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What are the various contexts we should consider in Hermeneutics?

Living by the Book by Howard Hendricks explores how to interpret Bible passages and has much to tell about context. There is much literature about this beyond Hendricks, but I want to know what they ...
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Hebrew referring to Adam & Eve in Genesis 1-3

In Genesis there is word play for man (ish איש) and woman (ishah אשה); also in regards to Eve, the name (chawah חוה) means living or life bearer does it not? With this in mind, in regards to the ...
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Is Canonical Criticism considered an academically sound/reputable method?

Is biblical canonical criticism considered an academically reputable methodology for scholarly study? Is it considered synonymous with the historical-grammatical method? Do non-conservatives ever use ...
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Can I use Matthew 22:36-40 as a 'hermeneutical key' or 'interpretative lens' to interpret scripture?

I have long been plagued by a suspicion that tradition and biblical academia is leading me down into a many tunneled burrow of theological intellectualism. In a quest for efficiency, simplicity, ...
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What is "hermeneutic of love"?

I've been watching N. T. Wright's series The New Testament in Its World and, in a certain moment, Michael F. Bird brings up the concept "hermeneutic of love". Quoting from Wright, N. T., and ...
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What is the 'Notarikon' hermeneutical method?

Using Hebrew letters to understand Bible passages is a fascinating topic. I have heard of it in Bible school, on this site, where it's been called "notarikon", and elsewhere. Wikipedia ...
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Analysis of Daniel 9:26

A question for those with ability with Hebrew .. Daniel 9:26 DANIEL 9:26 And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; And the people of the prince who is to come Shall ...
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What is the difference between arcing, phrasing and diagramming?

I am trying to improve my exegesis of biblical text and am attempting to get better with hermeneutical methods as they are focussed on understanding the meaning of the text in the context of the ...
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What hermeneutic principles demonstrate that the apostolic epistles are for the whole Church (past, present and future)?

What hermeneutic principles can be applied to our study of the apostolic epistles to demonstrate that they have full relevance to the entire Church (past present and future from the inception ...
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How is rebellion likened unto the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness as both iniquity & idolatry?

Peace and blessings to all. In 1st Samuel 15:22-23 it states: 1 Samuel 15 22 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? ...
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What is epexegesis?

There is on this site the question, "What is narcigesis?" Under it are definitions of exegesis, eisegesis and narcigesis. Might "epexegesis" be a useful word to add to this list? ...
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What hermeneutic is Paul employing in his approach to 1 Corinthians 9:8-10?

What I find interesting/disturbing about Paul's use of Torah in this passage is that he doesn't seem to be satisfied with Sensus Plenior, he seems to discount the literal reading as absurdly pedantic, ...
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What is Narcigesis?

I am familiar with the term ‘Exegesis’ and the term ‘Eisegesis’: Exegesis – critical explanation or interpretation of a Bible text which looks for the plain meaning of the biblical passage and ...
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The Land of Israel Joshua 21:43-45

I was reading Joshua 21:43-45 Joshua 21:43(A)Thus the Lord gave to Israel all the land that he swore to give to their fathers. And they took possession of it, and they settled there. 44 (B)And the ...
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How can 2 Samuel 7:14 be considered a Messianic promise?

2 Samuel 7:12-16 is part of what is regarded as God's covenant with King David as relayed by Nathan the prophet. Many theologians have seen in this promise a pointing forward not just to David's ...
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Permanent Statutes in the OT [closed]

I was reading Num 19:10 and it says that the law would be a permanent "statute" (KJV). The man who gathers up the ashes of the heifer must also wash his clothes, and he too will be unclean ...
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When is the marriage of the Lamb? (Revelation 19:9)

The gospel of Matthew says “For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven” (Mt 22:30, KJV). But then the Revelation of John says: "...
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Does Judges 5:14 imply that Ephraim had distant Amalekite roots?

