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Reading strategies

In your reading and scholarly engagement with the Bible, what are the strategies and methods that you would recommend for a reader? This is a general question, which I think all readers grapple with.

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user avatar asked by Hannah Score of 5
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Is the resurrection of righteous and wicked at the same time?, or two separate events separated by a millenium time period?

How can classical or dispensational premillenial models of endtimes which place the resurrection of the righteous at the start of the millenium and the resurrection of the wicked at the end of the ...

eschatology resurrection  
user avatar asked by Mungo Score of 5
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Luke 17:5 - Luke 17:19 Did Jesus really answer how faith is increased as Disciples requested?

Luke 17:5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. It appears that Jesus never gave a direct answer to this although it is not question type of request by the disciples. Or did Jesus ...

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The reading of the Ethiopian eunuch conversion story without Acts 8:37

"Acts 8:37 is widely seen by Textual Critics to be a later interpolation into the text. [...] It has generally been assumed that the verse was initially a margin added by those who found the ...

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What does the word "Sheol" mean throughout the Hebrew bible?

The word שְׁאוֹל Sheol appears across the Hebrew bible (Gen 37:35, Isa 38:10, Ps 30:4, Isa 14:9, et. al.) and is usually portrayed as the destination of the dead. It's often used in parallel with ...

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What does "cut it short in righteousness" mean in Romans 9:28?

Romans 9:28 NKJV "For He will finish the work and cut it short in righteousness, Because the LORD will make a short work upon the earth." [My emphasis]. Will God cut the work short, or,&...

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When was Satan cast out of heaven? Did Jesus bind him at Calvary in order to release his captives and take his keys?

Ezekiel 28:11 The word of the Lord came to me: 12 “Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “ ‘You were the seal of perfection, ...

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Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Meaning of "Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather."

In Matthew 24:28 and Luke 17:37, Jesus uses the phrase "Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather." Was Jesus speaking in a parable? Idiom? How has this phrase been interpreted?

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user avatar asked by Soldarnal Score of 27
user avatar answered by Richard Score of 14

How did Nephilim reappear after the flood?

We all know that after Noah's flood, all living things on the earth were destroyed including the Nephilim from Genesis 6:4. It is presumed that one of the reasons God destroyed the earth was because ...

genesis flood  
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How many children did Hannah have?

In the Song of Hannah (1 Samuel 2:5), she seems to sing that she has seven children: She who was barren has borne seven children,      but she who has had many sons pines away....

contradiction 1-samuel  
user avatar asked by Soldarnal Score of 13
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Why does Jesus tell his mother his "hour has not yet come"?

Very early on, John tells a story that is unique to his gospel: On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding ...

john history gender  
user avatar asked by Jon Ericson Score of 21
user avatar answered by Jeff W. Score of 12

How did the shadow move back ten steps in 2 Kings 20:8-11?

There are several things I'd like to know about this passage: And Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “What shall be the sign that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up to the house of the LORD on the ...

kings 2-kings astronomy  
user avatar asked by Jon Ericson Score of 18

What is the significance of the floating ax head in 2 Kings 6:1-7?

Now the company of prophets said to Elisha, "As you see, the place where we live under your charge is too small for us. Let us go to the Jordan, and let us collect logs there, one for each of us, and ...

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user avatar asked by Bruce Alderman Score of 8
user avatar answered by Amichai Score of 13

John 12:3 why would Mary wipe Jesus' feet with her hair?

John 12:3 Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. I ...

john jesus  
user avatar asked by Linda Lawson-Bruton Score of 11
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Can you answer these questions?

Grammatically, does 2 Samuel 7:15's אֲשֶׁ֥ר have to refer to Saul?

In 2 Samuel 7:15, there are two subordinate clauses. Almost all translations have the first subordinate clause referring to God's favor, and the second referring to Saul, as in the NIV translation: ...

hebrew grammar 2-samuel  
user avatar asked by Michael Score of 1
user avatar answered by Dottard Score of 0

Are “your hearts” poetically portrayed as musical instruments in Ephesians 5:19?

Paul states the following in Ephesians 5:18–19 (NKJV, emphasis added): And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and ...

greek ephesians word-choice metaphor phrases  
user avatar asked by The Editor Score of 1
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Meaning of מרבבת in Deuteronomy 33:2

According to the BibleHub, the word merivvot is plural. If so, why it is translated as "ten thousands" instead of "tenS of thousands"

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