Exegesis is the critical interpretation of a Biblical text, to explore its meaning, significance and relevance.

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Could saying that Melchizedek was “without beginning of days or end of life” possibly be a textual error? [migrated]

Few mysteries of the Bible have attracted more interest than the mystery of the identity of Melchizedek. He is mentioned in Genesis 14:14-20; Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 5:6, 10, 6:20, 7:1-17; but Hebrews ...
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As Bible said, peoples(Europe, Asia, Africa, etc) call “God” in very similar ways. How could this happen? [closed]

"purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the LORD" Zephaniah 3:9 (For calling "the name", "lips of the peoples" are simply not pure - instead of being completely ...
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What is the beginning in John 1:1?

This question is inspired from a Youtube video, What Beginning? In the Johanine prologue we find St. John the Apostle begins his Gospel with a phrase, "In the beginning." What is that beginning refer ...
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How is Acts 7:48 reconciled with omnipresence doctrines?

Some verses seem to indicate that God is indeed not omnipresent such as Acts 7:48, "The Most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands". How is this specific verse reconciled with the doctrine that ...
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How do non-Reformed Theologians interpret Romans 9:11-23?

Romans 9:11-23 is often used by Reformed Theologians to support the idea that God created part of the human race for salvation and the other part for damnation. How do those who are not Reformed ...
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How Christians explain why Greek Septuagint of Genesis 34:3 refer to Dinah as a virgin? [closed]

In relation to a question, What are the arguments that Isaiah 7:14 refers to a virgin? καὶ προσέσχεν τῇ ψυχῇ Δινας τῆς θυγατρὸς Ιακωβ καὶ ἠγάπησεν τὴν παρθένον καὶ ἐλάλησεν κατὰ τὴν διάνοιαν τῆς ...
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How Christians explain that Isaiah 7:14 refers to a virgin? [closed]

Fewer texts in the OT have been more important to the Christian church than Isaiah 7:14. To give a context let us go through a few ancient translations of Isaiah 7:14 in the Versions of the Old ...
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Is the Doctrine of Resurrection of the Dead expressed in Pentateuch? [closed]

What passages in the Pentateuch are commonly believed by Christians to teach the resurrection of the dead? Background for this question: After the Jewish people returned from Babylon most of them ...
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If we are the bride, who are the invited?

Assuming that the Bride in the book of Revelation is talking about the church, then who are the invited in this verse? Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to ...
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Why is our righteousness as filthy rags? [closed]

I want to know why man's righteousness is as filthy rags, especially as it relates to the idea of works righteousness, or earning one's own salvation. Is it because humans are incapable of offering up ...
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Why does 1 John say Christians are unable to sin?

The verse in question, 1 John 3:4 (HCSB) Everyone who commits sin also breaks the law; sin is the breaking of law. You know that He was revealed so that He might take away sins, and there is no ...
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Does 1 Samuel 15 disprove the “Ancient Near East Warfare Rhetoric” theory? [migrated]

In the book "Is God a Moral Monster" (this website too has some of its theories), the author talked about the exaggeration used in ancient Near Eastern writings as a way to explain why Joshua didn't ...
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Catholic response to Luke 11:27-28

I am a Christian who recently became very interested in the Catholic faith. I am curious how the Catholic community responds to these verses, which seem to bring to question the "blessedness" of ...
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What exegesis do Lutherans perform to explain the basis for their theology of “Two Kinds of Righteousness”?

For background on the "Two Kinds of Righteousness" theology, see: Concordia Journal April 2007 Volume 33, Number 2, pp. 116 ...
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What are the “heavenly realms”?

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3) Paul talks about God blessing us in ...
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What is the bottomless pit?

In chapter 9 of the revelation we learn that: Revelation 9:1 and 2 NKJV Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless ...
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What is the basic Protestant understanding of oneness in these Scriptures?

While it is quite evident Jesus is making reference to the Spiritual realm in the following Scriptures: John 17:20 through 24 NKJV "I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will ...
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According to Catholic Tradition: Was the group he was addressing in the Book of Romans Gay? [closed]

In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due ...
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Does Song of Solomon encourage pre-marital sex? [closed]

Someone raised the following argument, claiming that the Bible, in the Song of Solomon, encourages pornography and premarital sex. He had me read some verses from the book, which I've listed below, ...
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How were the Nephilim still in existence after the flood? [duplicate]

The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the ...
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Is idolatry the main cause of homosexuality? [closed]

Is idolatry the main cause of homosexuality? How do prominent theologians interpret Romans 1:24-25? For example, St. Thomas Aquinas treats the causality of homosexuality in his exegesis of Romans ...
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How do cessationists interpret James 5:13-18?

The Prayer of Faith Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them ...
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Why were so many women in Scriptures barren? [closed]

Why were so many women in Scriptures barren? What is the significance of their being barren?
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What if Israel had accepted Jesus as their Lord?