Judges 5:14 Some came from Ephraim, whose roots were in Amalek; ; Benjamin was with the people who followed you. From Makir captains came down, from Zebulun those who bear a commander's staff. (NIV) ...
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Is "Systematic Theology" a valid hermeneutic for interpreting biblical texts?

When interpreting biblical texts: Is assuming a need for 'Systematic Theology', where biblical texts are assumed to conform to a single consistent pattern of meaning, a valid hermeneutical method for ...
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How are ancient Hebrew texts deciphered? [closed]

Someone is telling me that the Bible is inaccurate for the reason that ancient Hebrew (specifically the dialect of Hebrew that the Torah was written in) is a lost language and nobody knows anything ...
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In John 13:23-25, is Jesus reclining at dinner cuddling with "the disciple that he loved" an intentional dismissal of Leviticus 18:22? [closed]

Is this behavior a dismissal of the proscription of Leviticus 18:22? [Jhn 13:23-25 NKJV] (23) Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. (24) Simon Peter therefore ...
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How narratology used in biblical hermeneutics

I am doing research on methodology in the hermeneutics of Ecclesiastes. Is narratology is a good method? Garbo.
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How does Hebrew wordplay in the Bible inform our theology?

How does Hebrew/Aramaic wordplay inform our theology? Anyone familiar with the story of Jonah knows he was commanded to go to Nineveh. After refusing, he was subsequently swallowed by a great fish (...
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Mt.5:28-30, does Jesus "means what He says, says what He means"? If yes, why they take as "hyperbole?

28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. ...
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Computer analysis of authorship in Daniel?

Computers have demonstrated that Genesis was probably written by one person https://www.nytimes.com/1981/11/08/world/computer-points-to-single-author-for-genesis.html I've been looking around and can'...
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Should the sense of the Greek μονογενής (only-begotten vs unique) in John be understood from Pagan Greek religion or Scripture?

Should the sense of the Greek μονογενής (only-begotten vs unique) in John be understood from Pagan Greek religion or Scripture?
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How does one unpack sensus plenior? [duplicate]

This is NOT a duplicate question. Though there are many who claim to read the Sensus Plenior of scripture, most produce nothing more than tired free-for-all allegory. The rules have been stated ...
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What role should hermeneutics be given in determining the "original" text?

The cataloging of a textual variations requires a decision on the primary text and variations are placed in the apparatus. Initially, the primary reading was taken from the majority of manuscripts. ...
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Does anyone disagree that the following hermeneutic principles are important and if so, why?

This question is the result of numerous discussions with Biblical Unitarians who attempt to exegete the original languages on verses which otherwise prove the pre-human existence of God’s Son. Προς ...
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Understanding the Scripture [duplicate]

Does the Scripture, Holy Bible, have it’s own principles to interpret itself? If so, what are they and in which specific sections of the Scripture are they found?
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In Luke 18:36-37, why does the blind man say "Son of David" instead of "Jesus of Nazareth"?

In Luke 18:36-37 [NASB]: Now hearing a crowd going by, he began to inquire what this was. They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. And he called out, saying, "Jesus, Son of David, have ...
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Should οἰκοδομέω be interpreted literally or metaphorically?

οἰκοδομέω (oikodomeō), with the lexical entry STRONG NT 3618, is the Greek verb for "edify." In the gospels it often has the normal meaning of building a physical structure. But in Acts and the rest ...
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What mountains is Isaiah 52:7 referring to?

I have read through Isaiah 52:7 time and again. I don’t seem to be coming to terms with how the feet of him that brings the good news are beautiful upon the mountains. “How beautiful upon the ...
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Are "the treasures of darkness" in Isaiah 45:3 some forms of real blessings or apocalyptic coding?

Is the treasures of darkness, another reference to the hidden wealth of secret places in Isaiah 45:3. I will give you the treasures of darkness and the hoards in secret places, that you may know ...
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The seventy rooms (of pictures) in the temple in Ezekiel 8:11-13?

