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Particular philosophies and methodologies of textual interpretation.

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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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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 ...
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Was the idol of jealousy in Ezekiel 8:5 the “abomination causing desolation” that Jesus refer to?

Then said he unto me, Son of man, lift up thine eyes now the way toward the north. So I lifted up mine eyes the way toward the north, and behold northward at the gate of the altar this image of ...
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Where does Dispensationalism differ from traditional Biblical Theology when interpreting a text?

Wikipedia summarizes a traditional "Biblical Theology" approach to interpreting the Bible as follows: Biblical theology seeks to understand the progressive unfolding of God's special revelation ...
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Should the doctrine of bible inerrancy be used as a tool of interpretation? [closed]

There is a hermeneutic that Christians use, that I think has no merit. NASB, 2 Timothy 3:16 - All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training ...
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John 6:37 confirm 'irresistible grace' or not [closed]

John 6:37 NIV: All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. Does this verse confirm 'irresistible grace'? One could argue that when God ...
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The purpose of resting on the Sabbath

There are two main reasons given in the Old Testament as to why the Israelites are to observe the Sabbath. The first one is mentioned in Exodus 31:16-17 [KJV]: 16 Wherefore the children of Israel ...
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What are the arguments against Marcan Priority?

Closely Related: - What are the arguments in favor of Markan priority? - What are the arguments in favor of Matthean Priority? What are the objections against Marcan Priority? Wikipedia, Marcan ...
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In Scriptures why are arrows less mentioned 'together' with bows, when they're complementary for a weapon? [closed]

In 2 Kings 13 15 And Elisha said unto him, Take bow and arrow. And he took unto him bow and arrows. In Psalm 37: 14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down ...
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Is Leviathan, as meant in scriptures, a unique individual or a species?

Job 41:1 Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down? Psalm 74:14 Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the ...
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Use of metochos versus koinonos in the Book of Hebrews

Can one draw any inference regarding whether the author regards the individuals addressed in Hebrews 6:4-6 as possessors or professors when he uses μετόχους rather than κεκοινώνηκεν (2:14) to ...
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Best Hermeneutical Approach for a Bible Study for Atheists [closed]

This study would arm members when attacked using Scripture and would help people in their post-Christian and post-Jewish transition. I would like to, in some orderly fashion, get through the entire ...
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Is there really a hearing/seeing theme in Revelation?

Many claim there is a hearing/seeing theme in the book of Revelation, where John hears something, then sees something (or the other way around), and that both what he sees and hears have the same ...
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Is rhetorical analysis, in and of itself, sufficient to make a valid argument for authorial intent, in the context of biblical hermeneutics?

I base this question on Krajewski's opinion that "the dialogue associated with rhetoric also defines hermeneutics--where one enters into a conversation with a text" (Krajewski, B. (1992). ...
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Is the temptation in wilderness a symbolic narration of Jesus' spiritual struggle?

Is the temptation of Jesus in wilderness during his 40 days of fasting a symbolic narration of his personal spiritual struggle and contemplation? Has it been interpreted that way before? Did Matthew 4 ...
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Is the Gospel of Mark arranged as a chiasm or parallel structure?

This question was inspired by a similar question about the Gospel of John: Is the Gospel of John arranged as a chiasm?. I have reason to believe that the same question about Mark can be answered in ...
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What does it mean in Bible when God says to a prophet “I will let none of your words fall to the ground”? [duplicate]

How does this work when God says to a prophet that he "will not let any of his or her words fall to the ground"? Does it mean that God backs up anything the prophet says because God has called him or ...