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

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Why did Christ say he came as a sword?

In Matthew 10.34 Christ says he didn't come to Earth to bring peace, but a sword. Please can you explain this to me. I'd very much appreciate proper intelligent answers, because I've tried to ...
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What is the message of Matthew 9:5?

Matthew 9:1-8 (NIV) 1 Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. 2 Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, ...
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In Protestant churches, who is the authority in interpreting the Bible?

I need a better understanding of Protestant teaching on who has the authority to interpret Sacred Scripture.
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What feast does Paul refer to in 1 Corinthians 5:8?

What feast is Paul referring to? Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. (1 ...
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What is the “present crisis” in 1 Corinthians 7?

In 1 Corinthians 7, Paul says regarding marriage, Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for a man to remain as he is. What is the "present crisis"?
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What is the case that 1 Corinthians 15:7 refers to James the Just, relative of Jesus, rather than James, one of the Twelve?

The following verses refer to "James," and most commentators identify him as the same James who is referred to as the "brother" of Jesus (though the exact meaning of that word is unclear). How do we ...
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Why was there a 'governor' at the Wedding in Cana?

The miracle of the Wedding at Cana is described in John 2. There are specific references to a 'governor'/'ruler' of the feast in John 2:7-10. What role did a 'governor' at a wedding perform at this ...
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According to Unitarians, to whom does the word הָאָדוֹן refer in Mal. 3:1?

Regarding the word אֲדֹנִי (adoni) in Psa. 110:1 (actually prefixed with -ל, i.e. לַאדֹנִי), translated as "my lord," a self-professed Unitarian website states,1 Trinitarian commentators ...
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In John 1:12, what is the significance of the phrase “believing in his name” as opposed to the usual phrase “believing in him”? [migrated]

In John 1:12, it is written, But to all who have received him – those who believe in his name – he has given the right to become God’s children NET ὅσοι δὲ ἔλαβον αὐτόν, ἔδωκεν αὐτοῖς ...
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What do immersionists believe it means to be buried with Christ through Baptism?

Romans 6:1-4 (NIV) What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t ...
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Proverbs 20:27 KJV vs NIV84 [closed]

In Proverbs 20:27, the KJV states The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly. [emphasis added] in the NIV 1984 version it appears to seperate the ...
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Why did Jesus say that “Mary has chosen the better part”? [closed]

Why did Jesus tell Martha, who was serving the Lord and making preparations, that Mary had "chosen what is better"? As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a ...
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Why does Paul pay special attention to the sexually immoral in 1 Corinthians 5:9-11?

1 Corinthians 5:9-11 states that I have written you in my letter no to associate with sexually immoral people -- not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and ...
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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? [closed]

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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According to Catholics, what is the law placed within the Israelite in the New Covenant?

In Jer. 31:31-34, it is written, 31 “Behold, the days are coming,” said Yahveh, “that I shall cut a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant that I ...
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How do people become the sheep that Jesus speaks of in John 10?

In my daily Bible study, I've been working through the book of John, and have come to the point where Jesus makes several references to the sheep of His sheepfold. Today's passage, below, which marks ...
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In John 4:1-3, in whose name were Jesus' disciples' baptizing?

In regards to John 4:1-3, were Jesus' disciples in this passage baptizing with John's baptism? If not, and they were baptizing in the name of Jesus, did the people who receive this baptism have to be ...
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What is the Catholic interpretation of Romans 14:5?

Romans 14:5 One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. What is the Catholic ...
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How the two blind men can follow Jesus in Matthew 9:27 if they are blind? [closed]

As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” - Matthew 9-27 How it is possible that the blind men can follow Jesus without tumble and ...
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How do the church fathers reconcile the accounts of Jesus calling Peter and Andrew to be apostles?

How do the church fathers reconcile the accounts of Jesus calling Peter and Andrew to be apostles? With scriptures listed below it appears that though John, Andrew, and Peter were the first to ...
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What is the most basic Biblical understanding of the nature of the firmament?

Going back to original Hebrew texts where possible, what is the most basic understanding of the firmament (the substance/realm/space that God supposedly stuck between heaven from earth)? I've read a ...
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What does “Jesus did not commit himself unto them” (John 2:24) mean?

I have trouble understanding what John 2:24 and John 2:25 mean. Does anyone know what it means for Jesus to not "commit himself unto them"? John 2:22-25 (KJV) 22 When therefore he was risen ...
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How could Cain have built Enoch?

God cursed Cain to be an eternal wanderer: Genesis 4:12 King James Version When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond ...
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What are the different views of Evangelical denominations about when Jesus became the High Priest?

In the Aaronic Priesthood, priests come and go but Jesus is a priest forever. 23-25 Earlier there were a lot of priests, for they died and had to be replaced. But Jesus’ priesthood is ...
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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 “the old is better” mean in Luke 5:36–39? [closed]

36 "No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one... 37 No one puts New wine in old wineskins ... 39 no one wants the new ... THE OLD IS BETTER." (NIV) What is this referring ...
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Can someone explain the argument that Jesus believed in Adam and Eve?

