) For example, how does the image of God (in both men and women) define what is "moral" (and "immoral") in human sexuality? These are just suggestions. Thanks.
Jun
28
comment What is meant in 1 Peter 3:21 when it says “baptism now saves you”
Your answer is excellent. As you answer questions, kindly hyperlink verses, so that we may check them with one click. Also, I followed your logic quite well, but I am guessing that most of the commentary is your view, but do you have any references? For example, how does the baptism of the great flood compare to the baptism into Moses, when the Israelites were saved from Egypt? Please use other references from the Bible to help us tie into your logic. In this way, there is more than one data point (beyond your particular view) to enable us to draw the correct inferences from the text. Thanks!
Jun
22
comment What does the author of Ecclesiastes Chapter 2 mean that 'his heart was still guided with wisdom' as he went about doing foolish things?
@Mike - your question (and the answer) focused on the interpretation of one phrase in one verse.... For example, please see the comments of Rashi for verse 9, where Rashi unpacks the meaning of the context of wisdom in the chapter.
Jun
18
comment Qualifications for deacons and pastors in 1 Timothy 3:1-12
@curiousdannii - do women occupy the office of oversight?
Jun
17
comment Is the Son of Man passage in Matthew 25 a reference to 1 Enoch?
Justin - thanks for joining us. Kindly take the tour of the website. We like to see not only your answer, but how you arrived at your answer. If you just give us some verses, then we are left wondering how you might have come to your conclusions. Thanks!
Jun
17
comment Is this person's translation of the Hebrew of Leviticus 18:22 accurate?
Lora - your posting is very gracious and kind. However, your posting did not develop the meaning of זָכָר, which means male/man; and also you did not contrast מִשְׁכָּב with male/man. That is, מִשְׁכָּב here would include the sense of consensual sex between male/men.
Jun
13
comment Is the 'knowledge that increases sorrow' any kind of knowledge or directed to a focus of some subject in Ecclesiastes 1:17?
@e.s.Kohen - for reference, my own hand-written translation is here. I have modified my posting to provide access to the Targum. Very Respectfully,
Jun
12
comment Is the 'knowledge that increases sorrow' any kind of knowledge or directed to a focus of some subject in Ecclesiastes 1:17?
@e.s.Kohen - my posting hinges on the commentary of Rashi found in the Talmud. That is, Qohelet is not about wisdom resulting in vanity (which is the most popular approach to the text), but is instead about the vanity that comes from embracing wisdom (divine revelation from God) at the exclusion of personal holiness. Rashi's comments find resonance in both the Babylonian Talmud and the Targum Qohelet. These three "primary" Jewish sources force us to reconsider our approaches to the text. Also, the commentary you provided does not quote Rashi's opinions on Qohelet. Very Respectfully,
Jun
12
comment Is the 'knowledge that increases sorrow' any kind of knowledge or directed to a focus of some subject in Ecclesiastes 1:17?
In this regard, the late Bruce Metzger once quoted Johannes Albrecht Bengel, who had written the following in the preface to his 1734 edition of the Greek New Testament, "Te totum applica ad textum: rem totam applica ad te" ("Apply yourself wholly to the text: apply the whole matter to yourself).
Jun
10
comment Are there two distinct words [‘lexemes’] for ‘fish’ in Jonah 2?
@ScottS - David made the correct observations, and I have made the changes accordingly. And thanks for the awesome feedback! Very Respectfully,
Jun
9
comment Are there two distinct words [‘lexemes’] for ‘fish’ in Jonah 2?
@David - based on your feedback, I updated the posting. I also amplified based on other comments. Thank you. Very Respectfully,
Jun
8
comment Are there two distinct words [‘lexemes’] for ‘fish’ in Jonah 2?
@ScottS - I do not know of any scholars who have taken this approach. I chanced upon Gesenius when I clicked through the lexicons on Logos software. Thanks again for respectful feedback from last week. Very Respectfully,
Jun
1
comment In Hebrews 9:22, How Should “Almost” be Interpreted, and What does it Apply to?
@e.s.kohen - I see what you are saying. My explanation was only one suggestion from the perspective of oral Jewish tradition as codified in the Babylonian Talmud (that is, how the Jewish mind may have understood the relationship between blood and water in Heb 9:22).
Jun
1
comment In Hebrews 9:22, How Should “Almost” be Interpreted, and What does it Apply to?
@e.s.Kohen - the blood atones for all sin, but unless there is washing by water (that is, until the convert is baptized in living water), then there is no complete cleansing. The blood and water complement one another to provide complete cleansing. Thus we have to say that almost all things are cleansed with blood.
May
24
comment Acts 1:2 - What does the prepositional phrase διὰ πνεύματος ἁγίου modify?
@e.s.Kohen - thanks for the feedback - I will edit my posting accordingly.