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Questions tagged [hermeneutical-approaches]

Particular philosophies and methodologies of textual interpretation.

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Silver, An Emblem of Redemption?

Is a Silver trumpet an emblem of Redemption Numbers 10:2, 4 Two Silver Signal Trumpets 10 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Make two trumpets out of hammered silver. Use them to call the community together ...
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When does the soul enter into the mother's womb [on hold]

When does the capacity of the fetus receive a soul. I believe the soul was in the mind of God as a christian, it is it's materialization in the mother that is my question. I do not question life ...
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In 1 Corinthians 11:3-10 what does it mean that the head of the woman/wife is the husband/man?

What is the Biblical basis for male headship per 1 Corinthians 11:3-10? From what I have studied, the meaning of the word "head" back in the time Paul wrote it meant "source". The definition "leader" ...
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How to determine scope and applicability of a passage, with focus on John 6:32-51?

What is the scope of the bread of life discourse in John? I have always, along with most commentators I've read, thought it was universal because of terms "world" (33, 51), "he who" and "anyone" (35, ...
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Eisegesis needed for correct exegeting of Scripture, with John 1:1-14 as question topic

So, I had asked a related question that was closed for it's lack of Scripture to apply a hermeneutically approach to, so I've re phrased to scripture which is very important to the Christian faith: ...
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List of Exegetical Methods [closed]

So, I'm basing this question on the book "Biblical Hermeneutics: Five Views (Spectrum Multiview Book Series)". Specifically the chapter and subsequent responses on the philosophical/theological ...
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Hermeneutics…? [closed]

How old is the word hermeneutics? How do I convey the fact that I keep the first in terms of greatest Commandments and for that reason your eyes have not seen ears have not heard nor has it entered ...
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Don't we need Biblically definitive eisegesis to Exegete properly? [closed]

I've been looking at some of the thoughts on eisegesis and it seems that the general tone is always negative when the term comes up. However, when we read the bible in an Exegetical way in order to ...
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Are the meanings of El and Elohe in Genesis 33:20 different or same? If different, how do they different?

Genesis 33:20 "ויצב שם מזבח ויקרא לו אל אלהי ישראל׃" The context of Genesis 33:20 is Genesis 33:18-20 "18After Jacob had come from Paddan-aram, he arrived safely at the city of Shechem in the ...
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In 2 Cor 10:3-5 what kind of war does he say a Christian must and must not wage?

In the following text by Paul what kind of "warfare" can Christians be involved in and what kind of "warfare" must Christians not be involved in? KJV 2 Cor 10:3-5 "For though we walk in the ...
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Lord Jesus christ and his disciples,were they friends or enemies? [closed]

So far I have asked a number of questions such as: For whom would it be better not to have been born (Matthew 26:24)? Jesus curses or speaks the truth about life? Consider the age of Jesus and the ...
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Are the principalities and powers in Titus 3:1 the same as in Ephesians 6:12?

Why did Paul say we should wrestle against "principalities and powers" in Ephesians 6:12 and obey them in Titus 3:1? ESV Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against ...
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What does Hosea 12:1 mean by “Ephraim feedeth on wind?”

It seems Hosea 12:1 was referring to the covenant that Ephraim made with the Assyrians. If that is what "feeding on wind" implies in the verse, then how does that relate to "carrying oil into Egypt"? ...
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Interpreting Daniel's prophecy (most of which Daniel didn't understand)

"The best way to interpret a Bible passage is to understand it the way the original writer and recipients understood". Agreed. This principle is helpful. But what about texts like Daniel's ...
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Is there a “gap” between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2? [duplicate]

Is there a time differential between Genesis Chapter 1, Verse 1 and Genesis Chapter 1 Verse 2? or is Genesis Chapter 1 Verse 2, "And the earth was..." a continuation of Genesis Chapter 1 Verse 1?
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In 1 Corinthians 10:4, in what sense was Christ the rock that followed the Jews and how did he/it follow?

