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

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How and when did the water come into being? [closed]

In Genesis 1:2, the Spirit of God is hovering over the face of the waters. So this is before creation, so where does water come from? why it exist before the first day? And if there is face of water, ...
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In the book of Job, it suggests that angels sin. Do they?

In the 4th chapter in the book of Job, it states in verses 17 and 18 that: ‘Can mortal man be in the right before[b] God? Can a man be pure before his Maker? Even in his servants he puts no trust, and ...
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What does the Bible say in regards to technological development? [closed]

With regards to technological advances, the study of technology and continuing to make medical and convenience advancements that prolong life, and the "playing god" complex. What does the Bible have ...
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Reformed perspective on “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us” (Acts 15:28)

Acts 15 records the Council of Jerusalem, a meeting in about 50AD of early Church leaders regarding whether Gentiles could be Christians without first becoming Jews. "After much discussion" (15:7) ...
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If the dead are already in heaven, how do they rise at the second coming? [closed]

1 Thessalonians 4:16 says: For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: It's ...
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How will the earth be cleansed by fire?

I'm preparing for a Sunday School lesson that includes 3 Nephi 25 where Christ quotes Malachi 4. 1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do ...
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Is there such a thing as waiting too long to address personal issues? [closed]

Matthew 5:21–26 (NIV) 21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is ...
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What about the story of the “Rich Man and Lazarus” indicates whether it is a parable or not?

To extend this previous question, what about the text of the story of Lazarus and the Rich Man indicates whether it should be considered a parable or an "actual" account?
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What is the “paradise” that Jesus references in Luke 23:43? [closed]

Luke 23:43 - Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise." At first glance, I casually assumed "paradise" was referring to heaven, but if Jesus was dead for 3 ...
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Why is “fornication” used to describe the actions of “Babylon the Great” in Revelation 18?

For because of the wine of the anger of her fornication all the nations have fallen [victim], and the kings of the earth committed fornication with her, and the traveling merchants of the earth became ...
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Is 1:Cor 7:26-40 not the 'Word of God'?

Paul makes it clear that the following section is not a command from God but his own opinion: Now concerning the betrothed, I have no command from the Lord, but I give my judgment as one who by ...
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Why did Lot's wife look back?

Genesis 19:15–26 (ESV) 15 As morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be swept away in the punishment of the city.” ...
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Of whom is God jealous?

You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate ...
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From a Fundamentalist viewpoint, what does it mean to “take the Bible literally”?

In my previous answer on this question, while discussing Biblical Inerrancy, I stated: The doctrine of inerrancy does not imply hyper-literalism. As noted above, in the second possible mechanism ...
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Why was Peter Fishing Naked (John 21:7)?

John 21: 7 7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,)...
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Who are the “little ones” in Luke 17:2?

From Luke 17:1-3, NIV: Jesus said to his disciples: "Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. It would be better for them to be thrown into ...
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Is there a connection between 666 and Solomon?

There is another question here that asks for the significance of the number 666. Most of the answers relate it to papacy, Nero or some other apocalyptic event. I have read several prophetic websites ...
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Did Jesus' parables have different meanings to the different Gospel writer's congregations?

My parish priest uses the example of Matthew 13:18-23 to explain that this one explanation of the parable of the sower was the one that Matthew, wanted to put in his Gospel to drive home some ...
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Does Satan have a physical dwelling place on earth? [closed]

I read some articles years ago before I joined Christianity.SE and I will like us to throw more light on the content. This article authoritatively states that Satan's dwelling place is in Turkey, ...
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Should we put God to test?

No – Luke 4:12 ... Do not put the Lord your God to the test. Yes – Judges 6:39 “Allow me one more test with the fleece, but this time make the fleece dry and let the ground be covered ...
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What is the significance of Lamech's boast?

Lamech said to his wives,  “Adah and Zillah, listen to me;   wives of Lamech, hear my words.  I have killed a man for wounding me,   a young man for injuring me.  If Cain is avenged seven ...
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When Jesus gave Peter his name (rock) what is the significance that he then said upon a ‘different’ kind of rock he would build his church?

When Peter made his famous confession, Jesus responded by saying: And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. (NIV ...
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What is the significance of water from Jesus' side?

John 19:34 "one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water." I know this is supposed to be something great as in the next verse the apostle tries ...
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When, if ever, is eisegesis a valid interpretation of scripture over exegesis?

Typically, exegesis is used when interpreting scripture, so that value, meaning, and instruction is derived from the words. When is eisegesis, or reading-into scripture, a valid interpretational ...
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Why did Paul want God to repay Alexander the metalworker?

In II Timothy 4:14-15, Paul writes: Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. You too should be on your guard against him, because he ...
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Who is Wisdom in Proverbs?

