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comment “Command ye Me”…What is the proper context and interpretation for Isaiah 45:11?
@Steven - The KJV is actually a very good translation of this verse word-for-word. Please see my edits here in order to best understand the KJV translation.
Feb
8
comment Was there some connection between barley bread and Gideon in the mind of the Midianites?
Bonnie - thank you for the update. I added the hyperlinks to verses, so that others can see them. Please take time to see the hyperlinks and see if you can introduce hyperlinks yourself into your own comments. If you need help in hyperlinking, please click on the question mark or search function in order to see how you can include hyperlinks into you responses. Thanks!
Feb
6
comment What are the crooked things that can't be made straight? (Ecclesiastes 1:15)
It is difficult to read the single paragraph response. You have an approach to the question, but there is difficulty to accept your view because you do not provide your analysis of how and why you came to your view. If your intent is to influence us to approach the text through your lens, then you want to help us to see how & why you arrived at your view. That is, your expository analysis can persuade us to change our view to your view. Without this approach to analysis, we are only expressing our sincere heartfelt views. Please see our tour.
Feb
6
comment Did Jesus have actual marks or holes in his hands and side after his resurrection? John 20
Kris - Thank you. Can you hyperlink your verse references for us so that readers can view them online? (Also, please see our tour if you have done so already.) Also, what are your thoughts at the appearance of Jesus in heaven as one slain in Rev 5:6 ? In this regard, many people did not recognize Jesus after his resurrection - was this because of his defaced facial and body features?
Feb
6
comment Was there some connection between barley bread and Gideon in the mind of the Midianites?
Bonnie - thank you for your sincere and heartfelt response. In the absence of any knowledge of the future, how would the Midianites have had any idea that the bread was a sign of something evil for them? (I understand the symbology for us today (which you make very clear) but how and why did the image of this bread strike fear into them with little to no time to consider its meaning? In other words, what was the trigger for these Midianites to correlate the bread with Gideon? The reason we are focused on that is that there may be something very important here. What are your thoughts?
Feb
6
comment Jewish interpretation of Daniel 7:13-14
Ms. Sophie - can you provide us any references to midrash, Talmud, or Scripture? For example, how do you see the rise and fall of Gentile nations in this passage (through the appearance of something like the "Son of Man"?). Thanks! Also, please peruse our website tour if and when you have a moment.
Feb
6
comment Is 1 Corinthians 11:19 intended as irony?
Ashley - thank you for your commentary and update. But could you provide us more analysis? In this way, we would feel more confident that your approaches make sense to you as much as to us. If you do not provide analysis (references, language, parallels, etc.) then we are expressing our views which we cherish, but without references to help others understand how and where we arrived at those views. Hope that makes sense. Also, please view the tour when you have a moment, if you have not done so already. Thanks!
Feb
6
comment What type of “dragon” is implied by the seven headed serpent of revelation?
Ken - thank you for your response. To gain points for your answers, please amplify your answer with more details. For example, why do the heads of the dragon appear with crowns, and then later the horns have the crowns instead? What we want is your analysis of the passage. For the Book of Revelation, which is full of images, one must adopt some sort of approach to explain the images. Can you provide us more detail of what you see? Please do not cut-and-paste various commentators, but tell us what you see and understand with clear references and logic. Thanks!
Feb
6
comment Why does Joshua set up 12 stones in the midst of the Jordan River?
John - Your question makes sense, but there are no references to help us build on your thoughts. If you have a free moment, please review the tour to help you participate with us. Thanks!
Feb
6
comment Did Peter read Paul's Epistle to the Galatians?
Thank you for the question, but since you are not focusing on a specific passage, the question could take volumes to answer. This forum limits its scope to questions on Biblical passages in order to limit scope. If you have a moment, please review the tour that will provide you the outlook for this website. Thanks!
Feb
6
comment Recommend textbook that handles criminal justice dispensationally?
Ms. Leary - one book to this end which will provide you more descriptive than proscriptive references is The Greatness of the Kingdom by Alva J. McClain. Since this particular question does not align with the scope and intent of our website, I am going to recommend its closure; however, I trust that the book reference is helpful to you. Very Respectfully,
Feb
4
comment How could Rachel fulfill Joseph's dream if she was dead?
@JoshuaBigbee - Do you have a source to reflect Joseph's age when Benjamin was born? Thanks.
Jan
17
comment Hope or no hope in Job 13:15?
@Susan - thank you for the feedback. There is actually one example in the Hebrew Bible where the pi'el stem of this verb takes the infinitive construct as its object (similar to English) with the meaning of "wait for x [to ... ]"
Jan
11
comment What factors bear on the authenticity of Matthew 23:14?
@RevelationLad - the scientific method is based on the selection of the best hypothesis based on the least inconsistent evidence (and not the hypothesis with the most consistent evidence). The scientific method is based on the fact that we do not know what we do not know. If you ignore inconsistent evidence because of the emphasis on consistent evidence, one is apt to believe what one prefers to be true (Francis Bacon).
Jan
11
comment What factors bear on the authenticity of Matthew 23:14?
@RevelationLad - Metzger and his colleagues did not embrace the hypothesis with the most consistent evidence, but instead the hypothesis with the least inconsistent evidence. Since we do not know what we do not know, only relevant inconsistent evidence has relevant value in determining the credibility of any hypothesis. As the philosopher Sir Karl Popper once noted, we can never really prove that any hypothesis is true; instead, the best hypothesis is the one which is most difficult to disprove (because on the lack of inconsistent evidence).
Jan
2
comment When did Saul/Paul first go to Jerusalem
Paul's young nephew (that is, the son of his sister) was living in Jerusalem according to Acts 23:16. Based on the paucity of other sources, should we infer that Paul had never spent time in Jerusalem (during festivals and other Holy Days such as Passover) or even with relatives there?
Dec
28
comment How to save Paul from the Galatians 3 “seed” vs “seeds” argument blunder?
@Susan - Hebrew appears to lean toward attraction of the meaning of the antecedent. For example, I just ran a script to capture the word seed in Scripture near any 3rd person pronoun suffix. Please note Lev 26:16 where vegetation seeds are in view (collective) but the singular personal pronoun masculine appears; but when human beings are in view (see Is 6:13), the 3rd person personal pronoun now is feminine singular because the people are represented by "the tenth," which is feminine. In other words, context appears to be the most important discriminator.
Dec
21
comment Why does the singular form of שַׂעֲרָה appear in Job 4:15?
David, as always your answers are brilliant. You provide us all an excellent example which to follow. Thank you for all your contributions during the last year. Please have a safe holiday season with my kindest regards to both you and S.
Dec
11
comment What is the meaning of the reference to 'stones' in Ecclesiastes 3?
Of interest, the Tosofot for the Torah (Daat Zekenim), or medieval commentaries which appear next to notes by Rashi in current editions of the Babylonian Talmud, suggest that these stones were the two respective sets of tablets of the Law handed to Moses. That is, the first set was destroyed due to separation from the Lord, and the second for reconciliation.
Dec
2
comment John 9: Did the blind man know scripture?
From what passage(s) within the Hebrew Bible was the blind man quoting?