As I read through Ezekiel Chapter 8, I took notice of the "seventy men of the elders of the house of Israel" mentioned in verse 11 and what they were doing in the dark. "11 And before them stood ...
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Did biblical authors intentionally use repeated words to connect passages within their writing?

In my study of the gospel of Mark, as I try to uncover Mark's intent in various passages, I rely heavily on the literary device of repeated words. Specifically, I assume that if a Greek word only ...
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When Jesus said to Peter” Satan hath desired to have you...” what did he mean (Lk 22:31-34)

The famous passage spoken by Jesus unto Peter reads: “Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, ...
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In Genesis 27:19 what is the meaning of "that your soul may bless me"?

When Jacob responds to Isaac's call in Genesis 27:19 [NKJV], he says these words: “...I am Esau your firstborn; I have done just as you told me; please arise, sit and eat of my game, that your ...
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זֶרַע or זְרֹע in 1 Samuel 2:31

The MT 1 Samuel 2:31 reads: הִנֵּה, יָמִים בָּאִים, וְגָדַעְתִּי אֶת-זְרֹעֲךָ, וְאֶת-זְרֹעַ בֵּית אָבִיךָ--מִהְיוֹת זָקֵן, בְּבֵיתֶךָ. Behold, the days come, that I will cut off thine arm, and the ...
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What is an exegetical understanding of ἀντίχριστ- / anti-chist?

The phrase "anti-christ" is specific to the works of the apostle John in 1John 2:18, 1John 2:22; 1John 4:3 and 2John 1:7. These are the only places where the compound word and understanding of anti-...
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What are the major differences between Heidegger's, Gadamer's and Ricoeur's hermeneutics?

Where would Heidegger, Ricoeur, and Gadamer disagree most on hermeneutic methodology? I'm exploring this question or Quora and hoping to gather further insight and perspective.
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Why does Paul misquote the OT

I've been reading through Romans and noticed Paul does the following: Romans 11:8 quotes Isaiah 29:10 and Deuteronomy 29:4. The same sentiment is found also in Isaiah 6:9-10. But this is not a word ...
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How do we decide if a biblical instruction is cultural or transcultural?

We ignore many instructions in the Bible, but keep some. For instance women do not stay silent in church or wear head coverings during prayer. How do we decide if a verse was written for the culture ...
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Did Paul think that Isaiah was about the exile of the 6th century BC or that Isaiah intended it to be about the destruction of 70ad? [closed]

The question It might (or might not) be useful to review this related question before tackling this one. In this excellent but imperfect paper the author points to the many instances where Paul ...
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Are the 70 weeks of Daniel and Jeremiah prophecies about the Babylonian exile of the 6th century BC or about the age of the Messiah?

Jeremiah ostensibly predicted that Israel would be destroyed and be in captivity to Babylon for 70 years: [Jer 25:11 NLT] 11 This entire land will become a desolate wasteland. Israel and her ...
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In using a Koine lexicon, does only the first entry count? [closed]

It has been suggested on another site that only the first entry of a Koine lexicon "counts". In this example of neo-Platonism, the first lexeme matches the "Ideal Form" which in this case is an ...
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Do Greek and Hebrew words have only one meaning in scripture regardless of the context?

Is it a legitimate linguistic feature within scriptures that the words of scripture only have one meaning each? For example, the KJV translates Strong's G1242 in the following manner: covenant (20x), ...
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Are the repetitions in Isaiah intended to reinforce the idea of "double retribution"?

In several places in Isaiah 43:11 to 52:11 (and I believe other places) he repeats phrases: [Isa 43:11, 25 CSB] 11 "I ​-- ​I am the LORD. Besides me, there is no Savior. ... 25 "I ​-- ​I ...
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What Hermeneutical attributes are most important (For new Bible Tool)? [closed]

I'm a software engineer and I've built a bible analytics tool specifically to analyze various doctrines across denominations, ranking applicable verse higher based largely on the hermeneutics. I'm ...
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Looking at scripture when do we receive the soul [closed]

When looking at scripture when does the soul enter the body
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