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Genre is a style or category to which a piece of literature may belong.

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Does special formatting come from ancient manuscripts?

In some translations, 1 John 2:12-14 is formatted like a poem, or a song. It made me wonder why. I see no footnotes to suggest it's a quote from another passage, so it occurred to me to ask whether ...
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Why is the End of the Bible so metaphorical? [closed]

First of all, I believe in the whole Bible, that it is the infallible Word of God. But I also need to understand, at least from the Hermeneutical point of view. Jesus came, 2000 years ago. And His ...
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Is Psalm 83 an imprecatory prayer or a prophecy or both?

Many people view Psalm 83 as a prophecy about a war involving the tribes listed or their descendants. 5 With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you— 6 the tents of Edom and ...
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Literary devices explaining Paul's use of language style when it comes to marrying or even being involved in worldliness (1 Corinthians 7:27-31)?

( 1 Corinthians 7:25-31 ) 25 Now concerning virgins I have no command of the Lord, but I give an opinion as one who [a]by the mercy of the Lord is trustworthy. 26 I think then that this is good in ...
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Are Some Bible Scripture verses merely monotonously descriptive/instructive Or do they have more meaningful undertones?(layers of meaning)

Some bible passages may seem to just have monotonously descriptive/instructive tones (especially the bible books of Chronicles, Leviticus, Kings, etc. ), but the bible reader is usually left wondering ...
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Does Mark 4:10-12 register as a "riddle?" If so, what is the resolution to this riddle?

How should we understand the message of this difficult passage? Albeit, it is not a “classic” example of a riddle and might therefore better be classified as a “puzzling” passage. We know the Bible ...
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What's the significance between, "Let the WATERS bring...the moving creature" (Gn 1:20) and "Let the EARTH bring...the living creature" (Gn 1:24)?

הַמַּ֔יִם שֶׁ֖רֶץ נֶ֣פֶשׁ חַיָּ֑ה (Gen 1:20) תֹּוצֵ֨א הָאָ֜רֶץ נֶ֤פֶשׁ חַיָּה֙ (Gen 1:24) I understand that fowls and fish come from the waters and that land animals come from the earth. It seems ...
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What's the basis for the Book of Job being history and not a parable?

And in addition, what is the basis behind the popular notion that it was set in the 2000s BC, also the same time period that Abraham allegedly lived in according to a conservative model of the Bible's ...
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Cannibalism in the Bible

2 King 6:28-29 Then he asked her, "What's the matter?" She answered, "This woman said to me, 'Give up your son so we may eat him today, and tomorrow we'll eat my son.' So we cooked my son and ...
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Does the literary content of Genesis 1 compel the conclusion that it is a fictive construct for corrective polemics?

It typically is held among professional Christian scholars that Genesis 1 originated as a corrective polemic against pagan creation myths. Additionally, I presume that this theory as to origin of ...
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What is the Basis that the "Love Chapter" is Actually a "Hymn" - 1 Corinthians 13?

Closely Related to: 1 Corinthians 13:10 - What does "The Perfect" Refer to? 1. Question - Historical Interpretation and Orthography What is the linguistic basis to assert that the "...
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What genre is Song of Solomon?

Song of Solomon covers many topics that are euphemistically and overtly sexual in nature and it is, at times, very graphic. The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English defines erotica as ...
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Has anyone argued Daniel and Revelation's visions can be interpreted analogously?

I've heard it said that the visions of Daniel 7-12 and the book of Revelation both contain the same "dream-like apocalyptic" language and as such can be interpreted together. So the meaning of ...
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Is Genesis 1 a type of Hebrew Poem?

Is Genesis 1 structured so that there is a general category and then with what will fill it, which would be a type of Hebrew poem of parallel ideas? In this case day one (light), would relate to day ...
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What is the literary genre of Job: history or story?

Since the Book of Job says that God allowed Satan to attack, or test Job, and also that God already knew the outcome, is it possible that this is just a story, an extended parable, etc.? Or, does ...
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How is genre determined?

If you take a hermeneutics course at your local Bible College or Seminary, or pick up a (modern) book on Biblical hermeneutics, it is likely that the topic of genre would take center stage in the ...
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What was the authorial intent of Genesis 1?

The first chapter of Genesis is one of the most hotly debated passages of Scripture -- even amongst Biblical scholars. It is often at the center of debates about the age of the earth, the accuracy of ...
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Which literary genre of Job has the longer historical pedigree?

There are two primary schools of thought in regards to the genre of Job. One the one hand, some call it an historical artifact, given no overwhelming evidence to the contrary. On the other, its ...
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Should Q be considered a Gospel?

According to Wikipedia Q source is sometimes called the Q Gospel. My understanding of Q though is that it is proposed mostly as a collection of sayings. Is it proper to call it a "Gospel"? Why or why ...
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What is "apocalyptic" literature?

What are the characteristics of what is called "apocalyptic" literature? Why would an author use this literary style? Does apocalyptic literature envision the end of the cosmos? If not, what kind(s) ...
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Are the Psalms intended to be didactic?

I have kind of a lot of questions here, but hopefully it makes sense what I'm getting at. What is the nature of the Psalter as a whole in terms of how it was meant to be used? I've always assumed that ...
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Historically, how was Jonah classified in terms of literary genre?

I've been reading through a lengthy discussion at this site over the historical nature of Jonah. One position that has been advanced is that there are internal text indicators that the narrative is ...
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