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Inferences and statements [closed]

Why do creeds and doctrines treat inferences from scripture with the same reverence as direct quotes in scripture? Eg, infallibility and inspiration, the former being an inference from the latter.
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What is the Spirit/Breath in Ezekiel 37:9-10 the spirit in the Trichotomist theory? [migrated]

Ezekiel 37:9-10. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that ...
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Do the angels ascending and descending on Jacob's Ladder in Genesis 28:12 represent the holy elect replacing Satan and his demons?

Genesis 28:10-15 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his ...
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Origin of Hermeneutics [closed]

What is the source and reasoning from Law of Moses that justifies the linguistic disassociation away from a Wordly language into a Spiritual language? (Definitions) Worldly: literal, predefined words, ...
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Why did Paul say "But to the rest I, not the Lord, say..." in 1 Cor 7:12?

According to 2 Timothy 3:16 "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God", why Paul said "But to the rest I, not the Lord, say" in 1 Cor 7:12?
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What is the correct interpretation of Revelation 2:4?

There seem to be several interpretations of the admonition of Jesus to the church at Ephesus. Jesus first compliments the church at Ephesus for their labor, their endurance, their not tolerating evil, ...
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του πνεύμα εκ του πνεύματος The spirit of the Spirit? Gal 6:8

The context from Galatians 6:7-8 is: you reap what you sow, the flesh vs. the Spirit. All good, clear enough. Looking this up in the Apostolic Bible Polyglot Interlinear translation, things seem a bit ...
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Why are some verses only applied to Jesus in part?

Hosea 11:1 and 2 Samuel 7:14, both verses are applied to Jesus by the NT authors themselves Matthew 2:15 (ESV): "and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord ...
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What exercise makes one skilful in the Word of God?

Heb 5:14. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Where in the book of Hebrews should this ...
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Time Signature in Prophecy

Does anyone know of any written material on Time Signature in Bible Prophecy? What are the rules for interpreting these time signatures? Coming from the Sevent-day Adventist background the rule is ...
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Does hermeneutics refer to Hebrew text after,translation , or is exegesis and hermenutics always about original text of original language?

I am confused! Biblical text seems to be gloss or whitewash,of original Tora and Tanach text, in some cases! To do a proper study of the scripture at hand,should one convert the text of any bible ...
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"You Search the Scriptures" - How has the democratization of access to the scriptures affected biblical hermeneutics? (John 5:33, 39)

John 5:33, 39 You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth...You search the scriptures, because you think you have eternal life through them; even they testify on my behalf. Looking ...
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Why is Bilhah referred to as Jacob's wife in one passage and his concubine in another? can the hebrew be tranlsated it as woman and not wife

Why is Bilhah referred to as Jacob's wife in one passage and his concubine in another? can the hebrew be tranlsated as woman and not wife? Genesis 30:4 (NIV) So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a ...
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What are some sources about the idea of official titles being mistaken as proper names in the Bible?

I'm looking for scholarship on the phenomenon of the Bible treating official titles as though they were proper names. Examples of this seem to include: Pharaoh, Abimelekh, Rabshakeh (maybe Agag?), all ...
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Why are women and children viewed as plunder in Deuteronomy 20:14?

Deuteronomy 20 is about how Israel should wage war against nations that are far from them (excluding Canaan) However, I am having trouble understanding why verse 14 views women and children as plunder,...
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Have there been any significant new critical frameworks since the 2000s?

I'm trying to mentally form a somewhat comprehensive list of types of criticisms/approaches to Biblical studies and what the lay of the land looks like as of 2023--as well as a rough timeline for when ...
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What does the word "mishkav" mean in Biblical Hebrew

I do NOT mean "bed". But rather how it is being used in some specific verses: Num. 31:17, 18, & 35; Jdgs.12:11 & 12; Ezk 23:17) What does the word "mishkav" as mentioned ...
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Are there systematic hermeneutical principles that help clarify which prophecies have double fulfilments?

I'm exploring the prophets and Ezra at the moment. In them, there are many prophecies that either refer to the day of The LORD. Now, the day of The LORD seems to refer in different contexts to: A) The ...
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Old->New Testament symbolism holdovers (Garden of Eden)

I get the impression that there are many nuances in making hermeneutics across the Old/New Testament. I will limit this to the Garden of Eden symbolism in the interest of keeping the scope of my ...
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Is "The millennium" representative of a "Christian's obedience to Christ? [duplicate]

To understand the parable of Revelation 20 regarding the millennium a person needs to understand that Satan is bound (prevented from deceiving them) by God when an individual Christian is obedient and ...
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Should a Protestant accept the Nicene Creed? [closed]

In chapter 24.1 of his authoritative book on the fourth century Arian Controversy - The Search for the Christian Doctrine of God - Bishop RPC Hanson discusses how the various parties in that ...
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Can animals also praise God like us Christians

We were debating on Psalm 150:6 help me what does the Bible means when it says "let everything that has BREATH praise the LORD
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What is the Greek word for Qavah (Hebrew for "wait") in Isa 40:31

“But they that WAIT upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isa. 40:31). In this ...
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Are some of God’s military promises conditional?

Though this is phrased as a theological question that is not meant for this site, I’m more trying to get exegetical responses. In relation to the incident in 2 Kings 3 with the battle of Yahweh vs ...
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The Tree in the Center of the Garden

Is there one or two trees in the midst of the garden of Eden? Theory: The tree of life in the garden of Eden is one in the same as the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. My proof of this is found ...
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Does Isaiah 45:5-6 teach that only one God can exist?

Now, to be clear, this question is not on whether YHWH is the only God that should be worshipped. That’s pretty simple. It is my belief that the Ancient Israelites were at least aware that they were ...
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How do we reconcile the kings law Deuteronomy 17:14-20 with 2 Samuel 12:8?

The two texts: “When you come to the land which the Lord your God is giving you, and possess it and dwell in it, and say, ‘I will set a king over me like all the nations that are around me,’ you ...
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Does Genesis 1:14-15 indicate God making the light (stars) instantaneously shine on the Earth?

We read: “God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them be signs to indicate seasons and days and years, and let them serve as lights in the ...
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Hermeneutic implications of "In the beginning" of John's prologue

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was ...
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John 6:37 “I will never cast out” in what sense?

“Everyone whom the Father gives me will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will never send away.” ‭‭John‬ ‭6:37‬ ‭NET‬‬ “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to ...
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Trying to understand 1st Chronicles 23:21-23 lawful marriage or no?

The NASB1995 puts it this way: “The sons of Merari were Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Mahli were Eleazar and Kish. Eleazar died and had no sons, but daughters only, so their brothers, the sons of Kish,...
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How do we reconcile 2 Corinthians 6:16 with 1 Corinthians 3:16-17?

We read: And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they ...
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John 6:40 see/behold/looks “On the Son” what does it mean?

Q: Is John 6:40 referring to a “seeing in faith”? Or some type of perception given to us since Jesus is invisible to us? “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and ...
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Why did the woman invoke the name of God over bread? (1st Kings 17:12)

We read: “But she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have no bread, only a handful of flour in the bowl and a little oil in the jar; and behold, I am gathering a few sticks that I may go in and ...
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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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