It has been said that Matthew 19:4-6 indicates Jesus believed in an original Adam and Eve. I don't reach this conclusion at all. Can somebody help explain why people read it this way? Matthew 19:4-6 ...
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Who were the 'synagogue of Satan'?

In the letter to the Church of Philadelphia in Revelation 3, John writes concerning the synagogue of Satan and those who claim to be Jews, but are not. Behold, I will make those of the synagogue ...
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“Resist not evil” (Matthew 5:39) - What does this mean? not to fight evil? [closed]

Matthew 5:39: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. What does this mean? Not to fight evil? Does it mean ...
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What does the parable of the Fig Tree mean? [closed]

Luke 13:6-9 (NIV) 6 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. 7 So he said to the man who took ...
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Why did Ezekiel say that God gave laws to the people that were not good?

Ezekiel 20:23-25 23 I lifted up mine hand unto them also in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the heathen, and disperse them through the countries; 24 Because they had not executed ...
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What happened to Nebuchadnezzar's kingdom during his punishment

Reading Daniel 4:29–33, I understand that Nebuchadnezzar was punished by God due to his pride. During his punishment, did his kingdom cease to exist or was there a new king? Who was in charge of ...
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Why did Jesus use the expression, “I tell you the truth”?

I used to think nothing of it until someone said, "it makes you wonder what he was saying the rest of the time". Now I don't believe for one moment Jesus was a liar, but why did He use that strange ...
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In Luke 5 did Levi become an apostle almost straight away?

In Luke 5 we have the conversion of Levi. It appears that he became an apostle almost straight away. Is that what is happening here?
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What does it mean for the Spirit to only speak of what he hears?

I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he ...
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According to the Catholic Church, what did Jesus mean by saying that the least in the kingdom of heaven in greater than John the Baptist?

We read at Matthew 11:11 (NRSVCE): "Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he." What ...
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Are there any groups of Christians who believe that all loans made with their money should be made without the expectation of repayment?

In Luke 6:35, Jesus says that Christians are to: "lend, expecting nothing in return" Are there any denominations or groups in Christianity (past or present) which have taught and acted on the ...
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Joel 2: From Eden to Ruination? To what is this referring?

Joel Chapter 2:1-2. 1 Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand— ...
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How do the early church fathers expound upon the “exaltation of Christ” (Philippians 2:9-11) in light of the immutability of Jesus Christ?

Philippians 2:9-11 NIV 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on ...
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How do Mormons interpret Phillipians 2:6?

In the context of the doctrine of exaltation, which says that God was a man who was exalted to Godhead, and Jesus after him, interpret Phillipians 2:6, which says that Jesus was "in the form of God" ...
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How well supported is the generic interpretation Rublev's Icon as being a depiction of the Holy Trinity as portrayed in Genesis 18? [closed]

This was produced in the 15th century by Andrei Rublev's icon of the Trinity, a highly regarded Russian orthodox artist: It is generally taken to be depicting the three men of Genesis 18 as being ...
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Why did Paul Thank God he didn't baptize some individuals?

In his first letter to Corinth, Paul notes that he is thankful he did not have to baptize some individuals. 14: I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius 15: so ...
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Who is the king described in 2 Kings 8:1–6?

2 Kings 8:1–6 (ESV) 1 Now Elisha had said to the woman whose son he had restored to life, “Arise, and depart with your household, and sojourn wherever you can, for the Lord has called for a ...
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Why was Paul annoyed with the loud slave girl in Acts 16? [closed]

In Acts 16, why was Paul annoyed with the slave girl who had a spirit of divination and kept shouting "These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation."? Isn't ...
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Definition of light in Matthew 5:16 [closed]

Matthew 5:14-16 14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives ...
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Why did Judas need to identify Jesus?

Annas, Caiaphas and all other important people of synagogue knew the identity of Jesus and how he looks. So why was the kiss necessary? In Gethsemane garden Jesus was only with 11 disciples. The Mob ...
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Was Phoebe a deacon?

Was Phoebe a deacon? The NIV/NLT translators seem to think deacon: Romans 16:1 (NIV) I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church in Cenchreae. Furthermore, when I read the ...
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Is Jesus speaking from Himself or is the Holy Spirit speaking through Him? [closed]

When Jesus spoke, are the words recorded His own as the Messiah, or those of God delivered through Him by his Holy Spirit? How can we distinguish? Jesus and the Holy Spirit who filled Him sometimes ...
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In 1 Corinthians 8:5, what do the “many gods and many lords” refer to?

In 1 Corinthians 8:5–6, we read: 5 For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”— 6 yet for us there is one God (ESV) I'm having ...
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Deuteronomy, chapter 13 [closed]

Deut 13 mentions a prophet (or 'sons of belial'- v.13) coming along and seducing about God/religion things (let us follow other gods / gods you have not known). It mentions that even if the thing he ...