Reading Romans 11:11-12 Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. 12 But if ...
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“Kingdom Of God is at Hand” - Which Kingdom was Jesus and John the Baptist talking about? [closed]

The Bible clearly says that Jesus preached that the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand. Matthew 4:17: From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. ...
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What does James mean when he says that Judging a Brother Equals Judging the Law?

James 4:11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art ...
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Did God have sex with Sarah? [closed]

I'm confused after reading this passage from Genesis 21 about the Birth of Isaac: The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised. And Sarah conceived and bore ...
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Where was God prior to creating the ***Heavens*** and the Earth? [closed]

Genesis chapter 1:1 says: Genesis 1:1 NKJV In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. That verse has always been an enigma to me. It clearly states that God created more than one ...
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Is there a logical flow in 2 Timothy 2:4-7?

No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, ...
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What gift of God did Timothy have?

Paul refers to the gift of spirit that Timothy had in both I and II Timothy. KJV 2 Timothy 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the ...
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How is Abraham able to speak to the rich man across the chasm of hell in Jesus' story in Luke 16?

How is Abraham able to speak to the rich man in hell if there is a chasm between them? And Abraham is speaking with Lazarus who is in hell? How is this possible since we have a great chasm between ...
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What is the Catholic interpretation of John 19:26-27?

What is the Catholic interpretation of John 19:26-27? John 19:26-27 (RSVCE) 26 When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your ...
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What does it mean that God is the saviour of all people, especially those who believe? [closed]

So this verse puzzles me: 1 Timothy 4:10, ESV: For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. ...
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What does “give that which is holy to dogs” mean?

What does this mean? You must not give that which is holy to dogs. Do not cast your pearls before swine, or the swine may trample them under foot, and then turn on you and tear you to pieces. ...
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Why would people make themselves eunuchs “for the Kingdom of heavens sake”?

The text I'm drawing from is Matthew 19:1-12. Here is my main text: "But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. 12 For there are some eunuchs, ...
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Is Ecclesiastes 2:24 advice for Christians or non-Christians [closed]

Not everything written in the Bible is biblical for a Christian to follow. For example, David took Bathesheba and had her husband murdered. Now, I'm reading Ecclesiastes 2:24 and I see: 24 There ...
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What is the Roman Catholic interpretation of 2 Thes. 2:3?

The English translation of 2 Thes. 2:3 according to New American Bible, Revised Edition: Let no one deceive you in any way. For unless the apostasy comes first and the lawless one is revealed, the ...
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How does the Catholic Church explain passages that seem to use culturally specific logic?

In 1 Corinthians, Paul writes about women, prayer, and head coverings. As he often does, rather than simply laying down a law, he appeals to logic and well known facts. For example, Doth not even ...
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War in heaven? Or misinterpretation? [closed]

What does this mean? Matthew 11:12 From the days of John the baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been suffering violence, and the violent have been seizing it by force.
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What does it mean to be “poor in spirit”?

I'm working through a study on "The Beatitudes" of Matthew 5 and would appreciate any insight into Christ's statement: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ESV ...
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How sound are the arguments that Melchizedek invoked a Canaanite deity when he met Abraham?

Melchizedek serves an important theological role in the book of Hebrews. The author of Hebrews interprets Psalm 110 to speak of Jesus' priestly order (Melchizedek), thus resolving the potential ...
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What does it mean that “many parts which are plain have been taken away”?

The question To what point in time do the dead sea scrolls prove the bible accurate? made me wonder: Is the common interpretation of 1 Nephi 13:26-28 that something was physically omitted from ...
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How do Calvinists interpret “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path” and “He shall direct your paths”?

Do Calvinists interpret the following verses to support predestination? - “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path” (Psa 119:105) - “In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall ...
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Death before the second coming [closed]

In Matthew 16:28; "Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom." is that referring to physical death ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses interpret verses like Isaiah 9:6 which call the messiah 'God'?

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, THE MIGHTY GOD, The everlasting Father, ...
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What does childbearing have to do with the salvation of a woman?

Verse concerning saved: 12But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14And Adam was not deceived, but the ...
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What is meant by keeping people blind and deaf so as not to get healed?

What is meant by keeping people blind and deaf so as not to get healed? [see footnote regarding answers] I understand this to be one of those scriptures that is meant to challenge our understanding, ...
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According to most Protestants, did Jesus intend one correct interpretation for his parables? [closed]

I have read a related question about the interpretation of parables and the question wanted an answer from the Catholic's perspective. I am curious about how the mainstream Protestant denomination ...
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Is Jesus' statement that Satan is the father of the Jews anti-Jewish?

“Abraham is our father,” they answered. “If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would do what Abraham did. As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me, a man who has told ...
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What does Revelation 19:12-16 mean? [closed]

I've Googled multiple ways/questions to get an answer, no luck! I know they're symbols/metaphors, but exactly what's the meaning of these symbols/metaphors? His eyes were blazing with flames. (Does ...