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Angel or messenger?

History The Hebrew and Greek terms for 'messenger' do have this natural overlap, and can cause contention in translation. The Latin Vulgate was the first translation which tried to separate the word ...
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What is Narcigesis?

This was a new word and a new idea to me, but I found helpful information in this link: https://www.gotquestions.org/narcigesis.html It explains that Narcigesis is “the explanation of the Bible in ...
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"You Search the Scriptures" - How has the democratization of access to the scriptures affected biblical hermeneutics? (John 5:33, 39)

The making available of sundry tools and helps and vast amounts of information has had no effect whatsoever in regard to the verse referenced which quotes the words of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus' point ...
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What version of the bible uses color coding to indicate the certainty of words attributed of Jesus?

I expect this is The Five Gospels: What Did Jesus Really Say? The Search for the Authentic Words of Jesus, a product of the "Jesus Seminar". You can see more about this "version" on Michael Marlowe's "...
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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?

The question in a sense has no answer because it contains an incorrect premise - that Jesus and John were 'cuddling'. As Benson says, "This phrase only expresses the then customary posture at ...
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Why did Paul say "But to the rest I, not the Lord, say..." in 1 Cor 7:12?

Short Answer: Because the Lord truly didn't say it. Paul here distinguishes his own words from those that Jesus had explicitly taught for the duration of his earthly ministry. This distinction is what ...
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What should you not do when using Large Language Models in the field of Hermeneutics?

ChatGPT is severely limited to public domain work. So, as an example, it would quote from lesser works as it doesn't have access to the HALOT or BDAG that have the benefit of decades more archeology ...
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Did Jesus practice eisegesis?

Midrash and PaRDeS One aspect of Jesus ministry often centered around demonstrating his authority and credibility above and beyond that of other rabbis like the Pharisees. At the time, Jewish ...
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What hermeneutic is Paul employing in his approach to 1 Corinthians 9:8-10?

קַל וָחֹמֶר (qal vahome) (from lesser to greater) argument: Jesus used it 9:8–10. Deuteronomy 25:4 was intended as a principle to teach that the laborer should be fed; here Paul may argue in the ...
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What hermeneutic is Paul employing in his approach to 1 Corinthians 9:8-10?

1 Cor 9:8-10 is a perfect example of arguing from the lesser to the greater - Paul uses the same argument in V7. There are many examples of this type of hermeneutic in the both the OT and the NT. ...
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Does Genesis 1:14-15 indicate God making the light (stars) instantaneously shine on the Earth?

I'd like to elaborate a little on Dottard's good answer Questions of Instantaneous and completeness of works Genesis is ambiguous. In Gen 1.1, "God created the heavens and the earth". If ...
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"You Search the Scriptures" - How has the democratization of access to the scriptures affected biblical hermeneutics? (John 5:33, 39)

One would be hard-pressed to be able to prove that the * democratization* of access to scripture really changed much at all. Dottard's point is valid: that, on the one hand, with more access to ...
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What exercise makes one skilful in the Word of God?

It really should be applied throughout the entire book of Hebrews, and the Bible. Hebrews 5:14 NKJV 14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have ...
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What exercise makes one skilful in the Word of God?

Discernment (distinguishing good from evil v14 or identifying what is Godly and what is not) is something a follower of Christ should do everywhere, all the time. This is not just to be used ...
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What is the correct interpretation of Revelation 2:4?

I don't think you can separate options b, c, and d from each other given that the Biblical nature of love is that we love others as God has loved us (1 John 3:16, 1 John 4:11). So I think those three ...
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Hebrews 12:24: subjective or objective genitive?

The Greek name Abel (Ἅβελ) is one of the indeclinable proper names in the NT. So it can have a nominative, genitive, dative, or accusative idea with the same form. Other NT mentions of Abel in ...
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Is Leviathan, as meant in scriptures, a unique individual or a species?

The Masoretic Text word here is לִוְיָתָן - liw·yā·ṯān. The Septuagint renders this word into Greek as δράκων - drakon (whose meaning should be obvious). Looking at the Greek doesn't give much ...
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How are ancient Hebrew texts deciphered?

There are many indispensable tools in linguistic translation, but two of the more important in Hebrew translation are Lexicons and the Septuagint. Lexicons are important because, as wikipedia says ...
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Does Judges 5:14 imply that Ephraim had distant Amalekite roots?

Without disputing any of other answers, I wanted to provide more interpretations and arguments: Emendation switching "Amalek" with "valley" Several manuscripts of the LXX have “in ...
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What is "hermeneutic of love"?

The "Hermeneutic of Love" is Xian missionary method of NT Wright. a [Conversation], in which misunderstanding is likely, perhaps even inevitable, but in which, through patient listening, ...
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How do we reconcile 2 Corinthians 6:16 with 1 Corinthians 3:16-17?

The key word in this question strikes me as being the word "subtle". If it is ignored, then answers will deal with whether 2 Corinthians 6:16 is a reference to the Holy Spirit's deity, or ...
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Trying to understand 1st Chronicles 23:21-23 lawful marriage or no?

This is a marriage between first cousins, and it does not violate the prohibitions of Leviticus 18 Merari is the great-grandfather of the people who are getting married. Mahli is the grandfather. ...
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Hermeneutic implications of "In the beginning" of John's prologue

There are several clues here, the most obvious being the same phrase, Ἐν ἀρχῇ (in [the] beginning) begins both John 1:1 and Gen 1:1 in the LXX. The same phrase is one thing but as any casual survey of ...
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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? If it is the tree of life, and Adam ate from it, why did they die? The Genesis is inconclusive as to the number of trees located in the ...
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"You Search the Scriptures" - How has the democratization of access to the scriptures affected biblical hermeneutics? (John 5:33, 39)

Great question that I am not qualified to answer, So let me offer some general remarks on the basis of considerable experience with extremists - overly enthusiastic people, with what they believe is &...
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