Is Paul saying that the rock trailed behind the wandering Jews? And was the rock literally Christ in a different form? Or is he calling attention to its value as a metaphor for Christ? KJV 1Co_10:4 ...
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Are there non-Rabbinical hermeneutics that recognize deliberate, non-chronological ordering of texts in the Pentateuch?

In Rabbinic Literature there is a principle of Biblical interpretation known as אין מוקדם ומאוחר בתורה (Ein Mukdam U'me'uhar B'Torah), which postulates that the Pentateuch does not (necessarily) ...
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Other than as a memory aid what is the alleged hermeneutical significance of chiastic structure?

Whether or not chiasmus is something intended by an author or whether it is simply serendipity is a question about which there is no settled opinion. People disagree. Some see it everywhere and are ...
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In Genesis 9:20-24 why is Ham, the second born, referred to as the “younger son”?

Genesis 9:20-24 NKJV And Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard. Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw ...
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Is Jesus' “gospel of the kingdom” obsolete? [closed]

Jesus proclaimed and taught "the gospel of the kingdom" as mentioned in Matthew 24:14: Mat_24:14  And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; ...
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Did the Holy Spirit leave Jesus on the cross before he died? If not, why not?

Some say that the Holy Spirit left Jesus before he died, ie. that the Father totally withdrew from Jesus as part of his bearing the punishment for sin. However: 13For if the blood of bulls and ...
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“Unbiased” Intro to Old Testament [closed]

I teach Intro to Old Testament at a community college. I am looking for something that may be a unicorn.But, I am going to ask anyway. Does anyone know of an Intro to Old Testament that does not ...
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The proper reading of Exodus 31:17

This is a follow up question to a question i've asked a few months ago. In the linked question (and until recently) i have assumed that Exodus 31:17 is to be taken as a complete sentence, It ...
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How does the NKJV apply 2 Samuel 7:14 to 2 Corinthians 6:18?

2 Samuel 7:14 New King James Version (NKJV) 14 I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men. 2 ...
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How to read Joshua 5:14?

The Hebrew in Joshua 5:14 reads וַיֹּאמֶר לֹא כִּי אֲנִי שַׂר צְבָא יְדוָד עַתָּה בָאתִי A literal translation of the text would render this: And he replied "No. For i am the commander of ...
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Fulfillment of Jacob's request regarding the inheritance of the land (Genesis 48)?

In Genesis 48:5-6 Jacob transfers the firstborn right from Reuben to Joseph (see 1 chronicles 5:1), and adopts his sons Ephraim and Menasseh as his own, and gives them prioritized standing in ...
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Proverbs 11:15 - “put up security for a stranger” and “striking hands in pledge”

Proverbs 11:15 Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer harm, but he who hates striking hands in pledge is secure. I don't really understand 2 phrases: "put up security for ...
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In/for what intention the Angels declared peace on earth?

When someone is dying how can we greet peace on them? So many children were killed when Jesus was born, and many people went through lament/mourning. In that situation how the Angels declared peace on ...
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What does “branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire” mean in John 15:6?

What does "branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire" mean? John 15:6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is thrown out like a branch, and dries up; and such branches are gathered up and ...
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Is 'darkness upon' in Genesis 1:2 cosmic, rather than merely terrestrial, despite that the central subject and Biblical grammar suggests the latter?

Is 'darkness upon' in Genesis 1:2 cosmic, rather than merely terrestrial, despite that the central subject (Earth) and Biblical Hebrew grammar (ex:Luke 23:44, Exodus 14:20, Deuteronomy 4:11, Joshua ...
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On which day was the wave offering made in Leviticus 23:10-11?

Leviticus 23:10-11 New International Version (NIV) 10 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you and you reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf ...
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What were the grievances Jeroboam brought against king Solomon?