In general, Wisdom can be (and is, and was) identified as Jesus. However, there is this verse: Proverbs 8:22 (NLT) 22 "The Lord formed me from the beginning,     &...
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if homosexuality is a sin, why isn't abstinence? [closed]

I've always wondered why homosexuality is a sin. The most common argument I hear though is that "They can't procreate and be fruitful, which is an integral part of God's design for us". But I notice a ...
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Does God hate unborn children?

Did God hate unborn Esau? Romans 9:11 Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad ... 13 Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” How does this square ...
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Why did Jesus say the Son of Man was Lord over the Sabbath because the Sabbath was made for man?

Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” (NIV Mark 2:27-28) There seems to be a connection with the Sabbath being ...
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Can Christians handle rattlesnakes? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: The effect of poison on Christians How should I understand the following verse? Mark 16:18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly ...
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Who is Father or God in Christianity

The following are some lines in which Jesus (Peace be upon him) mentions "Father" or "God". Is Islam we consider "Father" or "God" to be referring to Allah as Jesus (Peace be upon him) is ...
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Were any Biblical prophecies understood before they were fulfilled?

In a recent discussion on this site, someone told me that the nature of Biblical Prophecy is such that it cannot be understood prior to its fulfillment; that this is essentially the point of a ...
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Was the serpent in the wilderness a foreshadowing of Jesus?

The Lord sent fiery serpents among the people and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. So the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, because we have spoken against the ...
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If miracles stopped after the Apostles, then why are there admonitions to pray over people?

There are a number of groups who believed that after the time of the Apostles, God withdrew miracles from the world (please correct me if that is the wrong understanding). But the book of James ...
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What does the account of pigs and demons mean?

Luke 8 31 And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss. 32 A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into ...
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“Jesus said to them 'I am'" (John 18:6) - Did Jesus break a taboo here?

In the following verse, did Jesus in fact say the word, the name of God, that no Jew would dare to say aloud at that time? As soon then as he had said unto them, I am [he], they went backward, ...
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How can we tell when Scripture is talking about one of the persons of the Trinity and when it's talking about all three?

I am very interested in learning more about the Trinity. I love God, and really want to understand Them better. ..I mean Him. This came to my mind earlier, and I laughed, but then caught myself, ...
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Was Jesus an adherent to 'Sola Scriptura'? [closed]

Adherents to Sola Scriptura basically believe that Scripture should be the foundation of all doctrine. (NOTE: That is not to say that outside sources cannot be used to aide us in understanding the ...
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What does it mean to interpret the Bible literally?

Here are some common definitions from a dictionary for ‘literal’: Being in accordance with, conforming to, or upholding the exact or primary meaning of a word or words. Word for word; verbatim: a ...
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When did Satan get cast out of heaven? Or is that yet to come?

This answer explains that it happened after Jesus ascended, and might even be something that will happen in the "End Times", but this answer says that it happened before Adam and Eve sinned. What ...
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Proverbs 14:4 - What does this mean? [closed]

Proverbs 14:4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests. I've been reading proverbs lately, but I haven't been able to understand ...
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Why did God wrestle with Jacob and why did this appearance not become a “big deal”?

During a recent small group meeting recently, several questions about the life of Jacob came up: If God had already chosen Jacob to be blessed, why did God still chose to wrestle with Jacob? So ...
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Knowledge of your sin

For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will ...
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How does spiritual maturity affect our hermeneutic (how we interpret the Bible)?

The are various Bible passages that compare learning to the phase of infancy to adulthood. I assume children and adults have a similar hermeneutic, in terms of logic, yet they do not see things the ...
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What is the Christian perspective on the description of God? [closed]

My pastor (Calvary Chapel) referred to God as His father, then once said that God is everywhere and in everything (i.e. - inside each person) and then that God is Love. So now I am confused as to ...
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What is the meaning of peoples being divided up “according to the number of the gods” in Deuteronomy 32?

Deuteronomy 32:8–9 (NRSV), part of Moses' song, reads: When the Most High apportioned the nations, when he divided humankind, he fixed the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the ...
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When were the angels created?

I was preparing a lesson for Sunday school and came across this passage in the teaching material: Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding, who ...
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What is the Biblical view of “the spiritual gift of leadership”?

Romans 12 is said to describe "spiritual gifts". (See this post, for instance.) Such gifts are often regarded as being granted supernaturally to specific Christians, who are then specially able to ...
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Is Matthew 28 saying something about Baptism?

On our sister site I asked a question about what the correct grammatical interpretation of Matthew 28:19 is with relation to baptism. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing ...
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Are there any differences between Jesus's commandments and God's commandments?

I always read about Jesus's commandments as something new in the bible; those commandments changed the way Christians see the Moshe writings. The bible commentaries in this page of Rev 14:12 don't ...