The Bible in 1 kings 11:27 says (NIV): Here is the account of how he rebelled against the king: Solomon had built the terracesa (Millo) and had filled in the gap in the wall of the city of ...
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What is the “Last trumpet” that Paul was referring to in 1-cor 15:52 [closed]

Trumpets are mentioned in apocalypse and "Day of the LORD" prophecies. E.g Psalm 47:5 (God goes up with the sound of a trumpet) Isaiah 27:13 (God saves his people after a trumpet blast) ...
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How can a sparrow nest on the altars of God according to Psalm 84:3

The sparrow finds a while the swallow finds a nest. Both birds find homes and nests on the LORD'S Altars (plural), not altar. Psalm:84.3 Even the sparrow has found a home, And the swallow a ...
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Is it Paul or Luke that is speaking in Acts 19:5?

Is it Paul or Luke that is speaking in Acts 19:5? ἀκούσαντες δὲ ἐβαπτίσθησαν εἰς τὸ ὄνομα τοῦ κυρίου Ἰησοῦ. [Acts 19:5, SBL Edition] John Gill would say it's Paul: these are the words of the ...
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bible ownership [closed]

Apart from the Ethiopian, whom Philip meets Acts 8;29, is there any evidence for the private ownership of any works of Scripture before about 400 A.D.? Otherwise, what is the earliest evidence that ...
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What was sanctified by the blood in Hebrews 10:29?

The subject of the verb αγιάζω in Hebrews 10:29 could be either "the covenant" or "one [...] who has trampled the Son of God underfoot" so: 1. What was sanctified by the blood? 2. Why do most ...
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Did Jesus hide himself or was he hidden in John 8:59?

In John 8:59 (and in John 12:36) the voice of the verb κρύπτω is passive which I understand to mean that the subject (Jesus) is receiving the action of the verb as opposed to doing the action of the ...
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What iniquity was depicted by the filthy garments in Zechariah 3:3?

Zechariah 3:3 3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. 4 And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from ...
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Meaning of Deuteronomy 18:8

Deuteronomy 18:6-9 reads (NIV), If a Levite moves from one of your towns anywhere in Israel where he is living, and comes in all earnestness to the place the LORD will choose, 7 he may minister ...
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What is the Spiritual meaning of the number “fifteen” seeing that it occurs at significant portions of Scripture?

1) The waters prevailed 15 cubits above all the mountains of the earth. (Gen 7:20) 2) The waters prevailed over the earth 150 days. For the ark to later come to rest on the mountains of Ararat, the ...
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In Romans 10:4 why does Paul say that the law righteousness promised in Deuteronomy 6:25 actually pointed to righteousness by faith alone?

The Deuteronomy text clearly states that “…the Lord commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day” ...
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Does 1 Corinthians 8:6 teach Unitarianism? [closed]

yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist. 1 Corinthians 8:6 ESV To me ...
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Understanding the purpose of the trumpets in Numbers 10?

Numbers 10:9 states And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the Lord your God, ...
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What version of the bible uses color coding to indicate the certainty of words attributed of Jesus?

I attended a religous college for my BS. At some point during my four years there, someone showed me a book/bible which had phrases in the new testament marked using a color code. The color the ...
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Is the difference between exegesis and eisegesis relative to the reader? [closed]

"An exegetical conclusion to one person could be an eisegetical conclusion to another". Please explain why this statement is right or wrong.
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Did Jesus practice eisegesis?

Eisegesis can be defined as reading new meaning into scripture which was not originally intended by the author or understood by the audience. Usually in a newer or more modern context. Eisegesis can ...
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Why is eisegesis generally frowned upon and when might it be an appropriate hermeneutic?

Most hermeneutical approaches are heavy on exegesis which is derived from the Greek ἐξήγησις from ἐξηγεῖσθαι meaning "to lead out". Conversely, eisegesis means the opposite — to read meaning into the ...
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How is Hermeneutics Different from the Humanities?

What makes Biblical Hermeneutics "more" than academic humanities? Paraphrase - Humanities, is the academic discipline that studies aspects of human culture, specifically literature in this context, ...
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Can Jeremiah 17:5 be validly interpreted as a prohibition against “Tradition”?

NASB, Jeremiah 17:5 — Thus says the Lord, “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind And makes flesh his strength, And whose heart turns away from the Lord.” Can this passage be validly used to counter ...